The YES challenge

Look back and think about some of the most amazing times in your life. I'm pretty sure those instances occurred because you said 1 little word, "YES".

I was watching a TED Talk led by Shonda Rhimes one day and it lit up something inside of me. It inspired and motivated me to challenge myself, to dare to make myself uncomfortable and break out of my comfort zone. I decided to trust in the universe and challenge myself to say "YES" to opportunities that came my way. I knew there was going to be speed bumps along the way but instantly I felt a ton of weight off my shoulders just by making this decision.

One of the first things that I said "YES" to was to attend a "Dream, Girl" screening. My husband came across this event and told me about it. With me starting up a new business he thought it would be a great way for me to network and meet some like minded women. The event looked interesting enough and I was curious about the film. But I was hesitant to go because I didn't want to go by myself. I didn't want to be uncomfortable. At first, I decided not to go and threw my "YES" challenge right out of the window. A few days went by and something inside of me kept thinking about this event. After listening to a few TED Talks and the one by Shonda Rhimes... I stopped fighting my intuition and decided to say "YES". Before hesitation or fear can creep back in and change my mind about going, I bought my ticket.

I ended up going to the event a few weeks later. Yes, I felt very uncomfortable. And yes, there were awkward moments but I got through it. I ended up meeting and connecting with some amazing women and left feeling more inspired and determined than before.That first "YES" started a domino effect for other "YES" moments.

Soon after attending the event, the next day as a matter of fact; I was telling my husband how wonderful the event turned out to be and that a friend of mine should look into hosting a local screening for our area. He saw how enthused I was about the event and asked me why I wouldn't do it myself. I wasn't afraid of putting the event together. What I was afraid of was two words: Public Speaking. 

One of my biggest fears going back to my childhood. Each memory consists of my face turning a bright red, sweating, my heart pounding out of my chest and a tripping over my words. Then of course all of the other fears started coming across my mind. What if nobody shows up? What if I embarrass myself? What if..What if..What if? It ate away at me for a couple of days. I was so petrified at the thought of having to get up in front of a bunch of people to speak. But as scared as I was, the urge was back. That thing inside of me, telling me to do it. ..to take that leap. Here it was, another opportunity in front of me and I was about to let it go. I thought about it some more. Then decided to ignore those fears and immediately signed up to do my own screening of "Dream, Girl". Not only was I going to host a screening on a film that inspired me to take my business to the next level, but I was going to incorporate it into the launch of my jewelry line Halo Halo by FashionIssa.

A little less than a month away from my event and I feel like a completely different person. I'm not getting much sleep these days BUT I am much happier, I have more confidence, and I am focused. The "YES" isn't always going to come out easily. There will be the hesitation, doubt, and fear that will want to creep into your mind and soul. The key is to trust in yourself and your abilities and to take the plunge in saying that tiny 3-letter word... "YES". There will be bumps, hurdles, and failures along the way. It is up to you to learn from those things and improve.