Last weekend I attended the Breathe Christian Writers Conference, and it was a wonderful weekend with friends both old and new. I also had the privilege of being on the planning committee for the conference. It was incredible to see how everything came together (there were many times we wondered how this all would work out!). I stood in the lobby on Friday just amazed at all the little blessings I saw happening as old friends hugged and new friends smiled and shook hands. I watched newcomers relax and had the joy of helping people make connections. I am full. And I am exhausted.
I will share more from the conference when my brain isn’t so tired. But over the past day, I’ve had one thought that keeps recurring:
We need to celebrate more.
Yet our keynote speaker Terry Whalin said:
“Find ways to celebrate every publishing milestone you have. Mark it in your life. Don’t take it for granted.”
I think that’s important not just in a writer’s journey, but for each of us in our life journeys. Life is tough. Things get messy and complicated. It’s easy to get discouraged.
I realized that I’m not so good at celebrating. In fact, I’m downright terrible.
- I’m afraid to make too big a deal out of successes for fear of looking prideful.
- I downplay achievements as not that important.
- I’m not sure how to celebrate.
- I don’t think I’m worthy of celebrating
- I don’t take the time to stop and celebrate because I’m too focused on the next thing I have to do.
What would our lives look like if we celebrated every little milestone? What if we realized that these things are significant, and we stopped downplaying them? What if instead we focused on rejoicing and marking this as a significant event to look back at when things get tough? What if we made these celebrations an offering of praise to God?
And so I’m asking for your help. I need to celebrate. And I don’t know where to start!
Today, I turned in the galley edits for my book Isn’t it Time for a Coffee Break? This is the final step before the book gets printed. I’m excited. Yet nervous. And I need to mark the day, because it’s a milestone in what has been a year-long journey. But all I can think about is what I have to do next, and I’m overwhelmed.
So, how do you celebrate? What are some ideas you have to mark events like this? I’d love to hear your suggestions.
In fact, if you leave a comment and I use your idea, I have a prize for you! I’ve been collecting some fun coffee items that I will send you AND, I’ll give you a copy of my book when it releases! Just leave a comment below with your celebration ideas.
Leave a comment by 5 p.m. Thursday (so I have time to implement your idea for the weekend!). I’ll announce the winner on Friday and then report our celebration!
My friend Susie is also marking today with a celebration. Today is 3 months from when her first novel Paint Chips releases. She’s celebrating with a give away! Be sure to check it out!