I had an entirely different post ready to go for today, but then I got to thinking. You see, two years ago today I went on my first date with my fiancé. I remember the morning of the date I was trying to think of ways to cancel. I really had no solid excuse for cancelling our date, but just “wasn’t in the mood.”

We’ve all been there right? You could say yes to your plans or make an excuse and say no. The truth of the matter is that a lot of times it’s easier to just say no, but then you have no idea what opportunities and memories you could miss out by not saying yes.

On this particular day, I really wanted to say no. I hadn’t met this guy so I really didn’t feel I owed him anything to be quite honest and besides, if I cancelled it was only 9:00AM so that was within the acceptable date cancellation time period in my mind. It was my co-worker and friend Catherine, who told me, “Just say yes. The worst that can come of it is that you get a free drink and lose a few hours of your life.”

Reluctantly, I went on the date. We talked non-stop, and I mean, non-stop for three hours. I’m not going to sit here and say, “and at that moment, I knew he was the one,” because I didn’t. It took quite a few more dates before I was convinced I was “in it to win it.” The point is, had I not gone on that date, I wouldn’t be walking down the aisle in four months to say a really important “yes” to this man. Had I not said yes, I would not be living in Ottawa right now which is the entire reason I started this blog. Had I not said yes, I would not be a blogger and would not have had the fulfilling joy this blog had brought me. There are so many amazing things that have come out of me saying yes to that first date.

Ever since then, my motto has been to say yes more because really what is the worst thing that will happen? You only get one life and you don’t want to look back and think, “There were so many things I wanted to do, but I was too scared to say yes and do them.” I have had some of the most impactful experiences from saying yes to things that scared me or things I thought I could not do.

Today I want to say a thank you to the man that is my daily reminder of the importance of saying yes. I can’t imagine my life without him. So the next time you want to say no to something, why don’t you just say yes.

Written by Tracey