Megan Orcholski

Aug 082013
 

Still Celebrating
by Megan Orcholski 

It has been months since 30 Days of Heather ended.
But I’m still celebrating.
I’ve been going back over the posts, reading and re-reading them.
I find myself thinking of the activities or being more conscious because of the activities.
Celebration is so important.

Celebration can be an amazing motivator (note: speech kids work EXTRA hard when their reward is a celebration of some sort!)
Celebration is often necessary for transitions
Celebration allows us to celebrate how we are improving and what we’ve done well.

So I’m still celebrating.
(To be honest, I’m pretty much always trying to celebrate something!)

Below are some things and themes I picked up from 30 Days of Heather that I’m still celebrating


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Celebrating the now

Free time is an amazing blessing. But I also find that it challenges me. When I’m busy during the school year, I feel worthy. I know what I’m doing and I know how I’m doing good things. I have loved getting a lot of extra things done this summer, but I often feel like I should be doing more.

This is an old story. Our culture works to make us believe we should always be doing something. And if our emails aren’t clean, we aren’t doing it good enough. But if everything is a chore that isn’t done yet, the quality in my life isn’t getting noticed. I may have a lot more I want to do this summer, but I’ve already done a lot. I have enjoyed just relaxing with friends, watching movies I’ve never seen (apparently The Lord of the Rings trilogy is actually a big deal!) and cooking. I’m slowly trying to break down my own standards while trying to stay motivated to do the things I really want done.

Whatever reason you have, take time to celebrate.

Celebrate what is important in your life right now.

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Jul 312013
 

Still Celebrating
by Megan Orcholski 

It has been months since 30 Days of Heather ended.
But I’m still celebrating.
I’ve been going back over the posts, reading and re-reading them.
I find myself thinking of the activities or being more conscious because of the activities.
Celebration is so important.

Celebration can be an amazing motivator (note: speech kids work EXTRA hard when their reward is a celebration of some sort!)
Celebration is often necessary for transitions
Celebration allows us to celebrate how we are improving and what we’ve done well.

So I’m still celebrating.
(To be honest, I’m pretty much always trying to celebrate something!)

Below are some things and themes I picked up from 30 Days of Heather that I’m still celebrating


Celebrating the order of my life

clothing2As many of my loved ones know well, I am not a naturally ordered person.  I have worked very hard over the years to not lose things, have less stuff and know where everything is in my home. Before I left for my trip, Brad and my friend Amanda sat on my bed and watched me try on most of my wardrobe…correction: told me to get rid of most of my wardrobe (Think What not to wear only Amanda is WAY nicer than Stacy and Brad is even more blunt than Clinton) It was scary. It was hard. But man, did I feel awesome afterward!

This inspired me so much, that when I got back from my vacation, I cleaned all of the closets, the kitchen, the food, my office…pretty much anything I could get my hands one. I’m almost to a good place and feel metaphorically lighter. I’ve got summer lists to make and am excited to not only order my life but to live in it’s ordered chaos.

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Jul 262013
 

Still Celebrating
by Megan Orcholski 

It has been well over two months since 30 Days of Heather ended.
But I’m still celebrating.
I’ve been going back over the posts, reading and re-reading them.
I find myself thinking of the activities or being more conscious because of the activities.
Celebration is so important.

Celebration can be an amazing motivator (note: speech kids work EXTRA hard when their reward is a celebration of some sort!)
Celebration is often necessary for transitions
Celebration allows us to celebrate how we are improving and what we’ve done well.

So I’m still celebrating.
(To be honest, I’m pretty much always trying to celebrate something!)

Below are some things and themes I picked up from 30 Days of Heather that I’m still celebrating


Celebrating the cycle of Kindness and Gratitude

With the change in routine for the summer, I find myself having more time to send kindness into the world and be grateful for the kindness that comes to me. Or maybe it’s not quantitatively more, but rather my change in pace has allowed me to notice and invest in it more. During the school year, there is a routine to what I’m doing, so while I’m sending out kindness and receiving it, it’s more predictable and limited to my busy schedule (ex: I organize dinner for the speech team at a tournament and they all thank me). With summer, I find that I have time to do other things for people that cause them to say, “Thank you so much. That’s so great.”

gratitude[3]When I got back from my trip, I sent out several fairly large care packages all across the country (seriously, from Seattle to Scotia!). It makes me so happy to be able to send mixed CDs and packets of tea to loved ones I don’t see very often. The day after I sent them, I received a card in the mail from one of the families I got to see on vacation. It was written from the perspective of their 4 month old (who was one of the babies I got to hold on my Baby Tour) and it had a photo in it! So simple, yet I was so grateful for the gesture. The meditations in my yoga practice are also helping me focus on the movement of kindness from me and back toward me. I’m excited to see how I will be used the rest of the summer in this cycle.