Saturday, September 20, 2014

What if you weren't afraid of 'no'?

This post is brought to you by that knot of fear in your stomach, rejections, the letter T, and Tiffany Han.

Are you afraid of rejection?
Other obvious questions I could ask you:
Are you alive? Are you a human? Do you agree that Beyonce's Blow video is the sexiest thing to happen to your computer screen in ages?

If you're a person, you're probably afraid of rejection. Even with all my yay-saying and new thing trying, I'm not particularly keen on rejection. I gave up my high school love of theater and dance when I got to college and the competition was intimidating. I opted for an easy-acceptance program when I taught ESL rather than tangle with an impressive, could-potentially-reject-me program like Fullbright.

You know who's getting over her fear of rejection? Tiffany Han. In a biiiiiiig way. This year she's racking up 100 rejection letters (!!!) What's she going to get rejected from? What's she going to go after? What happens if she's not rejected? Stay tuned.

And if you're not ready to undertake your own rejection experiment? You can get Tiffany's daily pep talk emails (free!) here or follow along on Twitter and Facebook.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

8 Insanely Wonderful Things To Do In Wisconsin (+ Cheese. Obviously)

travel guide Wisconsin

A few weeks ago, someone asked me about the world's most underappreciated, overlooked travel destination.

I wish I could tell you I'd been all "(hair flip) Well, you know, the yak cheese and vistas of the Langtang trek in Nepal don't get enough press. Those sweet little tea houses! I mean."
(though seriously, it's pretty great.) 

Nope. Instead I nattered on with an awkward level of enthusiasm about Wisconsin. 
What? Yes. 

In all seriousness, I have no idea why Wisconsin isn't a national tourism destination. It's cheap. It's gorgeous. It's filled with a surprising number of things to do.

And because I'm not going to rest till you've been there, I've taken the liberty of outlining an itinerary for you. 

Oh, what's that? You though Pleasantville was just a movie starring a young Reese Witherspoon? Wrong, my dude. Perfect small town America still exists and it just so happens that two of these flawless little towns are 12 minutes apart (!!!)

Mineral Point is filled with sweet, tiny art galleries and pottery studios and most of the houses are lovingly maintained historic homes (we stayed in this adorable, historically registered Airbnb.) Dodgeville is perfect for an afternoon of poking around, coffee drinking, and lunch at Bob's Bitchin' BBQ.

2. Discover Frank Lloyd Wright
Real talk: I've yet to visit Wright's famous Taliesin house, mostly because I'd rather spend my $45 on cheese. But if you're a nerd for architecture, this is probably your mothership. The 21,000 square foot home includes a "loggia" and a "garden room" which is just another reason I shouldn't visit. Because it'll just remind that two potted plants in my office do not a garden room make.

3. Eat your weight in cheese (obviously)
No visit to Wisconsin is complete without a stop at a dairy. If you're really serious about cheese (which you should be) make time for a cheese factory or dairy tour. Eau Galle Dairies and Hennings Cheese both offer tours. 

Pro tip: if you're buying fresh cheese curds, they should not be refrigerated and they should really, actually squeak when you chew them!

4. Visit breweries
While I'm more of a vodka gimlet type (because on the inside I'm a wealthy, 70-year-old woman), there are many beer lovers in my life. And those people won't shut up about New Glarus. Like, they'll talk about That One New Glarus Beer They Drank That One Time, over brunch, two years after the fact. New Glarus has won heaps of awards and they don't distribute their beer outside of Wisconsin so it's a special, local treat for you out-of-staters!

5. Buy some Amish-made goods
About 15,000 Amish people make their homes in Wisconsin and they're renowned for their amazing food, quilts, and woodwork. You can take a tour of an Amish community and learn about all sorts of interesting things - horse breeding, harness making, barn raising. Of course, you should also buy a home baked pie.

As a sidenote, most Amish people are super friendly to outsiders and happy to talk about their way of life but would prefer not to be photographed. 

6. Tube the river
River tubing is practically a state pastime in Wisconsin. As a veteran tuber I can tell you 
a) have a separate, tiny tube for your cooler 
b) wear way more sunscreen than you think you need 
c) wear lace up shoes or strappy athletic sandals

There are heaps of tubing places; Wisconsin Riverside Resort is a personal favorite. 

