Stop the Madness…The Power of Saying NO

I have to admit, I was struggling today on what to write.  I added “Random Thoughts Thursdays” to the mix so that I could give myself the freedom to write about whatever I felt like each week, but sometimes it’s a curse!!  I kept thinking to myself “what is paining people, what affects all of us moms?” and all I saw was a blank screen.  Ugh.  I decided to just let it sit for a while.  It’s better to write nothing than to put out crap that no one wants to read or relate to, right?

I got on the phone with a good friend of mine, Laura, and we started talking about what was going on in our lives, the pressures of starting a new business (she’s doing the same), how to balance it with raising children and how you can become exhausted by it all….and it hit me.  I know what I’m going to write about today.

Just Say No PhotoSometimes you’ve just got to say NO!

We live in such a society of “you can have it all, do it all!”  and while I do believe wholeheartedly that you can achieve whatever you put your mind to, I also know that overextending yourself can be the death of that dream.  I think that as women and mothers we can sometimes fall prey to the thinking that if we can’t do it all we are somehow weakened by that.  The truth is that, in reality, there is a lot of power in saying no.  Weakness is actually saying yes to everything!

So the next time you’re starting to feel overwhelmed and something’s gotta give practice saying no!  Skip the errands at lunch, don’t meet that friend for coffee who drains the life out of you, forget the housework…it will still be there tomorrow!!

Have a story about when you said NO and it worked?  Have a story about when you WISH you had said NO!!  Share it with us in the comments…

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3 Responses to Stop the Madness…The Power of Saying NO

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  2. Lisa Cratty says:

    Thanks LJ! That’s exactly right, being kinder to ourselves will always makes us better women and mothers. I think it gives you a small sense of freedom to be able to say “I don’t have to do that!”

  3. LJ says:

    I love this. It is really about setting boundaries for ourselves. It is also ok to make a mistake, backup, and say no.
    Thanks Lisa!!

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