We Asked Women How They’re Shifting Their Mindsets + Saying Yes in 2019

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The night before my very first college move-in day, my parents sat me down for what felt like their final pieces of advice. I predicted what my mom was going to say—work hard, be safe, buddy system, enjoy yourself (within reason). But my dad surprised me: He told me to say yes to everything, something I’d never heard from anyone before. Yes to taking a class you never thought you would take, yes to studying abroad a year early, yes to falling in love. Yes. Yes. Yes.

That’s not to say that embodying a “yes mantra” is easy. In all honesty, I’ve forgotten how important it is to say yes with my other responsibilities that have taken precedence. But our words have a direct impact on our mindset. By saying yes—even if it’s “yes, I can take on this project, but I’ll need an extra day”—you will bring confidence and positivity into your life. This is exactly why I’m making it a priority in 2019 to say yes in the New Year. And I’m not alone — Oui Yogurt recently asked attendees at this year’s Vision Summit, “What are you saying ‘OUI’ to in 2019?” The responses will inspire you.

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Oui Yogurt believes in making the best satisfyingly thick, subtly sweet, fresh tasting yogurt. Their holistic approach to French style yogurt starts with simple, non-GMO ingredients, poured and set in individual glass pots for eight hours. And to top it off, “yes” is literally in their name, which makes them the perfect companion as you say “oui” in 2019. Take it from the women who attended the Vision Summit—they’re saying yes to opening businesses, embracing imperfections, new perspectives, and nixing negative self labels. How great are those goals?

The Create & Cultivate team has their own ideas, too:

“I’m saying ‘OUI’ to me. Knowing my value and validating my own wants and needs all 2019.” - Tyeal Howell, marketing manager

“I’m saying ‘OUI’ to more sleep and more money and less parking tickets.” - Natalie Tran, graphic designer

“Balance. My ‘OUI’ is for more life balance in 2019.” - Natalie Pirzad, project coordinator

“More creative output. My ‘OUI’ is for more creativity in 2019.” - Jenay Ross, talent coordinator + event producer

“My 2019 ‘OUI’ is for more time with my cats and the people I love.” - Heather Records, senior director of digital marketing

What will you be saying yes to in the new year? I know I’ll be saying yes to every exciting opportunity that comes my way, in order to let happiness infiltrate everything I do. And I’ll be starting every morning with a glass jar of Oui Yogurt to get my day started the right way.


Lily Comba works in business development for an online marketplace. By night, Lily lives an entrepreneurial life. After working as a Career Consultant for two years at her alma mater, Scripps College, Lily developed a passion for helping women in their careers. She embodies the mantra, “If not me, who? If not now, when?” in her work as a career advisor to college students, and creative and business strategist for fellow entrepreneurs. Catch her running around Los Angeles or at lilycomba.com.

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