Honestly, I could probably write a 700-word love letter to each of these destinations and I doubt my editorial capabilities in describing them accurately. I will merely ask you "Have you ever felt like you wanted to live inside David Lynch's brain?" If you just shouted "Yes!" at your computer screen, then you should plan visits to both of these places.

8. See a desert (!!!)
Did you know that Wisconsin has a desert? Because it does. Like, the kind with cacti and lizards and everything. I'll spare you the geographic explanation for all those sand dunes, but know that it's a fun little stop off in between all that cheese and beer. 

What do you think is America's most unsung travel destination? And if you're from Wisconsin, what did I fail to mention?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Finding The Right People For Your Blog Crawl (and keeping them + your readers happy)

Last week, we solved the mystery of what a blog crawl actually is and why you might want to host one. Today, we’re talking about finding + wooing the right contributors. Pop over to my small business blog if you want to know how I managed to get 9,100+ people to download a sample of my course!

P.S. If you didn't see it on Twitter, I'm now offering three, specific-to-you suggestions to evvvvveryone who subscribes to my small business newsletter. Just sign up here, click 'reply' to the confirmation email, and then send me your url! I'll have a quick stalk and send you a few ideas to bring more traffic and sales to your site.

A Change Is As Good As A Break! 17 Little Things You Can Switch Around To Make Life More Interesting

little life changes

“Hey, hi! I like your haircut! I bet you want the Bun Chai with fried tofu and extra noodles, right? And hold the bean sprouts and basil, hmm? I’ll set aside a takeaway box for you right now because I know how you are, girl!”

This is the exchange that happens every time I go to Trieu Chau (which is, um, probably more than is healthy.) For as much traveling and new-stuff-trying as I do, I am deeply, dorkily a creature of habit. 

I’ve been using up and repurchasing the same jeans and lipstick for two years now.
I literally buy these in bulk.
I’ve been running (re: trudging at a slightly-faster-than-average-pace) the same set of stairs for aaaages.

And even though I've worked really hard to create this no-boss, work-from-anywhere life, I find myself wearing a rut into my days, doing the same (perfectly nice) things over and over and over. 

So lately, I’ve been making a really concious effort to change things up. Many of the changes I’ve been making are laughably small. Ordering something different at Trieu Chau. Working from a different public library. VENTURING INTO AN EXCITING NEW WORLD OF MEAT ALTERNATIVES.

These changes are hardly earth shattering but they’re slowly adding up to a daily life that I'm more excited about and engaged in than ever. 

With that in mind, here are 17 tiny little swap outs + changes you could try in your daily life. Really and truly, a change is as good as break!

1. Order a new hot beverage
Let’s talk tea. Or cider. Or an Americano. I've been surprising my barista every time I order something other than ‘a large cup of light roast for here.’

2. Buy a Groupon for a new restaurant in your neighborhood and order something you've never had
I frequent the same three restaurants in my neighborhood week after week. Why not pop over to Groupon, type in that zip code and buy the cheapest option you can find. You’ll keep money in your neighborhood, support a small business, and maybe find your new favorite hang out. (Earn good karma points by writing a positive review if you loved it!)

3. Construct an outfit around one of your closet orphans
You know what I’m talking about. Those cute pieces you never wear, gathering wrinkles at the back of your closet. Move them to the front and create an outfit around ‘em. And if you still don’t like them? Set aside a few hours for a closet purge.

4. House swap with friends for the weekend
I house swapped with a friend in L.A. a few years ago and it was woooonderful! But you can swap with a friend somewhere a lot closer to home. It’s fun spend the weekend anywhere new - even if it’s just an hour and a half away! See if any of your Facebook friend are keen to switch homes for a long weekend and then get to know a new city.

5. Take a different route (or type of transportation) to work
What if you took side streets instead of the highway? What if you took the train or the bus? Or your bike? You’ll meet new people and see new parts of your city from the back of bike or a train. 

6. Try out a new hairstyle
I’ve pretty much go two hairstyles - Kardashian-y and straight. But when I wear it twisted up and around? Or with a scarf? Or a hat? I feel like a totally different person.

