Celebrating the Amazing You!

Chances are you’re pretty good at noticing what’s missing in your life rather than things you could celebrate. The goals you haven’t yet reached, the things you wish were different, what’s just not working for you. Your inner critic knows this stuff inside and out!

What about your accomplishments? Do you celebrate all the extraordinary work that you do each day? I don’t only mean the big stuff, like landing that big promotion, buying a house, or having a baby – those are obvious moments to celebrate. I’m also talking about celebrating, on a regular basis, your progress through everyday life – dishes are all done, that was a lovely but unexpected kiss, what an awesome book, this retreat ran with such flow, wahoo!

It’s vital to recognize the value of what you do. Otherwise, what’s the point of doing it?

Who wants to be on an endless hamster wheel of “not enough, not enough, not enough?”

Stop to celebrate and acknowledge your good work in the world. You’re raising creative, funny, lovable kids. Your cozy home and colorful gardens are a haven for your family after a busy week. You’re kind and helpful to your colleagues. You take such exquisite care of your beloved pets. You’re on the path of lifelong learning. You freaking rock!

Taking time for jubilation also allows a much-needed pause between your successes. Savor your accomplishments, big and small, and recharge before diving back in. This simple practice creates its own momentum toward the discovery of even more to be thankful for and celebrate!

Just days ago I finished the draft of my fourth book. It was an ambitious project and I’ve been working on it intensely since February. It’s a big deal! I paused for a celebratory toast with my friends and savored that shot of expensive tequila and the high-fives we shared.

But the next day I sat down at my laptop with a list of other writing projects. I had an article due, some blog posts to focus on and a bunch of other “shoulds.” I soon discovered that I was completely uninspired to do any of it. I simply had no new ideas. I fidgeted and wanted to be anywhere else than in front of that blank screen.

So I stopped to breathe and figure out what on earth was going on. I realized that my celebration process wasn’t yet complete. I’d devoted a ton of creative energy to wrapping up the book draft when I had the opportunity for some deep focused writing at a cozy, quiet treehouse. Now I was depleted.

How silly of me to expect to just jump back into the next writing task. It wasn’t realistic, or kind for that matter. It didn’t feel good. It pretty much sucked. But that was okay.

I stopped and walked away. I allowed myself to savor the feeling of completion, to expand my celebration and really feel the joy and sense of accomplishment. I gave myself some time to decompress and recharge.

Taking time to celebrate is a form of gratitude. When you notice and acknowledge what you’ve done, you feel thankful and appreciated. You’re fully experiencing the blessing – whether it was finishing a big project or surviving an insanely busy week. You did it!

Build some time into your life to celebrate regularly. On Friday afternoon as you’re wrapping up your work day, jot down a list of accomplishments from the week. Meet up with a few friends and celebrate each of your “Hell-Yesses” since the last time you gathered. Find a celebration buddy and text each other with all the little triumphs of life, in real time. Treat yourself to a healthy reward, like a spa day, movie tickets or a juicy novel you’ve been wanting to read.

Celebrate often – even if it feels uncomfortable at first to blow your own horn. Do it anyway. You’ll get used to it, and learn to love those high-fives!

Celebrating your accomplishments is hugely validating. It’s like a reset button, a time to just BE and to appreciate your work in the world. You’re not just churning on that endless hamster wheel. You’re living and growing and learning and loving. You’re a unique being on a path of your own creation and self-actualization. That’s so awesome!

Celebrate your contributions to this amazing world we share. You’re an essential part of it. You really do rock!

Nikki Starcat Shields is an author, writing coach and leader of transformational writing retreats. She's also a licensed Pagan priestess. She invites you to a process of unfolding creativity. The world needs your unique wisdom - now is the time to finally take your inspired book idea and bring it forth into the world. Learn more at NikkiStarcatShields.com.

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