Celebrating Little Victories, Because Small Things Are Important Too

Happy Wednesday, everyone! How’s it going? All is well over here in DC land.

On my walk with the pup yesterday, I noticed these beautiful daffodils in bloom, so hopefully this means spring has finally sprung and the weather will be warming up a bit around here!

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With the start of a new season, I always get a little bit contemplative. I begin to think about what I’ve accomplished and things I’ve yet to do.

So today on the blog, we’re highlighting victories, specifically little victories. Because sometimes in life, accomplishing something small yields the biggest payoff. Also, small things are important too.

These are the little victories I’m celebrating this week. Feel free to play along in the comments section!

  1. First Solo Dog Park Experience
    Okay, so. There’s this dog park not far from our apartment. It’s great because it’s so close and entirely fenced in so the pups can’t ever escape. The last thing I need to be doing is chasing a terrier mix through the streets of Old Town. Anyway, the other morning was b-e-a-utiful and Tuki needed some fresh air (aka I needed fresh air), so I decided to embark on a trip to the dog park…solo. Felix was at work, and he’s usually the Tuki-boss, so I was a little nervous, but I just did it. Long story short, it was a success and I left smiling and thinking “this isn’t so bad!” Tuki played with an adorable Boston named Hudson and it was great. It also gave me a big head because now I think I’m the boss.

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    Jazzed about his food delivery. Thanks, Amazon Prime!
  2. I put on makeup.
    Sometimes it is just so annoying to cover your face in stuff that isn’t real. Can I get an amen? I used to never leave the house without makeup. Ever. I was so self-conscious of my skin (I battled, and still do sometimes, with annoying blemishes) and I truly felt like I wasn’t pretty enough without it. That’s not the case anymore, but Monday evening I had a lady date with my friend to the theatre and figured some blush and mascara would be a nice touch. I even wore lipstick. I know! I know.
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  3. I drove in DC.
    I feel like this is all that needs to be said about this one. I drove into DC, I didn’t die, and my car didn’t get towed when I parked. To me, this is actually a huge victory, because have you ever driven in DC??? Shit’s CRAZY. In a matter of three blocks, you go from one lane to two back to one because surprise, the second lane that once was is now actually street parking. Stress. So much stress.
  4. I bought flowers and filled my apartment with them.
    I love fresh flowers, but sometimes the act of buying them, trimming them, and remembering to water them is just TOO MUCH TO HANDLE. But this week while grocery shopping, I spotted some bright and beautiful daisies and had to have ’em. At least I think these are daisies? What are these?
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  5. I have managed to write for pleasure every single day for four days straight.
    This one is huge. I write everyday for my jobs (marketing/editorial), so sometimes writing for pleasure just falls by the wayside. I am challenging myself to write every single day for forty-five days, even if its one sentence. So far, I’m on day four, and it’s awesome. I’ve been beginning my morning and ending my day with a couple minutes of blog writing or journaling, and it’s making me feel great.

What small victories have you been celebrating lately? I’d love to hear about them!

Also, before I go, I’d like to shout it out to the #1 Bro in all the land, my brother Hunter. Yesterday was World Down Syndrome Day, so I’m sharing the picture I shared on Instagram (follow me!).

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Here’s to people becoming educated about Down syndrome, inclusion, and everything in-between. I’ve learned so much about you, your abilities, and life since you were born fifteen years ago. I love you more than the moon and the sun. Thank you for teaching me so many things.

If you have questions about Down syndrome or how to make the world more inclusive for people with disabilities, I’m an open book. Ask away. I’d love to get the conversation started! 

#worlddownsyndromeday #inclusioniscool

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