Learning to Celebrate the Small Victories

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I struggle with this and I am certain I am not the only one. I find myself getting so caught up in the big picture that I let the little things pass me by. This is especially dangerous for me because I let myself get discouraged when the big things aren't happening right away. So I am challenging myself and the rest of you to start celebrating the small things. I know if I am able to start doing this and can be happy over ALL my victories and milestones it will only be a good thing. So with that being said let me tell you about one of my "small" victories that has happened recently.

I LOVE boots. And I don't mean winter boots or rain boots, although I do have a super cute pair of each. I am talking about CUTE black boots with a heel that zip up to mid calves or just below the knees. I have owned many a pair of boots over the years. In fact when I first met my husband I think he was a little concerned about this addiction of mine. lol Sadly wearing boots has not been something I have been able to do much of the last few years. Those boots are not made for big girls. And if I have worn them I definitely have not been able to zip them all the way which is just not comfortable. SO last week when Aimee and I were getting ready to go visit Rachel I decided I wanted to wear a pair of my boots. To my surprise I was able to zip them ALL the way to the top. YAY!! Here is a pic to prove it...

6 months ago I could barely get that zipper past the halfway point. I guess I must be doing something right.

So now it is your turn. Do you need to start celebrating the small victories? Tell me about it...
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    Ahhh, someone who shares my passion for boots! Congratulations!
    3613 days ago
  • EJ41789
    I have those same boots...and I just went and re-tried mine on and I could zip them too! It's been over 2 years since I could do that! Thanks for sharing!

    3613 days ago
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    emoticon a lesson some of us haven't learned yet...
    3613 days ago
    Congratulations! Keep up the good work! Celebrating the small things and not beating myself up for small setbacks is definitely a lesson that I struggle with as well. Thanks for the inspiration!
    3613 days ago
  • SMURFY_47
    I must go boot shopping - they might fit now!
    3613 days ago
    Don't you love a great pair of boots? Fun blog emoticon
    3613 days ago
    I cannot remember the last time I wore boots! really good blog reminds us to be glad of the small things we have..and things we find we now re-discover along our journey here on SP!! Well Done
    3613 days ago
    I noticed I don't have to struggle so hard to get up out of a chair. anymore. I remember watching my Mother and now my sister do that and I never thought it would happen to me.

    I too have the same problem with boots and I know how happy you must be. Congratulations.
    3613 days ago
  • AIMEEM77
    You're right...every victory big or small is worthy of celebration. In case I haven't told you lately I'm so proud of you!!
    3621 days ago
    Your right about not looking at that BIG picture. emoticon for reminding me of that. I have been hard on myself lately, and I need to cut myself a break, and sit back and look at ALL I have done!
    Thanks again! emoticon
    COngrats on getting those, "boots that are made for walking" on and zipped! emoticon
    3627 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/25/2011 1:10:08 AM
    Woohoo, congrats! I recently relized I could zip up some shorts that I could barely fit on last summer. Best. feeling. ever. :)
    3628 days ago
    Congratulations! I love boots too! emoticon
    3628 days ago
    Wow, I could've written this blog! ;)

    I TOTALLY agree! In fact, I was just discussing this with my hubby last night, about setting many goals along the way and rewarding myself when I meet those goals. What I think at least I have to realize is that it's not JUST "the big picture" or the end result that matters- what matters is the journey. Celebrating those mini/many victories. That IS part of the "big picture"... and actually, what MAKE UP the "big picture". :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    be blessed...
    Melanie emoticon
    3629 days ago
  • PSALM34V7
    Boots are so cute. I've always wanted to own a pair - like you described. Maybe it should be some sort of reward for me to get a pair. emoticon on fitting into them. Time to bring back the boots!

    Small victory.... Uhmmmm...... Don't usually think of these, but it can be a good practice... Last night at the gym, I did something that I sometimes do to mix up my running (I run on a treadmill). I began at the 5.1 speed, and increased the speed with 0.2 every 30 seconds up to 7.5 (I've done that before, but had to walk immediately after). Then (the victorious part), I brought it down incrementally with 0.5 down every 30 seconds, until I was going 5.0 and then I kept it there for another 5 minutes! Never done that before. And this was after a 2 hour long dance class.

    Wow, that was a great idea to think of a recent victory!! Now I'm motivated to keep going. You just inspired me. Thank you!
    3629 days ago
    YAY for the zipper, haha! That is awesome, and I can only imagine how good it felt to get that zipper all the way up and be able to wear shoes you love again. I too struggle with the big picture, overlooking everything I do everyday and only looking at what I want the end result to be and getting frustrated that its taking so long to get there. I am going to take the challange of enjoying the small things and celebrating reaching each stepping stone along the way. emoticon
    3629 days ago
    Congratulations on overcoming the zipper! I did have a small victory today-I am on the Daniel Fast during lent. The first week I lost 5 pounds emoticon This week- the big, fat zero emoticon I was kind of bummed out this morning, but then I started thinking that the real purpose of this fast is not to lose weight (although that is a bonus). The purpose of a fast is to draw closer to God. What a realization! It is such a blessing to have this victory today and I'm so glad that you shared yours! emoticon
    3629 days ago
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