So I have this personal tradition I do at the end of every semester. As I leave my office for the last time before a 4-5 week break (not going to lie….huge perk of teaching college!), and as I walk to my truck, I let out a big exhale….intentionally. The act of this not only feels good but it makes me feel like I have accomplished yet another important thing in my life.
Once I’m done done with my semester (yes, done twice lol), I take at least two days to do absolutely nothing. That may not sound like such a big deal, but in my world of singleness as a mom, going to the gym, work, my daughter’s activities, work, cleaning, cooking, work, breathing, oh, and did I say work…two days of nothing really doesn’t exist.
You see, this is the gift I give to myself. I have finally gotten to a place where I know I deserve it and I embrace it. It’s my own private gift to myself (well not so private anymore now that I’m sharing it with you—but you get the point)!
Too often, we do not take time to celebrate the accomplishments in our life, and I’m probably the ring leader when it comes to this. Those closest to me have had to constantly remind me to celebrate what I have purposefully accomplished. And you know what, they’re 100% right.
So, I’m encouraging you today to have a party of one! Whatever that may look like. In this season of singleness, I’m learning to embrace the temporary discomfort of going to restaurants alone, traveling alone, and just enjoying my own company. It’s also teaching me to encourage myself and celebrate me. Not in a narcissistic or individualistic type of way that we often see in society, but in a self-love type of way.
So why not throw yourself a party of one? I always encourage my seniors to be a “good kind of selfish” on their graduation day. What I simply mean by this is that I want them to celebrate what they have accomplished and be proud of it. They have most certainly earned it. I encourage you to do the same with your accomplishments.
Affirmation from others is something we all innately have a desire for and trust me when I say there’s nothing wrong with receiving that from other people. We should—especially from those closest to us. But at the same time, please make sure to celebrate yourself. You know why? Because you’re worth it!
Now go celebrate!
“Be a friend to yourself; do all you can to be wise….” Proverbs 19:8 ERV