If you’re a fan of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal or How to Get Away with Murder you know Shonda Rhimes. She’s the creative genius behind the characters and story lines of these hit television shows. She’s also one of the most successful producers in television and she’s an introvert.
Last year, Shonda’s sister taunted her for never saying “yes” to invitations and social events. Consequently, Shonda made a pledge to herself – she declared a “Year of Yes” – and then wrote a book about it! She pledged to say “yes” for a full year to all the things that scare her, make her nervous and take her out of her comfort zone.
I can relate to Shonda. I’m an introvert too. And, like Shonda, I decided it was time to start saying “YES” to opportunities in my life. As a result I joined a wonderful writing community that meets weekly and I’m attending monthly writing workshops. And when I heard about the A to Z blogging challenge I said “YES” without hesitation (although the blogosphere is a great space for introverts). I enjoy people and socializing, but as an introvert I need time to recharge my batteries so I’m always striving for balance.