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  1. This is so great! I used to be really bad at saying no. I’ve gotten better, but I still got a lot of great tips and ideas from this post! I love the list of ways to politely say no, too!

    1. Thanks so much, Laura! I’m glad you found some useful tips and ideas:)

  2. Really love this post, Martha! I can truly resonate with it. I’ve been trying to get better about my people-pleasing tendencies because as much as I always felt like it was for the best – it has never served me well. I’m constantly trying to remind myself that my time and feelings are valid, even if it means missing something or not doing something that someone would prefer I do.

    These are really great ways to say no, friend!

    Make Life Marvelous

    1. I hear you, Ashley. It really doesn’t serve anyone well. I’m glad you are working on it, and remind yourself your feelings are valid! That’s so true, and I’m sure the more you work on this, it won’t be an issue any longer in time.

  3. These are all such great tips! I have to say, the older I get…the less I care about making everyone happy! It took a long time to get there, though. I love the wisdom that comes with age 🙂


    1. Haha, yes, age helps with this too! I agree the wisdom age brings so valuable. I hope you have a great week, Shauna.

  4. People-pleasing is something that I constantly struggle with. Love all of these ideas for saying no! That Lao Tzu quote is so powerful!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

    1. It’s a tough one for many women, and I hope some of these ideas will help when you are struggling. I love that quote too, Jill:)

  5. I love how in depth you went in this post; by revealing the relationship between being a people pleaser and events in one’s past, you really highlighted that a people pleaser shouldn’t dislike themselves for being that way but it is something that can be worked on for their own benefit.

  6. I just said no to chairing a meeting, feel a bit guilty but I know I am enough, I do enough. I just said no to a family member asking me to go to hockey game with the family, I hate hockey. Maybe there is hope for me yet. Yes,getting older helps make me wiser.

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