Celebrating is something I too often forget to do. Time passes quickly, you go from one activity to the other. You’re busy. You may not have exactly finished a project yet. So yeah. You forget.
It’s too bad. I was thinking about this the other day with regard to my book. I got so busy launching it that I still haven’t had time for a party (not even a tiny one!) even though it’s one of the things I’m most proud of. Even though I still can’t even believe it’s been a New York Times Best Seller for months now. And it’s coming out in countries I even haven’t yet visited.
It’s too bad because all these projects, especially the ones we hold most dear, are real moments of growth, communion with others, and self-actualization.
Before, when my life was a little bit more fluid (I assure you, I’m doing everything I can to put a bit more space back into my schedule. Cult of the overbusy, you won’t get me!), I made a point of celebrating even the smallest successes. And each time, I thought it was a great thing to do. It was a time to say thank you to the people who’ve worked with you, and most of all, to reflect on why you did the project in the first place.
That’s why, this time, we decided to celebrate the release of Pardon My French. Something simple, but real. The people who helped me get it started were there (except for Amanda and Emily, even though they’ve been working on it like crazy), including the Outnet team (I could write an entire post about them – they’re the ideal partners, they let us have total creative freedom and give us the support to do things well) and my friends.
Typically, dinners stress me out, but this time – in the name of my new quest to be chill – I decided not to overthink it and just enjoy myself. I had such a good time, I totally forgot to do a speech, even though I seriously loooooooove speeches, especially when they are teary-eyed and full of good feelings.
Oh well, I’ll do one when we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the blog this summer. And this time, you’ll all be invited!!! (hehehe teaser)
I’ll let you take a look at the photos. And don’t forget to download the podcast here!
Translated by Andrea Perdue