Word of the Week – Celebrate!

celebrate

Today I am going to have two words of the day as I think that they go hand in hand.

Celebrate & Display

celebrate

verb (used with object), celebrated, celebrating.

to observe (a day) or commemorate (an event) with ceremonies or festivities:

display

verb (used with object)

To show or exhibit; make visible

 

Now as Mom’s most of us are great at doing this with our children.

We put their art work, grades, ect up on the fridge for all to see.
We have pictures of them through out our houses.
We proudly display their ribbons, trophies, or such on the mantle.
BUT
When it comes to our own accomplishments, we may tend to down play them.
We celebrate the moment, but as soon as we come home we jump back into “Mom Mode.”  We work hard for each and every one of these events.   We don’t just show up.  Then we pass the finish line, collect our bling which we may even wear afterwards with our fellow runners.   But by the time we get home, we are ready to put them in a drawer and move on.
Now I’m not saying we should walk around wearing our bling at the grocery store because that would just be obnoxious.   That being said, we can still share our accomplishments by more than a few Facebook posts.  I know most of us don’t want to appear like we are bragging although  that’s not  a problem when it comes to our kids.   Why is that?   We deserve a little celebration of our own too.  Just because you are an adult doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be able to be proud of your accomplishments no matter how big or small.
Now, I will admit that last year, I did buy a display plaque from Etsy for my bling and bibs for me.   I hung it in my office in the basement.   This tends to be my area and I wanted to be able to see my medals to continue to inspire myself.   But over the weekend, I took it a step further.   I added some of my favorite race photos to it and I really like the way it looks.  Plus there is room on the other side for more.   I think I might save that side for the NYC Marathon.
I call it
Wall of Me
The Wall of Me!
I think that every person should have a place to celebrate themselves. No matter if it’s running, knitting, writing or what ever should be celebrated.    Now, I’m not saying that it needs to be in peoples faces, but a celebration none the less.     My Wall of me is for me.   It is in my basement which most people don’t go in.  It is by my computer and as I write my blog posts, sign up for races, or just play on my computer.   I can glance at it and smile.  It can encourage me to push myself further remembering how far I’ve already come.
I think by taking pride in my accomplishments, I am being a good role model for my children.   Think about it.   What message does it send to your children if they don’t think that their mother’s accomplishments don’t deserve a spot on the wall.
Do you have a Wall of Me?
Do you want one?

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