This post by Jennifer Flaten
Sometimes you just have to say yes to something and then worry about how you are going to make it work later.
I have two examples of this. Last year, I got an opportunity to show my jewelry at a local, well-attended, well-established art fair. I’d applied earlier and been turned down (jewelry is a HARD category), but I asked to be put on a wait list in case someone dropped out.
Well, what do you know with one week to go before the show, someone dropped out. The Monday before the show I got an email from the organizers asking if I would like to participate. I said yes, without a moment’s hesitation. Then proceeded to run around like a maniac to get ready for it.
I got my first show together in less than a week, while it was a huge amount of running around and last minute prep, it was worth it.
I am proud to say that this year I once again attended that show, this time as a returning artist, which means I should have had a lot of time to get ready. HA!
Where was I the week before the show? Baltimore. What time did I return from Baltimore? 10p Friday night. What time was my show? 9a Saturday morning.
Why Baltimore? Because I said yes. At work I am in charge of converting our accounting system to new software. The software vendor has an annual conference, this year in Baltimore. My work offered to send me to the conference to get some more in depth knowledge of the software.
I didn’t have to go to the conference. In fact, I didn’t say yes to going to the conference without really thinking about it.
Yes, meant missing some end of school concerts for the kids. It meant asking my husband to alter his work schedule to help out–he is more than willing to do it, but he works retail sales. He can’t just leave in the middle of a customer call. Yes, also meant cutting it really close for the art show. In fact, I had the husband and kids on standby to run my booth in case I got stuck in an airport somewhere.
The conference (and sightseeing squeezed in after the conference) was WELL worth the small amount of anxiety caused by saying Yes.
So go on say yes, first one time and worry about how you will actually do it later.
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