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Saya Hillman does not have a book. She believes that shouldn't stop her from a book tour.
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    Mitigate Saya's Failure: window decal

    Saya has sold ONE Life of Yes℠ window decal in three years. And that was by proxy. Get the physical reminder of wasted money and lack of "how to create products" knowledge out of her face.

    "We’ve all seen the stick figure families with the couple and the one, two, seven children. That’s the ‘right’ path for some. But not for everyone. Society tends to make us feel wrong or bad or abnormal when we make a non-traditional choice such as being single or choosing not to procreate. Proudly share that you’re different and that you embrace what makes you you! (e.g. travel, money, sleep)

    Clear 12x5 decal that mounts on the inside a window. Because it goes on the inside, it is not ideal for tinted windows."

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    Mitigate Saya's Failure: her dating film

    The 2005 film wasn’t a failure; Saya’s 1st filmmaking foray, made with $150, won Best Short Documentary at the Illinois International Film Festival, had sold out screenings in Chicago, Boston, & New York, and people all over the world bought DVDs. The failure was Saya ordering TOO MANY DVDs. Get the physical reminder of wasted money and lack of "how to order products" knowledge out of her face.

    "12 Chicagoans, age 24 to 41, get personal on all things relationships – 60 minutes of fast-paced dating vignettes.

    'Dating Rubik’s Cube encapsulates everything that is good and bad about the dating scene in Chicago, and it does so with a surprising amount of honesty. One of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time.'

    'Absolutely captivating. I didn’t want the movie to end! Interesting to finally hear firsthand what girls are thinking about!'

    'A validation that you’re not the only one who had to experience awkward tongue tonsilling at the end of a date and inspiration to keep looking.' "

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    Cheese-It Exposure

    You have an awesomeness that you want strategically promoted to a targeted yet expansive community of genuine, big-hearted, open-minded doers, optimists, and goodness spreaders.

    A service, a product, an event, a “for sale” item, you name it…

    Since its 2004 birth, Mac & Cheese has spent $0 on marketing and has garnered thousands of dollars in business for people it recommends (have you seen the famous Service Provider Referral List on its FAQ page?!). Word of mouth has created a robust and active referral network of people whom love using and spreading Mac & Cheese’s direct and indirect goodness.

    Includes: one social media share per platform — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (if image is provided), and if appropriate, LinkedIn — and a feature in the Mac & Cheese newsletter.

    Your share should align with the Mac & Cheese brand: love and equality for all, being nice, you know, commonsense human being stuff. You provide the copy appropriate for each platform.

    Must be redeemed by 8/1/19.

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    Life of Yes℠ Thank You notecards

    4.25 x 5.5, Set of 10

    Perfect for any occasion. In fact no occasion is often the best occasion to express gratitude — you’re just grateful someone's in your life.

    The front of the card is one of ten thank-you sentiments such as “Thank you for encouraging me to not only have a voice but to use it” and “Thank you for for showing me that my quirks are my superpowers”. The back is one of ten different Cheese-It quotes which lets your recipient know they're not alone. The inside of the cards is blank, a perfect canvas for your musings.

    Printed with non-toxic ink on linen stock that is 100% chlorine and acid-free, FSC-certified (sourced in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible manner), and 30% post-consumer fiber.

    Accompanied by matching linen envelopes.

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    Life of Yes℠ Blueprint notecards

    4.25 x 5.5, Set of 10

    Infect others with a Life of Yes℠ and share an inspirational reminder of how to expand your circle, your heart, and your horizons. Perfect for any occasion. In fact no occasion is often the best occasion. Because a (surprise) whisper of support is one of the simplest yet most meaningful actions you can take.

    The front of the card is the Life of Yes℠ Blueprint with phrases such as "Say yes, I dare you", "Travel light. Bring only the baggage that serves you", and "Put on your why not pants". The back is one of ten different Cheese-It quotes which lets your recipient know they're not alone. The inside of the cards is blank, a perfect canvas for your musings.

