I am the Queen of celebrating my fabulous self. It’s a skill I have on my resume and one that I want for you too. Ever notice how we customarily throw parties to celebrate babies, graduations, weddings, and holidays but rarely do we send out an invitation for a new job shower? Or a black and white ball honoring cancer survival? I’d love to throw an “I Lost 10 pounds bash,” and definitely with a pizza bar. Or hey, why not throw a wine tasting party to toast forgiveness, quitting a toxic job or standing up to a bully?
What about the events of our lives that tests us beyond measure? The moments that push us beyond our beliefs? What about those wins? Why don’t we celebrate the daily victories where we had to crawl through the mud through our struggles and frustration? Yes, let’s celebrate the baby steps, not just the marathon. The accomplishments that test our spirit deserve to be honored too.
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey
I get it, for most of us it’s very difficult spending time, energy and love on ourselves rather than the people around us. While it may feel awkward initially, doing so will increase your happiness, confidence and successes exponentially, trust me on this. Here are some simple strategies on how to begin celebrating ALL your wins today:
1. Buy a deck of 3×5 colored notecards, plain white isn’t allowed. At the end of each day, write the date at the top of the card and then 1-3 things you accomplished. Maybe it was a courageous conversation, signing up for a class, or making healthy food choices? Simple but collectively they build momentum!
2. Start a Happy Jar for the coming year. As the days pass throughout the year, be sure to jot down magical moments on a piece of paper, date it, draw on it, put glitter on it – you get the idea. Then fold it up and put it in the jar. At the end of the year, take them all out for a New Year’s Eve celebration and reread all your incredible wins – with your favorite dessert of course!
3. Before you start planning your New Year goals, take the time to list all your accomplishments this year, month by month, big and small. What are the top five things that you’re most proud of and more importantly, why?
4. Plan your celebration! Honor your accomplishments with something special before you dive into the next year. A quiet day all by yourself, a facial, a new outfit? How about a potluck with your besties taking turns around the dinner table sharing your top five. I’ll bring the chips and salsa!
When the ball drops at midnight, let’s celebrate us! I’d love to hear how you plan on celebrating your victories this year? Girlfriend, let the party begin!