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MAC & CHEESE PRODUCTIONS GOODNESS | 2015 GIFT GUIDE
If you’re looking for gift ideas, my 2015 Gift Guide is out! Something for everyone.
Finally! The Ventra app!
Join the Mac & Cheese Productions℠ Do Good Army!
Join Cheese-Its and become an education benefactor of Patience and Benigne, two Rwandan children I befriended on a trip over there many moons ago. Read the back story of how the genocide affected them and how we’re helping here. We started off sponsoring Patience and were able to sponsor his sister as well last year!
Per usual, I’ll collect pledges and if we raise the money necessary, I’ll come to collect; only donate if we make our goal.
2015 Goal #1: Patience’s 10th grade year, starting in January — $750, supplies and tuition
2015 Goal #2: Benigne’s 8th grade year, starting in January — $600, supplies and tuition
Financial Track Record
- 2014, 29 people, $825 ($600 was the goal; first year we’re sponsoring Patience AND Benigne, plus sending $225 for Christmas gifts for the family)
- 2013, 31 people, $1200 ($600 was the goal; $600 will go towards this year’s education, $100 will go to gifts to Patience, his sister and his mother, and $500 will go to next year’s education)
- 2012, 29 people, $600
- 2011, 31 people, $750
- 2010, 21 people, $400
- 2009, 19 people, $400
- 2008, 30 people, $400
Pledge form here; join us!
The Made in Chicago Market is back! Come shop local and support fellow Chicagoans as they showcase some of the best apparel, housewares, food and drink that Chicago has to offer!
Temporary housing in Lincoln Park via a friend
Use my link below and get a two for one!
All you have to do is:
- Click here // bit.ly/LWT2for1 (the code is already filled in for you)
- Click order now
p.s. If you need convincing, you can watch their short video from last year and read their recent BuzzFeed article, “If Every Tech Conference Were Like Lesbians Who Tech, Tech Would Be A Much Better
Pains me to say, I agree.”
Ha. I would love for life to ‘suck’ like this again.
IF YOU READ NOTHING ELSE, READ THIS.
Yay Chicago! Finally.
Yes! I love this and do this! I go to the gym for the toiletries, steam room, fluffy towels, HGTV, peace and quiet. And while I do all that, ok, I’ll work out.
YES! No clubs for me either.
Happened to me once, I’m still unsure why…
If I know you and would recommend you, feel free to ask me to do so.
At the non-profit where I used to work.
Stuff I’m personally excited about
- the Mac & Cheese Productions℠ Store is now open, just in time for holiday’ness
- there’s a new Fear Experiment℠ (FE) application process, making it even easier to join the FE Tribe
- the generosity of FE Alum has led to an FE Scholarship Fund (if you know someone who’d benefit from FE and financial-aid, let ’em know!)
- FE9’s show happened recently at the Park West and it was goodness personified
- I was on WGN Radio talking all things Life of Yes℠ recently
- I was featured on WCIU’s “SheRules” segment recently
VIDEO TO WATCH
Besides her obvious Yes’ness, I am in love with Shonda cause she’s all things amazing! Loved learning more about her in this interview. Buy her book!
A note from a peer, which I wholeheartedly agree with!
I’ve noticed a recent trend that has accelerated due to our increasingly interconnected world. A lot of people (myself included) like helping people, but sometimes we half-ass the effort of helping people through a clever little trick: the intro.
Jane Doe comes to you and says, “I need help with X.” A lot of times, you could probably help Jane with X if you put your mind to it, but you don’t have time or you think you don’t have time. Instead, you make an intro to John Y who knows a ton about X and might be able to help Jane. Sometimes John will be willing to help someone like Jane, and other times he’ll be annoyed that you passed the buck to him. Either way, you get to pat yourself on the back because you did something to help Jane even though it took you all of 5 minutes to write an email.
Does this story sound familiar? It does to me, because I do it all the time. And even though I’ve occasionally connected people who genuinely benefited from knowing each other, I’ve used “the intro” as a way to absolve myself of the guilt I feel for wanting to help people but not really wanting to commit to doing a ton of work to make that happen.
So what’s my action plan to correct this sometimes lazy behavior?
