EPISODE 53: [EDUCATION] Why You need to start Celebrating the Small Stuff

Do you totally suck at telling yourself “good job!” or being proud of the work you are putting into your goals and dreams? Or maybe you never celebrate your major accomplishments when they happen because you are so dead-set on the bigger, long-term goals that you have?

GIRL, it is time that you start to celebrate every single small win that you have because when you do, you are going to welcome so much more JOY and MOTIVATION to keep working towards those bigger goals. In today’s episode I am going to give you 3 major changes I noticed in my own life when I started to celebrate all the small things I am doing. 


This episode is here to remind you that you should feel proud of the work you are doing and by celebrating the hard work you are doing, the more you are going to want to work towards your most obsessed life! 
















Maddy 0:08 Welcome to the living in sunshine podcast. If you don’t know who I am, my name is Maddy. And I am so excited to have you tuning in to our weekly podcast episodes, where we chat all the things from tips and tricks to funny stories from my life that have helped me to truly live in the sunshine. In this space, we are all about encouraging, inspiring and giving you the tough love that you need to hear sometimes to realize that you are totally made for more than what you currently have in life, and that you hold the power to make the changes that you need to level up and live your best self. So buckle up, grab some water, and let’s get into it. Good morning, my dudes and Happy Wednesday, I am so excited that you are tuning in for another brand new living in sunshine podcast episode. And I just wanted to say Happy Wednesday. But most importantly, Happy April, can you believe that we’re in the fourth month of the year already, I feel like 2022 is first and foremost, thank goodness, going way better than 2021. I mean, I don’t know how many other people feel like that. But I’m just so grateful for how well this year is going in comparison. But also I just feel like it’s going by so quickly like my birthday is in another week. And the own your vision course is now out which I’m going to talk about in a second. And lots of you are here listening to the show. It’s just I’m so grateful that we’re here for another episode. I’m so grateful that you guys continue to tune in. And I’m just so grateful for all of the good things that are coming our way in this month. So before we dive into today’s episode, which is all about why you need to start celebrating the small things in your life, which is to go along with our April theme of intentionally celebrating, I wanted to remind you have the big huge launch of our own your vision course, this own your vision course my own your vision course, is my full scope roadmap step by step process that I have bundled into a do it yourself at your own pace on your own time course for you to gain clarity in what you want for your life. And not even that maybe you already feel like you know what you’re doing, you know where you’re going. But you just struggle with motivation or setting goals that you can actually achieve. This course is for you. And I have linked all of the info for the course in the show notes if you do want to check it out if you have not yet already enrolled. And I am just so excited for the excitement that you guys have shown for this course already. All of you who have already enrolled, and all of you who are sending me questions and are genuinely curious about what this course is. So again, if you are wanting to enroll, I’m going to encourage you to enroll before April 10. Because that is when all of the promo codes expire. So if you’re on my email list, my waitlist or even if you came to our free masterclass last weekend, definitely be sure to use those promo codes ASAP before they expire on April 10. Because once they do, the price of the course is going to go up and it’s going to stay at that price for the lifetime of the course. And if you’re like wait a second, I didn’t get any promo codes like Where can I get this promo code I need this course, feel free to shoot me a message over on Instagram, my handle is at living the letter N sunshine. It’s also linked in the show notes as well to make it easy. And shoot me a message with the word promo code. And I will send you over a promo code just for you to use to snag the on your vision course save a little bit of money along the way, and take you on this incredible journey to help you to learn how to design a life that you are obsessed with. And to all of my friends and ladies who have already enrolled and your name is already on my goal getter list on my wall in my office. Thank you so much for your love and support of this course, it’s seriously been such a labor of love the last, oh my gosh, like almost five or six months now. And I’m so grateful for your support and enrollment in this course. And I cannot wait to see and hear where it takes you. All right. And now that my big announcement and reminder to go jump into the enumeration course is out of the way. Let’s go ahead and hop in to today’s episode. Okay, so today’s episode is all about why you need to start celebrating the small stuff in your life. And not just the small stuff, but the small wins that you have along the way, and working towards and moving the needle towards your bigger goals and dreams that you have for your life. My friend, I am going to encourage you today this week and going forward to start to implement some things in your life that help you to put on the brakes and take a look behind you to see all the incredible work that you have done to get to where you are in your journey right now. And this all stems you guys from my own experience of being a happy hustler. So as just like a synopsis if you’re not sure if you’re new to the show, or you don’t know my story, I have always been someone who has worked a ton of jobs for like her whole life. I’m currently I turned 27 Next week, and I started working like as soon as I could to probably 12 to be a babysitter. And ever since then I’ve always been in a work, work work mentality. And when I was in my earlier 20s, because I’m not yet 30. So my earlier 20s, like, right after graduating, I was a very goal oriented human being like, so hyper focused tunnel vision on the