Learning to say no…

I wound up kicking off 2016 with a couple of decisions about what should be on my plate this year. I struggled. I knew saying yes wouldn’t make me happy, but I do hate to disappoint people and organizations I love and believe in.

If you don’t read/follow/love Jen Hatmaker, let me take a minute to encourage you to do that. My non-fiction book for this month is her latest, For the Love. But her Facebook page provides almost daily laughter and inspiration. Check her out. Really.

In the midst of trying to reach a decision, a friend pointed me directly to this post and I have to share it with you.

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That thought process for me? It’s life changing. “If it’s not a HELL YES, then it’s a no.” Oh my goodness, thank you Jen. That’s freeing. I refuse to say the guilty yes or the resentful yes. I will only say yes if it’s a HELL YES. Y’all hold me to that, ok?

So I’ve learned something just a few days into 2016. I said no.

Saying no is hard. But I’m learning, and remembering that saying no a few times will leave me room for the things I cannot envision my life without.

Here’s to a year of well-placed nos.

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