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@cynthiarturner Thanks for sharing your experience! SF is definitely on my radar -- so many of my folks have found their way out there. The housing costs and process scares me though! I do love Portland.

We shall see! So many options.

Very happy to hear your leap was a good one --

1 week ago on Words I never thought I’d say: is it time for me to leave Chicago?

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@HKNardini Itchy Feet! Ha, I love that.

I didn't realize you had moved so much Hope, though doesn't surprise me -- you are ADVENTURE and LIVING LIFE!

Thanks for the rah rah rah, much appreciated.

1 week, 1 day ago on Words I never thought I’d say: is it time for me to leave Chicago?

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Thanks for chiming in @kevinpnye! And yay for strangers connecting and offering kindness. Have a great holiday!

1 week, 2 days ago on Words I never thought I’d say: is it time for me to leave Chicago?

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@RossW Having a thought and then writing a blog post that takes 10 minutes to pen doesn't seem to be overthinking a topic in my mind.
What you call 'mundane' sounds like heaven to me, whereas what comes with raising a child does not. 

I don't want to realize there's more to life than coffeeshops and spreadsheets, I LOVE my life.

Regardless, it doesn't matter what I think when it comes to your life and your life choices, and vice versa, right? That's what makes the world the best! What you want for yourself doesn't have to be what I want myself. This post was about me realizing something about and for me, not a judgment on what others choose. Good luck with all your feelings of satisfaction, however you choose to get them! :)

1 week, 2 days ago on How a lovely relationship has closed my womb

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@milanogirl All about quality of life for me. That's priority.


Thanks for sharing your story! 

Been interesting to see how many of my friends are considering non-traditional parenting b/c they're partnerless or can't have kids the traditional way. Foster parenting, adopting, surrogacy (both in offering and in having someone do it for them), etc.

1 week, 3 days ago on Words I never thought I’d say: is it time for me to leave Chicago?

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@stacyarmisted Wow, big change and update! Sounds like you have a network over there already but if you need/want more at some point, let me know. Have some folks that way.

1 week, 3 days ago on Words I never thought I’d say: is it time for me to leave Chicago?

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@billstreeter Seems all relative Bill. I have so many friends here who love how friendly and cheap and easy to live in it is compared with where they came from. People who've moved here to start a family. To make money. Etc.

That's what's great about life! What works for you doesn't have to work for others, and vice versa. There's a home for everyone.

Now, just to find that home for me...

1 week, 3 days ago on Words I never thought I’d say: is it time for me to leave Chicago?

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@MeganReilly I can't believe it's been 10 years since you left! I remember thinking what a big move, literally and else wise.

What's your percentage breakdown of NYC/Cali time?

Where in Cali are you?

I love the idea of a short-term stint, that's most attractive to me now. Not to say I'd come back to Chicago after it was over, think I'd try out another place. And then another place. With trips home mixed in.

Thanks for your cheers and thoughts!

1 week, 3 days ago on Words I never thought I’d say: is it time for me to leave Chicago?

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@JillyMacDowell so nice to hear from you!!!! 

I know, Cali-Crazy over here!

Where are you considering your second home? I like that idea.

1 week, 3 days ago on Words I never thought I’d say: is it time for me to leave Chicago?

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@katieaune I've loved everything you've posted since before you left. Very much appreciate your detail, transparency, and including the ups AND downs. Have also enjoyed how you've recognized changes, both in yourself and in others/what you want in life.

RE DC and the 'right' opportunity -- that waiting for the perfect time always gets me, in my own life and when I see others doing it. It seems that it usually rarely comes and personally, I'd so much just do it, whatever it is, and see what happens. Before 5, 10, my whole life passes and I wonder what if and wish I had. Easier said than done x1000000 and I don't mean to make it sound like a small decision. It'd be HUGE. I think that's what's driving me now... I keep waiting for a sign as to when and where and how. I'm ready to stop waiting and just leap.

