I’m a huge fan of Shonda Rhimes.

Not only did my daughter recently convince me to start watching Grey’s Anatomy but I also loved Shonda's book, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person. In fact, it was one of my favorite books last year.

In her book, Shonda talks about all the things she had sacrificed in her life including fun, joy, and pushing herself out of her comfort zone in order to work more. She decided to start saying YES instead and magical things started to happen.  It’s a great read, and I highly recommend it. 

For me, however, it’s the opposite. This year is my year of "NO."

I’m saying NO to all the things that don’t bring me joy.

.I’m saying NO to all the things that I don’t want to do and don't have to do.

I’m saying NO to just about everything unless I’m screaming hell YES!

Right now I am giving you permission to say NO as well.

If you don't have time to make homemade cookies for your kid's school, say NO and buy them instead.

If you don't want to go to a charity event, say NO and send the check instead.

If you are sick and tired of spending your precious time with toxic people that suck the life out of you, say NO and hang out with nice people (like me!)

And also say NO to negative thinking.

When that evil unhelpful thought comes visiting...

You know, the one that says you are not good or smart enough or pretty enough - just stop and say NO - I will not listen to you anymore!

Saying NO to the things that deplete us in life give us time and energy for the Yesses.

There are so many things to say YES to and Shonda shares many in her book.

BUT what can YOU say NO to today?

Please comment below and let me know!

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