hello monday: vol. 12

Hello, Monday. I've been thinking about celebration.

Celebrating the little things, to be specific.

We're a society that is prone to focus on big moments. We're always looking for and focusing on the next big thing, which distracts from the now and causes us to miss out on so much of what's happening right in front of us.

 
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I love celebration. I love any and every opportunity to celebrate the people I love and the good things that are happening in their lives, but I'm often guilty of thinking that just because something big isn't happening, there isn't a reason for celebration.

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Tomorrow, I launch something new in my business. It's the beta program for some new services I've been working on for a couple of months now.

It's not the official launch. There's still a fair amount of work to be done between now and when that happens later this spring.

And usually, that's what I'd be tempted to focus on — the massive "pre-launch" to do list I still need to tackle, instead of looking at all the things I've accomplished so far and the work I've done to get to this point. But when I texted a friend to let her know all the final pieces for the beta program launch were done, her response was, "Time to pop the bubbly!"

Yes, there's still work to be done and sometimes looking at my to do list makes me want to cry a little. But yes, it's also time to pop the bubbly and celebrate because of all the work I've accomplished thus far.

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It's easy to focus on big accomplishments and moments worthy of celebration because, well, they're big. They're loud. They demand attention in a way that a really great Tuesday night simply doesn't.

But big celebrations are often reached as a result of small moments just as worthy of celebration.

Think about something like a weight loss goal, for example. When you reach your ultimate goal of 20 or 30 or 50 pounds, you might have a really grand celebration in mind. But what about celebrating those smaller victories, both on and off the scale? 

Maybe you've still got 10 pounds to lose, but you haven't missed a workout for two weeks or you can do more push ups or pull ups than you could three months ago.

I'm not saying, of course, that we shouldn't celebrate the big things in life. Nor am I saying that we should be celebrating small success with a blowout extravaganza. But I think it's safe to say we could all use a little more celebration in our life.

So even though my to do list is still long and the light at the end of the tunnel is still pretty far away, tonight I'm going to (figuratively) pop the bubbly, celebrate what I've accomplished so far, allow myself to rest and rejoice in that, and be ready to keep on keepin' on to reach that next big goal.


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