I often tell my coaching clients to take time to celebrate the big and small achievements and successes of life. The other day I took my own advice. I purchased a beautiful box to keep cards and printed emails from people sharing how I have helped them along the way (I know it sounds silly paying money for a box!). I filled my box with memories of great moments.
You see I was in a funk. My back was acting up, which was keeping me from my normal routine and everything felt a little out of sorts. My oldest daughter had recently married and I was still processing the phase from my daughter to someone’s wife. Our Team was still processing loss and grief, which left moments of sadness in our days. And, I was stuck on blog ideas and things to share with our iBloom followers. So, I did what I tell others to do…..I took time to celebrate me.
Since Kelly Thorne Gore assembled our Team in 2009, she has challenged each of us to keep a file on our computer and/or a physical place (like my pretty box!) to keep notes and emails from clients and others to refer back to when life has us down. It’s important to recognize your strengths and contributions from time to time. It’s important to remember how God is using you through your work and activities.
I created some time and went through emails from clients telling me I was their gift to themselves. I looked at cards where family and friends shared how I had encouraged or invested in them at the exact time they needed it. This “celebrate me” time recharged and reenergized me. It allowed me to be filled with gratitude for the work I get to do and the amazing women I meet along the way.
I challenge you to keep a “celebrate you” file on your computer or purchase/make a pretty box to collect your own encouraging things. What a great activity to do with your children or small group to motivate them to celebrate their lives, too. Or maybe you create a “celebrate our family” box. You could put in photos, cards, comments from teachers and coaches, and other things that allow your family members to celebrate their lives. Periodically have a pizza night and go through the contents. Fill up on the encouraging and loving words of others!
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” Oprah Winfrey