Celebrate the Wins – July

Celebrate the Wins – July

Going to kick off Celebrate the Wins July with my very own win which was somehow finding the courage to put a video on YouTube. You can read more about it here. July has mostly been a good month for me, and there were a few things I could have included, but that one seems like the biggest deal of the bunch!

Now, let’s get to some of your wonderful achievements!

Sarah:

3 weeks dairy-free and it has been tough but I feel so much better in myself. I am lactose intolerant so it’s definitely something I’ve needed to do for a while. (27th of June 2018)

Molly Wildsmith:

As someone who has a hard relationship with food, I have struggled a lot recently with binge eating and comfort eating junk food. Right now I can say that I’ve been eating healthy food and finally getting my diet back on track and back the way it’s supposed to be! It’s been 2 weeks now and I’ve never felt better! (28th of June 2018)

Glaiza Binayas:

I was on a reading slump last February until May. I seriously can’t be bothered to read a book. But this June, I read 3 books! 😍 I’m so happy I finally got out of my reading slump and now I’m only 10 books away ’til I finish my Goodreads Reading Challenge 2018. (June 2018)

Bob Haegele:

I too am a blogger, and as I am finding out, it’s a TON of work. I suppose the good thing about this is that it won’t go poof if you don’t put a ton of time in, but at the same time, you get back what you put in. I’ve been working hard and was pumped to have been featured by Rockstar Finance a couple of weeks ago! It’s still hard work, and I’m not suddenly getting millions of views, but that sort of thing is a huge confidence booster! (9th of July 2018)

Wendy Murphy:

After an 18 year teaching career, I have recently retired. I had a lot of mixed feelings about my retirement. I was excited yet uneasy at the same time. I loved being a teacher. The rewards far outweighed any negatives. Somehow though I just knew it was time. I wanted to finish my career on a high note and I did. I’m proud of my accomplishments enriching the lives of the students I taught. Now at the age of 55 I’m ready to being the next chapter in my life. People have said that I’m too young to retire. Actually I’m not! Both my husband and I have worked extremely hard and sacrificed to get to this point. Yay for us! This is my accomplishment and I’m so very happy! (8th of June 2018)

Reading these makes me so happy!! Well done everyone.

Need a little extra batch of happiness? Check out June’s post!

If you’d like to make a submission of your own, all the details are here. The next one will be published on Wednesday, 29th of August.

Celebrate the Wins July

Celebrate the Wins – June

Celebrate the Wins – June

Welcome to the first ever Celebrate the Wins post! If you have no idea what this is, you can read the introduction post here.

I’m going to start with my very own win which is what set the ball rolling for this. Around two or three weeks ago, I went and sat in a park by myself. I stayed there for an hour, just soaking up the sun and listening to the birds. It might not seem like a big deal, but it was. It was one of those times when I felt like I was in control, not my anxiety. Even though it seemed small, and maybe even silly to some, I wanted to tell everybody.

That’s when I decided that others probably had similar experiences they wanted to share, so I wanted to give them a platform to do it. Whether it was big or small, I wanted to hear about it and share it so we can all feel excited together!

Elizabeth Auwarter:

“I am so very thankful to have just made it through my first year of teaching. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia toward the beginning and worked through what that meant for me and its daily symptoms all while continuing my new job at a high school as a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing. Every day was a struggle, some more than others. My support was amazing, from my husband bringing me painkiller with pep talks in the morning to my coworkers kindnesses, I am a truly blessed woman.” (25th May 2018)

Reb Henshaw:

“I’ve started my blog again (for the 3rd time)… I don’t live in a blogger box, my website doesn’t have a certain genre. I struggled when I first started my blog because the only other blogs were “Beauty”, “Fashion”, “Travel” & “Parenting”. You had to stick to one category. I didn’t like that. That’s why I stopped. But times have finally changed & a new “genre” has been born! The non genre, genre 😂 there are so many amazing blog support groups out there now too, which are suuuper helpful & guide you in the right direction. I’ve fallen in love with writing again & people are actually taking time out of their day to read my posts! What?! My achievement is; not giving up on my blog & finding the motivation and drive to keep it going.” (May 2018)

Jessica:

