How to Celebrate You & Why It’s Important

It’s easy to celebrate the big things.
It’s easy to celebrate the small things.
It’s easy to celebrate life’s milestones.
It’s easy to celebrate others

It’s hard to celebrate yourself. 

How DO you celebrate yourself –  unspoken goals achieved, silent dreams mets, personal struggles conquered? How do you celebrate you without sounding self-serving, egotistical or arrogant? For most of us, I think we’re not sure how…so we don’t…but we should. 

Maybe the first step to celebrating ourselves is letting others join us on the journey. A sweet friend of mine recently started college. At 35, she felt God calling her to something new and obediently stepped out in faith. She told a few of us and has been posting her achievements on her Instagram story. It’s been exciting to watch her pass one class after another. Via texts, DMs and conversations we stay updated and are able to encourage through the process. We get to celebrate her along the way while she’s inspiring us. 

Yes, she could have kept her college dream a secret.
Yes, she could be quietly passing her classes alone.
Yes, she could graduate and surprise everyone once she’s finished.

BUT, she would miss out on encouragement & and we’d miss out watching her succeed.

Today, finishing day 7 of the Hope*writers prompt challenge, is a celebration for myself. I wasn’t sure I was going to do it at all. I decided I would only write for Monday’s prompt. Before I knew it, I’d written three days in a row and knew I could keep going. I can’t remember the last time I wrote seven days straight! 

It was scary to post my writings each day, knowing friends, family and co-workers might read them. 
It was scary calling myself a writer when I didn’t feel I’d earn the title.
It was scary to put myself out there.

BUT I’m thankful I did. Many of you have encouraged me. It’s a lot more fun to celebrate when you have a community to share it with. 

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