1) I’m going to spend less time trying to “help” a lot of people in a shallow (often via making intros) way and spend more time trying to help a few people in a deeper way.
2) Before I introduce any two people, I’m going to make sure that both parties want the intro and have the capacity and time to mutually benefit each other.
3) If I can’t do either of the above, I’ll be honest and just tell people the truth. I’m too busy at the moment.
Mac & Cheese Productions Goodness | NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
Fear Experiment℠ is now easier to apply for! Check out the new process below.
Idea Potluck returns in January — check out why we’re 1/2 way to sold out and tickets have only been on sale for a day.
Change in my travel plans has allowed me to add a few last 2015 offerings, yay! Mingler, Meetup and Life of Yes℠ Workshop.
- Next round is dance or improv, January – March 2016.
- More info and application, including a video that answers all your burning FE questions
Mingler — December date added!
- The event that started it all eleven years ago
- 20 to 30ish strangers come solo for a relaxed evening of low-key, no pressure connection-making
- More info and reserve your spot
Life of Yes℠ Workshop — December date added!
- A great way to end 2015 and look towards 2016
- If you’re looking for inspiration, motivation, and to recharge, this is for you
- More info and register
- Gift cards available through Dabble if you want to gift this to someone!
- Start off 2016 with a bunch of new tools and ideas to keep you efficent, productive, and sane
- More info and register
- Gift cards available through Dabble if you want to gift this to someone!
Life of Yes℠ Meetup — December date added!
- Un-networking at it’s best
- Meet new people who are always friendly and supportive and fabulous
- More info and grab a spot (limited to 20)
- After two months off, we’re baaack!
- January is a special edition — the “Nice, Single Guy” edition
- All the presenters are nice single guys available to date and who’ll say yes to anyone who asks them out as a result of Potluck
- Want to nominate yourself to be a presenter? Think one of your friends should present? Form with details and to fill out and/or share.
- Tickets are going fast, grab one now!
- 2015 Mac & Cheese Productions℠ Gift Guide
- Do Good: Continuation of sponsoring our “not so little anymore” Rwandan friends!
- Cheese-It Giveaway: “One of a Kind” Passes!
- Travel: New Orleans
- One of the most touching birthday gifts I’ve ever received
- What happens when you do something that sounds “horrendous”
For the difference between a Life of Yes℠ meetup, workshop, and camp, head here.
Mac & Cheese Productions Goodness | CHEESE-IT DISCOUNTS & REFERRALS
- You can find my Service Provider Referral List, Venue Referral List, Coffeehouse List, and other lists o’ mine here
- DivvyBikes: though I have two bikes, I’m a member of our city’s bike share program. See why here. Get a free month of membership when you sign uphere
- Park Whiz: compare price, location, and amenities for parking all across the US to find the right parking spot for you. $10 credit when you sign up here
- Gusto: payroll services, tax filings, what I use for all my money’ness; use this link, get $100 when you become a paid user
- Champion Energy: who I use for my electricity (you don’t have to use ComEd!); use this link and code Shillman9894, get a $25 credit on your bill
- LastPass: manage your passwords and other top-secret info (forget about memorizing tons of different passwords!); use this link, get a free month of Premium
- Mailchimp: easily manage email campaigns; use this link, get $30 in Monkey Rewards
- Kitchfix: delicious healthy food delivered to your door; use this link, get $15 off your first order of $30 or more (see my blog post on why I love them)
- LYFT car-service: like a taxi, but way easier to use; use code SAYA20 for discount off first ride
- Uber car-service: like a taxi, but way easier to use; use code UBERCHEESEIT and get a credit for first time users
- Airbnb: my favorite way to lodge when in other cities (you can also make a boatload of cash by being a host); use this link for a $25 credit ($75 if you host!)
- Handy: cleaning service; use code SAYA3359 for $25 off your first use. **NOTE: They’re pretty inexpensive and in the handful of times I’ve used them, definitely feel ‘getting what you’re paying for’. Not the best, not the worst. If you use the same person that might help in things like being late because they couldn’t find you, knowing the quirks of your house, etc. I finally found someone I really like, LaQuita H.**
NOTE: Many of these links give me some type of perk when you use them (so, THANK YOU!)
That’s it, folks! Hope you enjoyed this issue.
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