    Printed with non-toxic ink on linen stock that is 100% chlorine and acid-free, FSC-certified (sourced in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible manner), and 30% post-consumer fiber.

    Accompanied by matching linen envelopes.

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    Challenge Saya: Sit Ups Dedicated To You

    For the person who has everything. In the vein of "helping others is the greatest gift of all," a double gift opportunity.

    Though self-disciplined and action-oriented, Saya cannot seem to get it together when it comes to as you know, her book, and one other area: her health.

    Saya has not met a box of cookies that can last in her home overnight. Putting ONE slide of bread in the toaster? But there are TWO slots. Some days she doesn’t move from the computer for hours.

    She’s tried all the things. Kale. Crossfit. Publicly sharing her weight.

    In 2008, she made a conscious choice to “be healthy”, discovered yoga, what a serving actually looks like, and got in the best shape of her life. She’s gained 100ish pounds back. Then lost 35. Gained back 20. You know the dance.

    She’s backkk! She’s lost 20ish pounds since October & would like to keep “health” up and welcomes incentives to make that happen. For every pledge at this level, she will do fifteen minutes of core work a day. Ew.

    HONEST.

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    Event Entry - Cross It Off Day

    Do you have something on your To Do List that’s been there for far too long and is now a source of stress, guilt, or feeling like a failure? Do you keep pushing back a “deadline”? Do you enjoy working solo but amongst others whom are also working? Want a day to self-indulge and read trashy magazines while curled up in armchair before you do a ginormous 1000-piece puzzle?

    Are you ready to finally cross “it” off? An entire day to get it done and do whatever you want to do in the gorgeous historic Colvin House Mansion in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.

    It’s much more fun (and effective) to work on your to-do list when everyone around you is also hunkering down. Maybe it’s a serious, business’y, adult task you want to tackle. Maybe it’s a scarf you want to knit. The point is that you have a chunk of uninterrupted hours for you to do you.

    January 6th, 2019, 10:30AM-5:30PM

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    Life of Yes℠ Blueprint poster

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    An inspirational reminder of how to expand your circle, your heart, and your horizons with Life of Yes℠ mantras such as "Say yes, I dare you", "Travel light. Bring only the baggage that serves you", and "Put on your why not pants". Because sometimes it’s easy to forget that you are in control of your own fulfillment. And you are.

    Printed with non-toxic ink on 80 lb. uncoated white archival stock — not quite card stock but with a similar stiffness — that is 100% acid-free and FSC-certified & SFI Fiber Sourcing Certified (sourced in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible manner).

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    Puppy Fostering Dedicated To You

    For the person who has everything. In the vein of "helping others is the greatest gift of all," a double gift opportunity.

    Saya is an Approved Foster at Paws Chicago, Alive Rescue, and One Tail At a Time, and through them has fostered eight pups — Emma & Kenai, Brownie, Ingrid & Hugo, Ferngully, Snapdragon, and Pretzel. She will foster another dog and dedicate that Foster Mom relationship to you.

    Option to visit the pup during her care (she usually turns visitors down as all the asks get unwieldy).

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    Challenge Saya: YouTube Dedicated To You

    For the person who has everything. In the vein of "helping others is the greatest gift of all," a double gift opportunity.

    For years, people have been telling Saya she should be on YouTube. Both because it’s the “hot” platform and because she has the content and vibe for it.

    Though much of her business’ goodness has come from recognizing that if you hear the same thing over and over, there’s probably merit to acting upon said repetition, she has been YouTube resistant. Video just doesn’t seem as natural for her as most of the other platforms. Not to mention she used to be a video editor and knows how much work goes into editing. Especially when one is an “above and beyond” type.

    For every pledge at this level, she will post an UNEDITED video of herself on YouTube, dispensing random, hopefully helpful musings, probably on the areas she gets asked about the most, e.g. starting and running a business, out of the box thinking, finding a fulfilling career, designing a fulfilling life.