“I finally got a job after 4 years unemployed. So, my first paying job ever and I’m so happy. I’m doing so much better physically and mentally, even though I only started last week.” (31st May 2018)

Joan Senio:

“My blog, My Best Friend Adeline, was named one of 2018 Top 75 Happiness Blogs on the Planet!” (May 2018)

Raki Seokotsa:

“I got a ring (commitment) ring from my life partner.” (2nd March 2018)

Beth Schroeder:

“I recently quit a job that made me miserable and decided to start my own dog walking business.” (May 2018)

Jill:

“Today is my 32nd birthday. The thing about getting older is that birthdays aren’t always the easiest or the most fun days anymore. Instead they can be reminders of what not been achieved or what has been lost. I was contemplating how I felt about that when I stumbled across Ruth’s invitation to submit to “Celebrate the Wins”.

Whilst I believe it’s important to feel all of our feelings, both positive and negative, I also believe in the power of practicing gratitude and how it can re-frame our whole way of thinking and therefore improve our lives. So, today I am grateful to Ruth for starting this project. I am grateful to the universe for bringing it across my path. And I am grateful for the many “wins” I have to celebrate.

The win that I would like to share, is that I’ve finally got the hang of recognising the hard times in my life as a sign that things need to change, and trusting my judgement to guide me on a better path. I’m no longer just a passenger in my life, I am the pilot.

2017 was a pretty crappy year for me in all areas of my life. But it meant that I was able to rebuild myself from rock-bottom up. This was actually the reason I recently started writing my own blog. In the past month I’ve realised three separate achievements which have been the culmination of the hard work I’ve put in over the past year or so.

The first achievement is that I was awarded a high distinction in my major assignment this semester. I decided to go back to study last year. So in addition to working full-time, and my various other commitments, I am competing a postgraduate diploma by distance. When I received my last assignment question I decided that I would challenge myself to completing it to a distinction-grade standard. I worked so hard on that bloody assignment. When I received it back with a high distinction grade I honestly was too shocked to even be happy about it. But it was the perfect reminder that I can achieve anything I set my mind to if I am willing to work for it.

The second achievement is that I scored an amazing role in an even more amazing musical. There are various reasons, which I won’t go into here, as to why a year ago I wouldn’t have thought I’d have a hope in hell of even getting into the show let alone winning this part. We started rehearsing last weekend and I am having more fun than I’ve had since I can remember. This was a reminder to me that I shouldn’t worry about things I cannot control and just focus on going after what I want.

The third achievement is that two days ago I was offered a new job. This is the ‘dream’ job. The job that I have gone back to study for. The old me wouldn’t have even applied for it because I would have been to scared to take the leap before I felt ready. I am in a ‘safe’ job which pays well and allows me plenty of flexibility to study and enjoy my creative hobbies. But the new me went for it with everything I had. Even though I was terrified. And now, next month I will be taking the next step in my career! This has been a reminder that opportunities don’t always come along when we plan for them and so positive change requires positive action.

I am 32 years old today and I have not achieved certain things that I had hoped for, like marriage or children. But instead of focusing on those I choose to celebrate the wins.” (3rd June 2018)

Mathilde:

I’m taking part in The 100 Day Project, which consists of doing a creative activity of your choice for a 100 days. I attempted it last year and gave up after 30 days. This year I’ve reached day 62 and, although I’ve missed a lot of days, I’m still going. (3rd June 2018)

The Frozen Mind:

Learning how to be my own health advocate. After 20 years of suffering and letting Doctors convince me that my symptoms were psychosomatic, I decided to search for a Doctor that would listen and I found him! We now have drive 6 hours round trip for doctor’s appointments but it is worth it! I was diagnosed with Hemiplegic Migraine and am being treated. (Ongoing)

Laura:

I actually just quit my job (last week), which was making me feel unhappy and where I lost my self-confidence (I already didn’t have much). This represents quite a HUGE STEP for me as I am currently without a job, with a new flat to find as my landlord is selling the flat I’m currently living in (yes, really bad timing) and with not much self-confidence left. On the other end, I’m so proud of myself for taking the risk of quitting and I decided to make this time off profitable doing an online course and focus more on my blog in order to (maybe one day) live from it. But do you know what?! Even if it’s pretty scary at the moment, I feel so much happier and I’m glad I made the right decision! 🙂 (14th June 2018)

Nati:

I finally got the courage to believe in my blog’s potential and I made one of the biggest investments a blogger can make….I bought an absolutely beautiful Canon camera! I’m so excited because not only am I going to be able to improve my photography skills to create better content, but I’ll be able to enhance the visual aspect of my blog in general! (21st June 2018)

I LOVED reading these! Such a great mix of achievements and I’m so happy for all of you!

