Though the reasons behind starting these projects vary, the underlying sentiment seems to be the same: And so, in honor of my fellow Year-of-Yessers, a roundup of some of their blogs and books.
- The Year of Yes — When you Google “year of yes”, the first link that pops up is the Amazon page for Maria Dahvana Headley’s memoir. (Meanwhile, I’m just flattered/amazed that one of my blog posts even made it onto the first page of Google search results…) Published by Hyperion in 2006, The Year of Yes chronicles the year that Headley spent saying yes to dates with anyone who asked her out—kind of an interesting experiment. Adding to my Goodreads queue.
- The Year of Yes (this time on Tumblr) — I like this blogger’s tagline: “Adventures in living affirmatively.” (Could this be my kindred blogging soul sister?!) Though it looks like this Year of Yes Tumblr hasn’t been updated since 2011, the blog post called “What is Yes?” definitely rang true.
- When I decided to go ahead and buy a domain name, theyearofyes.com wasn’t the only one taken; yearofyes.com was off the market as well. It turns out yearofyes.com is owned by a woman named Kate. She writes, “This is a year of travel for me, that involves saying YES to as many adventures, festivals, treks, parties, crazy food, embarrassing moments, new cultures, and fun as possible! Obviously a few rules are needed to prevent myself from ending up in jail, carrying around a multitude of attractive diseases, fearing for my life, or even marrying an alpaca! But other than a few exceptions, YES will be my new word!” I like to think “yes” is my [not-so] new word, too, but I’m lucky in that I’ve never worried about marrying an alpaca.
- Grabbing Life by the Blog — As blogger Jarrod explains in this “Year of Yes” post, “I’ve developed a bad habit over the course of my life – I tend to say ‘no’ whenever people ask me to participate in things with them. It’s not necessarily that I don’t have an interest in what they’re doing – I just have a lot going on in my life that occupies nearly all of my free time… I do draw the line at some things (anything that involves bicycles, clowns, or reptiles, for instance) – but I’ve moved the line back significantly. It’s amazing to see how many opportunities there are to spend time with the people that I love, as long as I’m willing to be a little more flexible.”
- Blogger Erinina has an entire “Year of Yes” category dedicated to the adventures that arose from saying “yes” for one whole year. Sooo basically her premise is a lot like mine, except with photos of kittens. Like, a lot of photos of kittens. I do love this takeaway of hers: “I think my biggest initial success with the ‘yes’ project though, has been in saying ‘yes’ to taking the time to get to know people past my first impressions.”
- On A Practical Wedding (don’t ask—it came up in my search results), Maddie Eisenhart reflects on the addictive nature of saying “yes”: “It reminds me a bit of hoarding, but with opportunities. I was afraid if I didn’t take everything that came my way, I’d suddenly be without any opportunities.” I’m also digging her post on how her partnership taught her to say “no.” (More on saying no in later posts….)
- Yet another Year of Yes blog: “2008: The Year of Yes.” (Spoiler alert: in 2009, the blogger moves over to Let’s Yes. Again, I’m on board with the tag line: “Avoiding tomorrow’s regrets by saying ‘yes’ today.”