Last year, on a beautiful, breezy Sunday morning (at least here in South Florida), while watching my favorite show, Super Soul Sunday, I found a gem that had a profound impact on my life. This episode featured the woman who basically owns ABC Thursday night, Shonda Rhimes. (Here’s the link to clips from that episode). I was intrigued to hear her life story and struggles, which were so similar to mine-an introverted girl with a vivid imagination and a love for creating stories, lives her dream and becomes a famous Hollywood executive (well, similar up until that last part). Despite her success, she lived a safe life, rarely venturing outside her comfort zone, until her cocoon was rocked by her sisters words-“you never say yes to anything.” Shonda made a commitment to challenge herself to start saying “yes” to opportunities. As a result, it had a remarkable impact on her life, her family, and her health.
I was so moved by her story, I ran out to Barnes and Noble after the episode and bought the book, and read it from cover to cover that day. Tired of living a mediocre existence, I made my own pledge to say yes to my life, which included moving forward with my book (Shantelle, You Smell!), my business, and manifesting my new home.
Sometimes in the pursuit of our dream, we lose that “hum”-the inspired feeling that allows us to create, to build, to dream. Shonda talks about how she lost that “hum” and how she found it again.
Check out her raw and honest TED Talk: