From an interview with Viola Davis in MORE Magazine, September 2014

I am not going to share my friend’s picture.  However, she does represent huge numbers of mothers, grandmothers, and career women who are attempting to balance their lives every day.  At 58, she was not ready to simply, yet firmly, say NO!  So, what typically happens is the overloaded, stressed out, hit a wall somewhere along the way.   Often the wake-up-call moment is a health crisis screaming inside our heads, we have neglected ourselves in order to please others.

I have met so many amazing women in the past four years who are refusing to draw boundaries, and struggle with saying NO.  They attempt to be superstars at work…problem solvers at home…burden bearers for extended family…school volunteers…leaders at church…need I go on?  All of this leaves behind a bulging schedule, sleep deprivation, fast food  meals, grooming neglect, and joy zapped. Our present day society almost demands us to…Do More, Do More, and Do More!! 

All of these ladies have learned to say I MATTER!

 Nothing wrong with that… as long as we do more for ourselves as well.

In order to carry the I MATTER sign, we must all learn to say NO.  It often requires a tough skin and courage.   It also requires discernment as to what is truly a priority and what can wait.  I had to learn to understand and respect ME.  In order to serve my family and work with a smile, I needed to allow ME time for good health, exercise, quiet, and fun.  Before my friend above received her wake up call, she worked all day and was nanny to two grandchildren until late at night.  On top of that, there were work travels and family travels.  It just became too much.
Evaluate today:
1.       Are you caring for yourself every day?
2.       Look over your commitments.  Are there one or two areas which need tweaking?
3.       Set your own boundaries, have courage, and make the changes.

I have decided to live life with me on the priority list…life is short…do more for your family by taking care of YOU!

Do you struggle with setting boundaries?  or even with people pleasing?  Let’s discuss!

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And have a wonderful Thursday!
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