the uplift
the uplift
Jan 9, 2023
Lessons from my Year of Yes
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This week I reflect on lessons from my “Year of Yes.” Shonda Rhimes coined this phrase in her 2016 book Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person.

Higher ed is not great at creating space for women to integrate our desires and aspirations. We are complex creatures - we seek professional success, disciplinary expertise, promotions and positive evaluations, connections with our families and people we love, our hobbies and fulfillment, and the ability to build a life in a place we care about. At least, this has been my experience - and I've spent my career accepting all those compromises in pursuit of professional success and recognition. But then last January I came to face-to-face with the truth: this was no longer working for me.

So this year, I embraced my "Year of Yes" and decided to rebuild my life to be integrated and joyful, inside and outside of work.


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