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Finding Peace in Boundaries

Posted on Jan 18, 2018 by in Faith | 10 comments

I found my peace during the crazyness of Christmas between the long arms of the treadmill at the gym.

That makes it sound like I logged a lot of hours there, which would be false.  I did not. But I did go sporadically and when I found myself either walking or jogging on the treadmill, I found peace in shrinking all the concerns of the world down to that little rectangle that enfolded me.  Just keep moving.  Just do the next right thing.

For me, peace comes in taking control.  To some, control is a dirty word as they try to remind themselves that only God is truly in control and the world revolves around Him.

For me, control is not natural. I must remind myself to take it by force. Take control over the problems in my life and fix them.

I don’t walk into a crowded room and naturally want to take the lead and control the situation.  But every day in my classroom, that is what I must do. In fact, I am failing if I do not take control.

This year, I am working on my boundaries.  The principles of healthy boundaries apply to every area of life from emotions to career to health to parenting.  I have subscribed to a monthly podcast on the subject of boundaries.  I like to listen to the short, audio talks while I am on the treadmill at the gym.  And while I process these timeless principles, I will write about my musings, here on my blog.

Everyone has boundary issues. Whether it is not having strong enough boundaries (leading to a lack of control) or having too strong of boundaries (leading to isolation).  Addressing boundaries is not easy, but it does give you a better quality of life.

Join me in learning about boundaries?

Communicating what I am learning is highly important to me both in processing the concepts and in sharing my gift of writing.

Will you join me?  Read along and leave a comment to let me know you are there?

I promise to be honest and vulnerable as I share what I am learning if you will promise to be affirming and brave in letting me know you are on this journey with me.


Much love,





  1. I definitely have been working on boundaries a lot lately too! I look forward to hearing more about your adventures. 🙂

  2. Love this…also been trying to consciously focus on improving boundaries! (Only to discover how terrible I have been at it. 😬🙋🏼‍♀️😉

  3. I’m looking forward to this journey of learning more about boundaries. Thanks for sharing Ashley.

  4. I love your insights. I plan to follow closely and grow along side you.

  5. Such an important topic. Excited to read all you learn about boundaries and to gain insight into areas that need a “boundary adjustment” in my own life.

    Thank you for sharing!

  6. Here am I, write to me! 😉 As you well know, I could benefit from a boundary lesson or two (or a million?!? lol). I eagerly await your written musings from my side of the screen!

  7. Always open to ways I can change and improve for the better. Boundaries should be a great learning journey.

  8. This is a topic that I ponder quite a bit. I struggle to keep a balance with boundaries for a long period of time. I tend to not want to impose on other people and hold onto the fact that I’m an introvert. When I do try to put myself out there more, I feel like both myself and my timing are awkward. It’s still a worthwhile struggle to grow as a person. I’m glad you’re sharing your journey here. I’m with you. 🙂

  9. This is going to be a topic very worthwhile for me to follow I’m an introvert and afraid of rejection and don’t want to impose on others for a long list of reasons. Ashley thanks for your honesty and heart❤️

  10. I always like to read anything you write and a great topic to learn about! I’m in!

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