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Take Action While You’re Still Angry

Take action while you're feeling impassioned and motivated. Set up small, monthly donations to organizations that serve marginalized people.
Welp, it’s seven days after the election and the dust is starting to eeeeeever so slightly settle. I see people on Facebook posting photos of their workouts and their meals and their babies again. After a week of stress eating I’m re-introducing fruit and veggies into my diet. #pizzarollscuresadness

After any catastrophe, there’s a moment when life returns to ‘normal’ and for a lot of people, it seems like that moment is now-ish. Pretty soon we’ll all get swept up in the holidays and before you know it, it’s March. Time marches on, we get used to the ‘new normal’ and our indignation fades into quiet hopelessness and ignorance-is-bliss.

It’s human nature.

So right now, while we’re really feeling it, let’s all take a minute to set up monthly, auto-deducted donations to organizations that serve marginalized people. 

It’s awesome to make a big, one-time donation to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU! But did you know that when you become a sustaining supporter of a NGO your donation goes further? They can spend less time, money, and energy on fundraising because they have a better idea of their budget?

Even if you voted for Trump – because Obamacare failed you or you’re pro-life – I imagine you disagree with some of his proposed policy changes. Like how he doesn’t believe global warming is real?

If everyone who read this blog daily set up a $5 monthly donation THAT WOULD BE $65,000 A MONTH to support good, important causes.

Does this mean we can ‘set it and forget it’ with our political and community involvement? Of course not, but it’s one tiny step we can take to make sure we’re putting our money where our beliefs are well beyond November.

Here’s a great round up of pro-women, pro-immigrant, pro-earth, anti-bigotry organizations that need your support. 

P.S. 19 tiny things you can do to make the world a better place.

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9 Real, Actionable Things We Can Do About Trump

Overwhelmed and sad about Trump being elected? Me, too. But we're not helpless and there are lots of things we can do. Here are 9 things we can do about Trump.
Friends, I self-medicate by making lists and plans.


Last night, as the election results rolled in, I took a shower and sat in bed with my laptop, listing out all the ways we could deal with this new world order.

Here’s what I came up with.

9 Real, Actionable Things We Can Do About Trump

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The Best Chrome Plugins For Your Business + Productivity

These Google plugins will make your business run smoother and your increase your productivity. If you're looking for productivity tips or business advice, look no further! Click through to find out which plugins your should install today! >> yesandyes.org

Guys, let’s talk about Chrome plugins. They’re free, they’re super easy to install and use and they can totally change your business, your productivity, even how much money you spend!

My own list of favorite plugins begins and ends with Block Site, so when Erin offered to share the six plugins that help her run her VA business, I was all ears!

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10 Free Ebooks! Just For You! All In One Place!

10 free ebooks! Access this amazing library of resources - travel ebooks, books about relationships, making friends as adult, managing your finances better, tons of great stuff - all free! Click here to get access >> yesandyes.org
Friends, I have been holding out on you.

Yes, I’ve shared my “secrets” about which jeans you should buy, how you can travel for 11 months on $5,000, and how to be less annoyed with everyone.

I’ve compiled all my best stuff into a series of ebooks but – up until now – those ebooks have been scattered around the internet. Sometimes I promote them, sometimes I forget about them, sometimes I link to them in one blog post buried deep in my archives. No more!

Now all of my best stuff lives in this awesome library.

 

10 free ebooks! Access this amazing library of resources - travel ebooks, books about relationships, making friends as adult, managing your finances better, tons of great stuff - all free! Click here to get access >> yesandyes.org

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workbooks, checklists, and ebooks that will help you get what you want, love what you have, and have time for all of it.

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You can get them all in one place! And when I make new things, I’ll put them there and you’ll always have access!

If you’re like “Yawn. Who cares, Von Bargen? I AM DEEPLY OVER EBOOKS” let me convince you, dear skeptical one!

