Category: Life of Yes℠

2020 Life of Yes℠ Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again. Where I tell you what I love or aspire to love and you then decide if any of my loves would make a [chef’s kiss] gift for yourself or others in your life.   The usual disclaimers and reminders — I don’t care about fashion, makeup, skincare, labels, real Read more…

I’m on a Selfish Sabbatical

If you ask me for anything July through August 2020, I will answer — I’ve actually been on a Selfish Sabbatical (SFSB) for years. But it’s been a focused, very niche SFSB. To deal with the high-class problem of constant variations of asks to get coffee, pick my brain, grab lunch, or hear my story Read more…

GUEST POST — Travel: One is the Magic Number

This is a Guest Post by Cheese-It DeLonda Dowling. Or is it DeRhonda? Delores? Jane? (People butcher our names all the time. I often get “Sara” like I’ve misspelled my own name by typing “Saya” and someone is politely correcting me. So now we joke-not joke about it…) DeLonda came into my life when she Read more…

Dreams DO come true

This is a Guest Post from a Life of Yes℠ (LOY) Sleepaway Camper who joined us in Somewhere Magical a year ago. I live for updates from Cheese-Its, especially those I haven’t heard from in awhile. You always hope there’s a lingering impact, that what they participated in was more than three hours of chatting Read more…

What to do when you get rejected

An email I got recently —  10:27 AM, to bcc: Saya Salutations! [blah blah blah] We got some stellar submissions this year (including yours!), and while we would have loved to have all of them presented, we had to narrow down the field. Unfortunately, your talk wasn’t selected this year, but we appreciated and were Read more…

When you realize a thread that connects your entire life has frayed

I enjoy list making. Lists are double neat; neat like “Cool!” and neat like “Clean!” They’re easy to ingest. Their conciseness and lack of fluff fits our inability to consume depth anymore. They’re shareable. They’re fun to checkmark and cross off. They’re easy to add to and remove from. You can nest and sub-nest and Read more…

2018 Life of Yes℠ List o’ Gift Ideas

I love lists + making recommendations + making other people’s lives easier and richer + introducing people to newness. So of course this is one of my favorite posts of the year when I get to combine all of those loves into a “Here’s what/who I’m crushing on and I think you may crush on Read more…

“I’m looking for a new job. Can you help?”

The inquiry I get the most, from friends and strangers,  is some form of: “I’m looking for a job. Wondering if you can offer some guidance?”   Yes, yes I can.   Job Search Guidance Host a comfy event Have a dinner party with people from all walks of life, people from different circles, with connected, Read more…

This year, you can actually take action on my great advice

Last year, to much fanfare, ohhhs and ahhhs, “I’m doing this next year!”, I shared a Thanksgiving lesson applicable to everyday life. But it was the day before Thanksgiving, so a bit late for most folks to do anything with my life-changing insight. This year, I gotchu. Consider this your well in advance, “for the Read more…