Saying Yes.

Saying yes to being silly and fun and light and tickling and giggling.

Saying yes to new music. My latest purchases include The Head & The Heart and Mat Kearney.

Saying yes to embracing these last few weeks of summer before school starts, including the Danskin triathlon this weekend.

Saying yes to wearing skirts almost everyday.

Saying yes to hiring Katie to come work for me as an assistant full time when school starts = more time for making stuff.

Saying yes to taking the kids to the fair tonight even though it's super hot.

Saying yes to the adventure of a new relationship without worrying about what it all means. One day at a time. One moment at a time.

Saying yes to letting go.

Saying yes to letting in.

Saying yes to daring greatly.

What are you saying yes to these days?

Photo above taken by Katie. She is rocking her camera.

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69 thoughts

  1. Toni From

    2012-08-16 11:05:41 -0400

    Ali, so happy for you!!!

    I am saying yes to living fearlessly. I got a new job and signed up for a 5K even though I currently do not run. I think I finally got tired of being afraid of trying new things and possibly failing at them. I am in a good place of open-mindedness and believing in myself. A great place to be. I am thankful.

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    2012-08-16 11:28:46 -0400

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  3. Tammie

    2012-08-16 11:37:27 -0400

    I love this post Ali.....
    I'm saying yes to some new challenges at work.

  4. Suzie Perrie

    2012-08-16 11:56:41 -0400

    So happy for you! Can't wait to see what you create thanks to extra help from Katie. :)

  5. Miki Thompson

    2012-08-16 12:31:11 -0400

    I am learning to say yes to saying no. I took on everything that people gave me to the point where I started to drown. Now I am learning to say no and it's fantastic.

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    2012-08-16 12:37:19 -0400

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  7. jaimee h.

    2012-08-16 12:47:38 -0400

    saying yes to just watching my son play, instead of always taking pics of my son playing.

    saying yes to letting him stay up a little later just because it's summer.

    saying yes to not beating myself up for not being perfect.

    saying yes to easy dinners sometimes....what I grew up eating hot dogs and mac and cheese sometimes.

  8. Jane

    2012-08-16 13:16:51 -0400

    Ali hi,
    I think 'Saying yes to....' would be a great addition to your favourite (or US favorite!) journalling prompts.

    So positive!

  9. Mary

    2012-08-16 13:44:57 -0400

    To finalizing my divorce, moving on with my life, and living in the moment..............

  10. Patti L

    2012-08-16 14:27:32 -0400

    awesome! I knew things would start looking up for you with your positive attitude.

    I say yes to a lot more things I used to say no to...

    Saying yes to less of a schedule & more spontaneity...
    Saying yes to a beer in the middle of the week...
    Saying yes to not always knowing where the next few years will lead & just doing one day at a time...
    Saying yes to reaching for those dreams I've told myself I cannot reach...

  11. kelsey

    2012-08-16 15:08:17 -0400

    saying yes to turning forty and leaving 39 behind me
    saying yes to letting go of my horrible job
    saying yes to starting a new home-based business

  12. Sue W

    2012-08-16 15:58:17 -0400

    saying yes to your Ireland trip......oh wow!!!!! can't tell you how much I am looking forward to it.
    saying yes to do doing things NOW and not forever putting them off.
    So wonderful that things are going so well for you Ali!

  13. Kathy (kathyb)

    2012-08-16 16:25:11 -0400

    I'm saying "yes" for you Ali, and Simon and Anna, and Katie. SO happy for you all. Yes! Yes! Yes!

  14. emily ruth

    2012-08-16 18:10:58 -0400

    saying yes to reunions! old friends have been coming through my life in lots of ways this summer (including the first boy i ever kissed!) & instead of being worried about how i look or how my life might seem to them after all these years, i have been saying yes to just having fun & enjoying the good's been more fun than i could have imagined :)

    ps. just in case you didn't know: mat kearney is going to be at cuthbert in septemeber, opening for train...we have seen him twice in concert & just love him. (plus he's a eugenie so you know he's a nice boy :)

  15. Anna Aspnes

    2012-08-16 21:17:49 -0400

    Saying yes to a few glasses of wine and catching up!

  16. Bp

    2012-08-16 21:51:03 -0400

    This makes me sooo happy! Thank you for this Ali, I needed it! This blog post was poetic.

  17. Robyn :)

    2012-08-16 22:35:16 -0400

    Saying yes to all the changes at work which have turned out to be just wonderful :)

    Saying yes to buying our first home :)

  18. Paula O

    2012-08-17 12:34:15 -0400

    Love this post for you! Seems like you are really embracing this new phase in your life..yeah for Katie and you, and your new special someone ;)

    saying yes to late night bike rides
    saying yes to ice cream before dinner
    saying yes to letting my 7yr old stay up later
    saying yes to trying to get back into running
    saying yes to me and that I deserve a break and time alone sometimes!

  19. Vicki

    2012-08-17 17:08:04 -0400


    You blog is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your stories with us. I'm saying yes to letting go, living in the moment and laughing more!

  20. Aimee Giese | Greeblemonkey

    2012-08-17 19:40:27 -0400

    Love this post. I needed this today.... I need to think about what my YES's are.

  21. MelissainSC

    2012-08-18 09:42:03 -0400

    saying yes to more cooking and eating at home
    saying yes to less stuff
    saying yes to new opportunities at work
    saying yes to a new school for my son (middle/high school) big changes in store

  22. Carolyn

    2012-08-20 15:48:43 -0400

    Saying yes to getting married this past Friday - August 17th, it was amazing... now getting used to spending the rest of my life with my best friend! Glad to hear you are letting more love in your life as well!

  23. Marie

    2012-08-22 19:33:03 -0400

    Mat Kearney is sooo awesome! I stumbled upon his music a few years ago and am addicted to his voice :-). Love your list, I will make one for myself. Thanks for the inspiration!


  24. Mel

    2012-08-23 08:48:01 -0400

    I'm playing catch up on your blog! First, I LOVE The Head and the Heart- they're a great up and coming PNW band. Second, I feel like a huge part of my life these past couple of months and in the coming months is 'saying yes.' It's almost vital to my happiness and success as a volunteer in Morocco. I've found that saying yes enthusiastically and often has led me to things, relationships, and experiences that are absolutely incredible.

  25. shelly Clark

    2012-09-01 14:01:01 -0400

    I'm telling myself yes that I don't have to say yes to every committee at my son's school, that it's okay for me not to agree with everyone, and that darn it, yes, I matter.

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