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August 15, 2012

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.

Day three of the week of giveaways from Xyron over on Facebook features their Mega Runner and Tape Runner. Click here to enter over on Facebook.


  • 1.
    Jill said…

    A new job! Super excited to take a bit of a turn in my career and working for an organization that’s doing great work for older adults. I start Sept 4, which allows me to finish out my summer “break” completely :) Few more things on my manifesto list to enjoy. . .

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Awesome Jill – so happy to read that!

  • 2.
    Ashley said…

    I am saying yes to change. lots changing…new house, new responsibilities at work, new marriage, new bills. Change is something I’ve learned to embrace and just roll with the punches. Just like you said “one day at a time”. I can do it! And Ali- you are so inspirational! Love reading your blog and finding new books for motivation through you! :)

  • 3.
    Paulette said…

    Thanks for sharing Ali:o)
    saying “yes” to the back seat of a Harley,exploring as many states & provinces ‘the old fanny’ can handle… this is BIG … really BIG!
    Saying “yes” to a 10K in Oct,Thanksgiving weekend! where will I find time to cook the Turkey!?!

  • 4.

    saying yes to later night requests to go out for frozen yogurt
    saying yes to cross fit classes in the 90 degree weather
    saying yes to making plans three weekends in a row
    saying yes to sitting at a two hour soccer practice in the heat
    saying yes to accepting me without any excuses
    saying yes to stepping out when I would rather stay in

  • 5.
    JennyB said…

    I am saying “yes” to two major changes in my life—my only child is leaving for college in two weeks and I am also beginning the school year in a new school after teaching for fifteen years in a school that I loved. Though I struggle with anxiety at times regarding these changes, I too am trying to take it a day at a time, being thankful for the many blessings in my life at present and for the adventure to come. Thank you for sharing your journey, Ali; it is inspiring and encouraging as you handle these changes with joy and grace.

  • 6.
    Amy said…

    Awesome Ali

  • 7.
    Sarah Guard said…

    She is rocking it indeed – though the ballet photo is still the BEST!!! I LOVE this – so happy you’re happy. x

  • 8.
    Glynis in Mass. said…

    I’m saying yes to better health. January, I had my right hip replaced and two weeks ago today (!) I had my left hip replaced. All before my 47th birthday on 8/23!!! I’m looking forward to pain-free movement, exercising and losing weight. I feel stronger already! Blessings Ali!

  • 9.
    Chris H said…

    Saying yes to adjusting a plan when faced with adversity towar the old one.

    Saying yes to stuff my daughter asks because I can’t find a reason to say no.

    Saying yes to being spontaneous.

    Saying yes to LEAPing out of my comfort zone and trying new things.

    Saying yes to just letting it all roll where it should.

    • ….
      pam fletcher said…

      “Saying yes to just letting it all roll where it should.”

      Love this!

  • 10.
    Joana T.C. said…

    Sounds great! Good luck to you!

  • 11.
    Christine said…

    Saying yes to allowing my husband to take my 14 yo daughter on a 93 mile hike around Mount Rainier.
    It was hard to let her go and I worried about how she would do on an eight day hike but I’m proud to say that she finished and is back home.

  • 12.
    Lalia H said…

    So happy for you & Katie that I can’t think of what to say yes to! Cannot wait to see what this creative future holds for you.

  • 13.
    Tere said…


  • 14.
    Colleen said…

    Saying yes to changes at work- I’m a special ed. instructional coach for my school district, and when we reported back yesterday, there were lots of changes from last year. I’m just rolling with it and seeing where it goes.

    Love reading your blog- your outlook on life and the grace at which you approach everything is inspiring. Trying to live my life more like that, too.

  • 15.
    Cristina said…

    Beautiful post Ali…really loved it. I’m saying yes to embracing the happiness in my life. Saying yes to my heart being open and cherishing it. Wishing you beauty in your journey. Xoxo

  • 16.
    jamaica said…


  • 17.
    Nancy said…

    Saying yes to trying new things. Thanks for the “push”, Ali.

  • 18.
    Bev W. said…

    I’m saying “yes” to getting healthy! I have already dropped 50 pounds. I ran a 5K this summer, and by “ran” I do mean I walked in 1 hour and 17 minutes! But it was a Color Run, so I had to get as much color as possible! Here is a picture,
    So I do credit a lot of this change to “One Little Word” and tell everyone about it!

  • 19.
    Paula said…

    I am loving this post Ali, so happy for you!

    I am saying yes to doing less busy work, less multitasking, and more enjoying the moment.

    I am saying yes to letting my child just BE instead of always “working on something” or analyzing something about her health.

    I am also saying yes to more time relaxing by the pool, yes to getting back on the WII fit almost every day…and one great big YES to going back to church as a family.

    I love saying yes!

  • 20.
    annette said…

    so excited for your Ali…Keep up the postivie attitude… lvoe out to you and your family.


  • 21.
    Jamie said…

    I love this post!!

    I am saying yes to the St. Louis Light the Night walk and embracing my husband who was diagnosed with Leukemia 5 years ago…

    I am saying YES to remission!!

  • 22.
    orange gearle said…

    So happy for you. LOVE THAT PHOTO!

  • 23.
    christen said…

    i love this post.

    i need to say yes to more things!

  • 24.
    tiffany h. said…

    so happy to hear all that you’re saying yes to. i’m trying to say yes to my kids more this summer–yes to ice cream, yes to staying up late, yes to swimming more, yes to having friends over, yes to it all even though i’d really like to say no and stay in my house and do my own thing.