7. Ask your boss if you can come in/leave early or vice versa
If you’re accustomed to a 5:50 am alarm or finishing work at 7 pm, life feels totally different when your workday leans to the left by a few hours. See if your boss is willing to switch your hours around for a week and then enjoy the luxury of sleeping in or finishing work by 3:30. 

8. Take a new class at your gym
Of course (of course!) I’m all about Zumba and Hip Hop classes. But I’m working up the nerve to try a spin class (terrifying!) or something involving kettlebells. Join me?

9. Read a magazine about a topic you know nothing about
Reading an entire book on a topic you know nothing about is a bit of an undertaking, but a magazine? You can do that. Knitting! Cats! Woodworking

10. Go to open mic night
They’re free, fascinating, and a great way to support independent coffee shops/bars/cafes and artists. Most cities have multiple open mics every night - in Minneapolis, the Acme Comedy open mic night is awesome/hilarious/horrible/scary.

11. Listen to a new radio station 
Guys, I have recently become The Sort Of Person WHO LISTENS TO JAZZ. What?! 99% of the time I toggle between this hipster station and Top 40 foolishness but after hearing the same 10 songs on both stations I happened upon 88.5. Just this one little change has made my drives calmer and exponentially more mellow. What would happen if you changed the media you consumed? What if you navigated away from drive time djs who make sexist comments and use sound effects?

12. Switch your part
Allofasudden my hair is full of body and my scalp is all “What are you even doing?!”

13. Swap out your bedding for something totally different
My BFF introduced me to The Wonder That Is Patterned Sheets. And then if you use different, but coordinating patterns? It’s like you're tucking yourself into a design book. Of course, sheets can be expensive so I’m a big fan of thrifting them. (Yes, I know some people find that vaguely disgusting but have you ever stayed in a hotel? Then you’ve slept on sheets that other people have slept on.)

14. Go to an international grocery store and buy a bunch of things you've never tried
One of my go-to brunch tricks is to bring ‘adventure fruit salad.’ I head to Sun Foods, buy all the fruit I can’t identify (and a few things I know everyone loves) cut it all up and toss it in a bowl. If you live in the Twin Cities, check out Cosetta’s Italian Market, Sun Foods, Awash Market, or Ikea’s market for Scandinavian treats

15. Wear a new shade of nail polish, a new color of eyeliner, a new shade of lipstick
Did you know that purple eyeliner looks really lovely with brown eyes? Or that black nail polish can look professional? And I’m pretty sure that this lipstick will help me accomplish that coveted Who Me I’m Not Wearing Lipstick I’m Just Naturally Beautiful look. 

16. Sit with someone you don't know at lunch
Does every lunch break involve your work BFF and the same table by the window? What if you sat with Megan from accounting? Or Brandon from marketing? You might make a new buddy or get to sample those cupcakes Brandon’s always mowing.

17. Rent a car that's totally unlike yours for the weekend
Slightly extravagant? Yes. Totally fun? Also yes. If you’re a minivan driver, experience the wonder of a zippy little Mini for the weekend. Rent a convertible for a weekend of leaf-ogling. Rent something with four-wheel drive and explore dirt roads. (Hotwire and AAA are great for car rental discounts!) 

How do you get out of a rut? What little changes would you add to this list?

photo by Rafael Croffi // cc

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mornings In Zambia

This is one of many Mornings In _______ posts in which gorgeous women from all over the world let us peek at their breakfast and beauty routines. Fun, right?

Hometown: Lusaka, Zambia
Age: 24 and 23
Occupation: Fashion bloggers/consultants, makeup artist and stylist, Economics and Law Students

Our alarms are set for: Kahyi – 5:30am, Key – 6am but snoozed until about 7:30am.

Most mornings we eat: Porridge, made from Maize meal (ground maize grains), with a generous amount of powdered groundnuts. We especially love this because it is terribly yummy (!) and filling. We buy the ingredients from the local supermarket for about K30 ($5) for the Maize Meal and less than K5 (less than $1) for the ground peanuts. 

We usually cook it ourselves (if we aren’t at our Grandmother’s, she’s the breakfast guru of our family) and it takes roughly 20 minutes to prepare/boil, as the maize meal and the grounded nuts must be a smooth and perfect blend of texture and flavour. 

