The idea for this blog came to me when I spilled an entire Tupperware of vegetable soup in my designer handbag.

“Why would you ever put soup in a purse?” my co-worker asked me when she saw me mopping up the inside of my tote in the bathroom. “You should never do that.”

I didn’t much like this woman, even before that particular moment because she always talks very loudly on the phone and she acts like conference calls are great fun. They are not – we all know that. In fact, they are about as much fun as a handbag full of soup. Maybe even less.

I mumbled, “Thanks. That’s advice I could have used yesterday.”

And then I thought to myself, “If I had a nickle for every time I said that.” Which led me to believe that I may have stumbled on a good enough gimmick for a blog: Advice I Needed Yesterday.

I pitched the idea to my friend. “All the headlines are like teasers and the entry is the full story. You know, like ‘Don’t feed ham to the cat!’ or ‘Don’t put soup in a handbag.'”

“Oh tell me about the soup,” she said to me. “I lost a purse and an umbrella that way. I didn’t realize the soup got all in the creases of the umbrella and the next time I opened it, it was full of mold.”

So I took that to mean two things: 1. I bet the woman in the bathroom was speaking from experience; and 2. This blog could have mass appeal. I mean, who doesn’t want to hear stories about the mundane with a little bit of unsolicited advice from a totally unreliable source?

“And you could be serious sometimes too,” my friend told me. “You know get real and show people how human you are.”

Sure. That too, I guess. But mostly just anecdotes about why it’s not a good idea to do your online banking at a Panera Bread or why you should leave dry cleaning to the professionals.

And with that, enjoy!

UPDATE: In February 2016, Advice I Needed went on the road. I quit my day job and accepted a role as a writer that allows me to work remotely from anywhere in the world. I’ve been fumbling my way through Africa, Europe and Asia ever since. My mistakes are many, but I’m pleased to report that I haven’t had any problems with soup. Not yet, at least.

  1. Love this idea. All I can hear is Adam Sandler doing his angry retort where he starts softly but then gets louder angrier, “that advice would’ve been helpful to know yesterday!”

  2. Or the always helpful, “be careful,” after you’ve already tripped. Yes thank you, I know I should have been careful, because I tripped. Too little too late my friend.

    Looking forward to reading more!

  3. You are so talented and hilarious that it made me need to leave you a comment! What a refreshing and fun blog! It definitely is giving me motivation to keep up with mine no matter what people say or even if they like it or not. Wishing you much continued success and cannot wait to read all your posts!

    • Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by. Your comment made my day :) Definitely keep up your blog… who cares if other people like it. If you enjoy it, then that’s reason enough. xo

  4. Hey, I was having a pretty boring day and wanted to cheer up. Had just finished Jenny’s Lawson furiously happy book and was checking out her blog for more when I saw that she had advertised some blogs. I checked out a few and they were entertaining but something about your blog made me feel better. I cannot point what exactly. I just feel better, so thank you. I’ll keep reading your blog. And good luck on your journey. ;)

    • Hi – thanks so much for stopping by. Your comment makes ME feel better! So thank you! There might be some kind of cosmic connection going on because my dad wanted to name me Aurora. My mom vetoed and they settled on Nova. But I sort of think that Novas and Auroras go together :)

  5. Hello! I found your blog linked on the bloggess website. I LOVE travelling, but have never had the courage to travel anywhere by myself. With a recent painful divorce behind me, reading about your adventures (with such an adult and reflective attitude) is both refreshing and inspiring! I am definitely subscribing (something I have actually never done) and look forward to reading more of your stories!

    • Hi! Thanks so much for reading! Glad you enjoyed it. I can’t say enough good things about traveling solo, but I know it’s not for everyone. But I think everyone should at least try it, because a lot of good comes from just being by yourself and having time to think. Take a weekend and see how it goes. If it’s not for you, no harm done! Good luck! xx

  6. Hello my name is Alisha .My high school buddy Samantha Porter told me about your blog. I find your passion project absolutely intriguing . I am considering embarking on a similar journey . I recently quit my coporAte America job in Washington DC. I have recently started a vlog on YouTube and I am interesting at taking my journey of self discovery on the road and travel the road. My vlog will document the journey. Any advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated esp some ways to make income during my travels. Many thanks AlishA

    • Hey there – thanks for stopping by and good luck on your adventure! I actually don’t have anything to share about monetizing your vlog because I never tried to that. And I do my job remotely, so I never really tried to find work along the way. But I’ve met a few people who find odd jobs as they go, or stay in places where they trade work for housing… it seems pretty common, though I don’t have any specific advice to share. I’ll say this though – if you’re thinking you want to travel, you should definitely do it! Never know unless you try. Good luck!!

  7. Oh em gee … I think I have found my soul sister and a fellow Canucklehead to boot. Perhaps we were separated at birth?

    I am so happy that I have stumbled upon your blog. I write a humorous blog about my mundane life and the many (mis)adventures and awkward situations I somehow manage to find myself in. I started mine on a dare from my son who conned me into promising that I would try something new every day or, at least, once a week. It ended up being a blessing in disguise because it has taught me to think outside the box and look at experiences differently while blogging about them.

    Writing with humour also takes me outside of myself and outside of the chronic illnesses I live with on a daily basis. It is also why I search out other humorous blogs. They, like yours, help me maintain a positive attitude.

    I measure the success of my day by whether or not I have made at least one person laugh or smile. I am thrilled to have found someone who also ascribes to that same philosophy.

    Thank you for being you; I look forward to following you and your journey, all the while picking up some good advice along the way. Goodness knows, I need all the help I can get ;).

    • wow – this is such a nice comment. thanks so much! i’ll have to check out your blog as well… because yes, we kooks need to stick together! thanks again :)

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