In Search of Celebration

Anybody else love a good chocolate cake? And those little kazoos? What about confetti? Can I get an amen to confetti? Celebrations are one of my absolute favorite things. I love birthday parties, I love weddings, I love Thanksgiving… I love coming together to celebrate someone or something. But, I’m realizing more and more how little I celebrate. I mean sure, birthdays in college happen more often than you’d think, so I’ve been to my fair share of surprise parties. But why do we have to wait until it’s someone’s birthday to celebrate them? Why do we have to wait until Thanksgiving to be thankful for the people we love? Why can’t we celebrate each other in the mundane everyday instead of just the highlights?

Why can’t we celebrate each other in the mundane everyday instead of just the highlights?

Everyone feels loved in different ways. For me it’s someone taking the time to curl up with me to watch a movie or play a board game, for some it’s impromptu dance parties, for others it’s encouragement before a hard test. I’ve started to challenge myself to find out ways the people in my life should be celebrated, and I thought I might share it with you all. I have a list of names in my planner, under which I write how I can celebrate and love them the best. For example, one of my roommates, Olivia, loves handwritten notes. She freaking loves ‘em. And how hard is it for me to take ten minutes out of my day to write her a note congratulating her for becoming chaplain of her sorority? It isn’t, but I don’t, because I’m too busy not thinking about how to love Olivia. My boyfriend Josh loves thoughtfulness. If you’ve heard of the five love languages, He is Acts of Service all the way. And this is so simple. Celebrating him means bringing him a matcha tea after he finishes a hard day of classes with a “You Did It!” in sharpie on the cup. And that takes virtually no effort aside from just thinking of him. But I don’t do these things enough, just because of a lack of intentionality.

So friends, I want to encourage you to celebrate. Celebrate birthdays and holidays and marriages, but also, celebrate everyday. Not to be too dark, but honestly, the only guarantee we have here on this earth is right now. So why not find something worthy of celebration in the everyday? Why not love the people who you have in your life while you have them here with you?

We need to show people how valuable they are, and I think that starts with finding something worthy of celebration in every person we encounter. 

Join me in this challenge! Make a list of ways to love the people in your life, and do it. Celebrate them! Celebrate them acing their test (and if they didn’t ace it, celebrate it being over forever!) Celebrate the good weather. Celebrate the weekend. Celebrate the fact that your best friend found a dollar on the ground. Whatever it is, celebrate it. Life is short, and this life is so precious. We need to show people how valuable they are, and I think that starts with finding something worthy of celebration in every person we encounter.

I’m committing to doing at least some celebratory act every day for the next 30 days (or indefinitely, but I like a good goal, ya feel?) If you want to participate in this fun little challenge, use the hashtag #insearchofcelebration in whatever you post! OR contact me on the contact page just up above this post or find me on instagram to let me know. I cannot stress enough that hearing from you guys makes my heart sing. I love you all!

 

With love,

Claire

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  1. March 1, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    I love this idea so much! You are right, why not celebrate everything?!!

    • claire.prather
      March 1, 2017 / 12:40 pm

      thanks girl! and yes, you can find a reason to celebrate everyday!