The holidays were great and I don’t mind admitting that. I was intentional about spending time with people I care about. I hosted a wine & cheese night with ‘my girls’, I enjoyed an Ugly Christmas Sweater dinner and game night with my family, I watched the Christmas Parade at Walt Disney with my niece and cousins, and I had a sleepover with my 10-year old bestie. I fit a lot into the (almost) two weeks of down time I gave myself. It was all pretty awesome.
Even still, there was something else that motivated this month’s post. Admittedly, I am a bit thrifty – I look for ‘deals’ like it’s a job. So imagine my surprise when I wondered into a local price-point based store and found a book I had heard about in passing for $4.00! There, stacked among lots of random books was Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes – founder and CEO of ShondaLand – both a real and fictitious place.
Arguably, I’m late to the party on realizing this amazing treasure – after all, the book was released November 2015. However, I’m convinced the right time for me was the exact moment I picked it up. You may have heard me excitedly share ‘I don’t watch live TV’. (I turned off my cable a few years before it was the trendy thing to do.) Yet, there are a few shows I like to watch even though I don’t see them in “real-time”. I got hooked on Grey’s Anatomy on a fluke, I had heard many accolades about it but mistook another medical-type drama show as it for a long time and couldn’t figure out why there was so much hype. Until, I saw an episode – once that happened I binged watch every season until I caught up. I love the writing, there are so many ‘quotable’ lines. I asked someone to be “my person”. I’ve suggested people “dance it out”. And Christina Yang’s final piece of advice to Meredith Grey “He is very dreamy, but he is not the sun. You Are.” is forever imprinted in my brain.
As the Collaborative celebrates 15 Years of Service this year, we hope to inspire you – our members and partners. We will continue to be your ‘person’ – helping you do what you do better. We will keep dancing. And we realize that even when things seem bleak, the sun is still shining. Keep reading to get a sneak peek of what’s in store for 2018.