Two exciting things to talk about today! Let’s start with the winner of the Quickie Chick book giveaway…
Congratulations to Laurel. Please contact me to collect your new cheat sheet to life!
Of course if you didn’t win I REALLY encourage you to go out and purchase this quickie work of art. This book is one for the bedside table for sure. QuickieChick’s Cheat Sheet to Life, Love, Food, Fitness, Fashion, and Finance—on a Less-Than-Fabulous Budget hits shelves today and can be purchased at a bargain price.
In other exciting news…Saturday was my 1-year wedding anniversary! I truly can’t believe how quickly time goes and how much has happened since that amazing day.
A year ago I was here:
And here we are now living our newlywed life in NYC:
Please note that there is not a cloud in the sky on our 1-year anniversary as we took a boat from the city to none other than the BEACH. Talk about a weather change, right?
David and I made our 1-year anniversary super special (boat ride, beach day, dinner out….oh, and finishing Breaking Bad season 4 while cuddling on the couch! Such a FANTASTIC show!) and it got me thinking about celebrating milestones, whether big or small.
When was the last time you celebrated a milestone? We are so caught up in living a dizzingly busy lifestyle that we often forget to stop, breath and reflect on our accomplishments.
So how can you start celebrating on more than just holidays and birthdays?
Be on the Lookout for 5 Yays: Everyday make a mental note of 5 “yay” moments. This can be eating a perfectly portioned meal, doing an extra rep at the gym, catching up with a friend, completing a big project at work. All accomplishments in and outside of the workplace should be acknowledged with a “yay.” This is your opportunity to pamper yourself and brag about your daily accomplishments to the person who cares the most…you!
Make a Monthly Accomplishment List: Making a list of big and small accomplishments will help you realize how much you complete and achieve day-to-day. Write everything down whether it is work, fitness, personal, kid, family, blog related. Carry a small notebook around with you that will be home to this list so you are constantly reminded to add to it. At the end of every month review your milestone list…trust me, you will be in awe of all that you have done in just 30 days.
Actually Celebrate your Milestones: This sounds like a “duh” thing to say, but we breeze pass these celebratory moments and only sometimes give focus to ourselves on birthdays or other holidays. Celebrating your accomplishments doesn’t need to be a big to-do with a hoopla of friends and family around. It can be just you patting yourself on the back (literally…do it!), buying a book, a spa day, a day trip, cooking your favorite meal or it can be shared with those you love. Celebrate the way you know how and appreciate whatever milestone YOU accomplished. Pick one (or many) things to celebrate from your accomplishment list. Celebrating should be second nature!
Celebrations remind you to cherish those moments of fun and accomplishment. And, more importantly, these mini-brations reinforce achievement no matter how small. Marking your milestones should be a regular practice to boost confidence, see results and bring you joy.
Celebrate more…and please, invite me to the party!
How about you? Do you take time to acknowledge your milestones? Let us know!
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