Good afternoon, my peeps!!
I realize it has been quite a while since I have blogged, and instead of going through everything that has happened between then and now, I thought I would just one thing with you from this hiatus that is making a lot of difference in my life right now. I read a book, yes, I know shocking right??? I read the book, Year of Yes, How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes, and I can honestly say, that for me, it is a GAME CHANGER!!! 🙂
Rhonda Rhimes is a television producer and writer. She is the creator, head writer, executive producer and showrunner of the medical drama television series Grey’s Anatomy, its spin-off Private Practice, and the political thriller series Scandall, She is also the executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder. As amazing as these shows are, I really have never seen any of them. I can’t remember where I had originally heard about her or her book, but I think I heard about it a couple of times before I broke down and picked up my own copy!
When I finally sat down to start reading this book, I couldn’t put it down, and I read it in one sitting! Quickly after starting the book, I knew that I was in love! Rhonda’s style of writing is very much like you are sitting down and having some tea with a really good girlfriend!! She is extremely funny, and she seems like someone I would LOVE to be friends with! 🙂
I could really relate to Shonda’s story of being such an introverted homebody, and the way that she loved to play as a child in her pantry cupboards, in her make believe world, with her cans of peas, and creamed corn! I knew exactly what she was saying, because I have always been that person too! More comfortable in my head, in my safe make believe world that I always use as my safety net to shield me from anything scary in life. I related to the way that she found that she was always very quick to say no to so many things that came her way, and when she decided to dedicate the next year of her life to saying Yes to the things that she wanted to do, but scared the hell out of her, it inspired me to do the same thing.
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Man Yes is so much harder than I thought it was going to be, but so far this year, I have gotten promoted at work, with a nice raise and I took a road trip to California (that old Chrissie would NEVER have said yes to)! I am now signed up to go to the Brave Girl Symposium in Boise, Idaho in July, and I am currently working my way through Marie Forleo’s B-School course!! WHEW!!!
How do I know what to say Yes to? Well, I have personally decided that I will say yes to anything that my gut tells me would be fun, or awesome, or something that I would really love to do, but my heads reaction is, “You can’t do that!”, “OMG, have you lost your EVER-LOVING mind?”, or “ARE YOU CRAZY????”
So, there you go! I am excited to see where my Year of Yes takes me, and I am committing to doing a better job of keeping you abreast of what is going on with all of that! If I can inspire even one single solitary person to step out of there comfort zone and live the life that they so passionately want to live, than my sharing is completely and totally worth it!!
Here is to saying “Yes” to life!!! 😉
If you want to have a different life, you must live differently!