10 Reasons to say YES!

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Say Yes!I recently had the opportunity to go away for the weekend and meet up with family at a holiday home none of us had been to before.

My niece and her husband were off to a wedding and my brother and sister-in-law were going with them to baby sit their grand daughter. They asked me along so we could catch up and spend time together, which was lovely.

I could have said ‘no’, and I did actually have other plans prior, but I decided the opportunity to have a change of scenery in a part of the country I hadn’t been to before, plus the offer of free accommodation, was too good to turn down. So I changed my previous plans and said ‘YES’!

OMG I was so happy I said that 3-letter word! I was gob-smacked when I arrived. We were staying in a very nice modern, 2-storey house, on a resort golf course with a pond/lake out front! Wow, what an opportunity. Needless to say we all thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and didn’t want to leave.

Pauanui Lakes Resort

On our doorstep – view from the house deck

This experience reinforced to me the power of saying YES – yes to opportunities, yes to adventure, yes to experience, yes to LIFE.

How many times do we say NO out of fear? Out of apathy? Imagine all the possible good things that can happen to us if we changed that to YES!

So, here are 10 reasons to say YES!

1. We get to visit/stay in amazing places…

I remember my first big trip overseas by myself. It was in 1995, I was 31, and not long separated from my husband of 10 years. I had never had a travelling bone in my body but suddenly found myself at the travel agent and before long I’d booked 3 months away doing 3 Contiki Tours around Europe, Britain, Southern Ireland, and Egypt!

I still remember vividly to this day, nearly 20 years on, some of the beautiful places we stayed and visited. And of course the incredible scenery and cultures I got to experience!

I was, without a lie, absolutely totally petrified to be going half way around the world for the first time by myself. But that experience changed my life and gave me a new passion – travel!

2. We have amazing experiences that can stay with us forever, that can change our perceptions, our lives…

My 7 week trip to Vietnam and Cambodia in 2010 did that. It opened my eyes to how people in 3rd world countries live, and in turn opened my heart to something much bigger.

The home of an old woman in Sapa, Vietnam

The home of an old woman in Sapa, Vietnam

3. We get to meet new people. In turn these people can become lifelong friends or turn into new business associates or opportunities…

When I said YES to doing the Website Launchpad course with Serena Star-Leonard, it opened a whole new world for me – literally! Not only am I connecting with people all over the world, through this website that I created on that course, but I’m also now editing for her passion website – www.fivepointfive.org, and meeting amazing, interesting people along the way.

4. We get out of our comfort zones, which means we stretch and grow…

Having the opportunity to live in Bali for 5 months – twice (2011 & 2013), had me so far out of my comfort zone on a daily basis that now I don’t blink an eye going back there and feel quite at home. So much so that I’m now hosting retreats there!

Bali is my second home!

Bali is my second home!

5. You get to have unexpected FUN!

Whether it be having your haircut at a back street barber in a foreign country that actually does a better job than your expensive hairdresser at home, or ending up at a concert with free tickets and having fun with complete strangers, or going for a ride in a fancy car that your friend has hired for work – anything is possible, and it’s fun!!

6. New opportunities present themselves that can open your world in ways you just can’t dream about…

One of the women I did my Bowen Therapy training with decided to go to the International Bowen Conference in Geelong (Melbourne), just as we were finishing our training…she sowed the seed and I ended up going as well – once again, it changed my life and started me on a whole new incredible journey helping others.

7. You create precious memories…

Fun times with loved one, romantic times with someone special, remembering those amazing feelings at the top of a mountain, or at the bottom of the sea. Memories that stay with you forever and help you smile when life throws a curve ball your way.

Diving in Bali

Diving in Bali – beautiful experiences

8. You have the opportunity to feel fulfilled on a deep level that you otherwise wouldn’t have…

When I first embarked on my journey into massage and Bowen Therapy, I had no idea how much of an impact that would have on my inner fulfillment. To help people relax and feel better, to be pain free, was so rewarding. I knew I was making a difference and it feels good.

That also led to hosting weekend women’s retreats. It always amazed me how a group of women would come together, with no prior knowledge of each other and end up having a magical weekend, making new friends and leave feeling totally restored and ready to face life again. It was amazing and so fulfilling and special for me.

Women's Retreat - new friendships

Women’s Retreat – strangers become friends…

Likewise volunteer teaching the kids in Bali and sponsoring Yogi and Ari. Helping others – being creative – sharing your passion. Saying YES to opportunities helps us feel fulfilled on many levels.

9. Learn something new…

I remember when I signed up for the Bowen Therapy training. I had no idea what Bowen was. I had had no prior interest in holistic bodywork. I said YES to doing the 12 month training to learn something new and be with like-minded people. But wow, did that decision change my life and my direction!

10. Saying YES can spark a new passion you never knew existed in you…

Everything I’ve mentioned so far – these are now passions of mine, that 20 years ago just didn’t exist!

Has my life changed for the better because I said YES to these opportunities as they came along? Hell YES!

Even though parts have been HUGELY challenging and I felt like giving up, the rewards that have come from these experiences are priceless and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The experiences I’ve had, the awesome people I’ve met, the HUGE personal growth I’ve experienced – it’s actually pretty damn phenomenal.

Just by saying YES!

I hope this has inspired you to say YES more often…if you do, magic will happen…

“We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us.” Marcel Proust

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