Yes Man

This was first posted over at Chloe's Blog a few weeks ago...
Have you ever watched the film Yes Man starring Jim Carrey?
It’s based on a true story about a man who sticks within his comfort zones and automatically says no to any novelty; he basically says no to everything. However after attending a motivational seminar he is convinced to say “yes!” to every request and opportunity. As a result his life changes radically overnight.
It’s the kind of film that inspires you to change the way you live your life. To be more spontaneous and to try new and crazy things.
Before I go on, maybe I should introduce myself.Hello! I’m Rachel. I live in Wales, UK, I’m 24 years old and I’m married to Josh. I love photography, cooking and nature. I’m a bit shy and you’re quite likely to find me with my nose buried in a book.  For the last four years I’ve been working as an administrator…doing new and crazy things doesn’t come naturally to me. However everyday I’m challenging myself to get out of my comfort zone, to take some risks and live life in all its fullness.
Eighteen months ago I made a resolution to ‘Make more effort’; my very own ‘Yes man’ experiment if you like, and I can honestly say it has changed my life.
At the end of 2009 I felt like I’d got into a bit of rut. We were struggling with a newly-wed budget, I was exhausted from working at my local church and I felt like life was passing me by, like I was saying “no” to many exciting opportunities in my life. I decided to make more effort in every aspect of my life; to trust God in all areas, to spend more quality time with my husband, to make exciting memories and to keep on top of household chores.

As a result of this decision the last eighteen months have been the best of my life. We’ve been to some of the most beautiful places in Britain, I’ve swum in remote rivers and lochs, I’ve seen Killer Whales (and lots of other cool wildlife), I’ve danced over a frozen lake, I’ve cooked some amazing recipes, I’ve learnt more about God, my husband and myself than I ever have before, and my house has been clean and welcoming and we’ve made lots of new friends.
Most recently we made the decision to quit our jobs and spend three months travelling and I can honestly say we’re having the TIME OF OUR LIVES! I’m so glad we took the risk.
Now, I’m not saying all of this to make out like I have it all sorted, like I’m wonderfully spontaneous and that I have a superior life…in fact I’m just very aware that if I let myself I can easily let life pass me by and I need a reminder like this blog post every so often to kick me up the backside into really LIVING.

If you’re the same here’s three ideas to challenge yourself:
1) Make a bucket list of easily achievable things that you really want to do, like climb a mountain, dance in the rain or tidy your junk closet and challenge yourself to achieve them all within three months.
2) Make a bucket list of all the things you’ve ever wanted to do, even if they seem unachievable…and make sure you do at least one a year.
3) Say “yes” more. Especially to your husband or partner. There have been so many times when I have said no to Josh before I even think about what he’s asking but when I let him take control more often than not me have a lot of fun!
One of the reasons I love Chloe’s blog so much is the fact that she is so positive and that she tries to see the adventure and joy of life in all situations. It inspires me to do the same.
What kind of adventure could you have today?
Quick Questions
1. Are you a spontaneous person? 
2. What things would be on your big and small bucket lists

1 comment:

  1. That's very good advice...and I really should be more of a 'yes man' myself! Good points, Rachel.