Busy, busy, busy day here! I’m tucked all snug in bed, but before I clock out and binge watch some Scandal…it’s time for the next post in my Penguin Pointers series! Let’s jump in.
We ALL need to have lines we won’t cross and lines we won’t allow others to cross. We have to set up these boundaries in our life not only to protect ourselves and to show others we respects ourselves, but also to hold ourselves accountable in some way.
No one is perfect and no one is going to get it right all the time, but if we make certain lines un-crossable in our lives we can make sure all hell doesn’t break loose.
For example, if you happen to be someone who takes exercise seriously…a line you may not allow yourself to cross would be taking more than a day off in-between workouts. If you’re saving money to buy a house or go on a trip…eating out more than once a month may be your un-crossable line. The list goes on and on depending on your personal priorities.
One of my personal lines is that I’m ridiculously strict about eating my veggies. I don’t ever eat dinner without them. If we order pizza…I still make my big bowl of veggies. It doesn’t matter what we eat..the veggies are there! I know that I feel like crap if I skip out on my massive portion ( it really is massive….if it were any other food group I’d be embarrassed, but I eat my family size portion of broccoli without an ounce of shame!). This is something that some people would laugh at…but it’s important to me. It’s my line and only has to make sense to me.
Lines that are just as important and sometimes more so…are those we have to set for the people in our lives. I know I’m not the only one to have been tested in this area. We all have someone (or many someones) who have crossed a line we are not comfortable with. We have to believe in our own worth and our true value and then draw that line so deep in the sand that those around us know we mean it.
It’s not selfish or mean or bitchy. You’re not being a jerk or difficult or demanding. If you want to be the best version of you…you have to feel confident in drawing lines. You have to allow yourself to have certain things or areas in your life that are non-negotiable. You have to give yourself permission to stand firm. Free yourself…draw some lines.
Thanks for Reading!