On days when we need to leave the house in a hurry, we typically have Kellogg’s Corn Flakes breakfast cereal, or ‘Bokomo Rainbow Whole Wheat Crunchies’ (with a large helping of milk). 

On special occasions, most people will have the maize meal and grounded peanut porridge along with the typical English breakfast.

Our beauty routines consists of: We've been drawn to Forever Living’s Aloe Deep – Cleansing Exfoliator for exfoliating our skin after a hectic week. In addition to this, before washing off our make-up every (other) evening, we use Cuddlers Baby Wipes, because they don't contain alcohol and won't dry out our skin. 

For make-up, Key uses her recent favourite foundation, Dermacolor and Kahyi is currently in love with NK’s deep plum lipstick. Like many Zambian ladies, we trust Dark and Lovely’s Olive Oil Moisturiser for our hair.

Then, we head to work by: public transport on days when we have the luxury of time, or by car when we have to be somewhere quickly as Lusaka traffic can often times be a pain. On average, our commute takes about an hour and costs K4.50 ($0.75).

Monday, September 15, 2014

True Story: My Family and I Immigrated From Colombia to the U.S. - And We Love It!

This is one of many True Story interviews in which we talk to people who have experienced challenging/amazing/interesting things. This is the story of Annie, her family, and their decision to leave Colombia and immigrate to America.

Tell us a bit about yourself! 
I'm Annie, a 25-year-old Colombian-American currently living in Utah. I'm a Writing Tutor and do Marketing for some local businesses. I got two B.S.s (Psych & Marketing with a Rhetoric Minor) and am planning on attending grad school next year. I enjoy blogging, daydreaming, working out, watching TV, and mostly staying in.

What do you remember about life in Colombia?
I remember our home and my wonderful childhood. I wasn't/am not a spoiled brat but my parents always did give me what I wanted when it was appropriate. I got good grades and was one of the best at English - to the point where I sometimes corrected my teachers, who weren't fans.

I also remember my friends and our get-togethers, my crushes, our road trips to go see relatives at Christmastime-New Year's, getting to grow up "with" Shakira, Juanes, and Sofia Vergara, watching American shows (we were big fans!), having a maid (like almost everyone else), and even starting to talk to myself in what I'm sure was broken English back then, haha.

Why did your parents choose to immigrate? 
Although it's much better now, 80s-90s Colombia wasn't an ideal place to live in. My parents did a good job of sheltering me from some things (though I'd randomly catch awful news reports), but once our family became personally affected by a particular situation, my parents knew it was time to consider moving. My dad had been an exchange student in Texas when he was a teen, we had all been to Orlando, and my parents knew NY and Chicago from business trips, so we knew this country would be a great next home.

Do you remember anything about the immigration process?
It all started in Colombia, although the actual asylum process began with our lawyer soon after we arrived in Utah ('02). We were granted political asylum in 2006 after two trials (one for each of my parents). That same year, we became residents and then we had to wait at least five years to apply for citizenship, which we did in 2011. Then we were given materials to prep for the Naturalization Exam, some months later took our exams separately (we had to just answer a few questions right and prove that we could speak English), and a few weeks after that, were invited to the Naturalization Ceremony. There, we took the Oath of Allegiance, did some other things, and BECAME U.S. CITIZENS!

What was your first impression of America? 
My parents, dog and I were pretty much on our own; we relied just on ourselves. My dad had done some research into SLC before moving and knew what neighborhoods were right (East) and which wouldn't be (West). That's how we knew of a local K-8 Catholic school, in which they enrolled me the day after we arrived, and about some condos nearby, which is where we moved upon our arrival. My parents got jobs in Park City (30 mins away), and a couple years later we were able to buy a home just a couple blocks from my high school (which was right next to my middle school and future university in SLC).

What were your first few years like here in the U.S.? 
I loved my first years in this country. Because I had been taking English-language classes since I was six, I was able to assimilate successfully: I walked to/from all my schools, had friends, and was always super involved. Being a (happy) goody two-shoes, I did very well in school, although I was bullied for a bit soon after I arrived. I couldn't understand what she had against me, but because I can't stand getting taken advantage of, I promptly reported her to my parents and our principal; she dealt with her and got her to leave me alone.

