Say Yes More.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

I've got absolutely no plan for how I'm going to write this post, it's potentially going to be quite a long one but stay with me!

As part of our coursework in my journalism degree we have to build up a portfolio of writing based around a topic of interest. This can be on anything from sex trafficking to anorexia to internet safety- as long as it appeals to you, you can do a personal study into it and you can find interviewees then it works.

I'd done little bits of research into potential project ideas but nothing really appealed to me, and the day where we would pitch our ideas to our tutor crept up and I sort of started to panic. I was trawling the internet for ages trying to find something of interest, before giving up and going back to the book I was reading- Yes Man, by Danny Wallace.

Those who have read the book or seen the film (on which it is very loosely based) will know that it is about one man who decides to say yes to everything in order to make a positive change to his somewhat dull life. It occurred to me how interesting it would be to try it out, just to see what I would end up doing. It was then that I realised I had my portfolio idea.

Since I've been doing some research into the word yes and the notion that it creates a positive mentality and can change your life for the better. I've met some hugely interesting people along the way, most notably a man named Robert- he was a successful businessman who suffered slightly from depression and didn't enjoy his place in the corporate world. In 2007 he survived a massive stroke, and whilst recovering in hospital watched the Yes Man film. He quit his job and decided to say yes to every opportunity presented to him. Seven years later he has travelled the world, is working in Hawaii and has a beautiful baby girl. He says he has the word yes to thank.

For the past two weeks I have said yes to every opportunity swung my way. I've partied in London, made new friends and now have a tattoo that I'm completely in love with. On a night out with my housemates I agreed (as part of the yes thing) to get matching tattoos with a girl I live with. The next day my housemate chickened out but when asked if still going ahead with it, I said yes. I've never been more petrified in my life as I was stood in that tattoo parlour...but I don't regret it one bit.

A few people have asked me about the meaning behind my tattoo and to be honest, at the time there wasn't one, I just adored the design. Now, I think it serves as a reminder. I've felt super positive over the past two weeks, and although I didn't regard myself as a "no man" beforehand, I definitely have turned down opportunities in the past that I easily could have said yes to, either because I was nervous or lazy. Now, I'm definitely going to make more of a conscious effort to say yes to things, and my tattoo is a symbol of that.

So the message here is simply Say Yes More. You never really know what might happen and that's the truly exciting part. Robert told me that saying no is simply denying yourself of an experience, and when put like that, it really does make sense to say yes (within reason!).

So there we go... A bit of midweek positivity for everyone! Thanks for reading :)


  1. This post has definitely made my day, I'm seriously impressed! So glad you have a more positive mentality now!! <3 xx

  2. That's a good message, learning to say yes more and just go with the flow. Great post.

    Meg | Meghan Silva's Blog

  3. Hope you've had a fantastic week. I really like your new tattoo. Say Yes More! :) x

  4. It's such a cute tattoo! I'm building my courage to do one by the end of the summer :)

    Ana Leote

  5. This is fab. I think I definitely need to start saying yes a lot more. Thank you for this! :) xx

    Katy |

  6. Great post I need to more aswell but it is hard! Will try though x
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  7. Such a lovely post dear:))
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  8. You ended up with a rather cute tattoo and the new meaning behind it is a great one. I need to say yes more, I usually say no due to laziness which isn't going to get me very far.

    Raise The Waves

  9. Great post. I think that learning to say yes more is definitely something that we all need to do and really puts you out of your comfort zone (which is where the fun begins).

  10. I love this idea, I need to start saying yes more! I love your tattoo!

  11. Great post, it's weird to think how many more things you can achieve and experience just through the word yes. Your tattoo is lovely by the way! x

  12. reminds me of a Zoella blog post :) loved reading yours ! :)x