“No” Is a Complete Sentence

So many of us, especially women, are taught (explicitly or not) that “no” should be followed by a comma and an explanation.


We are taught that “no” should be part of a compound sentence.



Fun fact: “No” is a complete sentence.


No.

No?

No!

No…


Of course if you *want* to offer further information along with your “no” then go ahead.

But we actually don’t *have* to.


But Karli, that’s weird…


I totally thought so too.

Turns out that is some societal garbage ingrained in our heads.

I promise it’s actually not nearly as weird or offensive or mean or rude (or any other synonym) as you think it is!


Don’t believe me?

Try it.

I dare you :)


And if you feel weird saying just one syllable as an answer then you can follow it up with a phrase that is not an explanation of justification (or straight up lie…you know you’ve done it).


No, thank you.

No, I can’t, so sorry.

No, thanks for inviting me though.

No, I don’t.

No, but thanks for thinking of me.


At first I felt awkward doing it.

Then I noticed no one cared.

Then it felt freeing.

Then it felt fun!

Now, it feels empowering.


My challenge for you is:

Say no + a follow-up phrase - an explanation.


And let me know how it goes!


Stay Excellent,




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