I finally finished my 'about' page a while ago. It's no longer a bunch of fragments and lists and little notes to myself "(replace picture) (say actual important things first, before rattling off random facts)", etc. And part of what I added to it was a bit about our family values. Prior to that I hadn't really named the factors that shape our days and the way we do family. So, I'll put the list here for those of you who may not have seen it :
Celebration is one of my very favorite ones on that list. (You know, right after tex mex.) I love an excuse to do something that feels festive. Just earlier this week I made Robin observe the ceremonial lighting of the first fall candle. As you would expect, he was moved to tears. So I've included for you here a few simple ways to add a little celebratory flair to your weekdays. And I'd encourage you to maybe take a little time to scribble down those things that are important values to you and your people if you haven't already. Those are all worth celebrating too. :)
- do something whimsical at the end of the day. I blow bubbles almost every evening. I started out doing it for Shep while he was in the tub, but he doesn't enjoy it as much as I do, so now I just do it for myself. You could also turn on the 'motown party' playlist on spotify and have a little dance party or make s'mores in the backyard. Buy a cheap karaoke machine and sing yellow submarine.
- clap for the sunset. This is one of my very favorite Austin traditions. Every night at the Oasis right when the sun sinks down into Lake Austin, they ring a bell and everyone claps and cheers and toasts. It's just a great way of saying, in the words of Susie Davis, Yay, God!
- make a special treat. This doesn't have to be elaborate. To make one of the easiest and most decadent treats (courtesy of my mom), take a few squares of verrrry dark chocolate, smear on a little cashew butter and sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Yum!
- eat dinner outside of your normal setting a la No Reservations. (Have you seen that movie? If not, celebrate by watching it. One of my very faves.) You could build a fort in the living room and eat pizza and play pickup sticks. You could also just light a few candles and move dinner to the back patio, or to a nearby park, or to the back of the pick up truck parked by the lake.
- invite a friend over and try out a new recipe together. I have approximately 120 photos of the day my girl Valerie came over and we made Joy the Baker's Lavender Blackberry Scones. After a few hours we had yummy scones, a ton of pretty pictures, and another great memory together.
- pretend it's your favorite season. I have already started watching Christmas movies. I have already made my signature hot chocolate. I already have chrysanthemums on the porch and pumpkin scented candles scattered around the apartment. Yes, live in the moment and seize the day and such. But if it was a particularly hard day and I don't really feel there was much to celebrate, I will unapologetically go straight to my late fall happy place.
- celebrate someone else. This just feels happy for everyone. Take sunflowers over to your best friend's house or have tiff's treats delivered to your faraway friends. Drop a card in the mail that just says what you love about that person.
- set and meet teensy, meaningful goals. Maybe you set a goal of encouraging someone every day, or of putting the phone away after you get home. Maybe you want to use a kinder tone, or try to do 20 crunches a night. It feels good to check some things off that don't take a lot of time or energy, and that can be good for yourself + those around you.
- have a good old fashioned phone chat with your best friend. Because endorphins, and because there are still some things gifs can't communicate. Also, my friends are all just super funny, so I know that I'm guaranteed a good laugh.
I'd love to hear some of the simple ways you celebrate! And as always, thank you so much for reading.