Two letters. So simple—yet so damn hard.
So, what the hell was the big deal? What was so difficult about saying the word NO when the need arose?
Well for me, for almost 30 years of my life—it was everything about the word.
Being raised in a broken home that required people-pleasing at all times didn't help. Neither did the fact that I was a product of this broken home, riddled with daddy issues and dying for acceptance at all costs. Suffering from an inner self-hatred so strong it caused me to do all sorts of things most young girls would balk at.
I'll spare you the details.
But then, somewhere down the line, I had a daughter. I had a little girl that I fell in love with so deeply, I became somewhat obsessed with making sure she could never feel the lack of self-confidence I suffered from my entire life. I became determined to build a strength within myself so that I could emulate all those strong female qualities I lacked for so long.
I became a peaceful warrior of female empowerment. And ironically, it all started with the word NO.
This word became my armor and shield, protecting me from anything that dared tread on my ability to live how I wanted to live. It became my guard against having to partake in anything I didn't believe in or that didn't bring me joy. It made me feel accomplished, self-assured, and sexy.
Sexy in that "I have full control of my happiness" kind of way.
So how can you adopt this word into your daily repertoire to help you feel sexier and more empowered?
Here are three scenarios in which those two little letters can make all the difference: