Hello, 2015! Am I glad to see you! Yes, it’s freezing and snowy, but quiet and refreshing after all of the holiday madness.
Once I had my first quiet moment to myself in over 2 weeks, I was able to focus on what I really wanted for 2015. Sure, I want to write more and live more in the present moment, but when I really searched for what I needed to make any goals, it all boiled down to one word: boundaries.
|My first peaceful moment of 2015.|
I feel like I should have this boundary thing down better by now since it seems that every personal goal I’ve made this decade can be traced down to boundaries. This year I have noticed that creating boundaries is no longer my struggle: it’s keeping them.
My inner dialogue goes something like this:
“I want to please everyone!”
“I give 0 F’s about pleasing everyone!”
“Well, maybe a few Fs.”
“Erin, you are strong. You can have boundaries and still be compassionate and kind.”
The struggle is real.
And come to find out, there is a pattern with all this inner-conflict. Doubt starts to sneak in when I’m not paying attention and starts to whisper passive-aggressive thoughts. “Are you sure you want to say no, Erin? Is that really the right thing to do? Think of those that will be disappointed.”
When the pressure bears down too much and I start to question my self-worth, I explode! There is a war being waged on my boundaries, and I must protect them!
This Is my house. I must defend it.
I want to be angry with the people who have little regard for what I find sacred, but when I sit quietly and dig deep, I am really just angry with doubting myself. Then come the waves of self-loathing.
It reminds me of overindulging during the holidays. During all of the social gatherings (and my introvert-mandated recovery from said social events), it seems like a good idea to loose myself in a batch of wreath cookies and a bottle of wine. But the only thing that ever really results in that is a bloated tummy, a headache, and a deep contempt for myself.
|All of the wreath cookies.|
So my intention for 2015 is to avoid the emotional hangover of becoming misaligned with my boundaries.
I want to cultivate a peaceful strength that does not need to be forceful to be heard or back down when the pressure becomes to great.
I’ve worked really hard to discover my personal boundaries. Now I want to settle into them and feel cozy and safe; not standing at the door on defense just waiting for someone to break in.
I think the confidence that comes from being comfortable will help reaching my other goals more of a reality.