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Self-celebration + being present

As I enter this new year of life (I just turned 27 in case you missed it!), I feel so proud of how far I’ve come and what the future holds. I think sometimes we can get so caught up in comparing our lives to others, thinking we’re so behind, and focusing on all the things we think we need to accomplish, that we forget to just enjoy the moment. I have to constantly remind myself that I’m doing enough, and to take time to celebrate all that I am and all that I’ve done.


Self-celebration for me can be anything from standing up for something I believe in at work (something I’ve had to do a lot of lately), or getting into grad school (something that almost didn’t happen because of fear), or reading a bunch of books during this season (something I struggle to be consistent with). Any progress is growth, and that should be celebrated!


If you struggle to find things to celebrate, I encourage you to really dig deep and find at least one moment to hold onto and remember when you start to doubt yourself. I think it’s also important to note that you don’t need any validation from anyone else to feel like you’re worth celebrating. For a long time I thought I needed (and wanted) someone to tell me I was doing great so I could believe it about myself. But that's a such a wrong way of thinking. You are enough. You are doing enough. And your life is worth celebrating, every single day.


A few mantras that I’m holding close these days:

  1. I’m right where I’m supposed to be.

  2. I give myself permission to be present in this moment. I am doing enough.

  3. I celebrate myself for all the progress I’ve made.


Lastly, break out your journal and meditate on these writing practices this week.


Today, I celebrate myself for ___________________________________________

I can be present in this season by _______________________________________

Even when I feel like I’m not doing enough, I can remind myself that ______________________________

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