Category: My Lists

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…

2019 Life of Yes℠ Gift Ideas

If you’ve been in my vicinity for a second or three, you know that I value efficiency, ease, commonsense, laughter, frugality yet also paying top dollar for things & people worth top dollar, referrals, feeling good about myself, and helping others feel good about themselves. If I can smoosh all of that into list form, 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…

Who wins the perk game? 9 to 5ers or self-employeds?

I love lists. I love being self-employed. I love hearing all the “Are you kidding me?!” perks of my 9 to 5 friends. Love in an “envious, why am I riding the self-employed rollercoaster, maybe should I go back to 9 to 5” way. Context: I come from four years in the nonprofit world followed Read more…

Life of Yes℠ Travel: Utah in March

Best Friend & Best Friend Travel Background —   We’re flip-flops and jeans folks who hate shopping, would rather wander neighborhoods than museums, think riding public transit is a fun adventure, and usually choose street-cart food over Michelin restaurants [update as of Spring 2017 — Best Friend is now vegan so we often explore cities Read more…

The data proves it: I’m popular and also unpopular

I pride myself on being relatively in tune with the Cheese-It network and society overall. That I know what’s of interest, hot, on fleek. (Use of “on fleek” makes you question the validity to the previous statement, huh?) Looking at data, like what links get the most clicks in my newsletter, as well as what Read more…

Thanksgiving lesson applicable to everyday life

  We hosted early Thanksgiving last night. I knew I wanted nothing to do with cooking the turkey, both from a time and ick-standpoint (I cooked the turkey once; never again).   I am uber frugal and LOVE having money, saving money, not spending money. That said, there are ways to spend money that are Read more…

Life of Yes℠ 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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…

A list: simple ways to comfort yourself

  There is a lot to be angst’y about these days. The fact that the Cubs’ chances of an undefeated season have already been nullified. White people and their tea cups (see Get Out if you haven’t yet). An incoherent, asinine five-year old seventy-year old schoolyard bully braggadocio, who is surrounded by idiotic, in over their heads, Read more…

2016 Life of Yes℠ Gift Guide

  We’ve heard the stories of how giving to others makes you happier. True stuff. Give an item, give your time, give your skills. Your heart will expand ten-fold and that thing that’s been eating you up inside, you’ll realize — not that important in the grand scheme of things. Sometimes we forget to give Read more…