Gratitude & Celebration

As I sit down to write this post, I can’t help but feel moved by gratitude. Over the last 12 days I have carved out time each evening to pen 3 to 5 thank you notes addressed to a number of incredible people who have positively impacted my life this year. I have poured all of my love and energy into each one – and now, as I sit back and marvel at the overflowing basket of completed notes on my nightstand, the magnitude of gratitude I feel in my heart is, in a word, overwhelming.

As many of you know, around this time last year I launched & celebrate with the intention to help people find something to celebrate every day. Though the volume of content has been far less consistent than I originally planned, I’ve been learning a tremendous amount about myself behind the scenes. I’ve learned that leaning into a project that fully expresses who you are, is an opportunity to further define, what it means to be you. I’ve learned to celebrate my fears, to sit with the reasons behind what’s causing them, and to meet those thoughts with love. I’ve learned that we can only make lasting change once we fully understand why it is we do the things we do.
 

Most of all, I have come to wholeheartedly believe that celebration and gratitude go hand in hand. Every time we celebrate, we are saying yes to life, and thank you for all of it. (Words from a very wise woman whom I hold near and dear to my heart.)

Celebration is a delightful concoction of gratitude and self love and joy. It is a practice; a daily commitment to living full out and it requires us to love and accept every part of us.

For me, in this moment – I am celebrating:

  • the start of a consistent writing practice (this means more frequent newsletters showing up in your inbox).
  • my fears by inviting them to come along with me.
  • by saying, “no,” to projects that will distract me from achieving my goals.
  • by saying, “yes,” to spending significantly more time alone, to recharge.
  • by treating myself with more kindness.
  • by saying, “yes,” to more sleep.
  • by saying, “no,” to what has been (in years past) an exhausting holiday season fueled by feelings of guilt and obligation.
  • by saying, “hell yes,” to more quality time and meaningful conversations with the people I love (especially with my man).

What about you? As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, I invite you to take inventory of what you’re celebrating – or feeling grateful for – in this moment. I’d love to hear from you. Please drop me a note at patsy@andcelebrate.com, or leave a comment below, sharing your thoughts about celebration as “gratitude in action” – and don’t forget to include what you’re celebrating today. 

Patsy Culp

& celebrate, 616 Hope St, Providence, RI, 02906, United States