Whatever’s clever

26 Apr


I am very passionate about whatever I am talking about at the moment.

  • What!! You have the new Kindle Paperwhite?! I must get it now. I log straight onto Amazon, look at the price in defeat and move it to my wish list.
  • We’re going to a hibachi restaurant for dinner?! I LOVE hibachi restaurants!! I devour my meal at the hibachi restaurant and then proceed to whine about how my clothes are going to smell like the food the rest of the day.
  • I just heard about another book club!! I’m joining it- you’ve got to join it with me!! I’m currently in three book clubs, but tearing through those books so don’t you worry.
  • Drinks after work? Duh, it’s finally nice outside!! Enter next day headache at work.
  • Moscow Mules?! I love those drinks! The cups are the best- I must have them! Again, immediately log on to Amazon to see they are $40/each. Don’t even bother adding to my wish list.
  • You love college basketball?! I LOVE college basketball!!!  Boyfriend gets tickets to games for every possible occasion likely including Arbor Day. Gift for you, gift for me.
  • Newbie bloggers like me can join link ups and blog hops!?!?  Join everything and follow everyone until I realize I need to scale back and focus on what I actually like.
  • You want to do a girl’s trip next month?! Count me in!! I attend the trip and then stress about money the entire time cursing my lack of willpower.

When I was new in my last role, I had lunch at my desk one day feeling lonely and wishing I had insta-friends in the office. My wish came true because a few minutes after I threw my trash away, someone came over and invited me to lunch. Of course I said yes! And I devoured my second lunch with the energy of someone who has made a new friend. Sometimes it is okay to say yes. even when it doesn’t make sense.

However, lately, I have been trying to rein it in a bit and have been making myself say no more often. It sure isn’t easy! Obviously, I am a very enthusiastic person. I am a joiner and hate saying no. I wouldn’t want to miss out on anything fun. Maybe that is what growing up means.

Is anyone else a passionate yes person to “whatever”?

I’m also passionate about all my Liebsters. Thanks to Bradley at Pass the Sour Cream for my latest.  Make sure you check his great blog out! He managed to take the A-Z Challenge and actually make me think when I read his posts.

Also check out my other Liebster Award mentions (see 1-2 here , 3-6 here, 7 here and 8-9 here). I just need to get passionate about responding to them.

Today was Day Twenty Three (or Day W) of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

I am also linking up with the ladies for Finish the Sentence Friday:

Finish the Sentence Friday
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76 Responses to “Whatever’s clever”

  1. Janine Huldie April 26, 2013 at 7:47 am #

    Loved how you talked about what you are passionate about in this moment and agree that sometimes I like to have the latest and greatest, too. Even though I would love it, i can’t always afford it though, lol!! Wonderful and love how you linked this up for both A-Z and for FTSF. Thanks so much and have a great weekend!! 🙂

    • Another Clean Slate April 26, 2013 at 8:21 am #

      My first time linking up for FTSF! Thanks Janine!!

      • Janine Huldie April 26, 2013 at 9:58 am #

        Oh we are so happy to have you and here is to many more Katie!! 🙂

  2. Bradley Charbonneau April 26, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    If you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, it might not be worth doing. 🙂 Great post on your enthusiasm.

    Thanks for the shout out!

    • Another Clean Slate April 26, 2013 at 8:22 am #

      So true. Although all the time people are doing things they couldn’t care less about! Thanks Bradley and thanks again for the Liebster 🙂

  3. dee April 26, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    Haha I’m a yes woman myself. But like you, I realized that this can quickly get exhausting, so over the years I’ve forcibly programmed myself to learn to say no.

    Congrats on your 10th Liebster! Bradley also nominated me for that. It’s my first one. I wanted to blog about it straightaway but I haven’t had any decent sleep thanks to work and I had to prioritize my A-Z blogs so I said NO! You will blog about that after the challenge is over! So there. Haha.

  4. Molly @ FaithFrugalFashionista April 26, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    I felt like you were reciting my inner monologue on some of these. Especially the Newbie Blogger one!!! You are hilarious!

  5. Teresa April 26, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    I try to say yes to most requests if it’s not going to exhaust me. People usually don’t ask me for things unless it means something to them.

    • Another Clean Slate April 26, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      I’ve been trying to save money so have had to cut back on random dinners and drink nights. I do try to say yes when it matters of course 🙂

  6. dishofdailylife April 26, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    I used to be a yes woman, but now I am scaling back! Hard to do everything and really most important to keep in mind what our own needs (and needs of our family) are! I’m getting much better at saying no!

  7. mrkelly2u April 26, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    Haha – the lunch story sounded just like something I would do! Enthusiasm and joie de vivre is great – if you have it, use it! You’re right, though, sometimes we need to be better at saying no!

    Have a great weekend.

