Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hi, I'm Lisa and I'm Putting Out

Yeah, not in the way that probably got you to read this post, let me explain.

I started 2012 with a promise to myself, I was going to say YES! Like all the time. As much as I could. Not in the weird, I'm a martyr and wear the weight of the world on my shoulders because I take on way too much way, gross. More in the, I'm not going to make assumptions about where an idea, question, relationship, or business proposition may or may not lead. I would say yes, and find out for myself. I learned a few years ago, that we can wish and dream and ask, but we don't always get to choose the exact way our wishes and thoughts come to life. Meaning you can choose where you want to go, but the path sometimes takes you in unexpected directions and these detours along the way are INVALUABLE if you see them as such. As a result, this year already has been one of enormous creativity. I've met a lot of wonderful new people, taken on a ton of fun and exciting projects and I have more design ideas than I can ever manage to make. Sounds great, right?! YES!

What you don't know is that I used to be painfully shy. Like so shy that my preschool teacher, after I hadn't said a word to ANYONE the first two weeks of preschool asked my mom why she didn't tell them I could not speak. Yeah, I sat, perfectly happy under the table by myself and drew. The whole time. I'm saying this because, while my shyness is a thing of the past, I do need to force myself to say yes. It is a daily exercise in persistence. Each day, I ask myself, what did I say yes to today? What did I do that made me a little uncomfortable, unsure? Sometimes it's as simple as saying hello to the person in line with me at the grocery store. Other times it's making that cold call, or going out on a limb and attempting to deepen a business relationship. My experience thus far has been very good. Saying yes really rocks.

Now, being the Queen of Boundaries, I just said yes to that moniker, I want to be perfectly clear that I am saying yes within reason. I have my boundaries, they are clear. Crystal. Just ask my friends. This kind of saying yes, putting myself out there in ways that maybe last year I didn't, or never have before has been fun. It totally changes the energy around you. The openness you need to project to say yes, is a total game changer and I have seen immediate gains in my business alone.

So I invite you to take the pledge. Not the putting out pledge, that's your own business, but to say yes. Yes to something everyday. Yes to things that stretch you by leaps and bounds, challenge you to grow, and push your skills to the limit. Growing pains are a good thing.




  1. Wow, that post title certainly got me reading! I'm taking the pledge too. I've been doing things that scare the hell out of me lately and it has been wonderful and terrifying.

  2. Love it--what a great post!
    And I'm totally saying yes. I'm in!

  3. Awesome Christina! So happy to know you are out here saying YES too!!