#STOPANDCELEBRATE: An Instagram Challenge

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Happy July! Summer is officially here in New England, which also means we're halfway through the year. I find myself reflecting on life and business around this time of year - and gosh there is so much to celebrate! For starters, And Celebrate turns 1 on July 8th and the long awaited website relaunch is going to happen the same day! Also, I've recently joined forces with my business besties to create The Branding Edit - a boutique visual storytelling studio (check out our website here and follow us on Instagram @thebrandingedit).

To celebrate, I decided that an Instagram challenge would be a heck of a lot of fun! Yep! I’m so excited! Your Instagram feed is about to get a whole lot more celebratory, plus you'll have the chance to connect with a whole bunch of super-cool new people in the process!

So, what is an Instagram challenge, you ask? It’s quite simple. Every day for the month of July, follow these creative & celebratory prompts to realign your Instagram efforts and up your game. Feel free to follow these suggestions as closely or as loosely as you'd like. It’s an awesome opportunity to be really creative, too. And don’t forget to tag every single photo with #stopandcelebrate, so they can be seen! Here at And Celebrate we're all about creating community & celebrating each other, so be sure to like and comment on other people's posts under the #stopandcelebrate hashtag.

The best thing to do is save the above image to your favorites, or repost it to your own account, so you’ll have a copy of it on-hand. Then, get started! Today is already July 1st! We can't wait to see those beautiful images of YOU!

Alright, let’s do this!


JULY 1: CELEBRATE YOU
It's not always comfortable to stand up & stand out, but it's important to consistently stop & celebrate who you are!  What makes you unique, makes you special (and, as William Arruda says, successful). Show us your beautiful face. And take a moment to introduce yourself! We’d love to know where you’re from, and what’s lighting you up these
days - also, be sure to share a fun fact about yourself.

JULY 2: CELEBRATE FAMILY
“Family isn’t only blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile & who love you no matter what.” – Maya Angelou Take a moment to #stopandcelebrate family, blood - or not, and share a recent anecdote from a time spent together.  

JULY 3: CELEBRATE A FRIEND
Do you have a friend that could use a little extra love? Take this opportunity to shower them with love and tell them how much they mean to you. You’ll make their day.

JULY 4: CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE
This prompt comes on the 4th of July, as America celebrates the birth of her Independence from Great Britain. Whether you live in America, or abroad, tell us what independence means to you and create a flat lay using objects that represent that meaning. Get creative & have fun.

JULY 5: CELEBRATE YOUR BRAND
“A brand is the set of expectations, memories, stories and relationships that, taken together, account for a consumer’s decision to choose one product or service over another.” – Seth Godin Whether you’re building a business, or personal brand – give us a taste of what it’s like to experience your brand. What’s your message? Who do you serve? How do you communicate that message visually?  

JULY 6: CELEBRATE INSPIRATION
“By doing what you love, you INSPIRE and awaken the hearts of others.” – Amy Tangerine Who or what is inspiring you these days? When you feel like all inspiration is lost what do you do? We wanna know.

JULY 7: CELEBRATE SILENCE
Silence. Sometimes it can be deafening. Other times, freeing. As a creative, I’ve come to realize just how important creating space in my mind is. Meditation has become a game changer for my life and business. (Check out my mentor & friend KC Carter's website for meditation inspiration - or download the Insight Timer App).  What does it look like when you get quiet? Today, spend some time meditating, then report back on how you feel!

JULY 8: CELEBRATE YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Home is a place we return to day-after-day to retreat, relax and recharge. When we design our surroundings to celebrate who we are, where we’ve been, who we’re with, and who we want to become, we set ourselves up to lead a life filled with more purpose and meaning. Snap a photo of your surroundings

JULY 9: CELEBRATE YOUR FAVORITE SHOP
Anytime we can shop local, we do. If you’re lucky enough to live in a town that has great local shops and boutiques, this one might be difficult. Personally, I’ve got several favorite shops for greeting cards & gifts, another for unique accessories, and another for kitchen gadgets. Share and @ mention your favorite local shop, what we can find there,  and why you love it so much. By doing so, you just might send a little more foot traffic their way.

JULY 10: CELEBRATE SUCCESS
Success is different for everyone. What does success mean to you? Tell us & show us. No matter how big, or small we’re cheering for you!

JULY 11: CELEBRATE SURPRISES
Ooooh, surprises! Some people love ‘em. Other people hate ‘em, but the thoughtfulness that goes into surprises sure gets us every time. How can you, or how have you surprised someone in your life lately? Think small: a bouquet of fresh flowers for no reason, a note in their lunchbox, a hand delivered cup of coffee to work, or go BIG: a surprise party, a big announcement, or spontaneous vacation.  

JULY 12: CELEBRATE YOUR SQUAD
Who are the people in your immediate circle who lift you up, bring you joy, remind you of the truth of who you are, inspire you to be good & do good?! Post & tag a photo of your squad and give them some L-O-V-E.

JULY 13: CELEBRATE MORNING RITUALS
How do you start your day? Is it with a cup of tea? A quiet meditation? A-Tony-Robbins-style dip in a freezing cold pool? Maybe it’s by hitting snooze? Whatever way you start your day, we’d love to see it and hear about it.

JULY 14: CELEBRATE YOUR CITY  
They say, “the three keys to living a happy life are: love who you’re with, where you live, and what you do.” Today, take a moment to celebrate the city or town that you live in. Capture a photo of the skyline, your favorite park, or street and tell us what you love about where you live!

