When was the last time you celebrated yourself? Last week I facilitated a successful healing retreat and finished a major project that I had been working on for months. I felt proud of myself, so I decided to close out the week with a Celebration of Self day on Saturday. In preparation on Friday night, I wrote a list of all my favorite things that delight me and bring me joy. When I headed out in the morning, I decided that I wouldn’t obsess over following a strict plan. With the list in my journal as my guide, I followed the flow and went wherever my soul decided to lead me. This turned into quite an adventure where I wandered about at some of my favorite shops, discovered a new restaurant, and enjoyed live music at a coffee shop and a wine bar. This celebratory quest felt like a long overdue return to self. I realized that the isolation and hypervigilance of the last two years kept me away from a lot of the things that filled me up mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Here are a few strategies to support you as you celebrate yourself for accomplishing a goal or task, overcoming a challenge, or simply continuing to show up for your commitments in your personal and professional life. Flag Your Finish Line. Imagine running a race without a line or flag to signify the finish line. That is how many of us operate in our personal and professional lives. We finish one goal or task, and instead of pausing to rest, reflect, or celebrate, we move right on to the next thing. Intentionally schedule breaks, time for reflection, and space to celebrate your wins no matter how small the accomplishment. Invoke Your Inner Child. Some of the simplest things that bring us joy and healing are easily accessible. Think about the things you loved as a child. Music, movement, books, and art always made my day as a little girl. These things haven’t changed. This year I’ve been more intentional about returning to these practices and they have done wonders for my mental health and wellbeing. Follow the Flow. Planning and schedules can be helpful and important in many cases, but sometimes you just need to follow the flow. When we are too rigid with our structures and routines, they can squeeze out the freedom and delight of pure discovery. Set a simple intention (like Celebration of Self) and see where your soul leads you. This week I challenge you to identify something you are proud of yourself for, no matter the size. Once you have that in mind, create a way to celebrate yourself. Manifestation Affirmations I am accessing the wisdom of my inner child. I am pausing to rest, reflect, and celebrate myself. I am following the flow of my soul.
Master Your Mindset to Manifest a Life You Love. Most Sincerely, Monica Marie Jones Your Soul Journey Guide