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Just Say No

This past month has been an incredible time in my blogging career. God has opened doors I’d never even imagined. Exciting opportunities have been coming my way. New blogs, new projects, consulting opportunities, conferences, chances to become partners with awesome people…all good stuff.

What I need to remember now is that not all good things are the best for me. A blogger is not all I am. I am a wife and mama first. I need to remember what my priorities are. I need to be careful that these new opportunities, no matter how good they are, don’t become a distraction. At some point, I need to say “No”.

I’m sure most mamas can relate. There are so many opportunities and good stuff available for us and our families. Classes, sports, blogging, careers, volunteering, groups, events. It is so easy to fill our schedule up with good stuff that we loose sight of the most important. If we are constantly on the go or constantly distracted, our relationships suffer. Aren’t our relationships what really matter? Sometimes, to protect these we just need to say “No”.

So, this week, I am saying no to a couple of really good opportunities, because they are not the best for me and my family at this time. Am I kind of sad? I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t. I won’t stay sad for long. I know I’ve made the right decision.

What about you? Are there somethings you need to say no to? Are there any good things distracting you from the most important things?

About Marci

Marci has a passion for helping people get the busyness and clutter out of their lives so that they can slow down and enjoy what is really important. She is proud mama to an 11 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. Head over to Marci's blog Overcoming Busy to read more about how she cuts the clutter and gets organized! You can, also, find Marci blogging about homeschool science at The Homeschool Scientist.

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  • rboreing

    I tend to get caught up in the need to be productive and I want a neat and orderly home! However, with a curious toddler & clingy 2-month-old, I just end up frustrated which isn’t good for anybody! This week I’ve been saying no to my desire to keep the house neat all day. I’ve been simply enjoying this crazy life of mine and these adorable children and am okay with toys everywhere and honestly, I’ve been much happier!

    • Marci Goodwin

      My grandmother used to tell me if you’ve got little ones and a clean house, you are probably not a good mama! Enjoy these years. They do go by so quickly. You’ll have plenty of years to keep a clean house!

  • Loriscraps3

    Great post, with some very important reminders. We are living in an amazing time in history–there is literally an endless supply of inspiration and opportunity right at our fingertips through the Internet. It is hard to achieve balance, but oh so important! Glad to know I am not the only one struggling with this. Thanks!

  • Catherine

    I’m so happy that opportunities are opening up for you – you deserve them. When I first stopped working outside the home, a neighbor with grown children asked me how things were going. I told her about all the things I found to fill my new schedule. She told me “Space abhors a vacuum.” You, my friend, are smart enough to not fill that vacuum with things (even good things) that take away from your priorities.

    • Marci Goodwin

      I am trying Catherine! I am trying!!