This past weekend, people in most provinces of Canada celebrated Family Day. It is a relatively new holiday, but one that highlights the importance of being grateful for our loved ones…and perhaps spending time with them. I love that we have this holiday, especially in February, which can feel like it’ll never end, despite being only 28 days long.
I have a small family, relatively speaking. Roger is my partner and we don’t have any children. We don’t own any fur babies either.
Members of my own family live in different cities and provinces, but it was my sister-in-law’s birthday on Sunday, and so Roger and I decided to celebrate her special day even though it was just the two of us. She is a foodie and a fan of France, so we chose to dine at a restaurant that specializes in French cuisine, L’Oree Du Bois in Chelsea, Quebec. We “cheersed” with our water and wished her a happy day.
We chose to celebrate this special member of our family, and it was fun! We also wanted to celebrate the way our upcoming wellness show is shaping up. We have taken on a big project in running The Healthy Brain and Body Show, but we are so excited about the people and businesses we are attracting to our event.
And we wanted to celebrate!
Because life is short…and we must take time and create opportunities to celebrate more in our lives. Since Roger and I don’t have kids, we don’t get as many “built-in” opportunities to celebrate, so we choose to make our own as often as we can.
People can be cynical about holidays, but I don’t feel that way. People can develop the mindset that it’s all just a giant cash-grab, but I choose to view these opportunities differently. I choose to see holidays as a way to experience more joy in my life. I see celebration as a way to connect me to the people I love in a way that brings us all joy!
While I sometimes spend money to celebrate, I certainly don’t have to. Celebration is a choice. It doesn’t have to be anything more than that.
For example, on Valentine’s Day, Roger and I simply exchange notes. All I want is to read his words and know how he feels about me. I realize writing doesn’t come naturally for him, so it makes his letters even more special.
I believe strongly that celebration is a beautiful part of life and one that should be prioritized. We can get so caught up in our day-to-day lives that we forget to congratulate ourselves on a job well done.
And small victories deserve acknowledgement, too.
Did you have a great meeting? Celebrate with a high five to your team mates or spouse!
Did you make a delicious and wholesome meal that the whole family loved? Celebrate with a cheers at the dinner table!
Did you pay the bills on time? Get your taxes done? Make the deadline? Get the kids to all of their events? Stroke off another thing on your to-do-list? Clean our that closet or room? Get the house cleaned? Volunteer at that place you’ve been meaning to help out at? Do the thing you didn’t want to do?
Then, turn up the music! Dance in your underwear! Let out a ya-hoo!
Doing so will signal to your brain to find more things to celebrate. The universe will reward you with more wonderful things, and the cycle will continue.
A woman once told me a story about how her husband celebrated their daughter getting her first period. Not something you would think of as a celebratory moment. He didn’t even tell his wife what he was doing. He simply placed a bouquet of roses in his daughter’s bedroom with a note that read, “My little girl is growing up. I love you. Dad”
Tears filled my eyes when she told me this story. Often, fathers don’t know how to act around their daughters during our awkward teenage years when hormones are raging, our skin is breaking out, our bodies are changing and we get our periods. Dads can shut down and pretend it’s not happening.
Or they can celebrate in a quiet and beautiful way….and let us know that they are happy we are growing up. Because that’s what we are supposed to do.
So go out and find things to celebrate. Every day.
You will see your life differently. You will find more joy and more joy will find you.
Because I want you to love your life.
Because I want you to love your life one bite at a time.
P.S. Speaking of Family Day, I want you to know that if you are here, then we are each other’s people. While I love my family very much, I am building a family through the people I feel blessed to be connected with, especially over the last few years since sharing my story and message. It has been amazing to be able to create connections and build relationships and I can’t wait to strengthen them in the days, weeks, months and years to come.
Those who have become students of The 6 Week Sugar Freedom eCourse are beginning to feel like…family. They are people I care deeply about. People I want to see succeed and I root for them and cry with them and celebrate with them. I struggle alongside them, I make mistakes right with them and I prevail, just like them. We are human. We are a human family. If you would like to become part of our family, then I invite you to register for the next course, being offered in a few weeks. Join the Wait List to be the first to know when registration officially opens. I would be honoured to serve you. And we will welcome you, with open arms, into our family.
P.P.S. On April 22 & 23, my team and I are running The Healthy Brain and Body Show at the EY Centre in Ottawa! If you live in the area, it is going to be an amazing opportunity for us to learn from, be inspired by, and purchase amazing products from experts in the health and wellness industry. We have hand-selected many of the exhibitors we want at our show, but if YOU are in the wellness space and you want to be a part of this exciting event, we want to hear from you! Feel free to head over to the website, HealthyBrainAndBodyShow.com and download the Exhibitor Package or email me at Sarah@SarahTalksFood.com. I will happily answer all of your questions!