The Art Of Saying Yes.

Y E S
/jɛs/
exclamation
exclamation: yes
Its as simple as that folks. There’s no complex definitions, synonyms, hidden meanings – yes means yes. ‘Yes’ is not an abyss which could take you in a completely different direction. I feel this is something we should remember, we shouldn’t be scared of the word and saying it. Obviously on the contrary we shouldn’t feel obliged to say it – but when an opportunity comes your way that isn’t within your comfort zone, learning to say yes could be the greatest thing that happened.
My word of the year is simply, yes.
I’ve spent a long time hiding behind the closed doors of my comfort zone – and a change is needed. A quote I love and I’m determined to stand by this year is: “No great things came from comfort zones”. To really mark my footsteps in my life I need to branch out, and say yes.
 I remember going to what I think must have been my second or third Scout meeting ever and having a presentation on a huge camp with scouts all over the world, and the next one was to be held in Japan and you’d spend 3 weeks over there. Telling myself I could never do that, it’s so far away and I wouldn’t cope. Then  I completely forgot about this moment until I was sat at the closing ceremony of the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan, a once in a life time opportunity that shaped me. Cue the violins.
But my point is, simply that comparison shows how far saying yes can take you. And it doesn’t have to go as far as travelling to Japan, but maybe something as simple as trying new foods, talking to new people, starting a blog? As your parents have probably also drilled into your brains,
“You never know until you try”.
Now I feel it necessary to just say, obviously, be careful. You can say no, and don’t let anyone make you feel otherwise. But that’s a whole other blog post.
And also, as well as saying yes to new things and opportunities, say yes to you time, a duvet day, a break from it all. You need it, and you deserve it, it’s this whole self love and well-being business. To put it frankly, be selfish. Clearly not all the time, but don’t forget about yourself.
I want to do another post on 10 things to say yes to, so shall leave this here for now. I hope you liked this little pep talk, and I hope you take this with you through your day. And, as Eleanor Roosevelt said, the famous quote, “Do one thing a day that scares you”.
Until next time,
Em x
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71 Comments

  1. Elyse
    12/01/2017 / 2:39 pm

    Love this! I said ‘Yes’ when I was 24 and ready to shed my anxiety, it was a great year and a great learning experience that taught me that I can tackle my anxiety head-on.

    • 13/01/2017 / 11:24 pm

      Thank you! That’s amazing, well done you!! It’s crazy what 3 letters can do eh?

  2. 12/01/2017 / 5:09 pm

    This is such an inspiring post. It’s such a small yet powerful word. Time to do things and break out of your safety net! xo

    • 13/01/2017 / 11:23 pm

      Thank you! Yessss definitely! Xo

  3. Shannon
    12/01/2017 / 5:14 pm

    Love this post! I’ve been wanting to come up with a word of the year myself. Your writing is absolutely beautiful.

    XX,
    Shannon
    somethingshannon.com

    • 13/01/2017 / 11:23 pm

      Ah I’m so glad! I’ve been the same, wondering what to choose and then it hit me to simply be, yes. Oh my gosh thank you! Xx

  4. 12/01/2017 / 5:15 pm

    This is so inspiring! So simple yet so effect, what such a little word can do to change your life! Amazing and thanks for sharing!

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

    • 13/01/2017 / 11:22 pm

      Thank you so so much!!

  5. 12/01/2017 / 5:17 pm

    I agree all the way! Great things have come from getting out of my own comfort zone too :)) It’s a little scary & a lot of fun lol. Looking forward to following along as you get out of your comfort zone more in 2017!

  6. 12/01/2017 / 5:28 pm

    Cannot wait for your next post about this! I’m glad you highlighted how important it is to take care of yourself too, I tomorrow will be saying yes to chilling out 🙂 xx

    sophieannetaylor.blogspot.co.uk

    • 13/01/2017 / 11:22 pm

      Thank you so much! It has to be said, and yesss sounds like a good plan haha! Xx

  7. 12/01/2017 / 5:29 pm

    The world needs more yes-sayers! This reminds me of one of my favorite lines in Nietzsche, where he says ‘some day I wish only to be a yes-sayer!’ Affirmation is such a more positive way to live than negation, and I’m glad you’re embracing yes!