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    Her Consulting Services

    Perfect for the person who wants to “get coffee” with someone who's a nice blend of knowledge, experience, vulnerability, humor, and charisma, and has been running a successful, out of the box business since 2004.

    Topics of expertise:
    • storytelling
    • public speaking
    • sales & self-promotion
    • networking
    • entrepreneurism
    • running a business
    • lifestyle
    • event curation
    • productivity
    • career exploration

    One 90 minute session with Saya on the topic(s) of your choice. Can be in-person (if you travel to Mac & Cheese in Chicago) or virtual.

    Must be redeemed by 12/31/19.

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    Sparkle & Shine, Chicago Edition

    A magical cleaning of your home by the head of the Mac & Cheese Cleaning Crew, Saya. Good for a Chicago 2 bed/2 bath or smaller apartment/condo (no townhomes or houses), located 18th to Howard St, the Lake to Kedzie.

    Includes a standard cleaning. To see what that includes, check out the cleaning page on her website. Add-ons – fridge, oven, ceiling fan, dog walk, etc – are NOT included and payment for those will be needed to book your session, if applicable. You can see a list of add-ons on the website. Mac & Cheese cleans while you’re out so you’ll either need to provide keys/access info ahead of time or be there to let M&C in at the start.

    “I don’t think my condo has ever been this squeaky clean. Best cleaning service hands down!”

    Not applicable for current recurring service customers.

    Must be redeemed by 8/1/19.

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    Blueprint Board Session at Mac & Cheese

    Invite your crew to a unique night out!

    It’s not a Vision Board, Dream Board, or Goal Board; it’s a Blueprint Board. Saya hosts a Blueprint Board Session for you and up to 14 of your friends.

    You start with a blank canvas and you fill it up with visual representations of where you’ll go and whom you’ll be in 2019. Personally. Professionally. Spiritually. Romantically. Physically. Financially. Mentally. Whatever-ally. There’s something magical that happens when you communicate your ideal life. Find happiness, direction, and fulfillment en masse. Cause working on ourselves amongst others working on themselves is all sorts of wonderful.
     
    An inspiring, hands-on experience to start the year off with a sense of purpose and direction.

    All activity materials provided. You’re welcome to bring in food and drink. Up to five hours. Location: Mac & Cheese, a warm, comfy, exposed brick, converted factory loft in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago.

    Must be redeemed by 8/1/19.

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    Board Game Night at Mac & Cheese

    Give your crew a unique night out!

    Saya hosts a Board Game Night for you and up to 14 of your friends.

    “Host” can range from simply providing the space — a warm, comfy exposed brick converted factory loft — to actual facilitation and providing of games.

    You’re welcome to bring in food and drink. Up to five hours. Location: Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago.

    Must be redeemed by 8/1/19.

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    Fake Oprah'ness Dedicated To You

    For the person who has everything. In the vein of "helping others is the greatest gift of all," a double gift opportunity.

    JK Rowling had trouble writing her seventh book so holed up in a luxury hotel and found that to work wonderfully. If there’s one thing Saya loves, it’s being Fake Oprah, travel hacking her way into First Class tickets, five star hotels, and chocolate covered strawberry welcome gifts. On the same page as JK, her productivity levels skyrocket amongst plush robes, delicious and serene decor, and impeccable customer service.

    For every pledge at this level, Saya will get a one night writing staycation at a Fake Oprah Chicago hotel. Productive opulence dedicated to you.

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    His Consulting Services

    For those who could use non-judgmental, friendly, in-depth, honest, accessible assistance with personal finances, via Mr. Mac & Cheese, a Personal Finance Coach.

    Good for three 60 minute sessions. Can be in-person (if you travel to Mac & Cheese in Chicago) or virtual.

    Must be redeemed by 12/31/19.