    Kelly’s Eye – Writing, Music, Life

    • Another Clean Slate April 26, 2013 at 10:53 am #

      You have a great weekend too! Try to only have one meal per meal 🙂

  8. Kimberly H. Smith April 26, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Your enthusiasm for life is inspiring. I say NO too much. If I said yes once in awhile, I’d get to do all the things you’re doing. Congrats on embracing all you can.

  9. Jamie@SouthMainMuse April 26, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Very wise. It is so easy to say “yes” then when you look at how many waking hours we have in a day. In a week. It might be time to say “no” and really think about what we should be doing with our time.

  10. Me April 26, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    That was a passionate post. So much of energy in it.
    I am an Yes person too. ..I find it too hard to utter No..but improving now…

    And Congrats on so much of Liebsters. You are a Dearest, for sure! 🙂

  11. Jules (@mymomsawhackjob) April 26, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    I am the same way. I get so passionate about things for about ten minutes then move on. I have always been so worried about what people say or think, but am now getting to the point I just cant. It was way too much stress.

    • Another Clean Slate April 26, 2013 at 11:46 am #

      Yah- I worry WAY too much, but trying really hard to take a couple steps back now 🙂

  12. Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice April 26, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    You have such a busy life, you make me tired just reading about it. Good for you. I think you must be always clever…. oh, wait, that’s an “A” word …… for NEXT year… we’re in the final 3…enjoy!

    • Another Clean Slate April 26, 2013 at 11:54 am #

      I probably just sound busier than I am 🙂 Man, these final three are toughies, too!

  13. Katia April 26, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    YES! Yes and again yes. I’m a passionate yes sayer and reading this sounded SO familiar. I often volunteer my non-existing time and resources and then ask myself, WTF just happened? How did I get myself into this? It’s good that you recognize this and are working on it. Try to put yourself first from time to time.

    Hilarious post, by the way 🙂

    • Another Clean Slate April 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

      Thanks Katia! I do enjoy most of the things I say yes to; I just need to cut back! Happy weekend 🙂

  14. Cloudy With a Chance of Wine April 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Ugh. I’m a yes person, too. Saying no just makes me feel so damn guilty!!!

    Oh, and I love that you ate 2 lunches in 1 day to make friends. That’s totally something I would do!!!

    • Another Clean Slate April 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

      I must confess it wasn’t the last time I had two lunches to avoid saying no to an invitation! Glad I know who to ask when I need something 🙂

  15. megan April 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    I am the very same way. In fact when I did a year of volunteer service, the advice I got from someone else was “don’t say no to anything”. It’s fun to experience new things and say yes.

    • Another Clean Slate April 26, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

      Yah but sometimes we need to say no for our own well being and sanity 🙂

  16. Julie DeNeen April 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    What a great answer! And very very true. 🙂

  17. Stephanie Sprenger April 26, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    I can totally relate to this. First of all, I am all about the superlatives (this is the best cup of coffee EVER!!!) and second of all, I am sad to say that I am a yes-person, too. I too am working on setting some better boundaries, but wow. It is hard.

    • Another Clean Slate April 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

      It is SO hard! Let me know if you figure out a way to maintain those boundaries 🙂

  18. Jean Heff April 26, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    I can totally get where you are coming from. I have always jumped in with both feet and the only thing that slowed me down was having kids. Can’t do as much jumping spontaneously anymore. Congrats on the Leiesters. Take it as proof that you are very good at passionately throwing yourself into projects 🙂

    • Another Clean Slate April 26, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

      Thanks Jean! I hope you still get to do some jumping every now and again!

  19. Ruchira April 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    wow…I loved reading abotu your passions 🙂


  20. Kate Rigby (@mrsdiggerhound) April 26, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    Great post! I can be. I definitely do that with blogging,I need to review my feeds and what I’m following I think…

    Clever post 🙂 A good W for the A to Z

    • Another Clean Slate April 26, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

      I need to do the same- I found putting them in different categories helped.

  21. nataliedeyoung April 26, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    Ha! I see so much of myself in this post! That’s why I have so many social media accounts I hardly use…

  22. School of Smock April 26, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    I love your enthusiasm! And passion! It’s so interesting how much of people’s personalities you can see from these answers. And I NEVER used to say “yes” to multiple requests for things until I started blogging and joined social media. It’s so much easier to filter things in “real” life for me.

    • Another Clean Slate April 26, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

      I never thought about being able to sense people’s personalities from this answer but you are so right. I might go back and read some again 🙂

  23. The Dose of Reality April 26, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    I love that you are enthusiastic! I get really passionate about things I like. Like you, I often get in over my head and have to scale back. (and when I am “off” something, I am totally off of it—so it works in both directions.) Eating two lunches…that was just adorbs, though. –Lisa

    • Another Clean Slate April 27, 2013 at 8:03 am #

      Thanks Lisa 🙂 Apparently a lot of people are like us, so that is a relief!

