Time to celebrate. Definitely NOT because the Panthers’ lost, again. Not because I’m sitting here eating a couple pieces of fabulous chocolate. Not because I’m happy to be feeling better. Not because I get to go see my son swing a stick and whack a puck tomorrow. Not because I have awesome friends who I am incredibly grateful for. Not because most of the Christmas dust is packed and put away. Not because my nephew scored three goals in his soccer game today. Not even because I have the most amazing family in the galaxy. This time, it’s about me (not because I’m NOT grateful for all of the above [except for the Cats losing] because I am). I hesitate to say this because I have a long standing tradition of not taking credit when credit is due. I get shy when compliments are given. If sitting, I slump as far down as possible. My darker, Mediterranean descent skin turns reddish when accolades are directed my way. But, for once, I’m going to give myself a compliment and mean it (I’m learning). Way to go! You worked you’re a$$ off and accomplished a lot in a short amount of time! Of course, there’s more ahead to conquer, but, you will! There. An affirmation for myself. I think it’s about time we, as humans, start to build ourselves up instead of tear ourselves down. I’m not talking narcissism or arrogance. Just showing ourselves a little love (and cutting ourselves some slack when necessary). So, hey, here’s an affirmation for YOU! YOU’VE done a great job (insert specifics)! YOU should celebrate! Pat YOURself on the back! Here’s to YOU! Cheers!