Saying No

This weekend we were supposed to visit friends who live 3 hours away, or 6 hours round trip.

I told Mr. MPB I just cannot do it.

You see, by Monday next week, I will have driven over 3200km (2000 miles) for 5 work meetings and 1 family event in less then 10 days.  And you know what, just the thought of sitting in the car for another 700km (450 miles) made my cringe.  I am used to driving long distances, but I’ve had enough early mornings, late nights and hotels to last me a few months!  And even though this trip would have been with some of my favourite people, I just don’t have any desire to drive anywhere.

When I told Mr. MPB he initially tried pushing me to keep our plans but he quickly realized just how busy I’ve been and fully supported my need for a weekend at home.  (Have I mentioned lately how much I love that man?).

So, we are staying home and having a quiet weekend.  And I’m optimistic that I wont find myself working at all over the weekend.

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The weather has turned much cooler, so much so that I think I can officially say summer is over and fall is here.  Gosh, I feel old saying it, but how is it already the middle of September?  Instead of going away this weekend, I will crack out the warm and snuggly fall clothing and enjoy a weekend at home with Mr. MPB and Little MPB.  We might take a family trip to the zoo or maybe to a petting zoo or maybe just a family walk to the nearby playground. We will definitely keep up with preparing home-cooked meals. I honestly don’t know what we will do, but I know that I need a few days of downtime to recharge.

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I know I often attempt to do too much with my limited time.  I know my work demands ebb and flow, and right now I’m simply experiencing a few busy weeks.

And while I feel bad for backing out on our friends, I’m not at a point where I know myself well enough to know that I’d feel even worse next week when there is no semblance of balance in my life and I truly burnt out.

So, if nothing else, I’m rather proud of myself for saying no.  For me, saying no is nearly impossible, so for me to say no before I burn out is true personal progress.

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6 Comments on “Saying No

  1. No is a very hard word for me. In fact, it’s the people-pleasing nature that I know is my downfall, and I’ve been working all year on it. And now that I am expecting again, no is becoming a well-used word.

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  2. Way to go! It’s sooo hard to say no. We’re doing a 6 hour round trip this weekend to see my dad, and I wanted to say no so bad, but couldn’t. You deserve this down time. It sounds like it will be a really wonderful weekend 😊

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