The Year of No

I keep reading about YES days, YES years, saying YES and seeing what happens. But you know what? I’m tired of saying yes. I say yes to too much. Saying yes has gotten me to a state in which I’m exhausted, stressed, scrambled, chaotic, and feeling blurry. I say yes to things out of guilt, out of obligation, out of fear of hurting someone’s feelings. I say yes because I’m capable, because I have a spare second, because I’m (occasionally) a nice person.

So this year I’m going to change that (well, not the being a nice person part, I hope…). I’m going to add a powerful word to my vocabulary. A word that my two-year-old has mastered to a tee. She says it unabashedly, without worry, without fear of consequence. I want to be like her. So this year, I’m taking a page from her playbook and saying this word far more often:

NO.

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