If you’d like to make a submission for July, please fill in this form.

Celebrate the Wins June

Celebrate the Wins – A new series coming soon

Celebrate the Wins – A new series coming soon

I’m introducing a new series to my blog called Celebrate The Wins, and I’m going to tell you all about it.

Life is strange. When you’re young, you get rewarded for basic things. You get gold stars for writing your name. You get certificates for turning up. There are plenty of opportunities for praise and applause.

As you get older, it takes much more to be considered worthy of celebration. A promotion, a new house, an “important” birthday, passing your driving test. Yes, these things are fantastic but there are also so many beautiful, wonderful moments in between.

I know people will argue it’s just part of growing up that some of these moments slip by unnoticed, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Life is hard. We need to do more to acknowledge the good stuff.

Sometimes, doing the smallest task can seem like a huge victory. As someone who has plenty of experience of how challenging some days can be, I appreciate the elation you feel when you have a win. Other people might not understand the need to celebrate when you manage to go outside, or even get out of bed, but I do.

Perhaps you’ve just made a phone call you’ve been putting off for weeks. Maybe you’ve reached 100 followers on Twitter. Or you could have finally quit a job which was making you unhappy. Whatever it is that’s got you feeling good, I want to know.

The goal is to celebrate the wins together. I want us to share what we have achieved; to share our sense of joy. It doesn’t matter how small or big it is, if it’s brought you happiness or made you feel proud of yourself, I want to hear about it. I want to celebrate you. There will be no judgement.

With so much darkness in the world, I want us to share a little light. I want a space where people can revel in their victories, and others can cheer them on.

What you need to know about Celebrate the Wins:

If you would like to make a submission, please fill in this form. Please only share whatever information you are comfortable with and would be happy to have published on my blog.

If you have a picture you would like to include alongside your story, please email it separately to hello@ruthinrevolt.com, or send me a message on Twitter.

You can include ONE link – whether it’s your blog, business, YouTube channel, Instagram, whatever, it’s up to you.

While I’m sure you have achieved fantastic things in your life, I would like these to be recent achievements. Please try to make sure it has been no longer than a month since you have done it. There will be a little flexibility here, but if you start telling me about the time you backflipped at five-years-old, it probably won’t make the cut. 😉

As this will be ongoing, the form will always be open for you to share whatever you want. If you make multiple submissions, you will only be featured once in a post, but you may be featured in a different post at a later date. It may require some patience on your part, but I would like to feature as many as I can. So, if you don’t see yourself in a post, know that I am getting to you!

I would like to request that you only share stories which relate to you directly. Although I understand you will have great stories about others and what they’re doing, it would defeat the point. I want this to be about personal accomplishments.

If I receive similar answers from different people, I plan to share them both because I’m celebrating the individual and their experience. I don’t want anybody to feel like their achievement has been overlooked.

Celebrate The Wins will start on Wednesday June 27th and will be a monthly feature. I will share between 5 and 10 wins, depending on their length.

I would love for you to take part.

It makes me so happy to hear about people doing well. I have a very broad definition of what that means, because I know it’s dependent on the person. So, please, don’t think I won’t be interested in what you’ve managed to do because I most certainly will be. Even if you think it seems silly, I assure you I’ll understand.

Whether it’s travelling to somewhere new, showing up to work when you didn’t feel like it or finally plucking up the courage to step outside, we need to celebrate these moments. If nothing else, I need you to know I will be proud of you for whatever it is, and it will be my pleasure to be a part of your journey. I’m hoping, together, we can create something wonderful.

If you have any questions, please get in touch. Otherwise, thank you in advance for taking part. I can’t wait to share your stories and celebrate the wins with you.

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