These are make-a-big-difference-in-your life workbooks

This ain’t no “rehashing a blog post, adding photos, and calling it an ebook” ish. These books go deeper and more in depth than any blog post can. I share tips, ideas, and personal stories that aren’t necessarily blog fodder.

There’s space for taking notes, journaling, and I walk you through interactive exercises that will help you enjoy any trip, save money, make more friends – tons of stuff!

They’re editable pdfs!

You don’t have to print anything out! You don’t have to look at your screen and then scribble into a half-filled legal pad! You can type right into these workbooks, save them to your desktop, and then come back when you have a new insight!

If I’m going to go ahead and toot my own horn, people love them

As I started to go through it I thought “WOW. This is all insanely useful.” Literally every chapter of this book was valuable, especially the second one how to get what you want. I’m going to spend some quality time with these worksheets over the weekend. You should be charging for this 🙂Erin

I’m so glad I downloaded this! I used a lot of it, but the part about finances was SO SO SO helpful. I was able to see what I was doing wrong and your questions helped me to get down to the bottom of my spending problems. Thank you! – Jaim, on the ‘Before You Buy’ workbook

I LOVED it. It honestly felt like having a conversation with a good friend who tells it like it is but also listens and supports you. I’m looking forward to spending some time with the rest of the chapters and have already scheduled tasks to keep myself on track. Thanks for putting this out there, it’s a wonderful tool!  – Moni

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So how do you get these workbooks? 

1. Sign up below!

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Join 15,000 others and get access to my library of free resources -
workbooks, checklists, and ebooks that will help you get what you want, love what you have, and have time for all of it.

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2. You’ll get an autoresponder email with the password to the library

Make sure to check your Spam folder and ‘Promotions’ folder if you don’t hear from me within an hour or two!

3. Download away

Have at it! Download, fill in, and start making ish happen.

4. If you feel so inspired, tell your friends

If you found these workbooks particularly helpful, I’m be so grateful if you helped spread the word.

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As always, a huge, HUGE thank you for making Yes & Yes part of your online life. You guys are The Actual Best.

P.S. If you think my ebooks are beautiful and well-designed, that’s thanks to Elise Epp and Susannah Brinkley. Go hire them!

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When life is too heart-breaking to post listicles

I had a post all written and scheduled and SEO-ed for you guys today. A series of helpful bullet points that would make your online space more likely to convert and capture emails and blahblahblah. It’s not important.

Everything is horrible and heartbreaking and most of us don’t know what to do or where to start. Maybe some of these links will help.

If you don’t quite understand Black Lives Matter, or your knee-jerk response is “Hey! All lives matter!” here’s a great analogy that will explain things better than I can.

This is what white people can do to support #BlackLivesMatter.

Educate yourself on race and racism in America. This curriculum is a good place to start.

Consider joining Campaign Zero.

Find your senator, find your representative, and tell them what you think.

Support legal defense funds that help the families and victims of police violence.

Understand your right to take photos and videos of police officers and know what to say if they tell you stop filming.

Find a Black Lives Matter protest in your city and join it. Most cities have a Facebook page for their local BLM group; this is Minneapolis’s.

Donate to the families of Keith Lamont Scott.

Lastly, know that it’s okay to turn away from social media and tv for a day or two if you need it, to recharge and true your wheels. We’re all heartbroken. We’re all overwhelmed. We need to be our best, smartest, strongest, most compassionate selves to fix this.

If you’ve written or read something you’ve found to be particularly helpful, please share the link in the comments. 

Make The World More Inclusive Through Your Netflix Queue

Want to see more inclusive tv shows? Watch shows that are created by + star people who are different than you. When we watch shows like this, we're telling networks + advertisers to make more!
I would imagine that pretty much everyone reading this wants to make the world a better, kinder, more inclusive place.

And there are so many ways we can do that! We can support companies that use safe, fair workplace practices. We can contact our politicians and make our voices heard. We can make dietary choices that are better for the planet.

What’s one tiny step we can take to make our corner of the world more inclusive?   (more…)