Our shiny and radiant new year is here and it’s time to celebrate 2012!
Yes, I know I’m 21 days past 2012 by the strictest calendar, dot every “i” type standards. But this Delight Detective likes to ignore that calendar once in awhile and not fret so much about Time and ‘to-do’ lists.
Here in the Yes and Yay Universe, Time is flexible, expansive and generous. We believe it’s never too late to celebrate and honor your personal Ta-Da moments.
So here’s what I did: I took my sweet Time to gently shut the door on 2012 and savor the delights of my past year, bidding it a fond and proper farewell.
While I imagined some folks squealing out of their personal starting gates on January 1st, revving up their productivity engines, I chose to slow down and expand my Time.
A full two weeks slid by as I steadfastly ignored the ‘hurry up Frances you are already falling behind” voices and allowed myself some Time to Relax and Play. Yes indeed, Delight Detectives everywhere know a lot about the restorative properties of these two verbs!
Thus, I rang in 2013 with friends, music and dancing.
I read a couple of books, cooked a bunch of good food and took afternoon naps. (Yes!)
I took a road trip with Jeff and the girls and we played in the Canadian snow. (Lovely!)
And on a spectacularly Disco Ball Dazzling Day here at Yes and Yay HQ, I created a Celebration Play-sheet starring a bright orange sun.
And then I took out my trusty Sharpie markers and marked it up willy nilly. I plunged right into the painting without thinking about whether I’d make a mistake or write something silly. I wrote down every wonderful experience or accomplishment that I could think of. I’m pretty sure that I left out a bunch of stuff, but the painting still filled up quickly.
I hung “Celebrate 2012” on my studio wall as a sunny and congratulatory reminder of the many ‘next steps’ I took last year.
Now, having taken a leisurely path to properly tuck 2012 into bed, I’m ready to shine my big beam of de-Light into 2013.
And rather than wait until next January, I’ve decided to celebrate my Ta-Da moments each week (that’s 52 Ta-Da Times!), rather than once.
1) Create a relaxing Oasis of Joy with my
a) favorite music, b) delicious beverage, and c) a scrumptious morsel of chocolate;
2) Take out a fresh Ta-Da Play-sheet; and
3) Celebrate my accomplishments and the goodness of my life in the visual way I know and love: with my trusty Sharpie markers!
I shall then place my completed stack of Ta-Da Playsheet Evidence where I can continue to see and celebrate it.
And here’s the marvelous part:
You have arrived at the Yes and Yay Ta-Da Celebration Party, at exactly the right Time!
And I’ve created a special party favor (gift!) just for you:
Here’s your mission:
1) Download my Ta-Da Playsheet set;
2) Print it out, draw, paint, mark it up and morph it to suit your needs;
3) And then go ahead and create your special oasis of Time, in your own beautiful way, to note and celebrate your Ta-Da moments.
As you consider your growing pile of Ta-Da Play-Sheet evidence, please realize just how important your spark and the gifts you share are.
Your sparks do matter. Each little step you take to share your gifts, each time you notice what delights and inspires you , you light up our Universe. Hooray!
Our sparks make the Universe SPARKLE!
And this, my friends, is a very fine reason to celebrate each day.
PS Delight Detectives love to dish out hoorays! Share your Ta-Da Play-sheet(s) on Facebook, or Tweet to @fcfawcettartist, #FCFtada2013 for an enthusiastic round of applause from our growing community.