Since I have been home on maternity leave, I have had the “luxury” of watching, or I should say binging on a few shows that I have never seen. My favorite one being the show, “Suits.” If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. It’s included in Prime membership. As I was watching one of the episodes the idea of celebration came up and it got me thinking. So often I think we take for granted the small things in life and think that we can only celebrate huge accomplishments.
The problem with that is if we never get to our perfect “finish line” we miss out on so much to be happy about on the way. You know, like losing the first five pounds instead of the 20 that you’re really hoping to lose, or the first mile you’ve run in years, but it’s not the 5k you’re hoping for, or the house you bought, even though it might now be the “perfect” one. I think it’s time that we stop being so hard on ourselves and when there’s something to celebrate big or small we should do it.
I’m not saying that it has to be a huge celebration every time, sometimes it can be as simple as recognizing the accomplishment in a positive way. Maybe it’s buying yourself that fresh bouquet of flowers, or that special bottle of wine you love, or maybe it’s just inviting some friends over for drinks to cheers to that first mile ran. Whatever it is, I think the more we can celebrate the small victories in life, the easier it is for us to recognize everything we have to be grateful for.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like it’s so easy to focus on the “end game,” or what would be the perfect scenario that we forget to step back, enjoy the journey, and acknowledge how far we’ve come. As summer comes to an end and the new school year begins it always makes me think of a fresh start. New beginnings. I think it’s a perfect time to start focusing on those small victories. I don’t know about you, but anytime I can find a good excuse for a yummy drink, treat, or great conversation with friends, I’m in.
I hope everyone is enjoying these last few days of “summer.”
Blessings to you and your family!
Three items I’m grateful for:
- Reconnecting with friends.
- August’s first smiles.
- My first postpartum runs.