JULY 15: CELEBRATE THE LITTLE THINGS
The little things make all the difference in the world. What can you appreciate today that brings you joy? Is it a cup of tea? A bouquet of fresh flowers? The birds singing? A smile from a stranger? Sending (or receiving) a handwritten note from a friend? Inspire us with the little things you’re taking notice of today.

JULY 16: CELEBRATE LAUGHTER
When is the last time you laughed so hard you cried? Laughter cures almost everything, don’t ya think? Share an image that represents someone, or something that makes you laugh until your belly hurts & tell us why!

JULY 17: CELEBRATE YOUR PASSIONS
What gets you fired up? Is it a cause? A hobby? Something crafty, or creative? We wanna know what your passions are & how you’re fueling them these days.

JULY 18: CELEBRATE YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST
If you had to choose one artist that inspires you, who would it be? Past or present. Legend or local. Any media goes. Be sure to @ mention them in your caption, so we can follow their work too!

JULY 19: CELEBRATE YOUR DREAMS
Your dreams. They’re meaningful. And they’re worthy of sharing. Tell us what you’re dreaming about & what steps you’re taking toward them. Having a clear vision, sharing it with others, and taking action validates your order with the Universe. We can’t wait to witness them come true.

JULY 20: CELEBRATE VITALITY
Our bodies are magnificent vessels that deserve great care. Take a moment to #stopandcelebrate the air in your lungs, the taste of your food, and the feeling in your muscles when you move that beautiful body of yours, then take a photo of yourself embracing your vitality - through movement or a nutritious meal & share it with us. What’s your favorite way to nurture your vitality?

JULY 21: CELEBRATE FAILURE
“Failure is only a stepping stone to improvement.” - @tonyjaaofficial Share a recent failure and what you learned from it. How can you reframe this seeming failure to view the experience through the lens of gratitude?

JULY 22: CELEBRATE YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT
Living in Providence, RI, we are spoiled with fantastic culinary options in every corner of town. A great meal sure qualifies as a reason to celebrate in our book. Use this as an opportunity to visit your favorite restaurant & @ mention the establishment when you share, because no matter where you are, we want to add your recommendations to our ever-growing list.

JULY 23: CELEBRATE A STRANGER
Stranger, doesn't always mean danger, sometimes it means new friends!! How will you ever know unless you give them a shot?! So whether it be the person standing next to you in line for coffee, or a fellow fitness fanatic you find yourself often crossing paths with at the gym, whomever they be, say, “hi,” toss them a compliment, and maybe even ask them to join you! Celebrate that new friendly face that has entered your life… tell them we say, “hello!” ;D

JULY 24: CELEBRATE STYLE
A wise man once said, ”Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself” - Oscar de la Renta. Owning your personal style plays a major role in celebrating YOU! What is it that inspires your style? How would you describe your style !? Show us! Tell us everything ... Wait where did you buy that?! We are on a need to know here at And Celebrate!

JULY 25: CELEBRATE A CLIENT OR COLLEAGUE
There's always those fellow coworkers or clients that just know how to put that little extra pep in your day! To those delightful humans, speaking for all of us, we couldn't do it without you. Those bad days would seem that much longer and those afternoon conference call laughs -- and more -- just wouldn't be the same without you! So give them a shout out today. We wanna hear all about them!

JULY 26: CELEBRATE LEARNING
Books, podcasts, online media, oh my! Here at And Celebrate we embrace the motto, “if you’re not learning, you’re not growing.” Tell us, what’s your favorite way to absorb knowledge? And, if you’re feeling up to it, share a golden nugget of wisdom or your latest ah-ha.

JULY 27: CELEBRATE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR
We’ve all got one, don’t we? An author whose books we can’t get enough of. The one we’ve opted-in to receive new book notifications from Amazon.com about. Share who it is and what you love about their work & be sure to tag and thank them for sharing their words with the world.

JULY 28: CELEBRATE TRAVEL
Travel … opportunities that exceed past what the eye can see. Take a moment and reflect on a trip you took, or plan out the travel experience of your dreams! Just think of all the there is in the world, stretching from our own backyards to the opposite end of the earth -- so much to see and so much to be celebrated. Calling all doers and dreamers, where have you been where are you going? … TAKE US WITH YOU!

JULY 29: CELEBRATE YOUR WORK
Your work, whether that be passionate or professional (maybe it’s both!), you’ve done it … or maybe you're still striving for that finish-line, either way your drive and your ambition deserve to be recognized. So take a minute step away from that current (or most recently completed) project to reflect share with us, because guess what … We’re damn proud of you!

JULY 30: CELEBRATE THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Mother Nature, she’s a beaut. Where do you go to unwind and recharge your soul? Do you escape to the woods, retreat to the beach, find yourself a hammock by the lake, or climb a mountain? Being in nature is like hitting a reset button. Be sure to share your epic nature pics and tag your favorite outdoor locations so that we can add those spots to our lists too!

JULY 31: TELL US, WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO CELEBRATE
Perhaps our most favorite prompt of all! Is it a glass of champagne, a hot bubble bath, a quiet walk in nature, spending time with friends and family, or treating yourself to dinner? Is it all of the above? As you know, all things celebratory sure make us feel all the feels around here. Capture a photo that shows you in celebration mode. Thanks in advance for making this challenge loads of fun! Today, we raise our glasses to YOU. May this challenge continue to inspire you to find a reason to celebrate each and every day moving forward.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with! 

With love & celebration!
Patsy + Ashley
{Your And Celebrate Team}