big end goal, to where I would not allow myself and tell myself that I was not allowed to do things like take time off, go on vacations, I would work every single day of the weekend. So both Saturday and Sunday, and I just had this really toxic mindset when it came to working towards my goals, I would not allow myself to tell myself good job or be proud of what I was doing, unless I had finally gotten to my larger end goal. And the issue with this, maybe you have are the same way currently, or you have struggled with this in the past, when we become so goal oriented in what we’re doing, we fail to bring joy every single day and excitement every single day into what we’re working towards. And when I talk about this, I don’t just mean at work, okay, none of I know I talk a lot about being a business owner, I talk a lot about, you know, having all these different jobs. But you guys, this is also applicable, if you have a health goal, or a relationship goal or, or a personal goal with yourself. Maybe it’s like a goal of just reading 52 books in a year, right, or however many that’s a lot of books in a year, like let’s say 30 books in a year, right? When we look at only the big goal. And we fail to look at the small things that we do along the way, the things that we do well, the things that we accomplish the things that we cross off of our to do list, we suck all the fun and joy out of what we’re doing. And then instead of becoming excited about what we’re doing, instead of waking up feeling joyful about what we get to do to work towards that goal, right? We become resentful, we don’t want to do it. We stifle our own motivation, and consistency to make those larger goals happen. Because we’re only focused on the bigger goal instead of looking at all the small things that we are doing along the way to make that goal happen. This is something that I realized maybe like a year and a half ago now almost two years ago now. And so today, I’m sharing with you three major reasons that you need to start recognizing these small things. Because these are things that I have done and do currently to allow me to be more joyful and excited. In my work in generally in my life. So before, like I mentioned, I rarely ever celebrated the small wins, right? I rarely ever celebrated doing something well, or completing a task or anything like that. So I was like, Well, I’m still not at my larger goal. But now because I proactively celebrate the small wins that I have in my day, I go into work, and just my general day, right, knowing that I will accomplish something and be proud of it, right? So when we go into each day knowing okay, even if I just get my top three things that I need to get done today done, that’s a win, right? Or even if I get that one thing that’s been on my to do list, calling the doctor making a dentist appointment, scheduling the cleaners to come to your house, and we’re turning your library books, right, those nagging tasks that we tend to avoid, right? Sometimes are adult tasks like bookkeeping, or doing your taxes right, because it’s tax season. Pretty sure taxi was next week, is it next week. Anyway, we’re getting off track. When we recognize and we start to proactively celebrating, crossing off and doing those small things. It gives you a little daily boost of serotonin that we all want and love and need in order to feel happier and more joyful in life. Right? When you intentionally and proactively celebrate the small wins, and you take a hot sector say aye Shep, like you got that done. Congratulations, mark it off, move on, you’re done. You give yourself that little bit of a positive boost, to continue to move forward. And also to give yourself a little bit of pride knowing I got this task done or tasks or bigger goals, smaller goal, whatever it might be. Now I can carry forward knowing I can feel success and know that I can be successful at what I’m working towards. The second reason you need to start celebrating your small wins is because celebrating the small wins helps you maintain the motivation that you need to be able to keep going and get through the hard times and the hard seasons of life. That life will give you Okay, I promise you even if you’re someone who is happy go lucky you have the best life ever. Everything goes right. You’re like Lindsay Lohan in that movie. What was it called? Just my luck back in like the early 2000s. Even if that’s your life, right? Life is going to throw you a curveball. There’s going to be a season of life where things just feel hard. But when you are intentionally celebrating the small wins in whatever your goals are right, you are going to welcome more fun and joy to get you through those hard times. Okay? Work life relationships, whatever is never fun if you fail to celebrate the small things literally when you are so tunnel visioned on the bigger picture, or only on your long term goal, you are robbing yourself of small moments of celebration and wins along the way. When you rob yourself of feeling good of the work that you’re doing, you are lowering your motivation to want to keep moving forward. Okay, think about it. If you are, I don’t know trying a new hobby, and you continue to fail, you continue to fail, you continue to fail. Or maybe you’re at a job, and your boss continues to harp on you about all the things that you’re doing wrong, right? Are you going to want to continue doing that job or that hobby? No, no one wants to continue something that makes them feel less, or like they’re not good enough. And when we are so tunnel visioned on the larger goal of life, we fail to recognize all the small good that we’re doing to get to that longer term goal. Does that make sense? This is why we need to continue to celebrate the small wins in order to continue to stay motivated to getting to that larger, bigger vision for our life. And again, by celebrating the small wins, or the smaller goals that you reach along the way of getting towards your bigger goal or your bigger vision. This allows you to feel successful and feel pride in what you’re doing, which are two things that humans innately want to feel. Listen to me on this feeling. Pride is not a bad thing. I’m so tired of people teaching kids that you shouldn’t be prideful. Don’t act prideful. Yes, please act prideful. We want to feel proud about what we’re doing. There’s nothing wrong with that. And