Final 5 Ways to Celebrate

A few months ago, I decided to celebrate a blog milestone. In 6 out 30 Ways to Celebrate Success, 6 more out of 30 Ways to Celebrate Success, and Healing into Wisdom thru Celebration, I wrote about my surprising and fun experiences from completing activities from the list 30 Ways to Celebrate Success. I’m happy to report that I’m down to the last 5. Happier still to say, I’m celebrating my Liebster Award nomination.

Let’s get started on the last 5 activities I’m doing to celebrate my success. My tasks for this last post are have a drink, so I made tea. Do something you rarely do but enjoy, go out for dinner, buy something new, and create a success journal.

First, I bought something new. Since I love yoga I bought a ballet pink, classic style yoga top with fabric that feels soothing on my skin. This purchase, unlike others that have guilt attached to them, truly felt like a reverent nod for the Liebster Award nomination. I felt honored for being recognized for something I care about. This purchase had a positive, clean feeling because it was bought from a thoughtful place of self-care.

Next up, is a combination of go out for dinner and do something I don’t do all the time but enjoy.  What I rarely do, but enjoy is to eat dinner at a dark, cozy restaurant that serves a big, steaming bowl of pasta topped with tomato sauce, fresh basil, and shreds of parmesan cheese coupled with a glass of heavy red wine. This bowl of delicious comfort was not a spiritual experience but damn it was good! Celebratory indeed!

While my pasta meal wasn’t a spiritual experience my tea drinking was. I felt pulled to sip tea and read about Japanese Tea Ceremonies. I learned that the Japanese tea ceremony is a sacred event meant to get us humans in touch with our spiritual selves. While I sipped slowly with focused attention, I could feel my spirit pleasantly expand. It felt good! It felt peaceful and quiet. I wondered why I don’t allow this part of myself to have a lead role in my life. I wondered if my spirit self would be activated, sort to speak, if I slowed down a bit, focused my attention, and intended to be in better touch with this part. Maybe the pull I felt to read about Japanese tea ceremonies was my spirit’s way of teaching me a lesson on how to live a life that feels good. A lesson worth learning.

Spiritual teaching aside, the last thing on my list was create a success journal. It’s nothing fancy; just a word document named Success Journal. I jazzed it up by adding a cluster of gold stars and an important looking font. This simple creation tapped into a repressed part of myself that felt happy and relieved to finally be recognized. This seedling of a part has wanted to be someone who can succeed at something. Now with the list, this formerly repressed part of myself, will be able to know it has accomplished something. An important moment of personal growth thru celebration.

Once again, I experienced that celebration is not just about clinking glasses bubbling with champagne and getting started on the next to do list. It’s a sacred act that welcomes and allows growth. Growth that is sitting inside us waiting for celebration acting like sun and water nurturing our growth. So, start your celebration! And welcome your personal growth.

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    Alana

    Such a refreshing post! I feel more calm already.

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    silvia

    Julia, I loved reading about how you celebrate your successes (I was visualizing that pasta as you were describing it, yum!) I have to say the Success Journal sounds like an amazing way to reward yourself for a job truly well done!

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    Opinionated Man

    My wife likes yoga and I leave that to her. I’ll take some Japanese tea though! Congrats! 😄

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      Julia Flynn

      :> Thanks for commenting! It’s nice that you each have a way to that peaceful, easy feeling.

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