Category: My Lists

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…

My List: Chicago Beyond Navy Pier and Uno’s

Crossrhodes in Evanston (I know, I know, it’s not the city) I love getting asked about my dear city! And people do, often. So in Saya-Fashion, for ease and efficiency and because who doesn’t love a list?!, I’ve compiled some of my recommendations in list form. You can see some of my other lists on my Read more…

Recipe for a perfect Saturday Night

Holiday party in a neighborhood (Rogers Park) you don’t frequent and that’s a bit out of the normal radius which makes you feel adventurous and that you’re really going somewhere tonight Warm enough weather that your sweater and infinity scarf is enough and you can go coat-less Comfy party pants Pick up pine-infused hostess flowers on the Read more…

How to make an entrepreneurial dream reality in 38ish steps

Have life-changing experiences during childhood summer camp and collegiate retreats Graduate college and enter the world of commuting, bills, coworkers, 401Ks, the gym, and watching Friends re-runs Bemoan your lack of rejuvenating getaways, proximity and access to diverse yet similar people, friends, and an environment that encourages personal growth, letting go, and play Tire of hearing yourself complain Rent Read more…

His & Her Top Nine Lists of Online Tools We Can’t Live Without

If you’ve heard Best Friend and I’s story, you know that spreadsheets brought us together. We LOVE anything related to productivity, efficiency, and frugality and are constantly sharing related new’ness with one another. Because so many people ask for our opinions in these areas, we thought we’d get all formal about it in a blog post Read more…

15 Things That Bring Joy to My “Type-A, Frugal, Glass Half-Full” Life

Photo by Angela Garbot Photography Due to childcare  and illness issues, earlier this week, three! of my five speakers on a panel I curated cancelled last minute. That and bad weather are an Event Planner’s worst nightmare. All of the planning, the promotion, the webpage creation, the logistical emails…oy. Ironically, I had created the event four Read more…

Four days in the woods with three guys – what a lady learned

What I learned after a Thursday-Sunday backpacking trip to North Manitou Island, Michigan, a place about six hours from Chicago with no cars allowed, the lone lady in a group of four — One need not spend a bazillion dollars on the bestest equipment REI has to offer.  Wearers of expensive hiking-boots 0, Blisters 2.  Read more…