It's easy to do too much in order to meet someone else's expectation, especially when we feel that something should be done a certain way even if it doesn't have to be. (We all think that way at times, don't we?)
It's important to be flexible and pay attention to our personal threshold. We shouldn't push ourselves past our limit. It's not good for us or anyone else; we need to Honor our boundaries. We've set them there for a reason. It's all part of self care, which means saying no or "later," if need be.
If we push ourselves too hard for too long, even if it's unintended (we are often unaware that that's what we're doing), we will feel the consequences, whether through our body, our mind or our spirit, or maybe all three. That would be harder to solve than if we said no and honored our boundaries initially.
TAKE CARE. <3
Detail a time when you pushed yourself too hard and felt consequences as a result. Include your reason for having said yes despite wanting to say no. Now record what you would do and why if you could do it all over again where you are today.
Art Journal Prompt:
Create a visual in whatever way feels right to you that shows clearly your boundary. Use color, text or image to convey this from the heart. Be your own visual advocate.
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Dawn engages in many roles: As Writer/Blogger and Artist/Creative and Founder of Refresh with Dawn Herring: Where Art and JOY Align, She enjoys sharing from her vast experience as award-winning, life-long artist and leader in the field of written journaling, offering encouragement and proven tips to other journal keepers. Dawn's focus is on written journal keeping, artistic expression and finding your Creative Voice, and positive change that leads personal empowerment, encouraging you to leave your authentic and positive mark in the world. Dawn is a Commercial artist, hand letterer/illustrator and writer/blogger and enjoys sharing insights, humor, and encouragement as she shares from her life experiences as a woman, wife, mother of two grown daughters and as a Grandparent to a special needs grandson. She enjoys keeping a journal and reading spiritual texts to help keep the light on. May JOY Align with Your Creative Heart.