Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

The Year of Saying "No"

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This is difficult to write, so I'll just jump into it.

I am exhausted. I am overwhelmed. 

This started before the pandemic, and now that we're (maybe) finally looking at a return to something approaching normal, I can work on getting things together.

I've let people run over me for too long, and it's going to stop. Now. I'm no longer going to be the dumping ground for people who need the time to get their hair done, have an extra meal with their friends, or manage their third or fourth income stream. I'm having a tough time managing one stream because I can't say no. 

The buck stops here. Now.

I'm embarking on a year-long program of saying "no" when it's appropriate, because there are so many things I want to say "yes" to. Like having a life. Like getting an income stream going again. Like getting some freaking respect.

This is on me, and I'm taking charge. Comments are closed.

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