As the New Year approaches, many of us (myself included) are making resolutions. I’m also using this time reflect on the year that’s coming to an end. What did I accomplish and what areas do I need to improve upon? I try not to be too critical because there are times I feel that I didn’t do my best, but I tried my best, so it was the best I could do at that time. At the same time, I feel it’s important to be accountable for those instances where I could have done better because that’s how we grow. An area that falls into the latter category is protecting my peace. In many areas of my life I went with the flow, although I wasn’t at peace, for a variety of reasons but one main reason…FEAR. Fear of asking for what I deserve… Fear of letting go… Fear of saying no for the sake of pleasing other people. I saw this post on Tracee Ellis Ross’ Instagram page and it really resounded with me.
To protect your peace…
It’s okay to cancel a commitment.
It’s okay to not take the call.
It’s okay to change your mind.
It’s okay to take a day off.
It’s okay to speak up.
It’s okay to be alone.
It’s okay to let go.
It’s okay to say no.
I made a choice to protect my peace because it’s one of the most important elements of self-care. It definitely takes practice for me, but the payoff is well worth it.