Smatterings: August 2015 Vol I

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I’m featured in an awesomely produced video! 

  • “Next Door Community Stories highlight people in our community, and the awesome things they’re doing to make waves in Chicago. It’s about their inspirations, their ideas and their success.” 
  • Watch video
  • If you haven’t checked out Next Door yet, do! Awesome place doing such great community building.

Digital Garage Sale

  • I’m continuing to downsize and adjust paths I travel, which means getting rid of stuff
  • New items added, including freebies!

Fear Experiment℠

  • Sign up solo to create community via an art form that perhaps you’re not the best at and then perform in front of 700
  • The Fall class – storytelling, a capella, and stepping – is being selected now
  • If you want to get on the waitlist, head here

Life of Yes℠ Sleepaway Camp

  • 16 of us just returned from an amazing weekend in Somewhere Magical
  • “Truly one of the best experiences of my life” – camper
  • Unplugged, everyone comes solo
  • Stay tuned for a blog post on our getaway
  • If you’d like to apply to Fall’s getaway, head here

Life of Yes℠ Meetup

  • Chatting with strangers on couches and armchairs about how to live a full life – professionally, socially, romantically, whatever-ally…
  • Sharing of resources, ideas, and overall positivity. 
  • More info and rsvp

Life of Yes℠: Live YOUR Dream, not THE Dream workshop

  • I share personal anecdotes and the philosophies that have shaped my path, encouraging students to have “Aha!” moments and think proactively about how you can get the most out of life. 
  • You’ll leave not only with big-picture philosophies but also small-actionable steps you can apply immediately.
  • Last one for awhile!
  • See reviews, more info, and register here

Idea Potluck

Pub Quiz Night

  • In true M&C fashion, you are encouraged to come solo.
  • You’ll be put on a team of (friendly) strangers. Is it scary to come by yourself? YES! Will you live and have a good time? YES!
  • Questions will range from “Name the Brady Bunch housekeeper” to “The unrest in which Asian country in 2007 was called ‘The Safran Revolution’?”, and everything inbetween
  • The first one sold out and was a ridiculous blast, jump on this NOW

Productivity Class

  • I share an overview of numerous resources (mostly tech-based) that I use on regular basis to maintain organization, frugality, and efficiency, along with tips and insight, to give you a starting point to deciding which tools to further investigate and incorporate into your own life.
  • This class is not about learning the ins and outs of specific tools, but about someone else narrowing the overwhelming field of options and presenting her best-practices and favorites for you to choose which you’d like to learn on a deeper level.
  • Many people get work to pay for this!
  • See reviews, more info, and register here

Recent Blog Posts

Cheese-It Discounts

For the difference between a Life of Yes℠ meetup, workshop, and camp, head here

When You’re Suffering, Do It Anyway. And Let NOTHING Stop You.

Eep! What do you think of this gal’s new email policy?!

“For the emails that fall into the longer categories, strangers can send an email to me longer than 140 characters…if they’ve determined that sending the email is something they truly must do. In an effort to raise consciousness and be mindful of the very little time we all share here on earth, those folks will have to submit a $1 USD fee to be able to send it.”

The 140 Character Email: An Experiment in Sanity

Mac & Cheese Productions℠ is excited to partner with the Lesbians Who Tech to offer a special discount for the Lesbians Who Tech Summit (and allies), October 1st – 4th in New York.

 Cheese Its get 25% off with the code LWTMAC. Reserve your spot today!

Also, if you are a student or simply can’t afford the cost of the ticket you can apply for a scholarship here.

Lesbians Who Tech is the community of queer women in/around the tech world (and the people who love them). Started in 2012 in San Francisco, the community has over 10,000 women and chapters in 25 cities. Whether you work at a tech company, have a technical job, or just love technology. Even if you’re just obsessed with every new app that comes out, Lesbians Who Tech wants you to get geeky with techy folks just like you, land gigs, and make new friends and connections. The Lesbians Who Tech Summit is open to everyone.

p.s. If you are new to Lesbians Who Tech here is a short video on Lesbians Who Tech, our a great article in BuzzFeed about our San Francisco Summit, “If Every Tech Conference Were Like Lesbians Who Tech, Tech Would Be A Much Better Place

40 Rituals that Make Relationships Last 40+ Years

10 Life-Changing Tips for Highly Sensitive People

7 Reliable Steps to Change Your Life at Any Age

I have cut many of these folks out of my life.

