Life is a celebration. It is important to celebrate life everyday, even if it is something that is seemingly very small. Last Christmas my daughter gave me a Christmas gift. We don't usually have her get us gifts but her school did a fundraiser and she bought her momma and Ime gifts. Anyway, she got my a lovely necklace. She was so proud of herself for getting us each something and her eyes just beamed as we were opening our gifts. When I opened it, my heart just melted. How thoughtful she had been to buy me such a lovely necklace. She begged as I opened it, "put it on mommy, put it on." So, with anxiety in my stomach, I took it out of the box, opened the clasp and attempted to put it around my neck. It was too small. It wouldn't fit. The disappointment in my daughter's eyes crushed me deeply. The pride she had felt for getting me this necklace quickly faded. I smiled and said that it was a lovely and thoughtful gift and that I would keep it forever and that someday I would be able to wear it. She knodded but I could tell there was still deep disappointment. Let's fast forward to last Friday. Last Friday I had an event to go to and I really wanted to look nice. I put together a nice outfit and was putting on my make up when I noticed that necklace hanging by the mirror. I thought, I am going to see if I can put that on. I picked it up and I could feel that same anxiety building up in my stomach, I opened the clasp and it fit! I was so excited!! Brennah was gone, so I didn't get to share the immediate celebration with her but I was so happy knowing I could wear a necklace that she gave me and that I knew that would make her so happy. It may sound silly to you to celebrate being able to wear a necklace, but with all of the weight I had gained, I could not wear jewelry like that and the fact that it fit was just a reinforcement that my hard work was paying off. The seemingly little things in life are worth your attention and celebration. Not only is it worth celebration but it is worth a grateful attitude. I know I worked hard to lose weight and I keep working hard but I am grateful that the hard work is paying off and I am grateful to wear the necklace my daughter got me. Everyday is a celebration and life is a celebration! Sometimes it is difficult to celebrate through the difficult times but it is worth celbrating those times (like the fact that my daughter saw fit to get me a gift for Christmas) and it makes the good times all the more sweeter! So live life my friends and live to to celebrate!!