    Xoxo
    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

    • 13/01/2017 / 11:21 pm

      Heck to the yes they do! That’s amazing, I love that quote! So so true, taking life in your stride! Xox

  8. Irene (@ireisapenguin)
    12/01/2017 / 5:40 pm

    This is a blog post I didn’t know I needed. I’m very glad I stumbled upon it. Thanks for sharing this, sweetheart x

    • 13/01/2017 / 11:20 pm

      Thank you so much for reading I’m so glad you liked it!! X

  9. Becca The Après Gal
    12/01/2017 / 5:58 pm

    Ahhh, both quotes are perfect. The parents one and of course Eleanor Roosevelt. This post is spot on – I think it’s also equally as important to say no to things so you can be selfish (so basically what you said haha!) the chance could be sooooo worth taking!

    Becca xx

    • 13/01/2017 / 11:20 pm

      Aren’t they just? Thank you so so much, it’s so nice to see people getting it, kind of assures me I’m not talking waffle aha! Xx

  10. 12/01/2017 / 8:26 pm

    Hi, great post. It’s amazing how one small word can impact s persons life. I hope there are lots of positive ‘yes’s for you this year, Chloe https://pinkiebag.com/ #TeacupClub

  11. 12/01/2017 / 10:46 pm

    This is a great post! in fact I have a similar one sitting in my drafts as I have not yet built up the courage to post it. I have long struggled with “the art of yes” but its is something I am definitely working on. Glad to know I am not alone. 🙂

    https://simplysamsblog.wordpress.com

    • Emilybecca
      22/01/2017 / 2:15 pm

      Thank you! No don’t be scared at all! That’s amazing, it’s a process, and you’re never alone! xx

  12. 12/01/2017 / 11:29 pm

    Love it! Can’t wait to follow along your journey this year:)

    • 13/01/2017 / 11:18 pm

      Thank you so so much!!

    • 13/01/2017 / 11:18 pm

      It’s a process, but you’ll get there lovely!! X

  13. 13/01/2017 / 8:15 pm

    If I could repost this a million times I would because this is such an important post Em! Honestly, I love the way you word things if that doesn’t sound weird lol. I definitely will look back at this over the year because what you have said is so true and significant and I feel like I’ve always underestimated the word ‘yes’ for opportunities and I want to change that! Love this post girl xxx

    • 13/01/2017 / 11:18 pm

      Girl your comments never fail to make my heart melt and make me smile like a wally. Thank you so so much, this all means the world to me and I’m so glad you like it xxx

  14. 14/01/2017 / 2:25 am

    This is very relatable! I’m travelling Australia at the moment and the amount of amazing people and experiences we’ve had wouldn’t be half as much if we weren’t ready to grab life by the balls and say “YES”! Much love. http://www.adventuresofanz.wordpress.com

    • 14/01/2017 / 10:42 pm

      That’s amazing! Australia sounds incredible, and full of opportunities! That’s honestly so amazing go you! X

    • 15/01/2017 / 8:10 pm

      Thank you! Yesss you don’t know what could come around by saying yes! xx

  15. 15/01/2017 / 8:04 pm

    This is such an inspiring and well spoken post, wonderfully written!

    • 15/01/2017 / 8:14 pm

      Thank you so much! x

  16. 15/01/2017 / 8:04 pm

    I love being able to say ‘yes’ to things! something about it makes you feel so good about yourself x

    • 16/01/2017 / 10:45 am

      So true, it makes you feel so powerful and in control! X

  17. liamandhisanxiety
    15/01/2017 / 8:05 pm

    Love this post! I said ‘yes’ to get help with my anxiety, it felt good! x

    Liam
    liamandhisanxiety.wordpress.com/

    • 16/01/2017 / 10:46 am

      That’s amazing!! Go you! X

  18. 15/01/2017 / 8:06 pm

    I completely get this! I’ve recently gotten so much better at just letting go and saying ‘Yes’ and it’s payed off! However now I think I might need to start saying ‘No’ to things too…

    • 16/01/2017 / 10:46 am

      That’s amazing! Ah, I completely get that, we can’t always say yes to everything – saying no is just as fine!

  19. Life of Little Things
    15/01/2017 / 8:06 pm

    LOVE this! It’s so important to say ‘yes’ to things, say yes now and think about it later and all that. It opens up opportunity for so many new experiences!

    • 16/01/2017 / 10:47 am

      Thank you so much! Exactly, work it out later, it really does!

