Someone asked if Saya Hillman had a blog and if the inane reflections she shared at a public event were available on-line. So that she could answer “Yes” and “Yes,” she started the Mac ‘n Cheese Lifestyle Strangers in Slippers (the name comes from an event she had where twelve strangers were sitting on her couch talking about her dating documentary; nothing says community than people who don’t know each other on couches in slippers!).
Saya’s from Evanston, IL, graduated from Boston College, and resides in Chicago. In 2004, she got let go from a job and launched Mac ‘n Cheese Productions.
Mac ‘n Cheese Minglers have brought more than 1000 people through her front door. Smatterings, a twice-monthly e-newsletter with posts that range from grant opportunities to job openings to service referrals to activity ideas, receives constant raves from subscribers. Dance Experiment convened seventeen strangers who couldn’t dance and who were scared to perform in public, and after three months of rehearsals, they shook it in front of an audience of 350; Dance Experiment then morphed into Fear Experiment, performed in front of 750. And there’s the retreats, underground supper clubs, comedy nights, coat drives, film screenings, Potluck! (A Smorgasbord of Ideas), entrepreneur gatherings, Living a Life of Yes! group …
Saya’s 2013 New Year’s Resolution is to continue 2012′s New Year’s Resolution.
Saya’s 2012 New Year’s Resolution is to take Mac ‘n Cheese “to the next level.” Whatever that means. Her 2011 New Year’s Resolution is to create more crazy adventures like Dance Experiment that turn out to be life-changing for many, more than anyone had anticipated, and bonus!, a way to pay bills. Her 2010 New Year’s Resolution is to bring the Minglers to London.
Her 2008 New Year’s Resolution is to be more British.
Her 2009 New Year’s Resolution is to be a in a GAP commercial.