Early on in my relationship with my partner, we decided that every good thing needed to be celebrated. It actually started with monetary increases. If we got a raise or a bonus at work, we celebrated, usually with dinner. If we applied for a job and got a call back, we celebrated. It got a bit complicated when going on an actual interview because if the interview went bad, we weren’t sure if we should celebrate or not. It was awesome that we were picked out of many to be interviewed and we wanted to celebrate that but if it didn’t go well, we didn’t want to celebrate something bad. It’s all about karma and noticing the little things that make life better.
After awhile of our newfound tradition, we noticed we were packing on the pounds from celebrating every little thing by eating out. Cutting back meant meeting weight loss goals. We couldn’t eat out for those so we did other things like going to an event or show, taking a mini vacation or buying something nice for ourselves. It doesn’t have to be extravagant all of the time and we learned to match celebrations with events that were cause for celebration.
We don’t go overboard on celebrations either. If our car passes an inspection, we don’t celebrate. It’s more of a personal thing. If we “survived” something, we would celebrate. If we were rewarded, we in turn, rewarded ourselves. If there was a life changing event, such as quitting my job to write a book, we celebrated. It has worked so well for us over the years.
We just got back from our first trip to Disneyland. It was the reward I chose for publishing my book. At first I thought it was a little over the top but it really was a big deal. Pouring my heart and soul onto pages and then letting the world read it, was not only terrifying but constricting in terms of feeling like I was having a panic attack at every moment of every day.
Disneyland was the perfect place to go to relieve myself of the stress and self-doubt that I’d been carrying around since publication. I did the best I could on the book, it’s out there and I’m working on my next one. That is definitely worthy of a celebration such as an extended weekend at the Happiest Place on Earth.