I need to master the art of No. Lately I have been tired and I’m starting to feel run down. Work is hectic; managing our household is taking a lot of time and energy; and church takes a lot of work, especially during this stand-up phase. I have too much going on.

This past weekend I was in Arizona visiting my grandparents, my parents, and my sister and her fiance. It was a wonderful break — good food, good times. But when I arrived home last night, all that I left behind hit me like a flood. I have a To Do list 2 sheets long and I don’t want to do it. I want to play outside with my kids. I want to go rollerblading. I want to get my nails done. I want to go to lunch with friends.

I have started saying “no” to various requests on my time and energy. But I realized that what I’m struggling with is not saying “no” to them, it’s saying “no” to me. I’m the one who allows myself to have a 2-page long To Do list. I’m the one who convinces myself I can defy the laws of physics and be in 2 places getting 2 things done at the same time.

It is an art – saying No. And it’s one I need to master.