Hello 100! CELEBRATE This Week {C}

I’m glad you are here to celebrate! Share a link to your blog post below and/or use #celebratelu to share celebrations on Twitter. Check out the details here. Celebrate This Week goes live on Friday night around 10(ish). Consider it as a weekend celebration. Whenever it fits in your life, add your link. Please leave a little comment love for the person who links before you.


Hello 100! I think of Franki Sibberson every single week when I claim celebration. She nudged me into offering a place to share celebrations. Franki is a mentor to me in so many different areas of life — writer, teacher, momma, friend. I’ve started thinking of her as the big sister I never had. It seems appropriate that she begins my list of reasons to celebrate.
  1. Celebration lightens the load.
  2. Celebration allows me to find the simplicity in life.
  3. Celebration gives me the chance to unwind.
  4. Celebration forces me to live unhurried in a hurry-up world.
  5. Celebration turns my story from hard to good.
  6. Celebration rewrites the story I’m living.
  7. Celebration offers hope.
  8. Celebration connects us to one another.
  9. Celebration saves me from darkness.
  10. Celebration makes a difference.

This week, a first grade teacher lost her battle to cancer. It wasn’t the way we thought the story was going to go when the school year opened and the entire staff wore yellow on the first day of school to support and encourage her.

It’s a gut-wrenching story, yet the principal led with compassion. The mantra this week became be gentle with yourself and others.

Sometimes celebration quietly claims space in our hearts. When there’s nothing to celebrate, it’s a brave choice to be gentle with yourself. Being gentle is a celebration.

Too many times I’ve wondered if CELEBRATE This Week is worthwhile.

You don’t do something 100 times if it’s not worthwhile.
There’s no fanfare this week. This seems ironic. Shouldn’t a celebration link-up have a big shindig for 100? On second thought, perhaps it is just perfect this way. When you learn to celebrate every week, you learn to find the quiet, but mighty celebrations. This is grit. Finding something to celebrate, even when it seems impossible. Celebration is sometimes quiet, like the whisper of a butterfly.
Thanks for joining me. You remind me that celebration is a very worthwhile practice. You give me permission to be myself, even when it’s in a quiet sort of way.
Hugs, Ruth


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  1. Ruth – I appreciate the grit to keep celebrations going and your honest celebrations make sense of life and allow the simple to be important. Life has challenges, teaching has challenges, celebrations remind us of goodness. Thank you.

  2. Dear Ruth, I am sorry for the loss of one of your colleagues. What a sad time for her family, the staff and students. Thank you for your wise words of quiet celebrations, gentleness in actions. We have a greeting engraved on a large stone outside at my school: “A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.”– Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne I would say that the thought for others can also include oneself. Hugs to you, too.

  3. Ruth, Thank you for inspiring me each week to celebrate. I agree with Margaret…it's made me better, in so many ways! I am so sorry for the loss of the first grade teacher. That's so hard, but the words “Be gentle with yourself” are so powerful! Thank you again!

  4. “Celebration rewrites the story I'm living.” Yes Ruth, it most certainly does. It has changed my mood from dark to light many, many times. I thank you a thousand times and a thousand more for making this possible for me. I am not sure I would have figured it out on my own, No, I am pretty sure I would not have. Julieanne encouraged me to join you on Saturdays, and I am thankful to her too.
    I am so sorry about the death of your friend.

  5. Such wise words to see bravery in being gentle. I am sorry for your loss. We lost a teacher at our school to cancer about 8 years ago. She is still with us in so many ways. Your reasons to celebrate resonate. This is such an important and generous community. Thank you for bringing us together each week.

  6. Celebration slows me down and reminds me to notice and pay attention. It's a gift you've given us. Some weeks are shout it from the rooftop celebrations, but most weeks are simply spent looking back and recognizing ordinary moments that are made beautiful in the remembering. Many of us have been here for those weeks when it was hard to celebrate. You've modeled that for us by showing up even during the difficult times. I celebrate the connections of this weekly gathering.

  7. Even though I haven't been linking up as often lately, I am always finding those quiet celebrations. It is what has kept me sane through some pretty rough times in the past few months. I am so glad that you started this community and I am grateful for the nudge into thinking this way and making the efforts to always find something to celebrate. I am so sorry to hear about your colleague. What a difficult time for your school community.

  8. Ruth, You and your celebration link up has made such a difference in how I view the world, at least on the weekends. I don't think my words here can express my gratitude. The call to celebrate is bold when things are not feeling very celebratory. To be brave enough to keep doing this says a lot about your spirit. Hugs and thanks to you.

  9. Even if I don't always get a post done, I'm now always thinking of what I have to celebrate thanks to you. You are an beautiful force in this world Ruth Ayres. I can't image my life without you!

  10. Ruth, your digital inspiration for the week and the thought, “Be gentle with yourself”, are ones that will stay with me. I am saddened by the news you shared. Loss is very difficult but must be heartbreaking for your faculty and students. Life is fragile and uncertain that is why an attitude of gratitude is necessary.

  11. It's worthwhile.

    Isn't it kind of awesome that we celebrate so consistently that it doesn't have to come with fanfare? From celebrating every week, I've realized that celebration can come with confetti or candles but it can come just as fiercely with a quiet Friday morning phone call or an extra squeeze at the end of a hug. However it happens, celebration matters. <3

  12. Ruth, thank you for starting and maintaining this focus on focusing on the good in our lives. I too hold the “Be gentle with yourself” phrase in my heart as we all are reminded this week of the fragility of life.

  13. Ruth, by being you, opening your heart even when you are unsure, you have inspired many blessings. You've carved another path, a different filter, to view the moments in our lives and a specific place to write about them. You have changed my thinking and Saturdays are different even if I do not always write. Even when my life has been at it's most challenging I am encouraged by knowing this space is here. I strive to see a celebration. Maybe especially then the small spark of celebration breaks the darkness. God bless you, my friend!

  14. Ruth, thank you for encouraging us to look for the celebrations, to celebrate thru the hard as well as the fun. I know look for the celebrations even if I don't get them posted each week. My life has been blessed and enriched because of you.
    I am sorry to hear of your loss. I hope stories will comfort you and the staff.

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  16. Dear Ruth, Thank you for continuing to help us stop to see and savor the good. It is heartwarming to feel the hope in your celebrations. with a smile, and a grateful heart, Elaine Helle

  17. 100 Celebrations! Love it! And yes, celebrating every week, the quiet but mighty celebrations become more visible. Thanks for reminding us of that every week!