• Alison Aberdeen

Just Say 'NO'

One of my biggest struggles as an adult has been telling people "NO". I won't get into the psychology of why, because that's just a level of deep that we don't need on a Tuesday. But recently, I've taken note of how incredibly taxing it is on my sanity. Like, seriously, why do we, as women, moms, wives, friends, daughters, sisters feel the need to do it ALL? To say "YES" to EVERYTHING? I'll tell ya' why - societal pressure. And it's an unattainable goal that has been reinvented each decade by some ridiculous wave of propaganda.

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As women, we've been put into this category that "we can do it all". And we can. But guess what? I DON'T WANT TO DO IT ALL. Can I? Yep. I can literally do it all and then some. But what are we left with at the end of the day? Sure, we feel good about getting so much done. But if you're anything like me, taking too much on leaves me feeling less motivated to focus on myself and my endeavors. My energy is gone and used up. My happiness is in jeopardy when I am putting everyone else first all the time. And our society has created a stigma that this is how it should be. This isn't f@#*ing Cinderella!! I don't get to go to the ball if I don't get my chores done?? F@#* that.

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Eventually, I realized being a YES person was great for everyone else. But it was diminishing my sparkle. I was focusing so much of my energy on everyone else except for the one person who really needed some love. Hence one of the main reasons why I am on this new journey.

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Guess what? If you don't feel like making dinner, you don't have to. Order out. On a budget? Make everyone in your house learn how to make a freaking peanut butter and jelly. If it comes down to you crying yourself to sleep from being overworked or everyone having a perfectly balanced meal, something's gotta give. Say no to the pressure. If you already have, kudos to you. But I know there are other women out there like me who feel like it's gotta be 100%, full-throttle perfection all the time - and it's NOT REALITY, or at least it doesn't have to be. At a certain point you have to put yourself and your sanity first, above all else. Outsource, ask for help, or JUST PLAIN SAY "NO".


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