  24. Dawn April 26, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    HAHAHA…WHATEVER! Thanks so much for linking up with #FTSF this week! I’m so glad that you did.

  25. running mama April 26, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

    Me too! Me too! Having a baby has forced me to say no, a lot. I’ve probably said no more, in the last 18 months than I had in the 33yrs prior!

    • Another Clean Slate April 27, 2013 at 7:58 am #

      Hm… I think I need to learn to say no before having a baby. That might be drastic 😉

  26. Kate Hall April 27, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    This is so funny! I can just see the excitement in you about doing/wanting all those things. Love it! I, too, am overwhelmed with blog hops and networking. I’ve had to scale back a lot over the last few weeks. It’s hard because it’s all so much fun, but I just can’t doit all.

  27. Dana April 27, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    I’m good at saying no to things I don’t want to do, but I’m always up for something fun. But sometimes I really should say no – I am a grown up after all. Congrats on more Liebsters – you are super fabulous!

    • Another Clean Slate April 27, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      Thanks Dana! I am working on saying no more often, but it is so dang hard.

  28. 4awritermom April 27, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    Gosh! This sounds a lot like me! Sometimes I’m all over the place. I’m learning how not to be impulsive, as well as, how to say no! we can only take it one day at a time! Good luck!

  29. Daniel Nest April 27, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    So that pretty much makes you the opposite of Jim Carrey in “Yes Man”. You have to become the “No Woman” to change your life!

  30. zoe April 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    For health reasons this year I was forced to scale back on any number of things I would have liked to participate in. So Im kind of in the opposite conundrum right now which for me is an unusual and I have to say uncomfortable place to be. I’m missing having a bigger goal than surviving.

  31. Jamie Clark April 27, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Great, enthusiastic post! I wish I was that passionately enthusiastic about things. Don’t get me wrong, I do get excited about stuff LOL They say lack of passion is fatal! I think you will be fine 🙂 I just found Yeahwrite.me and found you there. I, too, am in the A to Z blogging challenge, I cannot believe that i haven’t seen your blog yet, wait I can believe it LOL There are so many blogs and I have tried my best to visit lots. Well, it doesn’t matter how I got here, just that I made it here 🙂 Congrats on your Lieibster Awards, aren’t they just great? I have a few myself, only us awesome newbies get them 😉

    • Another Clean Slate April 27, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

      I know! Crazy we had not stumbled upon one another’s blogs! Thanks for stopping by- and congrats on your Liebsters, too!!

  32. Michele April 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    Ha, I get this exactly! I take on so much that I end up not actually getting anything accomplished. “Let me buy 12 skeins of yarn, no really, I’m getting back into knitting.” There they sit. “I need this new crock pot, it’s so cool! I can make us chili!” Used it once since I got it. I have ADD when it comes to stuff like that. Great post!

    • Another Clean Slate April 27, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

      This is so funny because I have a basket of yarn and an instruction book that I’ve only picked up twice!!

  33. misssrobin April 27, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    I used to be. Then I was hit with chronic fatigue and a chronic headache. I was forced to slow down and say no more. It’s a good thing because I never would have gotten there on my own. Even now, many years later, it’s still so difficult for me. I want to do everything, join everything, and meet everyone. But it’s just not healthy for me. Occasionally I forget and overcommit. It doesn’t take long before I’m back in bed. Really, my life will never be that way again. But there is beauty in scaling back as well. It’s taken a long time to learn, but I’m getting there. Some day maybe I’ll quit looking back.

    Thanks for sharing. Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a great weekend.

    • Another Clean Slate April 27, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your story- I’m glad you’re still able to enjoy things in moderation 🙂 A lesson we should all learn!

  34. icescreammama April 27, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    that’s so happy puppy cute! i’m lately the drooling bull dog who has to be dragged everywhere. 🙂

  35. KELLY April 27, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    Great post, yes is it difficult to say NO in a YES world, but after the first time you say it – it is empowering.

  36. Michelle Longo April 28, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    I tend to get caught up in stuff too, particularly the blogging stuff. I just had to unsubscribe to some that I was no longer reading and just the act of deleting was becoming overwhelming. Of course I felt guilty, but hey, it’s my time and sanity, right? Also, I have been so bad about responding to some leibsters. I feel like such a jerk that I didn’t, but… {insert lame excuse here}.

    • Another Clean Slate April 28, 2013 at 9:21 am #

      Exactly! I ended up moving any blogs I was uncertain I should delete into a folder so at least I don’t get overwhelmed looking at my “favorites” list.

  37. ttoombs08 April 28, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    I don’t feel so bad after reading this. 😉 I have a heck of a time saying “no,” too.


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