It was only in the last year that I found out who Shonda Rhimes is whilst watching an Oprah Winfrey documentary on YouTube.  In the event you don’t know already, Shonda is the award-winning writer of the series, Grey’s Anatomy.  Shonda was being interviewed on her latest book the ‘Year of Yes’.  It was interesting to hear what a profound difference saying ‘yes’ to everything had made to Shonda’s life, particularly as Shonda is an introvert by nature. 

Having recently joined the world of Virtual Assisting and various social media platforms to promote my business, I noticed there were many people asking each other what their chosen ‘word or words’ were for 2021. This got me thinking about Shonda’s year of saying YES!

One of the biggest lessons I learned in 2020 was that I need to begin to put myself first and that often meant saying ‘no’ to others.  Just a week ago I said no to an invitation to a friend’s new coffee shop, for obvious reasons my health.

Sometimes saying no allows you to say ‘yes’ to yourself.

In 2021, I want to start saying ‘yes’ to this exciting new chapter in my life that I have birthed. Transforming all my dreams and wishes into a reality, something I have denied myself the last thirty years which is a very, very long time.

2021 is the year I say ‘YES” to me.

Yes to everything scary.
Yes to everything that takes me out of my comfort zone.
Yes to everything that feels like it might be crazy.
Yes to everything that feels out of character.
Yes to everything that feels goofy.
Yes to everything.
Say yes.
Speak. Speak NOW.
“Yes,” I say. “Yes”


What’s your word of the year for 2021?