Updated: Nov 29, 2021
Brooke Fitzgerald is a self-described 'recovering people-pleasing addict” who's recently embraced the power of the word 'No.”
A few years ago, she owned and operated a coffee shop, the Early Bird Café, in downtown Cedar Rapids. In addition, she was selling commercial real estate and serving on numerous boards and committees when she decided it was time to start doing something she had rarely done - turning down requests for her time and attention.
'In 2018, my word of the year was no,” she said.'