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In the movie Yes Man with Jim Carrey – he starts out as a “No Man”, saying no to every request, opportunity and offer from his boss, his clients (he is a loan officer so it’s easy to say no) and his friends.  

I was suprised by how much I saw myself in this character.  Though I don’t always say no I find myself wanting to, especially when I overschedule my days….

As the title implies, Jim Carrey soon becomes a Yes Man, this time saying yes to every opportunity and question that comes his way, nomatter who or where it comes from…and he truly begins experiencing his life like never before.

When we say Yes to opportunity, expecially opportunity that looks, sounds or feels very different than our norm, it opens up a part of ourselves and brings an aliveness to our existence. 

Can we truly say yes to everything, nomatter what it is?  That’s not the idea.  The idea is to consider saying Yes to what initially may seem uncomfortable or different, especially if it may bring us closer to our vision for what we want in life.  What we are saying is Yes to life!

What would you like to say Yes to?

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My husband and I love plants.  We have an abundance of them in our home, some close to 30 years old (started by my mother).

Indoor plants get potbound, meaning they have outgrown the container they are living in and need more room to grow.   When transplanting, the norm is choosing one pot size larger, giving the plant just enough space to spread it’s roots and continue to thrive.

As humans, we all need that too.  When we begin to feel stifled (see 7 Clues You are Ready to Stretch) we droop and may feel thwarted – and we know it’s time to spread our wings a bit. 

Our equivalent of one pot size bigger?  Small steps outside our comfort zone to breathe, stretch and grow… 

How will you stretch this week?

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In Experience Life Magazine (Jan/Feb 2010) Resolutions Workshop 2010 focuses on taking small bites, actions that don’t take much time but make a big impact.  When you achieve something you set out to, nomatter how small, it builds confidence that you will achieve even more.

So, this year instead of adding “eating healthy” to my goals for the new year (as I seem to do every year), here are some small bites (no pun intended)

  • add one extra fruit to my breakfast
  • add one extra veggie to my pita pizza
  • have veggie soup with my lunch
  • have a fruit smoothie as my midday snack

These small bites are easy to remember and easy to accomplish.  Added up, they will contribute to my intent to eat healthy!

What are your small bites?

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Years ago when I began working at a university, the end of the year rolled around and I was asked to complete an annual report – an accounting of all I had achieved, including results of programs I was responsible for.  I panicked – mainly because I didn’t remember!  Yes, I finally finished that first report, but vowed to make it much easier the next time. 

So each month I started recording what I had accomplished, so by the end of the year, I had 12 smaller reports that I now had to synthesize into one.  Much easier!  Doing it this way also helped me see how far I had come each month, instead of waiting until months had passed and I had forgotten.  How quickly we forget what we have achieved – yet that ever present “to do” list is embedded in our minds.  Even with those 12 reports making it easier I always hated writing that annual report – but I always loved having written it.  Seeing in print a years worth of accomplishments was very rewarding and uplifting.

It’s your turn, as you are starting to take action toward your goals for the new year, begin by reviewing the year that just ended and take pride in your achievements!

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