We all know the “acceptable” things to celebrate, right? Things like: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and promotions. And what do we do during these times? We accept love, gifts, positive messages and we plan parties for ourselves and for our loved ones.

But why is it that we only feel like it’s ok to invite people over in celebration of us when it’s a birthday, anniversary, graduation or promotion? Why do we stop the celebration train from rolling all year long?

I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot lately. And I found a hole in the whole theory of celebrating.

And that is . . . we tend to only feel ok celebrating ourselves when it’s surrounding a holiday that SOMEONE else told us it’s ok to celebrate. As if Hallmark knows what is ok to celebrate and what isn’t.

So today, I want to debunk the celebration myth and help us to think way outside the box on things that we could be celebrating about ourselves right now, even if your birthday is six months away.

Here’s what I came up with:


  • I acted courageously
  • I showed up to my family/friends/partner with a loving and open heart
  • I got myself out of debt
  • I wrote my first blog post
  • I decided to love again, even though I’m so afraid to get hurt
  • I decorated my apartment adorably
  • I learned how to pick out a great bottle of wine
  • I was there for my friend when he/she needed me
  • I call my mother/grandmother regularly
  • I always send cards on my loved one’s birthdays
  • I did something that was scary and out of my comfort zone
  • I know how to make an awesome pot of spaghetti

And now it’s your turn. In the comments below, add to this list. Tell us what is worth celebrating in your life right this moment.

As you can see, there are so many things to celebrate in our lives. So call up your friends, and throw yourself a “got out of debt” party.

Can I come??



Photo by: Redd Angelo


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