It also took me a while to learn that I needed to wear makeup at 13 because at my old school, which was all-girls, none of us did. And then there were guys! I was so smitten :). However, I don't know if I'd have my kids in co-ed schools because the opposite sex can be so distracting, haha!

My parents loved it here too (despite the stresses of the citizenship process). Though they were able to land good jobs in Park City soon after we arrived, they always regretted not having advanced degrees that they could have relied more on. (That's why to us immigrants, education is such a BIG deal.) They had successful businesses in Colombia, but here they had to become employees: my mom at an alterations shop and my dad as a surveyor and later restaurant manager. When that alterations shop closed, my mom decided to start her own and now it's the top alterations shop in two counties! Being a Renaissance man, my dad has been able to transition to other jobs and now he works in investment and retail trading. Together we're also looking to re-launch an organic/all-natural soap-making business.

How do you feel about America's immigration policies and the DREAM Act?
At first I had mixed feelings about things like the DREAM Act and similar "pardons": We had done everything right and taken care of business the way we were supposed to, and then there are these families that didn't do it the right way and could nevertheless potentially get what we fought so hard to get? (My parents are actually less stringent than me about this.)

But I've slowly come to realize that the kids aren't at fault and that there are SOOO many good families out there that now I get sad when I see they haven't reached their full potential because of a single mistake (albeit a pretty big one). Most are outstanding members of their communities, and we'd be lucky to have them as actual legal residents. 

While I don't rejoice in the grim circumstances that brought us here, I am fortunate that my parents were able to turn that situation into an opportunity. They also knew that they didn't want to come here illegally because that'd harm us more than benefit us, and that's why as a non-mom, I often am like, "WHY do others even sign up for that life??!!" The reason is that they're beyond desperate and prefer giving their families relatively better lives here without documents than continue living miserably in their home countries. That bravery is commendable and it fits our American spirit.

You've never been back to Colombia and your parents have only been back twice. Has anyone ever hassled them/you about becoming 'too' American?
Not at all. And if they did, we wouldn't care because we love this country :). I tear up every time I hear the Star-Spangled banner and we're as happy as clams here. I think because they moved here as adults, my parents have been better able to maintain their "colombianness," but I was 13 when we moved, so I may have a greater chance of being labeled "too" American. (Which, again, I wouldn't really care about.) I enjoy merging the values I grew up with new things I'm learning (e.g., I'm more accepting of gay marriage now), though for many things, I'll forever be gladly "stuck in my old ways" (e.g., I'm not having sex until I get married).

And while I still enjoy some Latin media and we've always spoken Spanish at home (with a few phrases in English in between), the truth is that I love American TV, movies, and music. In fact, in a given week, I may listen to just one Latin song but hundreds of American ones. Culturally, our country's the most innovative, so why not embrace that? If that makes me too American, then so be it.

Your family has really put down roots here - owning businesses, attending school, volunteering. What do they love about most America?
The safety/security and the privacy. In Colombia, everyone knows everything about everyone. (Or maybe we were just very well-connected?) Here, no one minds your business and (if you're in the right part of town) you can be out on your own at any time of day and be wearing lots of expensive stuff and no one'll give a da**. Better yet, no one'll try to rip it off you. (In shady areas of Colombia, this has been a grave issue for a while.)

Thanks so much for sharing, Annie! Have any of you guys immigrated with your families? Or on your own? Do you have any questions for her?
P.S. True Story: I immigrated to America - and then moved back to my home country and Americans attempting to answer questions from the citizenship test

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Web Time Wasters

(start at 1:10) 

How was your week, guys? I surprised my guy for his birthday with a day trip to Wisconsin (we're trying to visit all of their amazing supper clubs) and I also helped my BFF of 22 years pack up her house. She's moving to Santa Fe! I'm so happy for her and so sad for myself! Ah well, one more couch to crash on, right? 

Anyhoo. Enough crying over departing BFFs. Links for you!

