You’ve Come a Long Way Baby
When you think about your past, do you often think, “I should have” or “I wish I had done things differently” or “If only…”? If so, it is high time you stop dwelling on the “what ifs” and celebrate your achievements. Think of all the amazing things you have done in the past 10 years, 5 years, or just in the last month. In case you haven’t said it yourself, let me be the first to say, “You’ve come a long way baby!” Through your bad decisions, your lack of better judgment, your pain, heartbreak and victories, came the person you are today.
Be more with less is all about simplifying and living with less, but it also very much about being more, doing meaningful work and creating an abundant life. Sometimes we are so focused on the “less” part, that we forget to celebrate the “more” part. We also have a natural tendency to hold back when talking about ourselves, to avoid sounding too proud or arrogant. If presented in the right way with the right intention, the message will be one of inspiring confidence, instead of conceit.
My you’ve come a long way baby celebration
In the past 5 years I…
stopped eating beef, pork and poultry
told hundreds of people my MS story in an effort to help them live better with MS. In the end, it helped me live better with MS.
rode 100 KM on my bike…through cold rain and wind
had my first photography show
planted a garden with my husband
adopted two cats, Wilbur & Ella and my baby dog, Guinness
In the past year I…
launched therideproject.com, selling my fine art photography to raise money for MS research
stopped eating seafood and became a vegetarian
canceled the cable and quit TV
started a 40 day dairy free challenge (today is day 26)
joined the A-List Blogger Club to learn new skills and explore my passion for writing
started a cooking project, kind of like the Julie and Julia project but different
created a website to display daily snapshots
wrote a letter to my past and my future
paid off a 5 year car loan in less than two years (The last payment went out last week!)
started my first e-book – simple ways to be more with less
These are only some of the things I want to celebrate, and I didn’t accomplish any of them alone. I learned to ask for help, and it didn’t hurt that I had a team of highly trained professionals (husband, daughter, friends and family) supporting me on my journey. I hope they will be there for me to create more of these you’ve come a long way baby celebrations, and they will let me help them celebrate their victories (big or small). Isn’t that really what it’s all about?
Remember, the journey is the reward. You don’t need to treat yourself with food because you lost 10 pounds, or a shopping spree at the mall because you earned extra money. The journey, and living your life in the best possible way is your reward.
Ok, now it’s your turn. You’ve come a long way baby! What do you want to celebrate?
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