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    Sparkle & Shine, Non-Chicago Edition

    A magical cleaning of your home by the head of the Mac & Cheese Cleaning Crew, Saya. Good for a 3 bed/3 bath or smaller apartment, condo, townhome, or house.

    Includes a standard cleaning. To see what that includes, check out the cleaning page on the Mac & Cheese website. Add-ons – fridge, oven, ceiling fan, dog walk, etc – are NOT included and payment for those will be needed to book your session, if applicable. You can see a list of add-ons on the website. Mac & Cheese cleans while you’re out so you’ll either need to provide keys/access info ahead of time or be there to let M&C in at the start.

    “I don’t think my condo has ever been this squeaky clean. Best cleaning service hands down!”

    Does not include travel expenses -- airfare, ground transport, and lodging -- unless you're within 25 miles of Mac & Cheese.

    Must be redeemed by 8/1/19.

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    Life of Yes℠ Keynote Speaker

    Called Accessible Oprah, Saya motivates individuals and organizations to stretch themselves and do their best thinking, and supports people in finding fulfillment and groups in creating a positive culture.

    From organizational luncheons to client appreciation events, conferences to company off-sites, Saya keynotes and presents, just as comfortable on stage as she is at the whiteboard. An accessible speaker, not one who hides in the green room or leaves as soon as they finish their time under the lights, Saya is delighted to interact with attendees and participate in conversation.

    Clients include companies such as Eventbrite and Microsoft and groups such as the International Live Events Association and Missouri’s Municipal Trust.

    60 to 90 minute session. No maximum attendee cap. Required materials: projection screen, projector with Mac capabilities, mic, and podium. Outside of Chicago? Mac & Cheese will come to you if travel expenses are covered.

    Must be redeemed by 12/31/19.

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    Life of Yes℠ Workplace Facilitation

    Whether you’re looking for team-building, skill enhancement, or guidance through a stressful period — sales quotas, layoffs, interpersonal strife — the unique, interactive Mac & Cheese experience allows participants to discover and grow in surprising, poignant, and playful ways. Yet while “fun” methods are employed, real, applicable, transferrable, actionable work is accomplished. And thus the magic of yes.

    When people get comfortable and allow themselves to be vulnerable, they open up to new ways of thinking, become better listeners, and work more effectively with others. Participants realize the value in leaving behind the expectations, need to be right, judgment, and fear that can permeate the workplace.

    Four hour session for up to 50 people. All materials included. In Chicago? You can use Mac & Cheese’s space or have Mac & Cheese come to you. Outside of Chicago? Mac & Cheese will come to you if travel expenses are covered.

    Must be redeemed by 12/31/19.

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    Life of Yes℠ Magnet

    An adorable wooden Life of Yes℠ magnet a wee bit bigger than a quarter. Cause who doesn't need a rustic-chic reminder to live fully?

    Crafted by Chicago-based Maker Scrappy Affirmations

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    Online Course Access (choose 1 of 3)

    “Life of Yes℠ Travel: Minimize Expense, Maximize Experience” 60 minutes. Includes philosophies and strategies, specific tips and tools, and Pete and Saya’s personal experiences. Travel hack samples: flew to Hawaii, Ireland, and Norway for just taxes ($75-$175 total); from 4/16 - 11/17, flew 20 times, from Belize to the Bahamas, for $3600 total (instead of $14400); paid $35 for four days at Rome's Waldorf Astoria (instead of $1400); paid $500 for non-stop, First Class tickets to Japan (instead of $48,000); paid $4,479.29 for a $8,490.29 17 day trip to Italy.


    “Life of Yes℠ Productivity Tips & Tools” 60 minutes. Saya narrows down the overwhelming field of productivity and shares best practices, philosophies, and specific tool loves.

    “Evernote: You want to use it, you’re just not sure how” 90 minutes. Learn how this digital filing cabinet can help you organize, manage, and enjoy life, both personally and professionally, and why Saya can't imagine life without it. After not "getting it".

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