Every day we wake up with big dreams & ambitions that we hope to accomplish. We look at the big picture and look toward the future. We usually celebrate the big moments like promotions, engagements, marriages, pregnancies, even retirement with parties while surrounded by our friends and family. These events are celebrated with such pomp and circumstance that when we complete the smaller tasks, we may feel like we haven’t done enough. That is why this week I want to celebrate the small wins in our lives that we may take for granted. I’m sharing with you my two small wins from this last week that I’m crazy proud of accomplishing.
Small Win #1: Signing Up For #BlogHer18 Creator Summit
Socializing with strangers is not my idea of a good time. The one thing that terrifies me with having a job in social media and trying to lift this blog off the ground is networking. Just thinking about putting my self in a room full of my peers on purpose, especially ones I don’t know, sends my anxiety into OVERDRIVE. The idea is scary, but I know that as I move forward with my blog and my life, I will have to fight through anxiety and do my best to overcome the fear, and that’s exactly what I did.
Usually, if I’m planning on going to a convention, party or just out on the town, I tend to try to guarantee at least one really good friend is there as well. This will not be the case this coming August when I attend #BlogHer18 Creator Summit in New York City. I took the leap, signed up, and did it scared. “Do It Scared” is a motto I learned from Ruth Soukup of Living Well Spending Less and Elite Blog Academy. I did it scared and as my heart raced and I clicked the “pay” button, I felt so proud of myself for buying my ticket. I still feel proud even now. This one task, which seems so simple, was a small win in my continuous battle with my social anxiety and I’m going to celebrate it and embrace it and use that momentum to push me up and over my next hurdle when the time comes.
Small Win #2: Completing A 7 Day Fitness Challenge
In January 2017, I purchased PIIT28, a 28-day fitness program, created by Cassey Ho, that brings together pilates and interval training. I decided that I wanted to stop falling off track with my health and fitness and really make a difference in the overall health of my body. I followed the plan, completed the Instagram challenges and as a bonus was able to receive a super cute PIIT28 tank as a sign of my hard work. Things were looking great, but like usual I fell off the horse and struggled to get back up. That whole year I saw many ups and downs with my weight and eating habits. I am a horrible stress eater and towards the end of last year my clothes weren’t fitting and I was unhappy with the way I felt about myself inside and out.
Now, It’s been a year and some months, and I’m ready for PIIT28 again, but I thought I would give myself a little challenge. I challenged not only myself but a couple of friends into completing 200 crunches every day for seven days. The first few days were so difficult, but I pushed thru and by days six and seven, I could power through 50 in a row without taking a break. This was a huge accomplishment to the maybe 20 I could do starting off. Finishing this challenge was that small win I needed to feel like I could get back to working out and strive toward my fitness goals. I am ready to jump back into PIIT28 and keep my momentum going to fulfill my health and fitness goals.
It’s Time To Celebrate
Celebrating the small wins in our lives lets us feel good about our journeys and it keeps us encouraged that we can succeed in our bigger dreams and ambitions. I want us all to practice celebrating the small wins in our lives no matter how small. If you have been feeling down and it takes all you have just to get out of bed and take a shower, I want you to celebrate that shower. If you have been scared to put up your latest blog post, I want you to push that “publish” button and take yourself out for a celebratory ice cream. Celebrate your small victories and use them to lift you up toward your dreams and do your best to live yourself happy and be the author of your own story.