A gain, a glow, or a gem

With the year coming to an end, I think that it’s so important to reflect on your successes and achievements, even if the year didn’t give you every single thing you hoped for.

Reflecting on your year’s successes and achievements is a way of acknowledging your growth, your hard work, and your dedication to all facets of your life.

Each thing that went well in your year is a glow. Or you can call it gain or a gem.

I first heard of “glows” last school year during an observation of one of my lessons. My coach left me a list of 2 “glows” and 1 “grow” written on post-it notes after she observed me teach.

I’d never heard of glows and grows, so I was curious to learn what she was talking about.

It turned out that the “glows” were 2 things that’d gone well over the course of the lesson. The “grow” was one thing I could improve on. 

I thought, this is neat! Believe it or not, I can sometimes be a Negative Nancy, so it helped to know that I’d done 2 things well.

It helps to be reminded that even though some things still need growth in your life, other things are already going well.

Acknowledge those things that are going well in your life instead of being hard on yourself or instead of letting yourself drown in moments of hopelessness.

What are the things that are flowing in your life?What have you overcome? What have you learned?

Whether you call it a gain, a glow, or a gem, celebrate all of those things that went well this year: light-bulb moments, experiences of success, and moments that brought you joy.

Celebrate the Little Things

Give yourself permission to celebrate the little things. It’s totally okay to feel accomplished on the days when you only had a few things to do.

So what if today’s to-do list was simple? So what if you’re not going at the pace you’d like to? Celebrate that one step you took out of courage, out of hope, out of determination.

Maybe you took that one step that brought you healing. Maybe today you took that one step that you know is making the world a better place. Maybe you took a step that brought you closer the the completion of a long-term goal.

Maybe today you chose to cook a meal for yourself instead of buying fast-food. Or you talked to someone you hadn’t talked to in a long time. Maybe today you helped someone with something they would’ve struggled with had they completed the activity on their own.

Maybe today went slower. Maybe there were more challenges. Maybe you did some waiting. Maybe you did all of the things that we do out of routine: you got out of bed, you fed your pet, or you drove your family or friends.

All the simple or small steps you are taking on your journey are significant. Pause. Honor your journey. Celebrate the little things.