Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 | Posted under People I Find Fascinating
One of my favorite local Twin Cities bloggers is Sarah Von Bargen. Sarah is a funny and adventurous small business owner and blogger who shares her wisdom on her two blogs, her life blog Yes and Yes and her small biz blog Sarah Von Bargen.
Since I’m not a small business owner (yet), I follow her blog Yes and Yes a lot more. It’s full of really fun, slightly random, but usually very useful tips on making your life just a little bit more fun and interesting! She recently partnered with several of my other favorite bloggers for a blog crawl called Notes to My Former Self which corresponded with her new ebook, The Post College Survival Kit. She also has a really great series called True Story, which I was very happy to be a part of last year!
And now it’s my turn to feature Sarah!
An Interview with Sarah Von Bargen
SVB) I’ve always been pretty adventurous. I was raised in the country by parents who worked as public school teachers – they knew how to encourage creativity and independence without hovering or helicoptering. We traveled a lot during the summers and I ran around the outside a lot, so I got started adventuring at a pretty young age.
What’s the most underrated place you’ve traveled to?
Wisconsin. SERIOUSLY. I can’t believe it’s not a national tourist destination. The scenery is gorgeous, there are tons of lakes and sweet little historic towns, and more cheese and beer and fresh produce than you can shake a stick at. It’s incredibly affordable and everyone is friendly. Go there now!
What are some of your favorite travel tips?
My biggest travel tip – which is more of a personal preference – is to slow the eff down and stop trying to cram so much into each day. Sleep in, meander, chat with people you meet, allow space for opportunities to present themselves and for plans to change. When I’m traveling I rarely try to do more than two things in one day and when I’m mapping out a big trip I usually only plan 3-4 big things for each city or even country. So many interesting, exciting things will present themselves when you get there!
I’m thinking about starting my own business after I finish grad school. What do you think is the biggest misconception women have about owning their own business?
Well, I’m not sure that this is specific to women, but I think a lot of people believe that you can just make a website and a Twitter account and you’ll immediately have a full roster of clients. Oh, that it were that easy! Before you launch or leave a day job I would heartily recommend building up a portfolio and gathering testimonials from happy clients.
What do you think has been the biggest factor in having a successful blog like Yes and Yes?
Posting helpful, useful, engaging content on a regular basis. Promoting other people’s work and reaching out to people you’d like to support/befriend doesn’t hurt either.
What advice do you have for having more faith in yourself when taking chances, whether professionally or personally?
I refer to my corner stone of awesome – times in my life when I’ve accomplished something incredibly difficult or weathered a rough patch. If I can negotiate a lease in Mandarin, I can do just about anything!
And finally, I just moved to your neck of the woods! What are your must-dos in the Twin Cities that I need to check out?
I love Nye’s Polonaise — a weird old super club in Northeast Minneapolis with a polka band and piano karaoke and Frogtown has a great Hmong farmer’s market and tons of cheap noodle houses.
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