1 week, 3 days ago on Words I never thought I’d say: is it time for me to leave Chicago?

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@KristinaMarie1 Thanks for sharing your experience! I had no idea about S. Korea, sounds like it was exactly what you needed. As was coming home.

We shall see! I feel no pressure or stress, just excitement about the possibilities. And appreciation for Best Friend and for my job-situation.

PS - way to step it out the other night! #FearExperiment

1 week, 3 days ago on Words I never thought I’d say: is it time for me to leave Chicago?

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@MarleneDillon Always appreciate your support Marlene! Lovely to see you push on as you are.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on I need you to go Oprah on me. Please.

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@lmallman Apparently do does Trinidad/Tobago and Portland.... If you have any contacts at an airline and they're looking to sponsor anyone (hand raised).

1 month, 4 weeks ago on How to feel like a Nobel Peace Prize winner, without leaving your sweatpants

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@Shuling Thanks Shu! Come hoooommmeeeee!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Why I’m celebrating 10 years of self-employment with hard-boiled eggs

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@lmallman Thanks chica! Appreciate all your cheerleading over the years, not to mention all the Cheese-Its you've sent my way.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Why I’m celebrating 10 years of self-employment with hard-boiled eggs

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I've been self-employed for 10 years and attribute the fact that I've never paid for advertising or marketing, that all my business has been word of mouth, to my ability to 'un-network.'

I go to events where I stick out, where I have no business being, e.g. tech events, where 1/2 the time I have no idea what people are talking about. I come across as a breath of fresh air and am very memorable as I am unlike most people there. If you're a videographer, don't go to a videographer networking event -- go to an event where you're the ONLY videographer.

I also force myself to go solo to events. Parties, lectures, happy hours, meet and greets, you name it. While scary, I am much more likely to meet new people and have quality conversations with new people when I go solo. This is why I require that people come solo to many of my own events. And that way, no one has to be nervous about being the new kid, as everyone is the new kid!

The last thing that's really worked for me is going to events that I actually want to go to, for nothing more than the experience of the event. I don't go hoping to get a date, new client, best friend out of it. If those things DO happen, great, cherry on top. But if they don't, that's ok; I went to the event for the actual event. Don't set yourself up to be disappointed or to have a bad time. Chances are, if you force yourself to go to an event that you really don't want to go, you'll probably have a bad time.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234148

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@michaelmcgee I think a deathmatch between my ETHS Wildkit and your Freeport Pretzel would help...

(And Thank You!)

4 months ago on Cheese-It Giveaway! (More) Goodness delivered to your office…

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Great tips, agree x1000!

I'd also add "Going Solo."

I've been successfully self-employed for 10 years and haven't spent a dime on advertising or marketing, and I attribute much of this to my Going Solo'ness. I found that when I go to events by myself, I'm more likely to meet new people, to meet more people, to have quality conversations, and to stick out/be memorable. 

When you go to events with people you know, you often stand in the corner and talk to them the whole time. They often become your security blanket.

While it can definitely be scary -- upon arrival, I totally revert back to that middle-school girl, nervously glancing around to see what table to sit at in the cafeteria -- as soon as I go up and introduce myself to someone or a group, all those fears melt away. We're not in middle-school anymore. People are usually pretty darn friendly and inclusive.

Going Solo has worked so well for me, both in getting clients and in personal growth, that I now require people come alone to many of my offerings. And thus have helped thousands of people over the years create amazing, genuine relationships and challenge themselves with wonderfully positive results.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/233808

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@missverasays Yep, see above!

9 months ago on Our (bartered) wedding in pictures

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@Justanothermom  Thank you! And ditto!

9 months, 1 week ago on Our (bartered) wedding in pictures

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@missverasays  You made my day with your comment, thank  you! :) 


Nothing would make me happier than getting all these beautiful, talented, wonderful lil' guys more work. Please let me know if you end up going with any of the vendors! AND if you blog about your big day. 


Are you in Chicago? I have a list of venues if you're interested.

