In my personal life, I don’t know how to say “no.” My children firmly believe otherwise, but I just can not say no. In fact, I’m so terrible at it, that when anybody asks for volunteers I know full well I don’t have time for another thing. I tell myself, “Brittney, do not raise your hand! Repeat DO NOT RAISE YOUR HAND!” So I sit there in a silent room, full of people with much more control than me, while we wait for somebody to raise their hand. Next thing I know, somebody is saying “Thanks so much! You’re doing so much already! We will send you an email with the new info.” Blah, break out the calendar to squeeze something else in. I’m currently on three boards, six committees, Troop Shepherd, a single mom, and trying to navigate the world of business owning.
It’s worse when it comes to family. I would never dream of telling most of my family no. The Chief is a take no prisoners, my way or the highway, type of father. Well, person. I’m pretty sure the Earth would fall off its axis if I did say no to something. Anything less than perfect is not acceptable, errors do not get made and that’s the end of it. Unfortunately for him, I’m not perfect. At all. I break stuff… frequently. I forget to lock gates, let my tags expire, I’m terrible at focusing on anything for a long time because I have so much to do that my brain doesn’t let me, or maybe it’s because I’m a woman and our brains never take a break?
I’m not saying any of this is bad but there comes a point that it’s time to say no. When is that? When is it time to just worry about me? When is the right time to stand up and choose what’s right for my daughters future? The future I want, not the one people think is best for me. I want to be able to tell people no. Heck, I want to be able to tell people lots of things but that’s not for the internet to know. I think ultimately, I just want to prove that I can make something of myself. To be able to say, that I did something my way and it was successful. That all I needed was my family to believe in me, a whole lot of late nights, good friends to motivate me, like-minded people to have my back, and amazing clients that believe that my business is more than capable of providing the services they needed and wanted. That despite the way the deck is stacked I did it and I did it well. Maybe, I’ll learn to say no. Probably not, I’m content with the wonderful organizations, committees and other ways I’m involved with my community, just maybe I need to start encouraging others to raise their hands as well.
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Blessings from Texas,