How to Celebrate When Life is Hard

Let's be honest. Life is hard.  It is messy, it is broken, it is painful and sometimes it just doesn't make sense.  Life is also beautiful. Very beautiful.

I have found in my short 32 years, that life, with all of it's ups and downs, it's highs and lows is what I make it. I have a choice.  I can choose how I respond to disappointments, unmet expectations, and hurt.  My response dictates my world.  My response is what leads tocelebration of all that is true and right and lovely or my despair regarding all that is broken.  

So today's life tip is simple in theory and requires intentionality to put into practice.  

Here it is: Choose to Celebrate.  Yep, when everything is crazy and things around you don't make sense, find what is good and celebrate that.  I promise, you can find something to celebrate in every day, in every season.  

"Celebration when your plan is working? Anyone can do that. But when you realize that the story of your life could be told a thousand different ways, that you could tell it over and over as a tragedy, but you choose to call it an epic, that's when you start to learn what celebration is. When what you see in front of you is so far outside of what you dreamed, but you have the belief, the boldness, the courage to call it beautiful instead of calling it wrong, that's celebration." - Shauna Niequist

Celebrate you.  Celebrate love.  Celebrate a warm bed.  Celebrate a new friend, or an old one. Celebrate the breath in your lungs.   Life is much better, much more fun, and much more hopeful if you can learn to celebrate in all. Throw your hands up and CELEBRATE! 

What will you choose to celebrate today? 

An (Un)Desirable Detour

Sometimes life throws major detours in our plans.  Last year, I thought I was at the top of my game career wise with a great resume, great opportunities and work that I loved.  I left a great job for what I thought would be a dream job (not the dream I had in mind but I thought it would be a lot of fun)...Fashion Industry...Marketing...Creativity, all things I love.  I was so excited. Fast forward three weeks later when the new "dream" job abruptly ended with a layoff.  I was so upset.  

I took a risk and it had landed me on a path that made no sense to me.

I got a new job pretty quickly working in retail (which felt like a step down from my cushy corporate job).  It was humbling and I felt a bit lost.  "Here I am at 32 years old starting over".  It didn't make any sense.  

That detour was painful at the time, but today, from where I stand, it's starting to be so much more clear. That retail job has given me incredible business experience for running a small business. The hours gave me the chance to take a leap starting a new company with my husband on the side and I am now picking up some incredible freelance opportunities that are allowing me to work from work for myself, which has been my BIG dream for as long as I can remember. Without the detour, I wouldn't be where I am today.  The detour that could have been completely crippling has turned out to be a blessing. Because today, I am looking at really living my deepest desires and the view from here is amazing.  

Don't despise the detours friends...they just might lead to the greatest adventures! 

Much Love,