I’m sorry if some entries don’t seem joyful, but I’m learning that setting boundaries and saying “no” is just as important as gratitude. Setting boundaries is part of self-care and taking care of yourself increases your joy. I’ve always struggled with this and I’m slowly learning to say “no” to things I don’t want in my life and setting those boundaries. I’m getting better and I’m learning that when Jessica cares for herself, Jessica can care for others too. If Jessica is empty, she can’t be of help to others. Jessica is also miserable and a joyful Jessica is a kinder Jessica.
I started this project for mental health reasons and I believe talking with a professional when it is needed is something which someone shouldn’t be ashamed of. Next week is my last appointment with Mitch, I’m going to miss him and I’m thinking of creating a special scrapbook page for my Happiness Box documenting my progress and growth.