Today I made a tough decision, but once I made it, I felt SO good.
See, all the people I know that are over the age of 35ish have been saying that sometime in their thirties, they stopped caring what other people think. Since I just had a birthday, I decided it was time to take the bull by the horns and stop caring what people think.
I also decided to learn, once and for all, the art of saying no.
Next month is our local RWA conference, and I've been dying to go. One, they need participants to keep it going. Two, it's fun to be surrounded with like-minded people. And three, I just wanted to go!
But during the same weekend, I was a little bit obligated to go to another state conference. See, I've just been elected to the state board in my music organization. That's great, and I'm very excited about my job. It fits exactly with what I love to do, and I hope that I can add something good to the organization. There's a big board meeting on Thursday, but then the only thing "official" I need to do after that, is smile, nod, and be introduced at a luncheon.
I'm a big believer in the fact that, if you belong to an organization, you should volunteer some time. Even if it's an hour a year. I'm happy to do it, and I truly feel that it's my duty. But I don't have any political aspirations within my organizations. And I certainly don't feel that I should pay $250 to smile, nod, and be introduced.
I WILL go to the board meeting. Yes, I will do my job. No, I will not pay $250 to smile and nod and be introduced.
And you know what? I don't care what people think!
So now I'm really excited that I get to go to the Romance Writer's Conference in November. Yay! I get to pay a whole lot less, and enjoy a good conference.