1. I have said ‘no’ to myself for so long that now that I am in the position to say ‘yes’, I often don’t want to. Sometimes, even often times, the ‘no’ is so automatic, I don’t even think about it.

  2. Nothing says “love” like a Mac Book Air.) I totally laughed out loud when I got to this… 🙂 We will see how good Jon is at picking up hints… was that a hint? How about a bold faced demand?

    I agree with Lori that the habit of no gets ingrained in a good way that we do not need a yes to satisfy. All the things I thought I wanted to buy have certainly changed over the last 20 years. Now it comes down to do I put my money here or would I rather be able to do this? I’d like a new truck and a nicer house and we can afford it but not to the point it would not impede doing some things we like to do. So the no’s are mixed in with the yes’s so we can choose to do the yes’s we want.

    You know Sandy if you keep the lights down low you cant tell the towels mismatch or the ear rings are on or off and the Yankee candle seems to burn brighter in the twilight. 🙂

    1. Oh, Mark—I know all about keeping the lights low to hide stuff. But for me, it was the puke/poop/mud on our used-to-be-white carpet.

      Good point about how your priorities change as you age. I agree that the things I would have spent my money on 20 years ago are not the same things I value today.

  3. Sandy,
    I would like to say without the joking that you make an excellent argument that all would benefit from following. The discipline to say no to yourself offers great benefits not only financially but in all areas of your life.

  4. I agree with Mark about the discipline in other areas too, I just need to work on that one! Great post, and I’m so proud of you and your goals (and happy for you and your family too – job well done:)

  5. Saw your comment over at Ashley’s the post on going back to stories. the reason I chose to come, as the others you said you just want to write but you are the only one I saw that said you want to interact. That is all gone in the new face of blogging.

    1. Retha
      Thank you for stopping by!! That post on Ashleigh’s blog hit right at the heart of where I am. (That is the first time I’ve ever read her blog…saw a link on Sarah Bessey’s twitter feed and followed it.)

      Yes, the interaction is so important to me. It’s the thing I immediately fell in love with when I started blogging.

      I do think it’s still happening. But I think it’s happening on Twitter and private FB pages rather than in blog comments. It seems more exclusive, also. I suppose it’s very difficult to respond to 500 comments individually.

      Obviously, I don’t have that problem. 🙂

      Hope you hang around. I’d love to have a conversation with you.

  6. This is great, Sandy. My husband and I have always been good at saying the big nos – we did the same things you guys did which has helped us to live without debt. But – we probably need to get better at those little nos! Thanks for the good advice. Enjoyed your blog post!

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