You know that feeling when you make a decision on let's say moving, taking another job, having a baby, launching a business, taking a vacation, actually creating a savings fund, signing the paper to jump out of a plane, and well, you get the point, right?
The feeling of your stomach in knots, excitement in your smile, nerves with your bladder, or feel like you could throw up or eat a bag of chocolate.
Please tell me you've had that "WHAT DID I JUST DO" feeling because this feeling gets you moving and shaking outside of your comfort zone, which ultimately deepens the layers your identity is currently made up of. Personally, I thrive off that feeling. I crave high energy and the rush of doing something exciting and pushing me beyond my current knowledge.
I'm celebrating 10 years of just that and I HIGHLY encourage you do the same.
Reflect back to the last 10 years of your life and write down all that has happened during each of those years; review what you have written and come up with a theme for those experiences. Okay, you don't HAVE to come up with themes, but I think it's a fun experiment.
For me, that's exactly what I did for myself to celebrate 10 years of entrepreneurship. My themes look like this: Vision; holy sh*t we're doing it; crossroads; what are you willing to do; conflict; guilt; action; adapt; don't quit/cancel; the reality of life; leap; and what really matters.
Last month was all about having visions and this month -- happy September by the way -- is all about holy sh*t we're doing it because during the second year of the past 10 years of my entrepreneurship journey was my first launch party and celebration of our first ever online issue!
To date, I have empowered over 800,000 women, wrote for The Huffington Post, EmpowHER, and BlogHer in addition to running a successful online magazine, hosting workshops and being a paid speaker, a wife, and a new mom of twins -- It's safe to say it's time to celebrate!
I want YOU to celebrate YOUR STORY, and here's 10 ways to do just that.
1. Reflect: I dare you carve out an hour before bed one night and reflect on your last 10 years of life. Think about everything you can remember for each year. You don't have to form complete sentences either, just dump it all out.
2. Self-Acceptance: Acceptance doesn't mean resignation, it means to work and understand that sometimes it is what it is and have the awareness so you can discover the appreciation. Think about who you are internally. What are your morals, values, opinions, and characteristic and personality traits? Reflect and own them, embrace them, envision how they have made you, YOU.
3. Appreciation: Think about all that you're grateful for, all that you have found appreciation for. Do this for your mind and soul, first. Then give some love to your physical self.
4. Achieve: Oh how I LOVE this. Please, please, please do NOT skip this step. I want you to write down EVERYTHING you can think of that YOU are most proud of. What have you done that makes YOU smile from cheek to cheek?
5. Complete this Sentence, "I Love My...": Most women deflect their answers away from them. This MUST be about YOU. Write down all and everything you love about yourself, internally first, then sprinkle the body love in there.
6. Take a Vacation: Research shows that taking any break from a 9-5 routine can lower a woman's risk of a heart attack by 50%! There are of course many other reasons why taking a vacation or a break are crucial to your health, both mentally and physically.
7. Have a Drink: Yup, have a glass of champagne with your bestie!
8. Take a Nap: Holy sh*t you've been working so hard for 10 years now, take nap.
9. Share: Challenge a friend, sibling, daughter, mom, colleague, or your husband and share what you both have reflected on!
10. Connect: Connect and meet with other women. Go to conferences for women, workshops, networking events, meet-up groups, and celebrate with them!
This is the year to think about, reconnect with, and celebrate you! I'd like to also invite you to join the celebration happening at IdentityLIVE.net.