If you are on a date and you don't like what you see, you have every right to publicly or privately end the relationship's potential right there. Physical beauty is a completely acceptable characteristic that you're allowed to check off on your list of "must-haves." But you are not—never, never-ever-ever—allowed to demean another human who does not meet that level of beauty. Even if you feel compelled to just "tell it like it is."

What happens when a dude goes a month without porn
Day 29 – 2:30 PM
Saw a commercial for “The Big Bang Theory” in which Kaley Cuoco jumps up and down. Full relapse.

Ooooh! Such a clever DIY for a classy litter box solution. 

I'm sure someone in your life needs temporary robot tattoos


Isn't it disappointing when one of your favorite performers turns out to be racist

Related: if you're looking to fill an Iggy-shaped hole in your life, might I recommend Azalea Banks or Angel Haze

The aesthetics of possibility, found in the girl’s dance, in Gebreels’s art, in prayer vigils, looting, insurrections (that some call “rioting”) and protesting in Ferguson, are modes of collective study, a form of what Jacque Derrida might envision as the “unconditional university,” a mode of collective, improvisatory study that privileges the “as if.” We act, through the aesthetics of possibility, as if we already are what we want to be, as if we already have what we want to give away, as if liberation is already with us, as if resources were already equitably distributed. In such desiring, in such aspiration, is the enactment of the otherwise world. Here. Now.

Does your Sunday have too many free hours? Does your salad have too many walnuts

Did we already talk about this book? I/my cat need it. 

I am compleeeeetely obsessed with Dead Man's Town - indie bands covering all the song on Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The USA.'

I love how Tracy is using some of her extra photos in the 'And I quote' series!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Spiritual mentorship + Packing for SE Asia + Counteracting Your Cubicle

I had big plans to repaint my pantry and clean out the hall closet, but instead I'm going to look through some links from this month's sponsors. Join me?

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thoughts on 'People Watching' + Kindness

This is some mean, unnecessary shit. 

We've just wrapped up state fair season here in Minnesota. During the month of August, hundreds of thousands of people converged on St. Paul to eat food on sticks, look at the state's most impressive livestock, and collect lots of promotional frisbees/pens/visors.

Our state fair is one of the most famous in the country and it's a summer must-do for lots of us. We can't wait to coo over baby pigs and seed art and eat our weight in Sweet Martha's cookies.

In addition to all that cookie-eating, a chief pastime of some fair attendees is 'people watching.'
What makes someone worth watching? A fellow human worth watching has the shear, unequalled audacity to  wear a fanny pack or a mesh t-shirt or "jorts with a braided leather belt." They have the gall to appear in public while overweight. They visit upon us the terror that is a motorized scooter.

In fact, these people are so jarring to the eye, so totally worthy of mockery that several local radio stations felt that it would be hilarious to reduce our fellow Minnesotans to spots on a bingo card. 

Can you believe these people?! Wearing clothing they personally find stylish! Not taking notes about what's considered fashionable in a city hundreds of miles from where they live! Dressing for comfort because they'll be walking around in the sun all day!

I'm going to be complete buzzkill, pull out my soap box, and put on my Mom Voice for a second. Wouldn't the world be boring if we all looked + dressed + thought the same? And couldn't ye olde Golden Rule be applied here? 

I'd be pretty brokenhearted to discover someone covering the 'white woman with bangs + hipster glasses' or 'unmarried thirty-something obsessed with her pet' square on their shitty, mean-spirited bingo sheet when they saw me across the midway.

Is this bingo player beyond reproach? Are they so flawless in their appearance and corndog-eating habits that they're above judgement? Let he who has never worn jorts cast the first stone, my friends. Other people don't exist for our entertainment. 

Of course, I'm not totally immune snarky thoughts and judging eyerolls - not by any stretch of the imagination. I've certainly nudged my friends and snickered over, well, a million things.

But I know I can do better.
I suspect everyone can do better.

And I imagine that starts by remembering people are more than a spot on a bingo card. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What the eff is a blog crawl? And should you host one? (Only if you want more traffic + sales + subscribers)

Are you mystified by the concept of 'blog crawls'? Me, too.

At least I was until I took part in one and got heaps of new followers. So then I hosted one myself! This is the first post in a three post series about why you should give 'em a try and the logistics of hosting one yourself. Pop over to my small business blog to find out more!