when you celebrate the small things, you’re going to generate that feeling of pride of I can do a good job, I can do things that are kind of difficult for me to do, or I can learn something new to be able to get towards a larger goal. That’s going to fuel your motivation to keep working towards that thing. And this kind of carries us into thing number three, when you celebrate the small wins in your work towards your goals and your bigger vision in your life. You are building that sense of pride and joy, sort of like a, like a safety net of pride and joy about what you’re doing, which is a good thing. Okay. Again, I don’t care what people say, you are allowed to feel proud of the work that you do. Pride is not a bad thing. It just it just isn’t. I don’t care what people say it’s not a bad thing. You should feel proud of the work that you are doing. Again, whether it’s work slash job related or not, you should want to celebrate the hard work that you do. And there’s nothing wrong with feeling pride about your work. And when you celebrate the small wins, you get yourself familiarized and more comfortable with feeling pride. Because I know for a lot of people, women especially we suck at being prideful, like we are the worst. Think about it when someone compliments your dress or your outfitter, or maybe you lost a little bit of weight and someone makes a comment on it. And you’re like, oh, this Oh, no, it’s nothing or Oh, no, you’re just being nice. Like, no, they’re I mean, they are being nice. But you also worked hard to be able to maybe afford that expensive dress, or you worked hard to look as good as you do. And as healthy as you do. Stop robbing yourself of being prideful towards the hard work that you’re doing in your life to create a life that you’re obsessed with. And that brings you joy, there’s nothing wrong with that. And my friends celebration can look like anything, it could look like a lot of things. And I give you some really good examples in my free go getter guide book, which you can download via the link in the show notes. I have linked that for you there. This guide book is something I released and launched back in January. Lots of you already have it in your hands, which is amazing. But it’s a four step process in setting goals that you can actually achieve. And within that guidebook, I give you some really intentional, impactful, proactive ways to celebrate your small wins. But I wanted to give you some quick examples right now in case you’re like driving down the road and you shouldn’t really be looking at your phone. So some examples of easy ways to celebrate. Could be maybe if you hit a goal in your TPT store or your Etsy shop, you can celebrate it by purchasing new fonts or clipart or you know, graphics or whatever, to reinvest back into your store. Maybe you hit your first benchmark and your health and wellness journey. Then to celebrate you could go buy yourself a cute new sports bra from Target or Amazon Urbana know your favorite place. Another way to celebrate is if you sign a new client for your consulting business, you can then invest $20 back into your business or save it and you guys celebrate It doesn’t even need to be a financial thing. It doesn’t need to be money based. Simply sharing your celebrations with the people in your life is enough to build the pride that you have in your journey and show other people that you’re working towards your goals every single day. I celebrate with Lucas all the time just by saying, oh my gosh, I signed a new client or oh my gosh, yay, someone bought something from my TPT store. Those are small moments of celebration, I’m sharing that with him, which makes me feel excited because he’s excited for me, it makes me feel pride because I’m showing him that I am making moves towards my goals. And it just shows him that I’m serious about the work that I’m doing, which builds respect and understanding from the people that you love, that what you’re doing is intentional, and something that you are taking seriously. And this is one last thing that I want you to hear me out on. Okay. And this is for all of my people, pleasers. All of my women who tend to make themselves feel small, or like what they’re doing isn’t enough, you, my friend are allowed to celebrate your wins. And you shouldn’t be doing this often. It is not boastful to share your successes with the people that you love. You don’t see the boys in the world straying away from sharing all of their successes, do you so neither should we as women, okay, if the boys can do it, we can do it. So you should be celebrating your successes that you’re having in your life. Again, work related, family related personal related relationships related doesn’t matter where share your successes with other people and celebrate them intentionally every day. Because when you do, you’re going to foster more motivation, pride and joy in what you’re doing. And it’s going to help you to want to continue to move the needle forward to designing and building a life that you are obsessed with my friend that is everything that I have for you today. Again, don’t forget to go enroll in the on your vision course I have linked it down below in the show notes before the price goes up on April 10. And if you have any questions on the course feel free to shoot them my way. I hope you loved today’s brand new episode and are excited for all of the episodes coming this month in April. I will see you again next week for seven lessons that I have learned in 27 years. And I cannot wait to see you then. Until next week. I am sending you all the sunshine good vibes and I hope you make it a great day. That is all I have for you today my dudes and I hope you love today’s episode. If you did, I would seriously appreciate it if you went and left the show a review and rating on whatever platform you’re currently listening on. For every review and rating that you leave it truly helps the show grow and reach more women just like yourself. If you had any major takeaways or aha moments, be sure to take a screenshot of this episode. post it to your social media stories with your biggest takeaways and tag me at living in sunshine so I can share it with my people as well. Again, thank you so much for hanging out with me this week. And until next time, I am sending you all the sunshine good vibes and I hope you make it a great day.