Category: Party of One

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…

Guest Post: The 4 Phases of Fear – The Summer I Saw Them All

This is a Guest Post by Heather whom I met when I coordinated a Saturday morning volunteer program via Chicago Cares. About fifteen to twenty of us would take a school bus to an Englewood elementary school and lead activities for thirty or so 3rd to 8th graders. Though I stepped down years ago, I’m Read more…

Guest Post: When plans go to shit, create a story

I started a Party of One journey years ago, and while it’s changed in structure, I still wholeheartedly stand behind the thought that interacting with life as a party of one is a valuable and insightful way to go about your business. So not only do I continue to solo it, I encourage others to do 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…

What a spontaneous eight days by myself in Mexico looks like

  In January  I decided for various reasons to head South, solo. A few weeks later, via the free ticket I had gotten in December by saying Hell yes! to being bumped and an overnight stay in Atlanta in the worst smelling hotel on either side of the Mississippi — I’m convinced it’s one of Read more…

Have you let “but I’m single…” stop you?

I’ve always been interested in what we do and don’t do by ourselves and what factors factor into those decisions. Surprised and touched by all the positive responses to my recent solo Mexico trip, I thought Cheese-Its would find solo trips by others inspiring and motivating as well. So, sharing!  This Guest Post is by Laura Read more…

PARTY OF ONE: Why your password should be Iwilltr@velso1o

This is a Guest Post by Stacy Armistead. I got to know her over the years via her participation in the inaugural a capella Fear Experiment℠ group, as an Idea Potluck Dish, and consistent Cheese-It participant in online and offline communities. One thing she no longer is is a Chicagoan. Boo. Yay. I’m always sad to lose Read more…

Now THIS is how to be a Badass

This is a Guest Post by Elyse Brendlen. I first met Elyse when she was a camper at one of my Life of Yes℠ Sleepaway Camps (LOYSC) Summer 2013. A complete rando – and I mean that in the most loving way possible! – she learned about LOYSC through a Tasting Table article, a blog Read more…

Goodbye, Chicago! Gah! What am I doing?!

As you may have gleaned from my most viral blog post, which led to a Tribune article, a WBEZ interview, and a Chicago Magazine mention, leaving my beloved Chicago has been top of mind. Inquiring Minds, and wow! there are a lot of you — poor Husband has been cornered by “Are you moving?!?!” squealers Read more…