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No makes way for yes

It's been over a year now since I gave up my full time job in a university to teach part time and work on my jewellery. When I first started out doing this I panicked about money. If there aren't enough students in my classes my teaching is cancelled and I'm not paid. I don't get paid more than statutory holiday pay and my main teaching college isn't open for over four months of the year. People buy my jewellery or they don't. So to start with I was saying yes to everything that came my way knowing that some of it would come off and some wouldn't. It has led me to weeks where everything was on and I was running myself ragged! It has also led me to do work I wouldn't normally choose to do because the offer was there.
Now I am starting to say no to things that I don't really want to do even though they pay. And it leaves more time for me, it tells people that I am not always available, it tells people what I enjoy doing.
There's always got to be a balance, there will still be times I say yes when I'm not so sure. But I can see that I've moved on a lot this year and that is amazing.

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