Celebrating Your Achievements

Celebrate Achievments
The other day, a few girlfriends and I were discussing the fact that we rarely celebrate or appreciate ourselves when we have accomplished something meaningful. As soon as we get a raise, we look to the next level of success, not missing a beat. When we score an amazing blog partnership, we want something even bigger.

This is a good quality in a way because we’re driven women which makes us successful women BUT we also never slow down and realize how far we’ve come, an important part of the process.

As I am wrapping up my 20s (another whole post on that soon), I’m realizing more and more how important it is to give yourself well-deserved pats on the back. This crazy action might seem unnecessary and a waste of time but in reality, it gives you an even bigger boost to reach your next goal. Brag a little to your parter, sister, or friends about what you’ve accomplished. Let them congratulate you without any self-deprecating comments. Soak up a little glory.

I’ll start. In the last year, I’ve quadrupled my blog readership, started a business, gained over 13,000 new followers on Instagram, and doubled my Twitter following. Last week, I scoffed at these numbers when someone brought them up, proving my point by mentioning my friends who have accomplished oh so much more. This week? I’m sitting here smiling as I write this because that’s pretty fucking powerful and all of my hard work has paid off in a big way.

Here is another example: 2 weeks ago, I was given a raise at work. Yay, right? When I told my husband he was excited and proud of me but I responded with “Well it’s not where I want to be right now but I guess I’ll take it.” What the hell is that? I am working for a cool company, doing fun and fulfilling work, making a great salary. How come I couldn’t be excited for myself? I’m sure that’s a deeper psychological issue that we won’t get into but this week I decided to finally celebrate the raise and feel great about it. Go me!

Celebrating doesn’t have to mean pounding a bottle of champs and dancing into the wee hours of the morning. In my case, it means enjoying a nice glass of wine and letting my loved ones tell me how awesome I am. Sounds like a pretty good night to me!

How do you celebrate your successes?

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  1. Monica {Cake & Lilies} said:

    You are so spot on with this post. Maybe it’s similar to the whole “women always apologizing” thing where we don’t give ourselves enough credit. Now that you mention it, I can tell that I’ve been acting similarly, too. It really is so hard not to get caught up in “doing better” when there’s always something else to strive for. But a BIG congratulations on your achievements– they truly are amazing! 🙂

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    • Julia Dzafic said:

      YES! I hate that I say sorry so much. Why do we do that?

      And thank you!

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  2. Anne [A Squared] said:

    This is all so true– and I’m so guilty of it. Brava to you and all you have accomplished!

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  3. Kate said:

    Great post! And oh so true. As women, we are hard on ourselves. As a mom who juggles work and family I am constantly second guessing my decisions. But, at the end of the day, I remind myself that it’s not what you do that’s important; it’s who you are…to yourself and your loved ones. So be in the moment as often as you can! Congrats on your successes!

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  4. Samantha Tananbaum said:

    Amen. It’s great to be ambitious and driven, but only if we can take a step back and appreciate how far we’ve come. You should be so proud of everything you have accomplished with your career, your business, and your blog. I know that’s easier said than done, and I guess that’s why we have good friends…to remind us how awesome we are 🙂

    xo
    Sam

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    • Julia Dzafic said:

      Thanks lady! And thank God for those good friends 🙂

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  5. Rachel {Love This Life} said:

    Such a great post. We are all so hard on ourselves. Congratulations on your accomplishments! What you have done is amazing!!!

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  6. stephie said:

    you are such a stud! taking this to heart this week 🙂

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  7. Casey said:

    Love this! Thanks for the reminder!

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  8. Ruthie & Rose said:

    You’re so, so right Julia! As busy working women with big goals and big dreams, we tend to be a generation of overachievers. We try so hard to outdo ourselves without pausing for a moment to really take in the excitement and well-deserved pat on the back. Congrats on the raise and wonderful stats — you have worked hard for it, girlfriend! Cheers to you! xo

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  9. Lindsey @ Market Me Trendy said:

    Congrats on your successes! I relate well to this post- but on a much smaller scale 😉 However, I still have to constantly remind myself not to compare myself to others, otherwise I’ll never be content. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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