My First Blog Ever

This is my first blog ever.  I have decided the best place to start is to explain myself.  I have this burning desire to live my life as fully as possible.  I also want my children to do the same.  Let’s face it, we only have one life to live, and it goes by so gosh darn fast.  As my musical hero Dave Matthews sings, “Life is short but sweet for certain.”  I want to experience as much sweetness as I can during my short stay on this planet.   

I know many of you feel the same way.  We all want to live a life worth living.  A life filled with joy, love and adventures.  A life with no regrets.  A life sweet for certain.  Ask yourself, when you are on your death bed, will you regret that your carpet wasn’t clean enough or that that you didn’t spend enough time at the office?  I doubt it.  If you answered yes to either of these questions, then maybe this blog isn’t for you.  For the rest of you, you are in the right place.    

 Maya Angelou has great advice for those of us that truly want to live a full life.  She says, “… go out and grab the world by the lapels.  Life’s a bitch.  You’ve got to go out and kick ass”. 

And the only way to grab the world by the lapels and kick some ass is to go out on a limb, take a risk and say “yes”.  Thus, the birth of the “Yes Mom”.  A philosophy and a blog designed to inspire, encourage, arouse, motivate, tickle, entertain, consider and awaken each of us to a sweeter life. 

As a “Yes Mom” I say “yes” to my kids.  “Yes Maggie, you can play in the rain, wait for me while I grab my rain boots.”  “Yes, Casey, you can set up your drum kit in the middle of the living room.  Maybe you can teach me a fill?”  “Yes, Riley, you can go to the Foo Fighter’s concert in L.A. with Ashley, do you need a ride?”  

As a “Yes Mom” I say “yes” to new experiences.  Like dining on Peruvian food, singing in a rock band, boogie boarding with my kids, biking, hiking, and paddle boarding, taking my kids out of school to unschool, appearing on the Dr. Phil show, and starting a new blog about all of our crazy and sometimes unconventional adventures.  

It is vital that we are not a road block to ourselves or to our children. I know that sometime we all fall into the trap of automatically saying “no” to our kids or to the world and choose comfort and security over taking risks or trying new things.  But saying “no” too often will keep us from the sweet nectar of life.  Yes, life can be scary, but a life driven by fear is no life.  Like Albert Einstein said, “anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”   I will admit that there are times I had to step out of my box, take a deep breath and say “yes” with all my fingers and toes crossed but the risk was well worth it. 

Today our family went to the beach.  It would have been easy for me to stay in my beach chair and “people watch” which I did for a while and I enjoyed it.  But, that desire to live fully began to burn deep inside me so I squeezed into my wetsuit, grabbed my boogie board and jumped in.  So so sweet.  No regrets!

3 Responses to “My First Blog Ever”

  1. Raundi Says:

    I am in love. Great way to start things off Deanne. Your positive attitude is infectious. I look forward to reading all the adventures of “The Yes Mom”. I hope to be a part of many of them: )

  2. clare Says:

    Whenever people say they could never homeschool, or they could never set sail across the world, I am inclined to agree, because you have to have the “yes attitude” to do anything that requires effort or that requires you to overcome fear. The most exhilarating thing is not so much the activity itself, but the overcoming of the fear. You’ve now inspired me to write my own blog, too, because “Yes I can”. Congratulations on a beautiful blog.

  3. Elissa Says:

    LOVE this, Deanne! I’m going to say “yes” today to EVERYTHING. LOL.

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