Sarah Von Bargen

Practice ProjectBlogger, Writer, Internet Awesome-i-fier

Sarah’s blog Yes and Yes is read daily by 11,000+ people and she’s been featured on Lifehacker, MindBodyGreen, Forbes.com and was named one of Probloggers 15 bloggers to watch in 2013. She helps small businesses make a name for themselves on the internet with her Solution Sessions and super doable interneting advice.

My personal practice is…….

Curiosity. I try (with varying degrees of success) to navigate the world with an open heart and a questioning mind. I think just about everyone and everything is interesting and I love meeting different people, asking one million questions, trying new things, and connecting friends to people and things they should know about.

How did you discover your practice?

I think I just grew up in a curious home! My parents are both school teachers, so I was lucky enough to be surrounded by books and questions and was encouraged to explore everything, ever. My mom is also a fantastic conversationalist who people tell their secrets to, so I think I watched and learned from her.

Why do you practice?

I can’t not? As cheesy as it sounds,

Also: your mom was right when she said “Only boring people get bored.”

How frequently and for how long do you practice?

Everytime I go someplace new or interact with new people. “Where did you get that? It’s gorgeous!” “What an accomplishment! How did you get your start?” “This meal is amazing – where’d you learn to cook like this?”

What’s something that gets in the way of your practice and how to you move through it?

Routine.

Each year I make a list of new things I want to try and then I systematically do them and write about it. I’ve made new friends, found new hobbies – annnnnd also discovered a bunch of things I never want to do again.

What supports you in staying committed to your practice?

The knowledge that it actively improves my life and (hopefully, occasionally) makes me a more empathetic person.

What role does your practice play in your work?

It lead to the True Story interview series on my blog – which is the most popular thing that I publish! It’s lead to a literary agent and connections with tv producers who frequently email me try to filch my interview subjects. Just as importantly, my practice reminds me that we all have our struggles and triumphs and even the most ‘together’ person has overcome challenges.

Describe someone you know whose practice inspires you.

Studs Terkel. Is that too pretentious? His writing and interviews are second to none.

A practice I’d like to explore is….

Running. I keep trying to like and I keep not liking it. WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE IT?

Anything else you’d like to share about practice.

I think there’s a lot of wisdom in practicing things that you’re naturally good at and that actively bring you joy. Why do something every day that feels like a struggle and that you’ll only ever be ‘pretty good’ at?

Check out Sarah’s blog at YesandYes.org