Looking at my calendar the other day, I was feeling overwhelmed by all the deadlines and obligations. Most of them are things I have already committed to. And most of those are important, either from a financial or potential opportunities perspective, or simply because they are enjoyable. But one stood out. It wasn't something I was looking forward to, it wouldn't really benefit me, and my absence would not have been a detriment to anyone else. I should have said no.
There comes a point when one has to decide which teaching venues, exhibitions and speaking engagements will further one's goals. I have a tendency to say yes to everything that comes along, but I realized I just can't keep it up. (Took me a long time to figure that out!) I had planned to enter a few exhibitions in the fall requiring new work, but I have decided not to. They aren't really that important to me and will only distract me from other, more important activities. My new mantra is "just say no". So if you're thinking of asking me to get involved with something new - you just might want to wait a little while before asking. I've been practicing my "No"!