Say No to Overwhelm

Say “No” to Yes.

Overwhelm is a big issue for many of us.  We have much to do and so many tools to help us do it.  Saying “no” to yes may be the easy way out.

We often say yes when we want or need to say no.  At times, this is what gets us pulled in to the overwhelm trap and we get sucked in like a whirlpool.

We say yes to those we love.  Yes to those we want to help.  Yes to volunteer activities. We also say yes to procrastination and negative self-talk.

I invite you to learn to say “No”, or at least “Later” or “Maybe”.  Say no when you need to rest, renew or regroup before you say yes.  Honor your true feelings and your need for self-care and say “yes” when you can honor that yes without regret or burnout.

Some suggestions to reduce overwhelm, i.e., say, “no” or “later” to:

  • Every volunteer opportunity that comes to you
  • Checking email on your phone when out on a social occasion
  • Saying “yes” when you really need to say “no” or “later”
  • Saying “yes” when some outside voice is in control (not your own voice or heart, but, e.g., society or ego)
  • Working for hours without a break
  • Procrastination
  • Negative self-talk

Do you say yes when you want to say no?  I’d love to hear how that makes you feel, or how you learn to say no.  Please share in the comments below or on my Facebook page.

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Get Your Creative Move On and Get Unstuck



Do you ever find yourself at your desk, feeling like you are not creative?  Your mind is crowded, it is hard to focus, and creative ideas are illusive.

This happens to me too, yet, I sit and work and swear that if I just give it more time the ideas will come.  I tell myself I do not have the time to take a break.  I keep working.  Everything seems harder and longer, yet I am convinced that I do not have time for even a 15-20 minute break.

The hours pass and I get things done.  Yet, when I look at my work I realize it is done, but not so creative.  At this point, I am sure I wasted more than 20 minutes trying to focus on my work and get things done.

If only I had used those 20 minutes to retreat from my mental chaos.  I would have gotten more done, in less time, with less struggle.  And, probably with more passion and creativity.

Remember Guiding Principle #3: I invite art, music, movement into my daily life.

Next time, I will not waste time wondering if I have time.  I will just get up, move, shake off the crowded mind and get my creativity moving.  It can be a walk, a bounce on my mini-trampoline, or simply getting up, taking a few deep breaths, and changing position.  Whatever it takes to get my creativity moving.

How about you?  Does movement get your creativity flowing?  If so, share in the comments below or on my Facebook page.

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Guiding Principle No 2 – Presence


I live in the present moment

This is the second of 10 Guiding Principles for wise women who want less stress, and more creativity, productivity and joy.

This is the way of the creative entrepreneur.  The YINpreneur.  The way to be more connected with  your creativity.

Being present is is being here and now, with awareness. Coming off autopilot, out of your head, into your body, and simply enjoying life by just being.

Presence is a present we give to ourselves.

There are many benefits to being present, some are:

Less stress & worrying – about past & future.
Better listening, focus & decision-making
Better relationship with self & others.
More creative and productive.
3 Simple Practices for Creative Entrepreneurs:
  1. Simply notice when you are on autopilot, not present, without judgment and bring yourself back. Practice, gently, without struggle.
  2. Let go of the need to control. Breathe and be.
  3. Bring your attention out of your head, active thinking, to your breath, body, and the here and now.

I invite you to create a mantra or affirmation to support you in this daily practice.



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