I asked Charlotte to contribute to my 29 series but sadly for me she wasn’t able to because of some other commitments. However, she was really lovely and wrote a piece about celebration. As she points out (and I might have mentioned) the last year of my 20s is one that I am really excited about as, along with all the amazing stuff I am working on, at the end of it I will be (or very nearly be) married. The exact date hasn’t quite been set. I think it is a smashing way to enter my 30s and the idea of taking that joy of celebration to other areas of life is such good advice. Appreciating the small things and making the everyday lovely. A great way to move forward
When Michelle and I met for an after work hot chocolate just after she got engaged we were talking about how fantastic the year of planning a wedding is and how it’s such a wonderful way of finishing your twenties. Having just been through exactly the same stage as my life as Michelle I am beyond excited for her. Through planning my own wedding I finally learnt the joys of celebrating and have been embracing it ever since, there is something extremely addictive about making the most of the occasion however big or small. The most important thing I have learnt is to keep it simple; good friends, food and drink are all you need to make the most of any occasion.
Celebrating is definitely a mindset; there are times when you really don’t feel like there is anything to get excited about, so start small. Celebrate the start of the weekend by having a proper breakfast, not just a bowl of cereal as you wiz out the door. Find a recipe, cook it up and enjoy without that feeling having to be somewhere else. When the sun finally shines put down whatever you are doing and get outside, taking time to enjoy and celebrate little moments are just as important for you as big old knees up. They make an average day so much better.
From our very first birthday’s, cake is always integral to a celebration. If you know people are coming round get baking (or buying if you run out of time), set the table with your best plates, a few napkins and even a teapot for the tea, make the day into something special just because you fancy it.
The bigger the celebration the simpler it needs to be, yes there are certain elements that should never be over looked; flowers, fizz and a few decorations but keep it as ‘normal’ as possible. Celebrations at home are my favourite, everyone is comfortable, there is no fight for the bar and you can have full control over the music. Make sure you clear away all the day-to-day stuff like bills and washing and enlist a few helpers to get prepared. Then all you need to do is let your hair down and dance the night away!
However you choose to celebrate, the most important thing to remember is to enjoy the moment. We live in a crazy world where we are constantly bombarded with ideas of perfection, keeping one eye out for the next best thing. Stop looking over shoulder and focus on what you have now, time with friends and family is so precious, save every moment because these are the best times.