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Life Lessons For Your Thirties You Might Already Know

This post is brought to you by the feeling that you know what you’re doing, the number 3-0, and Elizabeth McKenzie.

What did you think life would look like at 30? I thought I’d be nestled in an impressive corner office somewhere, living with a partner or married. In this fantasy, I’d also somehow learned how to wear and enjoy high heels? Instead, I was freshly single, working two jobs, slogging my way through $50,000 of school debt. G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S.

My story isn’t particularly unusual, but it’s not one we often see portrayed in books, movies, or tv shows. Unless we’re talking about my friend Elizabeth’s hilarious and helpful new book: The 30 Somethings: Life lessons Of A 30-Something That You Probably Already Know.

It’s part memoir, part self-help guide, 100% honest. Elizabeth is a “lover of boys, jump-starter of her own career, and all-around average woman” (her words!) and this fun, short read is her coming of age story. This is where she
 transforms into the “loud-mouthed, semi-successful, semi-hot, self-important adult” she is today.

Here’s a little excerpt on relationships, I’d like to forward to, oh, many people:

I don’t sit and plot my future where he’s different like I’ve done with past boyfriends. I don’t dream of a future that can only exist when he changes. I know it sounds pretty simple but how many times have you thought about an old partner and your future and put conditions around it like: only if he changes careers, or makes more cash, or gets ambitious, or can pay for fancy dinners, or will lose a bit of weight, or stops smoking.

If you’re a #ladyboss who’s mid-hustle, dating in your thirties, or just someone who appreciates humor and candor, you’ll like this book. It’s $6 for Pete’s sake! Go have a read!

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3 totally old-school tools that keep my business afloat

This post is brought to you by good manners, putting pen to paper, the letter M, and

When people ask which apps/plugins/platforms I use to manage my business, I tell them. Tailwind for Pinterest, Gramblr for Instagram, the Hemingway app writing, Trello for project management.

Much less frequently, people ask me about the old school, physical products I use. Honestly, putting pen to paper does just as much (or more!) for me as any of those fancy apps.

Let’s talk about why the Minted planner is great:

  • It’s date-free, so you can start it anytime you want
  • Spiral binding so it lays flat
  • Month layouts
  • Week layouts
  • ‘Notes’ section at the end of each month
  • You can get them monogrammed like a Fancy Southern Lady
  • They cost $23 which is a fraction of what other planners cost

I will also add: Minted planners are much slimmer than most other planners. Which I happen to like! But if you’re used to three pound, 12″ x 12″ planners, these might be a bit slight for your taste.

The other hold-in-your-hand tools I use? Real, actual thank-you cards for my clients and perfectly sized notebooks. Minted’s thank-you cards are lush and thick and personalize-able. They look waaaaay more posh and polished than a blank set of cards from Target.

Their notebooks are small-ish and slim-ish so they won’t weigh down your bag. You can put your name on the outside cover, a photo on the inside cover, and even choose what type of paper you want – blank, grid, or lined!

And don’t forget that office supplies you buy for your business are tax deductible. Just sayin.’

Go take a peek! I think you’ll love their products. 

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If you love Harry Potter, daily planners, intentional living, or the theater – this is for you.

This post is brought to you by Harry Potter, a more intentional life, the letter H, and Heroine Training

Do you remember Ye Olden Days of the internet? When you’d stumble upon a treasure trove of amazing, helpful, funny posts and spend three hours clicking the ‘older posts’ button?

And then you’d forward your favorite posts to your best friend? And add posts to your ‘favorites folder’ (because this was 2008 and we didn’t have Pinterest yet)?

Encountering Xandra’s work made me feel like that. Her free, theater-inspired bootcamp reached deep into my One Act Play-loving heart. Her adoration of the Pomodoro Method and her ideas for what to do with your ‘breaks,’ got bookmarked immediately.  Her ideas for finding new beginnings? All of it. I LOVE ALL OF IT.

Xandra writes about deeper things, too – things like owning your story and building a happy life for yourself if you struggle with depression. (Also: her Instagram is gorgeous and calming.)

