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Yes but


Yes but. The two simple words that complicate the easiest of beginnings.

Should I start eating healthier? Yes but that pizza is so good.

How about I ask for a promotion? Yes but my boss is a prick so he’ll do nothing.

I don’t need shopping therapy when life sucks, do I? Yes but there’s a sale on.

Change a job, sounds great, doesn’t it? Yes but what if the next place is just as bad?

Or shall I get a cat because I love cats? Yes but it’s so much responsibility and there’ll be fur everywhere.

I know I should start saving money for the future. Yes but who knows what happens then so I’ll splurge today.

Why don’t I wake up at sunrise to go swim in the Norwegian fjords because when else will I be able to do it? Yes but I’m so tired from yesterday.

I should stop snacking on chocolate. Yes but this is the last one. Like, really last one.

You get the idea.

Every “yes but” is a “no” that helps you trick yourself into believing that you would if you could so you’re good for wanting and some external obstacles are bad for stopping you. BS. You thought up those obstacles to give yourself a lame excuse to not even start. Not cool.

Next time you say “yes but”, slap yourself on the wrist and add “actually no – yes”.

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Hello! Whatever brought you to my blog, I hope you found something interesting to read. Writing to me is more than just sharing my throughts with the world, it's my way to make sense of my own thoughts in the first place. There's something about putting my mind to words that make things simpler and easier, and I think it shows in my posts. Occasionally, I write about lifestyle things, but more often I 'think out loud'. A little bit about me: I usually describe myself as 'a Russian, living in London with a British husband and working on Spanish brands in a French company'. It's as fascinating as it gets because I'm just your normal 30-something young woman trying to enjoy life as much as possible. Happy reading, Elena H Jones

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