  • 25.
    Tara said…

    saying yes to looking into adopting a baby! Big decision and very excited that I finally am Saying YES!

  • 26.
    Ann6 said…

    saying yes to my only DD going to college, I suffer from anxiety just thinking she will not be here every day but I am embracing the change for her the best I can, and as passage and part of life.
    saying yes to a new boss all of a sudden, who I do not even have spoken yet and see what he will bring new this time.
    saying yes to a new client that is totally new and different
    saying yes to a memory file project that is the most difficult scrapbook project I ever did.
    saying yes to see doctors and seeking for new treatments to my back challenges.

  • 27.
    Lisa W. said…

    That picture of your kids just made my day…so very cute!!!
    Very happy for you Ali:)

  • 28.
    jengd said…

    Honestly, I haven’t said yes to much recently. My 5yr old has been nasty and violently temperamental the past few weeks. Every time I think of something fun and creative for us to do, he loses privileges and access to “fun” things by another outburst that can’t be overlooked or ignored. I’m so tired of saying no that I’m going nutty. However. This too shall pass I and I really need to do what you’ve done- come up with a list of Yeses. I’m glad to read that you’ve got so many yeses and that they’re so positive and happy. Happy for you!

  • 29.
    Annette said…

    I’m saying Yes to picking up the phone and calling family and friends, and not just waiting until there is bad news to share. No matter our differences or the paths we have chosen, the bond is there. It just needs to be strengthened.

  • 30.
    P.J. said…

    Isn’t “yes” freeing? Keep saying yes.

  • 31.
    Charissa M said…

    saying yes to a huge upcoming move
    saying yes to staying home with my children
    saying yes to continuing my weight loss journey even when its hard
    saying yes to trusting myself and loving myself

  • 32.
    ARC said…

    The Head and the Heart is awesome!! i saw them live and had never heard of them before (opening for Dave matthews in 2010) and it was great.

    Right now I’m just saying YES to a/c and hanging out in bed with my laptop as I’m huge and pregnant ;)

    But life is good :)

  • 33.
    Talia said…

    I’m saying yes to spending more time outside with my daughter in the evenings, even though I’m not an outside person. I’m also saying yes to my daughter going to preschool, even though it’s killing me to watch her grow up a bit and having a bit of a time adjusting. I’m saying yes to trusting God that he’ll work all of it out for the best.

  • 34.
    Ilona said…

    I love love love to read that Ali!!! Happy for you! Enjoy life to the fullest!!!

  • 35.
    Teresa said…

    Stepping out of my head and letting go of the fear that sometimes holds me back. It means I’m living a fuller life in small ways…which I hope will add up to big ways one day. Loved reading what you’re saying yes to!

  • 36.
    JustB said…

    Don’t know if you read these or not, but I saw another blog post today, after reading yours, and thought you would really appreciate it. Here’s the URL:
    The person about whom this person is blogging said something like your to-do list will be there tomorrow, but that child will be one day older. It made me think of you and the thoughtful way your raise your children. Peace : )

  • 37.
    MichelleGB said…

    Awesome post today! There’s a lesson in these words for me. :)

  • 38.
    dawn said…

    Ali, this is a JOY to read, sooooo very happy for you!! Lots of good things going on for you, much deserved and needed. ENJOY them one day and one moment at a time! How sweet is that picture, they both look so BIG!

    I read your camping post too and love love it, glad you went again this year and for Lucy being around for another year with you. How nice that Chris got to take care of her for you.

    The biggest change in our lives and biggest YES for us is homeschooling 2 of my kids this year. They both came and asked me and we signed them up for the online school here in Ohio. We will be taking it one day and one moment at a time, just like you. I’m excited and nervous about this change but trusting this is what they need right now.

    Enjoy the last of summer! HUGS and prayers for you!

  • 39.
    Isabel said…

    Saying yes to enjoy life in many more ways!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 40.
    Dolly said…

    Saying yes, to letting go of a 27 year relationship that no longer served me..

    Saying yes to embracing growth and awareness

    Saying yes to continued forward momentum of physical well being (90lbs so far!)

    Saying yes to relocating back to the Southern California beach I grew up on

    Saying yes to embracing all of life and living it and no longer letting it live me

    Saying yes to falling in love

    Ali, you always bring 150% of yourself…I’ll say it again, thank you for keeping it real; always.

  • 41.
    Lucrecia said…

    I haven’t said yes to anything new lately! I need to! Thanks for that reminder that life needs to have some new things, even if they are scary!

  • 42.
    Kim S (nerdgrl) said…

    Ali: There’s a post by the Cleveland Air Show on FB that Simon might like. I tried to copy and paste it, but no go. It’s a picture of a fighter jet in Legos and I thought of Simon immediately.

  • 43.
    Vikki said…

    Saying yes to squeaky cheese. Lots of it. I’m only in Wisconsin once a year. :)

  • 44.
    Danielle said…

    Saying yes to listening to my heart & how my body reacts to things
    Saying yes to taking risks
    Saying yes to putting myself out there more
    Saying yes to letting go of my need to control
    Saying yes to new stories

  • 45.
    Toni From said…

    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.

  • 46.
    Tammie said…

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

  • 47.
    Suzie Perrie said…

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

  • 48.
    Miki Thompson said…

    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.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      That’s awesome (and a big step)!

  • 49.
    jaimee h. said…

    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.

  • 50.
    Jane said…

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

    So positive!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I agree!

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