Saying Yes to Life

Taking It All In

I have a little story for you, a story of opportunity, of growth, of saying Yes.

Many months ago I had this little tiny nudge. A nudge to shift, to relaunch, to step up to the plate of my life.

And I said yes. Actually, I said “Okay“.

And because “Okay” is really just a thinly veiled “Okay, I’m having doubts, but I’ll try to tentatively trust you” Life answered in return with, “Okay, I hear your doubts, so we’ll take this slow.”

So, for about four months, I moved slowly. There were a few moments of “Um…” or even one or two of “Eek!” but mostly it was a comfortable little path.

Then right before I relaunched, as I was sitting in my space – that quiet, meditative, soulful space – I felt it again.

But it wasn’t a nudge this time. It was more like a request: A request for more Trust, an offer of growth and connection, an opportunity.

It was the question, “Are you feeling ready yet?

Not demanding or pushy, just a heartfelt question.

I had no idea what it really meant and I was filled with fear about it. Oh boy, was I. Because saying yes to something you can’t see…well, that’s just fracking terrifying.

But I took a deep breath anyway…and I said Yes. And I really meant Yes this time. So I opened my whole heart and my whole soul to receive it.

And Life Rushed In

Do you know what happens when you say Yes! to Life, to an offer from your Source, to the nudge in your heart you’ve been ignoring?


In the moment, opportunity looks a lot like stress, overwhelm, uncomfortable changes, upheaval, odd new circumstances, and a really messy experience. It might start feeling like being engulfed by fear, or even sadness or anger.

(Or maybe that’s all just me.)

But if you keep saying Yes, if you can remain open and trusting….

Well, in hindsight you can see it’s all just Life rushing into your open heart as fast as it can. It’s not going to miss the opportunity after all. :)

And so because Life’s opportunities are often big, it can be stressful.
Because it comes so fast, you can feel overwhelmed.
When it’s new (and it will be new), it can feel uncomfortable.
And since it’s often demanding, it may seem like upheaval.
And because we’re human, it’s often messy.

But in reality, it’s really, really good. And here’s why…

It All = Strength Training

Looking back on these past 3 months, I see what I thought was pain and obstacles and stress. But you know what I really see now?

Strength training.

My coach has a way of putting it that I like. She compares it to weight lifting. You put resistance on your muscles to build them, to grow them.

When you say “Yes!” (and really mean it), Life begins its job of giving you opportunity to strengthen and grow you.

And that can feel tiring, overwhelming, even painful at times. Because it’s usually going to start with the discovery and healing of all the things that are going to get in your way of what comes next.

You can call it struggle, or strengthening; pain, or healing. But only one perspective is going to get you through it. Only one is going to keep you saying “Yes”, keep your heart open and authentic and expanding.

And that’s worth it.

Because as ugly as it will feel as you go through it, as someone emerging from the other side, I can promise you it’s amazing.

What are you saying “Yes” to in your life?

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29 Comments. Leave new

Jeanie Butera
April 26, 2011 5:03 pm

Oh once again thank you…you always seem to say the exact things I am going through and need to hear just at the right time. You are right, everything as of late for me has been incredibly stressful and overwhelming, and I need to truly step back from it all so I can process and heal. :)

April 27, 2011 9:21 am

Hang in there and take care of yourself. Really can’t reiterate that one enough…it’s the one I’m still working on. ;)

so scary but so true

Thanks for the “dare” to truly open myself to my opportunities!

April 27, 2011 9:21 am

Looking forward to that e-book/presentation of yours. :)

Once agaa

Sorry, my daughter decided to hit enter for me. Once again, another gloriously needed message from Tara… thank you. Also, that picture of you is fantastic.

April 27, 2011 9:24 am

Thanks Jenna! Courtesy of my sweet hubby. I turned around to see him laying flat on the ground to get the shot! LOL

Thank you so much for this. As I have been struggling to navigate myself through and into this very big life opportunity at hand, I have had moments, especially for the past two days of being overwhelmed and more stressed than I have ever felt in my life. I have been desperately meditating on this mantra that came to me — “I accept this new Life opportunity with a graceful heart and a peaceful mind” in the most difficult moments. I keep finding that I am losing my memory of this mantra and relearning it over again just when I need to. You have reminded me, and have encouraged me to maintain a positive vision. I do not want to give up my willingness and desire to heed Life’s call. I love the idea of “strength training.” May we all embrace our training as we grow into the future best version of ourselves.

April 27, 2011 9:23 am

Mmm such a good mantra. If you’re forgetting it often maybe you can simplify it…just “Accept” and then focusing on the emotions and actions of what that’s like. :)

That’s exactly what opportunity feels like to me, too. It’s not just you!

April 27, 2011 9:24 am

Well, that’s good. :)

Like everyone is saying – thank you for sharing this. I am in a 5 month process leading up to a very big change in my life. It means leaving behind a place and people I have come to love deeply. But I am also excited for what is next. Thank you for giving words to so many of my emotions.

April 27, 2011 9:38 pm


I am finally saying YES as well! I have been holding back for so long, uncertain of the path I was on and the one I was supposed to take. I finally navigated to (more like stumbled on) the right one after the universe shouted it out to me in so many ways, and yes, there was much stress, upheaval, and suffering along the way, but now, though life is hard, hard work, there is finally joy in it!! I am as determined as ever, and YES has been my response to so much lately!

April 27, 2011 7:28 pm

I think where I often get stuck is feeling like I’m suppose to know what I’m suppose to do. I think that’s why saying yes was so difficult for me…I felt like I should know what I’m saying yes to!

But I’m rather enjoying (well, usually) the magic that happens when you move from a place of trust.

Yes indeedy.

Reminded me of my chaturanga post a couple weeks ago.

Lots of heart opening and readiness boiling around here.

In fact that word “OPENNESS” seems to be always lurking and floating up.

Lovely to feel like there are others who get what that feels like.

CJ (who’s trotting off to see what surprises are in the other email from you I saw peeking at me from higher up in the inbox)

April 27, 2011 7:29 pm

Mmm, yes. Openness is definitely the theme…for life really I suppose!

You write in such a beautiful way… it makes me breath a sigh of relief, like someone with a really comforting voice is telling me it’s all okay. I’m so afraid of opportunities and CHANGE! because I’ve been hurt so much in my relatively short amount of time on this Earth. But maybe I’ll try to be more open to those opportunities… to strength training!

April 27, 2011 9:42 pm

I know it’s difficult – oh man do I know. Putting ourselves out there when our history has told us that’s dangerous to do is terrifying. It’s a process. And usually the process is the most important part.

Really really love this post dear Tara! Thanks for sharing and inviting us all to say “YES!”

I am calling it Inner Resilience & working on that at the moment, but same thing, I guess… my two quotes I am into right now are:

“The obstacle is the path.”

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Great post!

Thank you, Tara, for being somewhat of a guiding light to me lately. Your posts and thoughts have hit right on target of what I have been experiencing. Life is scary sometimes and it is reassuring to know that I am not alone. Your explaination of “strength training” for the pain and obstacles that life throws helps me feel better about all that is happening. I am hoping that life and the Universe are preparing me for something huge. You have given me the confidence to believe in that!! You are such an awesome, amazing woman. Peace.

April 28, 2011 12:35 pm

(((hugs))) I’m so, so happy to have been a part of your process. Thank you for your comment Kelly. :)

Oh I needed this post.

Thank you, *again*


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