9 Signs it’s Time to Change Your Mindset

Definitely do your own research!

In Love and Warcraft-Pre-production-ad art
Activity to do! (That can be free!)In Love and WarcraftBy Madhuri Shekar
directed by Tlaloc Rivas
a Chicago premiere production
August 13 through September 20, 2015
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 6pm

Beginning  August 13, Halcyon Theatre presents In Love and Warcraft by Madhuri Shekar, a romantic comedy about fear and acceptance of intimacy both physical and emotional in a cute and geeky leaning way. In Love and Warcraft is directed by nationally acclaimed director Tlaloc Rivas.

Evie Malone—gamer girl, college senior and confirmed virgin—has it all figured out. Not only does she command a top-ranked guild in Warcraft with her online boyfriend, she also makes a little cash on the side writing love letters for people who’ve screwed up their relationships. Love is like Warcraft, after all. It’s all about strategies, game plans, and not taking stupid risks. But no amount of gaming expertise can help her out when she’s next to a handsome, non-virtual, boyfriend, who is ready to rock all of her worlds.

There are two paths you can take to reach your seat —

1.) Through our Radical Hospitality program, we are holding a number of seats for first come, first serve, free entrance to every performance. The box office opens one hour before the performance.

2.) Audience members who prefer guaranteed admission can do so for a $20 fee ($10 for the Ceyx series) paid in advance online.

Halcyon Theatre is in-residence at Christ Evalengical Lutheran Church in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood. We are two blocks west of Kedzie Ave and two blocks north of Montrose Ave, on the corner of Wilson and Spaulding in Chicago.
More information may be found here

The Car Insurance Companies That Charge More If You’re Single

You Can Order and Pay for Drinks Ahead of Time With the Starbucks App

Showgoers Syncs Up Netflix So You Can Watch Movies with Remote Friends


Just had #1, best burger I’ve ever had!


Jane McGonigal on Getting More Done with Less Stress and The Health Benefits of Gaming

How to Live Wisely

Why Everything Does Not Happen For A Reason

Woot! Gal who graduated with me from Boston College — BC Class of 2000!

Jen Welter hired by Cardinals; believed to be first female coach in NFL

Beautiful story about beautiful people succeeding in the most lovely way. If you came to Fear Experiment℠ Seven last December, you’ll remember Andrea as the courageous soul who shared her story. Check out the Cara Program for all the good they’re doing!

Met the owner the other day, go support her, she’s great!

On his smooth moves with the ladies.
(He does Workplace Improv and Improv for Non Improvisers — see how he can help your company!)

NoWait Tells You the Wait Time at Nearby Restaurants

How to Deal With the Frustration of Moving Back in With Your Parents

This Chart Shows How Important Networking Is to Finding a Job

The U.S. Cities With the Most Undervalued (and Overvalued) Housing

Habit Creep: The Gradual and Reasonable Way to Improve Yourself

Introduce Your Friends to Each Other to Boost Everyone’s Happiness

The Ideal Temperature for Beer, Coffee, and Other Beverages

Android Vulnerability Lets Hackers Control Your Phone With One Text

I Like Instagram

The social network creates a space for intimacy and gratitude, despite being a broadcast medium.

I Like the Bus

There’s something to be said for taking the long way home.


The Dinner Party


Those Top 37 Things You’ll Regret When You’re Old

Hmmm, not sure I agree….

Marriage Means Accepting That It’s Sometimes Gonna Suck

Attention is not our currency


Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
(from Cheryl Strayed, author of WILD)

From a reader:”If you haven’t read it yet, it’s a compilation of letters to Dear Sugar (aka Cheryl Strayed) and the advice she gives in response.

I was struck by how Strayed can take any horrendous, gut-wrenching human problem and apply empathy and wisdom to make you feel like even this is something you can deal with, and even use to make you a better person.”
Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills—and it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice.
Tiny Beautiful Things brings the best of Dear Sugar in one place and includes never-before-published columns and a new introduction by Steve Almond.  Rich with humor, insight, compassion—and absolute honesty—this book is a balm for everything life throws our way.

FW: Chicago is the premier magazine for women who live, work and play in Chicago.
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The most common complaint about intense interval training is that people hate it. The 10-20-30 training may solve that problem.

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That’s it, folks! Hope you enjoyed this issue.

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