Nikki Abraham

Nikki Abraham Nucleus Team Member Positively Caviar, Inc. Courtesy Photo

We recently concluded a month centered on love and black history and have now entered a month, which highlights the achievements of women in history. While I appreciate these significant moments in time that incite targeted celebrations, it’s also important to recognize that it is vital to celebrate other people, our personal achievements, and all good things in life at all times.

I love Black History Month because during this pivotal point in the calendar year, all are called to recognize the triumphs, achievements and contributions of Black people to our society. To  be honest, if anyone asks me, I highly recommend celebrating all year because the historic achievements of Black Americans should not be tied to 28 days. The same goes for Valentine’s Day.

I love that annually February 14 recognizes a day to celebrate love, but does that mean that love should only be celebrated once a year?

One year, I created a full itinerary for my birthday including a four-day celebration, and candidly, this was my  best birthday yet. I love all birthdays and the excitement surrounding it. Many people view it as just another day, but to me it’s a day that is very important. Yes, your birthday falls on one day but always make sure to celebrate to the fullest because not everyone has the opportunity of seeing another year on earth.

Life is full of surprises and adventures at every age. You’ve made it through the highs and lows and have accomplished so much in your lifetime so why not celebrate? How long do we give ourselves permission to celebrate our own  accomplishments?

I recently ran into a friend who got engaged a year ago. When I said congratulations, she was definitely thrown off guard because to her it was old news. Our culture constantly forces us to acknowledge things exclusively in a short period of time, which may make us believe that there should be a specific time period for celebration.

Well, I’m here to inform you that it is absolutely okay to celebrate life, your wins and special moments at all times.

People often shy away from acknowledging their successes because of the idea of boasting or making others uncomfortable. Definitely be vocal about your accomplishments in your own time but also pay close attention to the people around you who fall short when it comes to acknowledging your wins. It’s so important to have people in your corner who support you rather than tear you down.

Get yourself a tribe that will be by your side to cheer you on through the race, and applaud you at the finish line.

Commemorate all accomplishments despite what success may look like. An “A” on your test deserves celebration just as a great performance or a promotion at work. Celebration and motivation are closely linked. When you’re working towards a goal be sure to add celebration into the cycle of progression, as this will ultimately push you to keep going.

Remember the phrase: “Give me my flowers while I can still smell them.”

Celebrate yourself at all times, as well as your loved ones and their achievements despite how big or small.

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