April and May were full of little and big celebrations around our Houston home. When our birthdays, “engageversary” and first wedding anniversary all fall in the same month, there is reason to stop the every day hustle & bustle and pop some bubbly!
I love stepping back from life and looking at what we have accomplished and what is worth some celebrating–big events help us do that. They are milestones that we mark on our monthly calendars and anticipate for weeks.
The big events are what make the news, deserve calls and are worth a fancy dinner. But, what if we stopped and celebrated the small victories in our lives? What if the 10th anniversary of your first date or your best friend’s half birthday were on the calendar as well? However exciting the big events are, my favorite reasons to celebrate are tiny. The daily recognitions of little victories give us something to anticipate and look forward to.
Every month there are little places we can celebrate ourselves or the people we love. Be it a promotion we’ve been seeking at work, the engagement of your first kiss or your dog’s birthday! No matter how worthy it feels of celebration, all of life’s little moments deserve recognition. When I consider the little things that deserve praise, I try and make them special in their own unique ways.
Be it through bagels in bed, a special bottle of champagne, a shared red velvet cupcake or a card simply stating the importance of the day-I’m drawn to any excuse that allows me to shower a little extra love on the day. Here are some of the ways I stop and make sure the little moments a BIG deal:
- Remember what made it special. What was for dinner on the night of your first date? What special piece of jewelry were you wearing when he first said “I love you”? Who did you call and how did you celebrate? Sometimes recreating special days are the best ways to reminisce and feel nostalgic. So throw on that special top, head to your restaurant of choice and make the day extra-sweet.
- Write it down. It is proven that writing down the positive changes our perspective. In the midst of a rough season, it is easy to forget the things that matter to us and deserve celebration. Write a letter to commemorate the day or journal about how you are feeling. Either way, capturing the positive of the day will help set the day’s memories in stone.
- Involve those you love. People love a reason to come together! Involve those you love most with a phone call, a quick text or an invite to the evening’s festivities.
- Anticipate it. Put the little things in your calendar–No matter how small.
These are all great things to keep in the back of my mind, but in the end the most important thing is to stop and spend time with the people I love. Take the time to see the little wins and build your relationships up by taking part in the celebration together! This life is fleeting and every chance to break out the cupcakes, open a bottle of wine or just enjoy breakfast in bed is worth it.
Best in Our Mess,