Today, I want you to join me in celebrating the little victories. Your kid go a night without an excruciating battle at bedtime? Victory! Get through a day without your child doing something that either made you want to strangle them or hide in a hole? Victory! Did you go all day without some mystery substance smeared on your clothes that you discover hours later after being around a lot of people in public places? Victory!
These little victories, however, are not only connected to our kids. There are plenty of little victories that, in fact, have nothing to do with them, but are celebrations of ourselves or our partners. Those are not to be ignored either. For example, this morning I went out for a run. It’s the first time I’ve done it in three weeks. I refreshed my run mix with everything from The Ramones to Elle King (if you haven’t listened to her, her latest album is magic). I ran some and walked some, but regardless I was out and I was doing it. Many days the past three weeks I have thought about going, but didn’t. I would then promised myself to go the next day, and wouldn’t and so on. But today, oh today, I went. Victory! I actually put on my running shoes and didn’t create an excuse to not run and, by God, I’m going to celebrate that.
I'll admit, I have a terrible tendency when I am stressed to let the trouble of the moment take away my appreciation of the good things that are also going on. And frankly, if there's anything I've learned, especially recently, it's that life is just too damn short to let that happen. Sometimes these little victories to celebrate are yours, sometimes they are someone else’s, but either way, you receive the joy. My husband has now lost 19 pounds so far and has stuck to his diet and stress management plans. Yippee! My daughter likes Cajun food and helped me make an awesome gumbo last weekend. Woo hoo! See, these little victories can be anything, so long as it makes you happy for any reason whatsoever. I say celebrate and do so as often as you can, for as many reasons as you want, with as many variations of jubilant outbursts as you think of.
So, what are you celebrating today? Did you just lose the first pound on the way to your weight loss goal? Got to the gym for the first time in years, or ever? Planned ahead for dinner rather than grabbed take out or frozen pizza on your way home? I am not judging as I am quite guilty of this from time to time. Didn’t let the stress of a situation, or person, get to you like it usually does? Finally figured out how to get your kid to freakin’ sleep? Please share if you have that nut cracked. This motherhood thing is no cake walk. It’s a matter of willpower and survival on even the best of days. Celebrate the good stuff, no matter how small it may seem. Whatever today's little victory, mama, take that victory lap! You’ve earned it.