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Julie Furlong provides life tips based on her experiences as a company founder, designer, marketer, entrepreneur, mother and partner. You can find and share Julie’s free inspirational quotes at: Instagram.com/JulieFurlongNotes and Facebook.com/JulieFurlongNotes. This positive, practical and realistic outlook for balance, inspires others to keep things simple in life. A relevant creative blog and topic is introduced monthly, creating space in your mind for what is truly important.


June 1, 2017

JUNE’SNOTE

the power of saying no

It’s not worth saying yes when you don’t want to do something. In the end, what will really matter is living a life for you and your beliefs, not for others who judged you because you had to say ‘NO’ on the odd occasion. This month’s post #14 is all about the power of saying NO and why we should say NO. This is a challenge many people go through every day. It’s a heavy burden to carry because with the urge to say yes also comes a lack of confidence. Saying NO and understanding the power of saying NO has been one of the best things for me. It’s help me manage my life for the better and freed up my time for the things I really want to do. So, come on have a go and say NO (sometimes), challenge yourself.

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June 1, 2017

#14WHYSAYNO?

Why Say no?

Why Say No

I’m one of those suckers who is always saying YES it’s against my grain to say NO, as I have a natural behaviour of wanting to help. People normally expect me to say YES, because that’s the way it has always been. I say yes because I want to get someone’s attention; I want to make sure everyone is happy; I’m afraid I will disappoint someone, or I would hurt their feelings; I am terrified of being rejected; or I just feel guilty. These are the thoughts that race through my crazy mind as I think about saying NO, so I most often just blurt out a reluctant YESSSSSS.

As life has gone by, though, I have learnt the hard way that saying NO is very powerful (if I can bring myself to say it, of course). Yes, it’s hard to say, but it is sometimes necessary to help you live a sane life, leaving some space for what you really want. (Read: Good life habits)

After analysing my over the top urge to be agreeable, it got me thinking. We need to ask ourselves why is it so important to please everyone and what will really matter in the long run? Here is why you need to say NO (sometimes) to improve your life, your own sanity, and get it all into perspective:

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May 1, 2017

#13WHAT’SYOURWORRY?

what’s your worry

What’s your worry?
While I would not call myself a constant worrier, I do worry at times. Little concerns sometimes buzz around in my head, and mostly I am worrying about things that have not even happened. When I am in my worry phase, ‘what if’ questions start entering my mind, which realistically only exist among the pixies in my head. And if you are anything like me, very few worries are as painful or terrible as imagined, and are often just nonsense made up in our own minds.

Feeling that I must worry about a small or big problem will do nothing for me, and in a world where our thoughts control how we feel, this is when it’s time to sit back and remind myself, I do not need the unnecessary worrying in life. Unnecessary worrying is an unproductive habit that will never amount to anything positive. I intentionally train and remind my mind to not worry. (Self Talk) Then I tell myself to look at the big picture — how bad is it really?

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April 1, 2017

#12MOTIVATEME

Stay motivated and inspired… break the cycle of apathy

Motivate Me
It’s easy to get into the apathetic spiral, to procrastinate and make up excuses. You fail at something a couple of times; a new project is not working; your career becomes boring; you begin to avoid difficult tasks in your life; you feel overwhelmed and slowly lose interest. All of a sudden, your motivation and inner drive disappears and it begins to feel impossible to get going again. It happens to all of us.

Normally, I just do whatever has to be done to get through the day, with little or no interest. Every project or task set upon me is met with a ‘yeah, whatever’. It can be so, so easy to fall into the trap of feeling deflated when things have not gone my way.

Feeling low or dwelling on the problem solves nothing — we all know that. You just feel worse and ultimately even less motivated. I find that the more aware, mindful and in the moment I am, the faster I am able to steer my actions and regain motivation and control over my routine. (Good Life Habits)

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