So if you guys love Harry Potter, intentional living, daily planners, or just listicles full of great ideas, go have a poke around Xandra’s site. I think you’ll love it!

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On Accomplishment + Pliés + Doing Hard Things

This post is brought to you by better posture, childhood fantasies, and Fit Ballet

When you think about exercise, what words spring to mind?

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably mouthing the words obligation, hassle, and annoying.

What if, instead of viewing workouts as a necessary evil, we viewed them through the lens of that Anne Lamott quote: “It’s good to do uncomfortable things. It’s weight training for life.”

Or in the words of Fit Ballet‘s found Julie Schechter:
No one seems to care if you can do a pull-up, but everyone notices if you lose five pounds. Is it any wonder that women center their attention on minimizing their physical footprint? But this constant focus on a “skinny” body obscures what the focus should be: accomplishment.


Julie knows a thing or two about doing hard things and accomplishment. She was a lifelong dancer, went to Harvard Law, and was working at a corporate law firm, when she decided she wanted to contribute more to the world. She gave up law and started Fit Ballet.

What is Fit Ballet exactly? It combines the strength and elongation of ballet with high energy circuit training. For those of us who can’t make it to their live classes in New York, there’s an ebook filled with three months (!!) of workouts and videos. There are cute tank tops. There’s a Youtube channel filled with short, free, fun videos that will teach you basic moves and make your butt burn like whooooooa.

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How To Really, Actually Check Items Off Your Bucket List

This post is brought to you by a fulfilling life, the letter B, and Passion Blueprint

Did you start the year with a looooong list of goals and aspirations? A shiny bucketlist of ways you’re going to grab life by the horns this year?

Yeah, me too. So how are we going to, ya know, actually go about doing that?

Welp, we might start by getting help from someone who knows a thing or two about checking items off their bucket list. Enter: Derrick Kwa.

Here’s a short sampling of some of the bucketlist items Derrick’s already checked off:

  • Working with Seth Godin
  • Traveling through 10 countries in two years
  • Contributing to a book
  • Starting a marketing agency in Singapore and landing clients like QuickBooks Asia
  • Playing in professional poker tournaments against some of his favorite celebrity players

And I think he’s, like, 24?

January 21-22nd Derrick is hosting Bucketlist Bootcamp, a live online bootcamp with interactive workshops to help you actually make ish happen this year.

And here’s the best part: IT’S $25 FOR 8 HOURS OF CLASSES.

That’s the price of a mediocre meal at TGIFriday’s. <- won’t improve your life.

Derrick and his co-hosts will cover topics like overcoming fear, dealing with pressure, and why passion isn’t necessarily about enjoyment.

Take a peek at Derrick’s stuff and see if it’s right for you. At that price point, what do you have to lose?!

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photo credit cynthia del rioCathryn Lavery // cc

Whaaaaat? Travel can be simple?!

This post is brought to you by cleverly-packed suitcases, those tiny bags of pretzels, the letter T, and Travel Made Simple.

Travel made simple! Travel doesn't have to be complicated. Promise. >> yesandyes.orgtravel-made-simple

Did you know ‘travel more’ is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions? Who among us wouldn’t like a little adventure and exploration in their life? Travel expands our horizons, teaches us new skills, strengthens relationships, and gives us opportunities to eat cacio e peppe in the shadow of The Duomo.

But we all know that, right? We know travel is awesome and life-expanding but it is also OH GOD SUCH A HASSLE.

Friends, please meet Ali. She’s gonna teach us how to make travel simple.


She’s going to teach us how to bring a carry-on onto any flight (did you know carry-on sizes vary from airline to airline and country to country?!) She’s going to help us figure out if our layover is long enough. She’s going to help us plan a fun, easy week in Italy.

And she has a jillion great resources on her Pinterest boards! Go have a peek, fellow travelers. Travel is about feel soooo much more doable!

I run two sponsored posts each month. Would you like 150-ish words devoted to you and your stuff? I’d love to introduce you to my 13,000+ daily readers! You can check out my traffic and rate info here or drop me a line at sarah (at) yesandyes (dot) org and we’ll get you started!