Daily Year of Yes

Year of Yes – 109

I’ve been looking for a way to have Turkish tea. There’s a place near our house that serves it and it’s so aromatic and reminds me so much of home.

I don’t know which tea it is so i found one on Amazon that can be used with a pot and made some today. Alas it wasn’t the one. It’s tasty but not aromatic.

Still enjoying it and the slowness it encourages in my life.

Yes to experimenting. Yes to tea. Yes to slow.

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Daily Year of Yes

Year of Yes – 108

It was 80+ degrees here today. I spent the entire day outside except when I was riding the bike and doing my other exercises.

This is the time of year I start living outside as much as possible. It replenishes my soul every single day.

So grateful for California.

Yes to sunshine and outdoor time.

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Daily Year of Yes – 107

Year of Yes – 107

I don’t have much to say today. I am feeling calm and quiet. Likely still from vacation. I know next week will be stressful and busy so I am enjoying the calm while it’s here.

Here’s to sitting with the here and now and not paying down early to tomorrow’s stress.

Yes to calm.

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Daily Year of Yes – 106

Year of Yes – 106

Another good climbing day today. I was telling Jake on the way home that the sessions are so unpredictable. I could feel like today will be great and then it’s a disaster. And then other days I could feel like I have nothing left and the session could be fantastic. It’s completely unpredictable in advance.

Tonight was a fantastic session.

It also was a good reminder that most days are just as unpredictable in life and as such a particular bad day doesn’t have to be an indicator that the next day will be bad too.

Yes to good sessions and trying hard climbs. Yes to taking life one day at a time.

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Daily Year of Yes – 105

Year of Yes – 105

Back home from a vacation that was just right for me. Grateful and full.

Feeling grounded and calm and soft.

Hoping I remember this next time I struggle between staying home and booking a vacation.

Yes to recharging and yes to rest.

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Daily Year of Yes – 104

Year of Yes – 104

I never liked going to bars or most social events. My 20s were painful as my peers wanted to go drinking and I would much rather have stayed home or gone somewhere cozy and had deep, meaningful conversations all night.

I so don’t miss those years.

Tonight we went climbing again for the second day in a row. I can totally get behind this kind of date night.

One of the perks of getting older is that I finally don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do. Or maybe that was an option all along and I’m finally realizing it.

Yes to doing what makes you happy. Yes to owning who you are. And yes to climbing more.

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Daily Year of Yes – 103

Year of Yes – 103

This morning I woke up without an alarm. Lay in bed reading my book and meditating until 9am. Made my broccoli/spinach juice, tea and toast and sat outside by the water while listening to my book.

Then I worked for a few hours by the water. And then we drove to a climbing gym an hour away and spent two hours climbing. We drove back, ate dinner by the water, got ice cream with the kids, and then came back to watch the sunset.

Did some math with little boy and now back to doing some work.

It was an ease filled day that involved doing many things I love. I so wish every day could look like that.

Here’s to celebrating the ones that do.

Yes to time together. Yes to exercise that feels good. Yes to working by the water.

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Daily Year of Yes – 102

Year of Yes – 102

There’s so much joy in the little moments of life. A magnificent sunset. A hug from someone who loves you. The sound of crackling fire. The feeling of grass between your toes. Or sand. Or water.

A perfect, cloudless sky. Puffy white clouds. A roaring fire with snow outside. A surprise package in the mail. An email from and old friend you’d lost touch with.

Watching someone you love laugh. Listening to a song loudly while driving down a country road. Eating fresh fruit from a farm stand.

Watching baby geese.

Life is so full of moments of joy.

Yes to seeing joy and feeling joy and letting it take over your whole heart. Yes to letting joy sprinkle all over you.

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Daily Year of Yes – 101

Year of Yes – 101

Today’s #aepiecesofus prompt is reflection. I asked little boy to snap this as jake was making me laugh during dinner.

I never like to leave home and then I’m always grateful when I do. I just listened to Brene Brown’s talk on sounds true where she talks about the Power of Vulnerability and it reminded me about the importance of play.

I most definitely do not value play enough and my plan this week is to play and laugh and do nothing every chance I get.

Yes to laughter. Yes to play. Yes to downtime.

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Daily Year of Yes – 100

Year of Yes – 100

Today’s #aepiecesofus prompt is full body. I could write pages of posts about my body and all that is wrapped up in my feelings about it.

Instead I decided to tell the story of a new practice I started as a result of my 100-day project around radical wellness.

I now start each morning with a 5-minute kindness meditation while still lying in bed and I end my days with 10 minutes of restorative yoga.

No one would compliment my quiet, calm way of going through life. I am always go go go. I speak fast, listen to books and videos on 2-3x speed, I like to get places faster, get things done done done. Most days, I push myself emotionally, psychologically, mentally, and physically.

Years ago, when I did yoga regularly, the last minute spent on shavasana was my least favorite. I would lie there and think of the millions of things I still had to get done. Or I’d start feeling sad about someone I let down, etc. I often felt like I might jump out of my skin during that minute.

The restorative yoga is like taking that minute and extending it to the whole class.

And yet I’ve grown to love it.

Ending my days by slowing down, with poses that make my body relax and feel supported has been one of the best gifts I can give myself.

Yes to trying new things. Yes to taking care of myself. Yes to yoga. Yes to rest.

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Daily Year of Yes – 99

Year of Yes – 99

Today’s #aepiecesofus prompt is half of a face. Little boy and I were snuggling on the couch so I asked if I can snap a photo of us and told him it would have to cover half my face. As soon as I started facing him, he immediately started being silly and making me laugh.

So we got his half a face and me mostly laughing. I love it. I love him. I love how he makes me laugh. I love how he doesn’t take anything too seriously and is always funny and kind and generous.

I have no idea how we got lucky enough to have this joyful boy in our lives and I am grateful every single day.

Thank you for filling my life with laughter little boy!

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Daily Year of Yes – 98

Year of Yes – 98

Today’s #aepieceofus prompt was eyes closed. I snapped this photo of Jake and I at the climbing gym and even though the color is all off because of being inside the gym I still love this photo.

For the last year the only place I’ve been going when I leave the house is either to do grocery shopping which we do touchless or the climbing gym with Jake now that we are in the orange zone.

Three times a week we go and climb for 2 hours. There are lots and lots of things I can say about it but one of my favorite things is that it’s time that Jake and I spent together just the two of us and we literally hold each other up and support each other as we climb.

There are many things I love about my husband and at the very top of the list is who he is and who he makes me want to be. He has always added light into my life and has always made me strive to be a better version of myself. These hours at the gym are no exception. I’m so grateful for him and so grateful that he’s encouraging me to get stronger.

Yes to time together and yes to getting stronger and yes to people who make you want to be a better version of yourself.

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