Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Celebrating Milestones

The other day, the ever fabulous Mandy Hubbard shared how she celebrates her successes by writing what she's celebrating on the cork from the wine and putting the corks in a vase on her shelf where she can see them.

How great of an idea is that?! Do go read her post, it's fantastic.

For me, I like to write up blog posts and used the milestones label for easy finding. Blogging also share my sucesses with my friends and readers, so that's great, but on days when I feel like a hack, it's easy to forget that that label is there. It's also easy to forget to blog about something and those happy days get "lost"

So what are some other ways to commemorate milestones? Here are a couple of other ideas:
  • Treat yourself to a movie, scrapbook the ticket stub
  • Get a honking coffee and write the success on a napkin to scrapbook or frame to hang on your wall
  • Buy yourself some flowers and press one of them to scrapbook/frame
  • Spend time with friends. Take a photo to frame/scrapbook
  • Walk the dog/go to a park. Gather leaves to frame/scrapbook. Build a tree of happy times.
  • Shop. Buy a charm for a "celebration bracelet" or something else you collect.
  • Keep a notebook of happy thoughts, celebrations, etc. Keep it nearby.
  • Tweet about it using a hashtag just for you. #HappyCassandra, anyone? :P
You can celebrate the big things like book deals and publication dates, or the small things like writing every day or finishing a chapter. You can also celebrate the happy times of your friends, too, to help you remember that you're not alone. Helping and inspiring others is definitely something to celebrate!

What do YOU do to celebrate success?

C.A. Marshall is a freelance editor, lit agent intern, YA writer, and loves to play with her dog Mollie. She dreams of one day owning a small house near the water, preferably in England, with a shelf full of books she has written and has helped others to write. She is currently single. And unagented. She can be found in Emmett, MI, at for writing, for editing, and on twitter @CA_Marshall.


  1. oh good advice and good question.

    I love walking the dog (now that I don't do it 3 times a day).

    Mh, I think I treat myself either with cinema or chocolate or both.
    Nahno ∗ McLein

  2. I don't really have a ritual for success, other than talk everyone else's ear off, much to their dismay.

  3. I have a contest on my blog. LOL. :) No really - You'd think after I got my agent, I'd have something scrapbooked. I don't. But I'll always remember the day he offered because I had to go to the dentist the same day. My jaw & cheeks hurt afterward, but I don't think it was from the dental work. I think it was from the smile that was plastered on my face! I should start some sort of tradition though... Hmmmm....

  4. Aw, some of these ideas are so sweet! I personally love the flower pressing one - such a keepsake!

    I usually write my triumphs (however small) down in a diary, so on down days I can easily pick myself back up again. Lame, I know :S

  5. So cute, I love these ideas! I've never thought about starting a tradition to celebrate milestones. It sounds fun!

  6. Awesome, Cass! Love these ideas ;o) I don't really celebrate much, but that's a great way to keep that motivation up!!

  7. Hmmm...I used to celebrate by baking and eating brownies. Being on a diet has eliminated that, so I should probably look into the flower pressing or coffee thing or something. I can't wait to start reading that hashtag, #HappyCassandra, Cass. Love it! Thanks for the upbeat post! :D

  8. I read Mandy's post and loved the idea so much I popped my first cork this weekend and put a picture of it on my blog.

    I like the rest of your ideas too!