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Celebrating Where We Are Everyday

How do you celebrate milestones? What milestones do you celebrate? How significant do these milestones have to be before they deserve a celebration? How do you define ‘significant’ anyway? I’ve been reflecting on this as we’ve put over half of 2021 behind us. When I was younger, I thought that celebrations were only reserved for big moments in life. Birthdays. New jobs. New businesses. Books published. Music Made. Something that’s significant enough to use the word celebration. However, in chasing these ‘big moments’ in life, I realize there were many other small wins and moments I could’ve appreciated more slipped by.

That moment I got comfortable raising my hand to share new ideas without hesitation. That moment I befriended a new friend who really understood me. Those were all worthy of celebrations. And so is waking up healthy with something to look forward to each day.

I’ve been wondering more about this as I’ve been having some sleep problems lately and feeling a bit distressed. I can be honest here with you, right? As I’m practicing gratitude and daily celebrations more, I’ve wondered how our perception of celebration may have cut us short from enjoying these daily moments in life.

I’m not the only one asking more questions about our purpose in life and work. The pandemic reminded us all that life is too precious and you only have one of it. So choose to be you. Live as you every single day. Nobody can enjoy and live as you do you.

As more people leave their 9-5 jobs, start new careers, and take long breaks from what they used to do, I wonder how might we answer this old question of why we do what we do more intentionally. And design a life where we could all learn to thrive and celebrate each day with more voracity and passion.

This is why, as I fight my insomnia lately – which, I feel, is a result of my body responding to all the runaround I did as I continually adapted throughout the pandemic – I’m noticing that I’m practicing more kindness to myself and turning them into celebratory moments.

It’s ok that I’m not feeling fully comfortable traveling yet. But I’ll continue to craft online tools as I recharge. It’s ok that I didn’t get to finish that book that I wanted to today. The chapter I read made me really rethink how I process information. I’m grateful I get to wake up each day and have something I could do. Words matter. When you choose each moment to be the protagonist, there are so many opportunities to experience celebration.

Celebrations, when we rethink about it, are truly in every corner. Life is a celebration. When we see everything with possibilities and gratitude, it makes me wonder… how can I reshape that job I felt stuck at into a new opportunity of learning and growing instead? I wonder what we could do every day to ensure we don’t feel stuck in any job that we have.

Nobody will understand what you want and what you are excited about until you share it and take the time to celebrate it.

Choose to celebrate today for you being you.

With love,

Founder & CEO, InnovatorsBox

About the Author

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Monica H. Kang

Monica H. Kang, Founder, and CEO of InnovatorsBox® and Author of Rethink Creativity is transforming today’s workforce through the power of creativity. She helps companies rethink culture, leadership, and team development by making creativity practical and relatable regardless of industry or job title. She has worked with clients worldwide including Fortune 500 companies, higher education, government, and nonprofits. Monica’s work has been recognized by The White House, Ashoka Changemakers, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Prior to InnovatorsBox®, Monica was a nuclear nonproliferation policy expert. She holds an M.A. from SAIS Johns Hopkins University in Strategic Studies and International Economics and a B.A. from Boston University.

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