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What would it be like to stop and celebrate?

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve achieved some significant personal and professional goals. I use the word significant not to determine size but how challenging it was to accomplish. Amid all that is on my current to-do list, I’ve rushed past these achievements with an offhand check-that-off-the-list, and a breathless, what’s next? What if I gave myself permission to stop for a few minutes and celebrate? What if I gave myself permission to be present and to enjoy what is here now?

I give it a try. It’s like a deep breath, like a hot-stone massage.

Vision has become a reality. I have exchanged my old stories for new, more empowering ones. I realized this morning that my default is no longer to hang back, get the lay of the land and be fully prepared before I am willing to make a move. My default is becoming something else. I am a more courageous version of who I once was, one that acts more often on the thought that I will be enough, and have enough, for whatever is ahead despite feelings of uncertainty. This is the real celebration for me. With enough effort, focus and practise we can become the kind of person we want to be no matter how out of reach that goal may seem.

What you choose to illuminate becomes the soft, malleable space between who you are and who you will become.

Thank you, Kristen, for celebrating with me and reminding me to do the same.

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“Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.” – Nelson Mandela (1)

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