Monday, 2 September 2013

The big 'YES' Challenge

A note from Joelle... 

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Hi guys! I hope you are all well.
So basically, this year I decided to change my attitude towards life a little bit. I decided that I will not let anyone pressure me into doing anything and don't want to do, but also say a big 'YES' to things I wouldn't normally do.
I usually find it hard to say yes to things I haven't tried before, especially if I am doing it alone. I guess that's a natural reaction to 'the unknown' because we are told all the time that the world is becoming a scarier place. But I have learnt that we can't just say 'no' to things and then complain that our lives are boring and mundane! We need to seize opportunities because they might not come round again!
I did this as a New Year's resolution because I felt that I was becoming more introverted, which is not what I wanted at all. I realised that the only person getting in the way of my true happiness was me, so I thought up the 'YES Challenge'. I didn't gives myself any rules or guidelines, but just a goal to say 'yes'.
1) At the beginning of this year, I got the chance to represent Handpicked Media and have a champagne tea with 4/5ths of the Spice Girls. I was going to say 'no' because I was up in Scotland for university and it was really short notice, but I didn't want this opportunity to slip by! I took an 8 HOUR train ride back to London and just went for it! If you haven't read my post all about it click HERE

2) I also took part in a Regional parade around the university city. I didn't want to do it in the beginning because I didn't know much about it, but I honestly had the best time on that float in my African print attire. The parade went all the way through the city and it was great to see totally strangers cheering us on and waving.
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3) It was my bestie Amani's birthday early this month and I suggested going roller skating in London. Now, I can't skate for shit, infact I was the worst skater out of all of us, but I thought it would be a fun and funny experience with the girls... and it was! We fell, then got back up and laughed about it and it was such a fabulous day! Blog post all about it HERE!

4) I finally set up a facebook blog page and invited a few facebook friends to 'like' it. I was very apprehensive because this is my personal space and I was worried that the people that know me in real life would take the piss or even talk me out of blogging. The feedback was really positive though and a few of my friends have even set up their own blog as a result! YAY! 
I have also ventured into the world of VLOGGING! I have set up a YouTube Channel as an extension of this blog and it will be filled with vlogs from my blogging and uni adventures! It won't be a fashion/beauty YouTube that are really popular at the moment but instead FebGirl video diaries! I have filmed quite a few videos and can't wait to share them with you! :)

There are so many things I gained just by breaking out of my comfort zone. No, not money or material stuff, but friendships with people I wouldn't have met otherwise and also tonnes more confidence and assurance that I don't have to wait around for an adventure to fall into my lap.

So, you've heard about my 'YES' stories.. how about yours? I challenge YOU to say a big, fat 'yes' to something you have been putting off/too scared to do. It doesn't have to be a huge thing like a trek or skydive, but something that will take a huge weight off your shoulders and make you feel even more awesome than you already are! 
We are all full of wonder and potential. Hey, a new adventure might be around the corner! (I know it sounds really cringey, but just take a chance and go for it!)
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