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Tiny Bites 13: The Act of Saying ‘No’

December 14, 2017
Tiny Bites Ep. 13 - The Act of Saying 'No' | Tiny Ambitions

In this week’s episode of Tiny Bites, I wanted to talk about a simple living tool that gets talked about a lot in the minimalist community – the act of saying no. My friend Lisa over at Simple Life Experiment wrote about saying no this week, and it really got me thinking about how we apply that in our lives in a way that is most optimal for ourselves and for those around us. This brainwave builds off a post I wrote a couple of weeks ago – If You Go Looking For Something, You’ll Find it.

Click play below to listen to this week’s episode.

Do you think there is a middle ground between saying no to everything and saying yes to everything? Do you think it’s possible to do something you wouldn’t otherwise be excited about by taking the emotional energy out of the equation? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Lisa | Simple Life Experiment December 18, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Hey Britt! I left a comment but I’ve just noticed that it doesn’t seem to have gone through as it usually does, so I thought I would write again just in case, as part of my comment was saying how honoured I am to have been mentioned on Tiny Bites again! I’m really glad that the post could give you food for thought when it comes to your own way of approaching the act of saying no. Really enjoyed the podcast, as usual 🙂

    • Britt December 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Hey Lisa! Thanks for commenting again. I didn’t see the first one come through at all, which is super weird. I was messing with the backend of the website, so I probably messed something up 😂. Thanks for listening to the podcast! PS. So excited to read your year in review post!

      • Lisa | Simple Life Experiment December 18, 2017 at 6:58 pm

        No problem! I am sure it was nothing to do with your tinkering Britt! Which I noticed the other day when I was on here. Looks great and I like that you have included a podcast tab so it’s easily accessible from the homepage 🙂

  • Lisa | Simple Life Experiment December 17, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    I am honoured to be mentioned in another episode of Tiny Bites, Britt! Thanks! Really glad my post got you thinking. Yours always have the same effect on me! This is definitely one of the things I have enjoyed most about blogging so far – reading others’ ideas and their take on things and then finding I am still mulling them over long after I have finished reading. I think your idea of taking the emotional energy out of the equation is an excellent way to find that middle ground between always saying yes and always saying no. There are certain things we can control in our lives but other things we simply can’t get out of, so I think the sooner we accept that and diffuse the anxiety or dread around those situations, the sooner we can get past them and maybe even enjoy them, as turns out to sometimes be the case when it comes to me and socialising!

  • Courtney A. Casto December 16, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I think it’s possible to find the middle ground. As an example, over Thanksgiving by aunt invited me over for dinner. I went and had a nice visit with my family. I would have been fine staying home but I said yes and I’m glad I went. My cousin asked me to go painting the next day at one of those sit and paint places where everyone paints the same thing. It was my day off from work and the place she wanted to go was right in the middle of a major shopping area that was going to be packed with black Friday shoppers. I had no interest in going. At first I wasn’t sure what to do because I am never invited to things like that. But, I knew I needed to say no for me so I did and it felt great.

    • Britt December 16, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      Good for you! I think there’s a right time to say yes and a right time to say no. And that’s different for everybody. Thanks for listening, Courtney!

    Hey! I'm Britt. I write about living a tiny, simple, intentional life. Because life doesn't need to be lived big.