Learning to say no, even to those you love, has a lot more to do with how much you love yourself than it does how much you love whomever you’re saying no to. Over the last couple years, I’ve really started tuning into my own needs. I’ve started to truly understand the importance of self-care. And in order for me to get to this point, I had to get to the poing of understanding that “No” is a complete sentence (which is why it is the title of chapter six in my book).
No one can take better care of you than you. No one can love you more than you love yourself. You have to love yourself enough to say no to the people or places/things that no longer serve you.
“Caring for yourself is essential and should be non-negotiable. It’s an act of survival. But you don’t want to just survive, you should be aiming to thrive” ~Christine St.Vil, Whose Shoes Are You Wearing?
When I heard “Auntie O” say, “No is a complete sentence” at the Oprah’s Life You Want event, I got so excited because I completely understood the statement.