Episode 4 – Lisa Melli Gillespie – Opening to YES!

Lisa Melli Gillespie 2 interview on Simple Daily Practice Podcast

Lisa was reading a magazine one day.  The editors asked a simple question:  “What was your most unusual goal?”  One answer in particular stuck Lisa – have 101 new experiences in 1001 days.  Something about that just hit her.  She had a busy family life and a career in transition.  But this – this sounded like something fun, a lark, a “why not do it?”

Lisa started her goal on January 1, 2010.  It started simply.  She was out taking a hike with her family, and they saw someone juggling tangerines.  Lisa said, “That looks interesting.”  The man said, “Do you want to learn how to do it?”  And Lisa said “yes.”  And then she said “yes” to belly dancing lessons.  And then she said “yes” to sending her first IM.  And then she said “yes” to coordinating a coffee fundraiser.   And she kept saying “yes” to new experiences for the next 1000 days.

Some of the “yeses” were not worth repeating (like the juggling lessons).  Some of the “yeses” lead to even more “yeses” (like entering the Denver County Fair and then learning to milk a goat).  Some “yeses” were only important to her (like riding a bike in a skirt), but the whole process – the whole way of looking at her day, changed Lisa’s life profoundly.  She found herself opening so much more to life, not even realizing where she had been shut down before.

Hear Lisa talk about her wide variety of experiences, what she’s learned about doing a challenge like this and how it has changed her life.

In this interview, Lisa shares:

  • how she got started and what her rules were (you might be surprised!).
  • whether she made her deadline.
  • the self-awareness she found from taking this on.
  • how new experiences fit into day-to-day life (vs. bucket list items which can be bigger and harder to reach).
  • why she didn’t regret any of her experiences (but there are some she won’t repeat).
  • what happened after the 1001 days ended.
  • the new experience that revealed a surprisingly deep passion for her.
  • what happened when she asked for help coming up with ideas for new experiences on her Facebook page.
  • how she inspired others to start their own challenges and she got to join in their new experiences, too.
  • why you shouldn’t care about what other people think of what you put on your list.
  • why having a deadline is so important in opening to all those “yeses”.

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SPECIAL BONUS:  Lisa’s Ten Pointers for 101 New Experiences in 1001 Days

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I’d love to hear from you.  How do you feel about new experiences?  Have you ever done something like this?  Are you inspired to try something now?  Please share in the comments below. 

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