Year of Yes Giveaway

Welcome to the Year of Yes Giveaway!

Before her Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes was an expert at declining invitations others would leap to accept. With three children at home and three hit television shows on TV, it was easy to say that she was simply too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. Afraid of cocktail party faux pas like chucking a chicken bone across a room; petrified of live television appearances where Shonda Rhimes could trip and fall and bleed out right there in front of a live studio audience; terrified of the difficult conversations that came so easily to her characters on-screen. In the before, Shonda’s introvert life revolved around burying herself in work, snuggling her children, and comforting herself with food.

And then, on Thanksgiving 2013, Shonda’s sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms: You never say yes to anything.

The comment sat like a grenade, until it detonated. Then Shonda, the youngest of six children from a supremely competitive family, knew she had to embrace the challenge: for one year, she would say YES to everything that scared her (source).

I shared with you on Tuesday the 6 important lessons I learned from Shonda’s Year of Yes journey. Now I want to share with one lucky winner a copy of Shonda’s powerful and hilarious memoir, so that you too can be inspired to dance it out, stand in the sun, and be your own person. I’m also giving away a free Year of Yes inspired mug!



  1. You're Awesome. Own it! mug
  2. Pose like Wonder Woman mug
  3. A copy of Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
  4. Be Brave. Be Amazing. Be Worthy mug
  5. Dance It Out mug

One winner will win a copy of Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes and one 11oz Year of Yes inspired mug from the Whispering Words Shop.  There are 4 mug designs to choose from.

The rules are simple:

  1. Follow @whisperingwordsdesign on Instagram
  2. Post a picture of what you are saying YES to this year. #wwyearofyesgiveaway
  3. For an additional entry, you can comment on the blog post about what you are saying YES to this year.


The giveaway is open internationally. Entries will close January 29. Before entering, please ensure that Society6 ships to your country. If you are under 18 years old, please ask your parents before entering. One winner will be selected at random and announced on February 1. 


This year I am saying YES to more me time. I know this isn’t something that seems scary, but it is something I too often neglect. I’m saying YES to setting aside time in my busy teacher-graduate student-volleyball coach-wife-mommy-to-be life for activities and projects that bring joy and happiness into my life. This means saying YES to spending afternoons and weekends painting, designing, reading, or any other activity I choose and saying NO to things that will prevent me from having quality me time. Saying NO in itself can be a form of saying yes as well. If you don’t believe me, just ask Shonda. She’ll tell you it’s important to say NO too!

What are you saying yes to this year? I'd love to hear about it!