I love Shonda Rhimes and I’ve been waiting to read her book “Year of Yes” for a while now. I’ve requested it from the library and as of today I’m #4 in line to receive it. Anyway, today I went on youtube looking to rewatch a pillowcase sewing tutorial. When I saw that Shonda Rhimes has a TED Talk about her year of saying yes to everything. I was expecting it to be similar to an NPR interview that I had heard a couple of months ago, but I’m glad that it wasn’t.
When I watched the TED talk I was surprised to hear that a few years ago Shonda had lost her love for the work that she does. Because it was just too much time spent doing it and she had burned out. She describes herself as a Titan. If you are familiar with her show Scandal then you know what it means to be a Gladiator. A Titan in Shonda’s case is just like a Gladiator. So it’s easy to see why she burned out. But, the real surprise was how she bounced back from the burnout.
It was by saying yes to her children when they asked her to play with them. Most importantly taking the time to play with her children without distractions. Giving herself time to play made a difference in her life and helped her to get back to loving what she did.
As a stay at home mom who homeschools and blogs, I sometimes get burned out on the never ending list of things that need to get done. Because there is always so much to do, I often put off playing with my kids. I’m always telling my children to wait until I’m finished doing such and such and then I’ll play with you. The bad part about this is that often our play time never happens. So, I’m going to start saying yes to playtime (and I’m saying no to multi-tasking while playing with my kids) I know it’s not possible to say yes every single time, but I’m aiming for saying yes playtime at least 80% of the time. I’m sure saying yes to playtime will help me to get accustomed to saying yes to other things too.
If you haven’t seen Shonda’s TED Talk take a few minutes to watch it and see if you are inspired to say yes to playtime too.