A lot of times I feel like people struggle to say "no" to things in their lives. I hear that a lot from various friends and family that they aren't good at turning down fun events, commitments or obligations. I realized I kindof have the opposite problem and that I typically say no too much, instead of yes.
It's no secret that my job is incredibly demanding and I put in a ton of hours, especially at this time of year. I go days and weeks without a day off and often log 60-hour work weeks without batting an eye. I let my job consume me to the point where I find myself saying no to everything because I'm far too busy, right? Wrong.
We only get this one life and I don't want to look back and see that I missed out on a lot of fun or certain opportunities because I let my job rule my life. I don't want to be a workaholic! I don't want to let my job consume me! My boss works even longer hours than me and I often find myself wondering if/when he ever has free time away from the office or if he only says yes to his job. I can't live that way anymore, I just can't.
I said yes to a midweek dinner with my mom last night and even though I'm in the midst of football madness, eating out and having good conversation was just what I needed. I find myself saying yes to staying up way too late with Jared more often simply because we're having too much fun to make ourselves go to bed before a long work day. Heck, I said yes to ice cream a few nights ago and I never say yes to ice cream! I committed to a few social outings and obligations within the next couple weeks and although my hours at work will be in full force? I'm ready for some fun! Saying yes to fun and friends shouldn't be hard to do, but sadly it's something I struggle with at this point in life.
So here's to saying YES more often. It might mean less sleep and more dirty laundry that gets put off another day- but I know it also means good-for-the-soul fun and friendship. What will you say yes to this week?