“The more you celebrate your life, the more life there is to celebrate.”Oprah Winfrey
It is World Teachers’ Day and I feel like a celebration! A few years back I began to notice that I didn’t celebrate enough. I took the small but significant step of committing to buying myself fresh flowers every week. I don’t have a florist on retainer (Bucket List item for now) but something about that fresh bouquet does something to me. A reminder of life and beauty in the midst of a pandemic is comforting.
My intentional decision to celebrate the small things magnified last summer. During a routine mammogram, several lumps were detected. It was the worst time of my life. The thought of breast cancer with so much life to live was unbearable. On the day of the biopsy, my team of doctors could not find the lumps. As they shook their heads I walked away knowing I experienced a miracle. I no longer wait to be celebrated, I longer wait for a specific date on a calendar, and if I want dessert before dinner I go for it. A celebration can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be.
Let’s pause right here to take stock of your year….
- Your 2019-2020 school year was interrupted by a pandemic
- You carried the weight of virtual instruction
- You carried the weight of not having the technology and trying to reach students anyway
- You managed your own anxiety, trauma, family & community obligations
- You navigated the uncertainty and often poor communication with heroism
- You spent the summer learning and building your own capacity in the face of fear
- You supported colleagues and teams with love and grace (I know sometimes you slipped; we all have)
We all know that the list can go on and on. I say this calls for celebration and you- my dear teacher friend are the guest of honor. Redbook Magazine, suggests 30 ways to celebrate yourself, some really simple and clever ways to celebrate YOU! Take a peek at a few:
- Take Time For You-Write down your three favorite traits about yourself and slip that piece of paper in your wallet. Pull it out whenever you need a little pick-me-up.
- Go Glam-Name the Hollywood icon you most relate to. Have your own private movie marathon in her (and your) honor.
- Enjoy Simple Pleasures– Start a weekly self-love ritual — say, a mini foot massage with strawberry-scented lotion or a Sunday-afternoon catnap.
- Tap Into Your Inner Child-To add a personal touch to all of your electronic missives, design a font in your very own handwriting. At fontifier.com, you can create a font based on a handwriting sample you upload. Preview the font for free; download it for $9.
- Keep In Touch With Yourself-Take a blog break. Check out happinessproject.typepad.com to read one woman’s experience as she tries out all kinds of joy-boosting tips and theories. Then test-drive a few yourself.
- Add Color To Your Surroundings-Look through a book of poetry (or go to poetry.com), pick a poem that moves you, and memorize a few lines. You’ll have inspiration or comfort at your fingertips whenever you need it.
These days I’m still only going out for essentials. If you’re like me I’m missing my trips to the spa and regular mani/pedi appointments. So, let’s have the celebration delivered to us. My Subscription Addiction is featuring 55 Black Owned Subscription Boxes.
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It is my hope that above all things you walk away from this read reminded of three important things. You are important. You are valuable. You are worth celebrating. Reach out to me and share how you celebrated yourself.