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Hello, friends! Welcome to another season of Budgets and Cents, a podcast co-hosted by Cait Flanders (formerly Blonde on a Budget) and Carrie Smith Nicholson (Careful Cents). If this is your first time listening, we’re glad you’re here! This is our fourth season of the podcast, but you can catch up on all the episodes you’ve missed through our episode guide.
How do you feel about saying the word “no”? For many of us, this little word carries a lot of fear and power. In today’s episode, we discuss some of the things we’ve said no to over the years and what those decisions have done for us. We also talk about how difficult it can be to say no, especially if you’re a people pleaser.
One of the things that helps give us the confidence to say no is understanding that we’re also saying “yes” to something else. You may not know what that something else is yet, but we can say from experience that there’s always another option around the corner.
The biggest takeaway from our conversation is to remember that saying “no” is not the same as quitting – it’s taking back your power so you can hear your inner voice again and let that guide you. By saying no, you’re establishing boundaries that respect your personal needs. Author Danielle LaPorte says it best in her new book: “You have to protect your heart so you can keep it wide open.”
Resources and links:
- Listen: Transforming Your Money Story | Giving Yourself Permission
- Cait’s blog: Cait Flanders
- Read: Why I Quit Freelancing (to Really Work for Myself)
- Carrie’s blog: Careful Cents
- Read: Why I Said “No” to Selling Courses (Even Though I Lost $12,000)