9 months, 1 week ago on Our (bartered) wedding in pictures

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@missbonniejane  Thanks Bonnie! And yes, we were both cry babies that day. :)

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Our (bartered) wedding in pictures

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Melanie, lovely post! 

Are you familiar with improv comedy at all?

"Doing improv" terrifies me to no end but taking classes was one of the best things I ever did, mostly rooted in learning the overarching philosophy it has of 'Yes, and...'

Whatever you're given by a team-mate in a scene, you accept and you offer back a gift; you 'yes and.' Imagine if our default was to yes and instead of to I can't, that'll never work, no.

One of the gals in my current Fear Experiment has 'Yes and' tattooed on her wrist. LOVE.

Your post reminded me of all the reasons I love improv. If you get a chance, go see a show. And even better, go take a class. I think you'd love it!

1 year ago on Why I’m considering getting a snake tattoo

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@gofireyou Great piece! And nothing makes me happier than sharing goodness with my Cheese-Its. Thanks for penning it!

1 year ago on Smatterings: December 2013 Vol I

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Aw thanks, @AmyHoward1! So glad to have you in my life and to see all the progress and leaps you're making, as well as your embracing of vulnerability and 'what if?"; it's a beautiful thing. 

You're such a ray of life and love. How much you care for others radiates. And I'm ecstatic you're caring for yourself now too!! Looking forward to what lies ahead for you.

1 year, 1 month ago on The weight of your words and actions

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 @ginidietrich I did, it went better than I ever could have imagined! My first keynote. It was an intimate room of 300 event professionals in New York. 

 

Felt like a rockstar the rest of the day, with so many conference attendees coming up to me to share how much they loved the talk and that they want to get involved in Mac & Cheese Productions (my business).  

 

Thanks again for the valuable insight!

1 year, 4 months ago on Public Speaking: The Chili Con Queso Test

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Wonderful post Gini!! Very helpful. Giving a presentation next week that I'm nervous about and these tips are really good to keep in mind.  

1 year, 5 months ago on Public Speaking: The Chili Con Queso Test

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 @blfarris Andy IS known as kind of a tyrant. Wouldn't be surprised if withholding food was part of the Orbit MO.

1 year, 5 months ago on Public Speaking: The Chili Con Queso Test

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Hilarious!  Thanks for sharing your embarrassment with the world -- makes us realize we're not alone in our "oh my God!" moments.

 

Though I have many of those, most of which I'm still covering my eyes in shame over, your post made me think about the one that almost was... but then turned into one of the most wonderful moments of my life.

 

In May, when my Fiance was suspiciously looking around the North Carolina waterfall we were standing at, I swore he was going to let one rip.  Turns out, he was checking to make sure we were alone so that he could propose!

 

Here's my post, "Thought he was going to pass gas, instead he proposed," if interested:

http://macncheeseproductions.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/thought-he-was-going-to-pass-gas-instead-he-proposed/

 

Thanks again for the post!

2 years, 5 months ago on The Fart That (Almost) Altered My Destiny

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Great article Peggy.

Do you have any experience with Keypass or LastPass for password storage and generation? LastPass' cloud-based'ness appeals to me.

2 years, 11 months ago on 12 Most Fool Proof Ways to Keep Your Accounts Safe Online

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Yes yes and yes!

I just had my first experience with someone saying not so nice things on my blog - http://macncheeseproductions.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/that-bith-stole-my-business-idea-how-im-going-to-get-her-back/

First reaction, to fight back! Defend my honor!

Well no, first reaction was to delete the comment. But then I thought, the point of a blog is to be public, to be out there, to engage with others. And so I left it and was about to compose some snarky reply.

But then I realized exactly what you pointed out -- it would spiral out of control, go nowhere, and for what? I'd much rather spend my time doing almost anything else. What do I care about this one person's opinion?

Thanks for the post Margie, great food for thought.

3 years, 3 months ago on 12 Most Important Reasons I Don’t Bash People Online

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