Year of Yes

Have you ever had that moment when you think you need a change but have no idea what to change or how to do it?  Well, a few years ago, I experienced that feeling and thought long and hard about what to do about it.  I decided to “say YES to everything!”  Every random Facebook post, every off-hand mention of a new restaurant to try, every Desinger Bag Bingo event. . . .Yes, Yes, Yes.

I expected to have some fun, make a new friend or two along the way and experience the unexpected.  I have not been disappointed.  I met and come to love a small group of women who have the same zest for life that I do.  After a few short months, this new “tribe” came to share my mission and we branded it as the “Year of Yes!”

Technically speaking my “Year of Yes” ended three months ago, but its spirit has forever changed my soul.  So much so that these days I tend to think of my life in two parts:  prior to Year of Yes and after.  I saw movies that rocked my world, heard concerts that moved my heart and had adventures I would never have done before.  I even said “Yes” to running for public office.  I tossed my hat into the ring and am now the Tax Collector/Treasurer for my township for the next four years.

I said “Yes” to submitting my first novel to yet another set of publishers despite having already been rejected by dozens of publishers.  And, “Yes,” my book is under contract and scheduled for release on April 9th.

I said “Yes” to attending the Pennsylvania Conference for Women (alone) and found myself participating in a conference with women from all over the country listening to Carla Harris as she talked about letting go of our fears.  The fears that stand in our way of being all we can be.  And, that’s when it hit me like a ton of bricks. . . .

My “Year of Yes” was not so much about saying yes to invitations, it was about not letting fear stop me!  We all let fear of the known and the unknown control our lives.  Fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of loneliness.  By giving it a name, a mantra if you will, I found the strength to cast that fear aside and rejoice in new found joys and friendships.  I invite you to use the “Year of Yes” to do something new.

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