February 20

note to self: celebrate!


Sometimes I just need to write a letter to myself and remind myself of some things that are true. This is one such letter. If it applies to you, just insert your name at the top and make it your own. :)

Dear You,

Today is a day to celebrate victories big and small. When you’re starting a new habit or growing a small business, it can feel like you’re moving at a snail’s pace—while everyone around you seems to be zooming by. For today, just don’t worry about what other people are doing.

What have you done recently that’s worth celebrating? List out five things you’ve accomplished this week. It could be anything: waking up earlier, saying no to a distraction, forgiving someone, sending a tough email, making a decision, following through with a commitment, or making plans with a friend. You may be surprised at how quickly your list grows if you give yourself 10 minutes of quiet think time right now.

Realize that all these seemingly small things are what make life rich—they may not be flashy or glamorous, but they are authentic and powerful. These things are shaping your character.

Too many times you try and push through super busy work days, as if you don’t deserve to savor our victories, big and small. No more! Make space in your own mind to celebrate these things, and then share the celebration with someone important with you—your spouse, best friend, mom, etc.

Yay for you!



“All to often people get caught up in the anxiety of their fast-paced lives, feeling there is no time to celebrate. I feel we impoverish our spirits if we don’t regularly come together for some planned happiness to make small moments beautiful.” -Alexandra Stoddard, author of Happiness For Two

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4 Responses

  1. Annie says:

    Hello Caroline. This letter is beautiful. And as you say, so apt for anyone. You have a lovely way with words, and I can see how kind and encouraging you are, to yourself and others. I just adore this letter-to-self concept. I started blogging myself with the inspiration of “love letters to myself”. Wishing you all the very best with your photography business growth and development x

  2. Breanna says:

    Caroline, speaking straight to my heart! Thank you so much for these words of encouragement, and what a great idea to look back through on those tough days.

  3. Hannah says:

    This is good. Thank you :)

    I sat and made this list, a few things I’ve accomplished: bought groceries (lots of fresh produce) to eat meals at home and eat healthy, worked hard at work this week, woke up early for a meeting and made it on time, wrote out my dreams, replied to emails timely.

    Thanks for the reminder, much needed!

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