Mariëlle and Lucinda needed a second episode to continue the theme of boundaries and recognise their importance in establishing a healthy writing practice. In this episode, they consider what distracted them in the previous week as they reflect on improving their response in the future.
Boundaries are essential in all aspects of personal and professional relationships. Without them or when people cross them, it can make us feel unsafe or angry.
Firm personal boundaries are an expression of self-love as they communicate our expectations to ourselves and others. However, there are dangers if they become too fixed. We want or need to do things beyond writing, commitments to family, work, or even hobbies, and need to find a way for the boundaries in different aspects of our lives to work together.
Writing practice needs healthy boundaries so the people around us can know and respect our routines. Honour your boundaries. Make it easier for your family and friends to recognise that you value your writing by committing time and energy to the practice.
Prentice Hemphill said, “Boundaries are the distance at which I can love you and me simultaneously.”
Write this quote out and place it where you can see it.