  20. 15/01/2017 / 8:08 pm

    Loved reading this post so much! I am trying to say yes to myself more often now! I always feel proud of myself when I say yes to things instead of no!
    Kate Xx
    http://luxekate.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

    • 16/01/2017 / 10:48 am

      Thank you so much! That’s amazing, saying yes gives you this sentiment of control it’s amazing – but don’t be too hard, it’s just as okay to say no x

  21. 15/01/2017 / 8:11 pm

    LOVED THIS!!! Definitely think we need to start saying yes more to things (within reason), and stop letting our subconscious hold us back! Thanks for the pep talk, really needed it tonight. Everything’s possible, as long as we try!

    Ktkinnes xx

    • 16/01/2017 / 10:48 am

      Thank you! Yesss so true!! Aww you’re so very welcome, thank you for reading lovely! Xx

  22. JustRere
    15/01/2017 / 8:14 pm

    I’ve always loved the quote that no great things come from comfort zones. It’s seriously my motivation to try new things.

    • 16/01/2017 / 10:49 am

      I live by it, it’s just so frank and true!

      • JustRere
        16/01/2017 / 3:58 pm

        I agree!

  23. 15/01/2017 / 8:16 pm

    I love this post em! Saying yes can take you so many places! We need to stop holding back!

    • 15/01/2017 / 8:32 pm

      Thank you! Yesss 100% agreed! x

  24. Mo
    15/01/2017 / 8:17 pm

    This is a fabulous post, love it! Unfortunately for us all, it’s so true that great things never come from our comfort zones – hence my foray into the world of blogging!

    Mo x. http://www.croftsandcocktails.com

    • 16/01/2017 / 10:50 am

      Thank you! Ahh no way? Mine too! Great things happen just from going for it and saying yes!

  25. 15/01/2017 / 8:17 pm

    Love this post!! your writing is amazing<3
    Love, Melissa x
    lovemelissax.blogspot.co.uk

    • 16/01/2017 / 10:50 am

      Aww thank you!! X

  26. 15/01/2017 / 8:20 pm

    I love this post, really inspiring. 😊 Important to let go and say yes more often!

    • 16/01/2017 / 10:50 am

      Aw thank you I’m so glad!! Yesss definitely!

    • 16/01/2017 / 10:50 am

      Yes! Ahh amazing! Xx

  27. 15/01/2017 / 8:30 pm

    Back in 2012, I said “Yes” to an opportunity while I knew it would threw me in the unknown, to the other side of the planet and would probably destroy my relationship back then… Never regretted it. This “Yes” made me who I am today! Now I need to learn to say “no” ahah xx Corinne from Corinne & Kirsty

    • 16/01/2017 / 10:51 am

      Ahhh that’s incredible well done you!! It’s scary what you’re being thrown into but it’s so worth it! Xx

  28. 15/01/2017 / 8:35 pm

    You write very beautifully. For me, though, I found that I would very often say “yes” too often through fear of upsetting others. Now I’m learning that it’s okay to say no to things you don’t want to do, and that being selfish sometimes is more than okay x

    • 16/01/2017 / 10:53 am

      Thank you! That’s totally fair, saying no is just as valid as saying yes! Sometimes you’ve just got to look out for yourself first x

  29. BelleBrick
    15/01/2017 / 8:39 pm

    It’s amazing what saying yes can do sometimes. I’ve had a few occasions where I’ve said it and it’s been the greatest word I said.

    Belle | BelleBrick.blogspot.co.uk
    xo

    • 16/01/2017 / 10:53 am

      Isn’t it just? It’s crazy what it can bring around xo

    • 16/01/2017 / 10:54 am

      Thank you!! That’s amazing, and I’m sure you can do it lovely you’ve got this! X

  30. thatmummarocks
    15/01/2017 / 8:44 pm

    What a well written post!! You are so right, we should all be saying yes more! X

    • 16/01/2017 / 10:54 am

      Aww thank you! X

  31. 15/01/2017 / 8:51 pm

    Love this post. It’s easy to stay in your comfort zone! It’s great to say yes to new opportunities.

    • 16/01/2017 / 10:54 am

      It really is, but maybe not the healthiest thing – saying yes can do so much for you x

  32. 15/01/2017 / 9:22 pm

    lovely post! its amazing what you can do by stepping out your comfort zone

    letsgotravel.blog

    • 16/01/2017 / 10:54 am

      Thank you!! It really is isn’t it!

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