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Yesterday I received a phone call asking me if I would agree to be the quilt show chairman for my guild for next year's show.  After a lot of soul searching I really knew in my heart that I had to say no.  I am already the 2014 program chairman, which is no big deal as the majority of that "work" is already completed, but I also want to have the time to finally make some of the more labor intensive quilts I keep putting off starting.  While this does not entail full time hours, it is still more of a commitment than I want to make at this time.  When I called the person a few minutes ago to let her know what my decision is I could tell she was not happy with me.  I have to keep reminding myself that it is really okay to say no once in a while!! 

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Comment by Janet/MO on August 21, 2013 at 6:33pm

I can tell that a lot of us have given what is probably more than our fair share of our time, etc.  You are all so right about the fact that there are times when one just has to say NO!  Plus we need to stop feeling guilty whenever we do say NO! 

Comment by Marnie/NH on August 21, 2013 at 2:48pm

I remember when my kids were in school and I volunteered for one project and it ended up being way to many things. I lasted about 8 years always on the run and with kids in music and sports and scouts and..... I encouraged them to be in many things to experience different things.  But then the burn out set in. I said no to the craft fair, girls scouts, boy scouts, Sunday school  ETC  BURN OUT

Comment by Barbara Graham on August 19, 2013 at 9:09am

Yes, say NO--it's your time, your energy and not your responsibility. Have fun.

Comment by Amanda Best on August 18, 2013 at 5:45pm

Great advice from everyone. I have the hardest time with this. I really need help in this area and your comments are inspiring. I also agree Janet, you have to do what's right for you!

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on August 17, 2013 at 8:06pm

I agree with all the others.  The worst thing that can happen is burning yourself so completely out that your become resentful and all the satisfaction you have experienced in prior projects fades away.  Give yourself some time away and allow others to step up.  Don't feel guilty; you are doing lots already and saying NO allows you to do some things that are important to you which is so refreshing. 

Comment by Carol Wadkins on August 17, 2013 at 8:03pm

Everyone has said the correct thing. People have to remember, sometimes it's a NO! And that's ok!!

Comment by Sharon Reeves on August 17, 2013 at 5:49pm

Saying NO was the best thing for you. I remember when my kids were in school and I volunteered for so many things. After a while, people think you can do it all. No guilty feelings for wanting to do the things that are important for you. Proud of you!!!!!  Someone else will step up to the plate and do a fantastic job.

Comment by Barb/WI on August 17, 2013 at 3:35pm

Good  for you.  You made the decision that was right for you.  It does not have to be right for anyone else.  At the end of the day, we answer only to ourselves. 

Comment by Irene Gallway on August 17, 2013 at 3:22pm

I'm agreeing with all the other ladies.  You did the right thing to say no, and it's tough toenails if someone don't like your decision.  You have heard the old saying, "people will ride a free horse to death"

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on August 17, 2013 at 3:21pm

One of the best things I've learned over the years is that it is okay to say no and not feel obligated to provide a reason.  "I'm sorry, that just won't work for me," has been a life saver on more than one occasion.  Simple, direct, to the point and no explanation necessary.  They don't need one.  They just need to accept the "no".  

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