We live in a do-all, see-all, be-all world nowadays. Even as new research is proving that hyperstimulation and overcommitting disrupt our cognitive abilities and stress our bodies out, it’s hard to say no to the myriad things that compete for our time and attention. After all, we’ll be an ace at work if we take on that extra project, right? And we’d hate to miss out on the four birthday parties happening this weekend—already RSVP'd! And what kind of friend would we be if we didn’t help our dear friend move out of her sixth-floor walk-up apartment? So we try to jam it all into our calendars, and before we know it we’re exhausted, depleted, and maybe even sick
So, what would happen if you started paring down your commitments? Imagine a world in which you said yes only to the things that really mattered, based on your own set of golden priorities. The secret to this shift lies in your ability to say no. There is a fine art to this, and learning exactly how to do it is a downright game-changer.
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Katie H., Farmington Hills Communications Executive
Currently reading: I just finished The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, following teenage Starr Carter whose balance between her two worlds (the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends) is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.
This was such a heartbreaking story, but incredibly beautiful and thought provoking. As a white woman trying to make sense of the world during the month Philando Castille’s case was resolved with no charge, it was eye-opening to see a similar story told from a young woman who realizes the power of her voice in the face of seemingly insurmountable problems facing her community.
Currently watching: I have so many dramas lined up, but all I want lately is comedy. I’m re-watching and introducing my husband to the zany genius that is Broad City, and keeping up on Bob’s Burgers – featuring my mom role model, Linda Belcher, who is unapologetically herself and always looks on the bright side.
Craziest thing on your Ultimate Life List? Ride The Nevis Swing in New Zealand, the world’s highest and most famous swing. Riders jump from a platform a mile high over a canyon, sailing across at 75 mph.
Best piece of advice you ever received? Put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others.
What brought you to the SheHive? And what keeps you here? Whenever I am in the SheHive, my bitchy inner critic goes silent and is replaced with the intelligent, creative, and funny voices of this amazing community. They challenge and empower me, accept me for who I am, and see the potential in me that I am often too afraid to let loose.
How do you want to be remembered? As the person who didn’t wait to say or do things. I tell those closest to me what they mean to me and why I love them. I also try to do at least one major “Life List” thing every year, pushing myself to do things that may seem scary or out of reach initially.
Remember that emotions are contagious. If you allow another angry person to affect you, you’re only ruining your own day. Remain strong, rise above, and always come from a place of love. It will never lead you down the wrong path.
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