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If You Don't Celebrate You, Who Will?

 Written By: Saeeda Ruffin

As black women, you wear so many hats. Between work obligations, family responsibilities, and any other endeavors that you choose to pursue, you are always giving of yourself. Not only can you give diva-tude when you feel it necessary, but you are a BOSS about what you do. Nobody has time for half-doing and letting things slip. If you are like most black women, whatever you go after, you do with everything that you have. No lies detected here at all!

There’s no denying that you deserve your props. Yes, Queen, you deserve every last bit of the respect that you have earned through the positive life that you lead. This world has its own problems, so, the possibility is very real that you may not be recognized as you should. That being said, why wait for other people to acknowledge your contributions? Truth be told, you shouldn’t. That celebration may not come from others. So, do it yourself! That’s right! Give yourself some glory, some praise, and some adulation. If you don’t celebrate you, who will?

Here are 4 ways for you to pat your own back and encourage yourself:

Check Your Modesty At The Door

If you have done something amazing, incredible, or made any positive contribution, you have the right to make that known. Don’t use humility as an excuse not to give your own self credit for being fantastic! No, Ma’am. You need to let people know that you DID IT! You can do this with a post on your social media, by updating your LinkedIn Profile or resume, or just by telling folks. You don’t have to go into great detail, but taking time to recognize yourself is important, not just to you, but to those who mean something in your life as well. Believe it or not, people who love you WANT to hear about the good things that happen to you. So, tell it!

Jaunt Off On A Celebration Journey

Pick a place that you’ve always wanted to go and make that dream happen. This doesn’t have to be an uber expensive trip, but it can be. That’s totally up to you. But, when you go, Girl, be sure to take that Izzy and Liv Kimono that you got. It will make you feel so luxurious. Whether you opt for a trip to Japan or a trip to the next city over, put on your traveling shoes and enjoy everything that it has to offer...on your own terms.

Buy Your Way Happy

Go on a shopping hunt to find something special to be a daily reminder of your accomplishment. A few gift-to-yourself ideas to commemorate the moment could include a blacknificent piece of art that speaks to you, jewelry that screams “FABULOUS”, or an outfit that you can work like nobody’s business. But, Sis, it’s your success and your money, so you can go as big as you want with your celebratory purchase! 

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