It’s my birthday month, and there is no better time to celebrate ME than NOW!
And I’m not talking about getting falling-down drunk. That’s a party, not a celebration.
I’m talking about gratitude, reflection, self-awareness, and joy!
I celebrate my birthday for an entire month because I deserve it.
And so do you!
So, what exactly does a month-long celebration of YOU look like?
Since I am 58, here are 8 of my favorites.
- Spend time with those who make you smile and inspire you.
They may not be the people you see every single day. Seek out those gems and enjoy their company.
- Read that book.
You know, the one you never have time for. Gifting yourself 15 minutes of filling your mind with hope, ideas, or merely a little escape is pretty reasonable.
- Linger in beautiful spaces.
It could be a coffee shop, the bank of a river, or your favorite room in your house reserved for special occasions. Fight the urge to “get going.” Sit, sink into relaxation, and savor your surroundings.
- Treat yourself.
Maybe a pedicure, a latté, or a new sweater? If you want to do something more extravagant, go for it! But the point here is not to wait for someone else to treat you.
- Go back and look at your photos from several years ago.
I like to look back ten years. I get a good laugh at my hair-styles and fashion faux-pas. But the best part is to see how much progress you’ve made. Maybe you live in a new home, or you got married or have children. Reflect and celebrate all of it.
- Get moving.
If it is physically possible, take walks, runs, or hikes. Celebrate your body and its ability to bring you adventuring.
All. Day. Long. Smiling makes you feel happy, plus it’s incredibly contagious. And it’s impossible to celebrate while wearing a frown.
It releases a hormone called oxytocin and makes us feel fantastic. When oxytocin is released, it calms us down. Now, do you want to talk about feeling loved, accepted, and welcomed? Give a hug. Get a hug. That covers everything.
Your birthday is the anniversary of another year of life.
That in itself is a celebration.
Go ahead, get carried away.
Cheers to YOU!