What’s Waiting for You to Say “Yes”!?

A personal reflection from my heart to yours. My story of staying present and showing-up fully.

You are exactly where you need to be.

I heard these little words from the loud silence of lazy crickets, chirping robins, and murmuring maples this morning.

This season of life is so full and brimming over that I almost couldn’t hear that little voice.

Let me back up…

Back in May I decided to say a full, loud ‘Heck yes’ to summer.

I’ll never forget the moment I was sitting in the passenger seat with my mom on an 8-hour road trip.

The very back leaf of my Present & Productive Planner Journal was open. You know, that’s the place with a secret pocket for notes, letters, and other little treasures.

One of my treasures is my lifetime bucket list. All those crazy wild dreams that burst into my brain when I think “wouldn’t it be incredible if…?”

A wild idea rooted in my mind.

What if this were the summer I finally started saying Yes! to my bucket list?

Before self-doubt could start to tell me all the things I should be doing – saving money, working on my business, my professional development – my heart nearly exploded with a giant YES!

Bigger and brighter than Fourth of July fireworks over the oceanfront.

There’s never a shortage of ‘shoulds.’

There will never be the perfect time to say YES! To a dream.

That one moment sparked a wildfire of adventure and new horizons for this summer. I’m calling it my ‘whole hog summer,’ only committing to something if I hear a giant “Heck Yes!” in my heart.

If it’s not a “Heck Yes!” then it goes to the back burner.

Living out this “Whole Hog Summer” mindset has brought all kinds of adventures into my life…

  • Traveling to see friends old and new
  • A bucket list solo camping trip under taller-than-life redwood trees
  • Staying up until sunrise for spontaneous dance concerts
  • Jumping back into distance running
  • Throwing parties for friends whenever there is anything worth celebrating!

You can imagine, my heart is truly overflowing.

It also means I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone a lot. I’ve taken on some crazy new professional and personal projects that I never would have had the guts to say yes to… and I’m not at all sure of where this path will take me!

Saying Yes! To a dream involves so much uncertainty.

It means stepping beyond who you’ve been in the past, and into a deeper, fuller version of your future self. It means becoming the person your heart is calling into being.

Saying Yes! to a dream can be soooooo scary. Downright tremble-in-your-bones terrifying.

My mission with Present & Productive is to empower over-worked professionals with the skills and mindsets to say a whole hog “Heck Yes!” to their dreams.

It’s a mission I live out each and every day in my own life.

I’m fully committed to practicing what I teach. Even when it feels out of reach or too darn hard.

As I look back over the past three months, every time I’ve said “Heck Yes!” to a dream… I’ve also had a tsunami’s worth of fear, doubt, and uncertainty.

What if I’m not good enough? What if I invest all this time, energy, and hard-earned dollars into this dream… and it doesn’t work out? What if I show up and everyone looks right through me? What if there’s just a part of me that’s broken? What if everyone else can do it and I don’t?

It’s in those moments that I go back to my Present & Productive Planner Journal and remind myself:

You are exactly where you need to be.

Listen to your heart.

You are smack dab in the middle of the most awesome, creative journey ever: your one wild and precious life.

Maybe it was a whisper from the tree tops or an echo from the well of my heart. Either way, I’m so grateful that I took a pause at the end of this sweltering July morning to feel the sunshine kiss my forehead and gather myself for the month ahead.

Wherever you’re reading this right now – on your phone or maybe on your own back porch – I invite you to take a pause.

Deep breath in. Slow breath out.

Notice where you are.

Activate all five senses.

  • Smell the breeze
  • Feel the sunshine
  • Taste the coffee
  • Wiggle your toes on the grass
  • Hear the cars rolling by

And gently ask yourself,

What’s waiting for you to say “Yes”!?

4 thoughts on “What’s Waiting for You to Say “Yes”!?”

  1. Thank you for your positive words and encouragement. It really matters, you matter and I’m trying to matter. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

    1. Thank you so much Dina! I really appreciate your encouragement and hope you also enjoy the rest of the summer!

  2. dominique hendren

    Im leaving a comment…lol. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH ….loved that session in the car. All the acronyms!!!!You are doing it!!!!

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