Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Learning To Say No - Enjoying The Results

Balance. I talk about it. I study it. I strive for it in my work, my life, with my kids, with my friends. Why is it so hard to find some balance in my life?

I've been working really hard the past few months to build my yoga business to cater to a more daytime clientele and let go of my evening classes and clients.

It's been tough. I don't give up classes or say no to work offers. But I've been fortunate in that as I've gotten busier during the day I've been able to turn over some of my nighttime classes.

And tonight it paid off.

I didn't have to rush to make dinner. I had time to walk the dogs. And this evening I sat outside on my front porch swing and watched the neighborhood kids play basketball in my driveway.

I've had requests to add some evening specialty sessions that I've had second thoughts about saying no, not at this time. And two private clients have asked for evening appointments that I've had to turn down.

It's really hard to say no.

But tonight I'm so glad I did.

I think as moms it's really tough to make sure we are giving 110% to our families, our work, our homes and our selves. It's not surprising that most women I know almost always put themselves last - if even at all.

I still have some uncertainties about turning down good job offers. But I'm pretty confident a few more nights like tonight will help me feel much better about my decision.


  1. Congrats Jen, I know exactly where you are coming from. Message me your marketing techniques to do what you did ;) I'm betting this will be one sweet summer for you!

  2. Great post.. ditto on what Sondra said re: your business footwork. Would love to hear all about it.

    I struggle with wanting to build my business and making family time. I only teach on evening class for this reason. It's a tough decision because they tend to be the busiest classes on the schedule.

  3. Good for you for prioritizing, which is not aways easy!

    I am not teaching yet, but my YTT is a time commitment on top of workshops, studying and practical hours, observation, etc... I struggle to find balance. My husband works a lot and I have a 3 and 1 yr old at home, so I still relate to this- thanks for sharing!

  4. I have found this to be true, balance is everything and if you don't work it out, life will kick your butt.

  5. wonderful!
    i have had to learn this say no thing- i have refused work too, which was hard- but it just wasn't the right fit, you know?
    anyhow, im glad that you felt the pay off! isn't that just great!?!

  6. Just Say No is a very, very good thing. :)