Wow!! Can you believe we’re about to say goodbye to a decade?!

But, are we, really? There’s a lot of debate about when the new decade starts. At I2L, we choose to believe that it starts on January 1, 2020! (It’s a great reason for an even bigger New Year’s celebration!!)

Do you remember what you were doing when we ushered in this decade, circa December 2009? It took us some serious memory-jogging (and Googling!) to remember. A lot has changed for us since then, both personally and professionally, and we bet you feel the same way.

If you’re having a hard time conceptualizing what a decade feels like, here’s a quick look-back: Ten years ago, Sony was still selling floppy disks (they halted production in 2010), iPads didn’t exist yet (the first iPad was released in April 2010), and the Black Eyed Peas were rocking the Billboard charts with Boom Boom Pow and I Gotta Feeling!

Isn’t it interesting how we get so caught up in the busyness of our day-to-day that we forget what’s happened over the past ten years?

As a high achiever, you probably find yourself spending a lot more time looking ahead to the next challenge than celebrating your past achievements. Do you pause to savor the success you’ve created, or do you blow right past it in pursuit of what’s next?

Pausing to celebrate your accomplishments does wonders for the body, mind and spirit! When we create space to reflect on our growth, we can consciously bring that learning with us to tackle future challenges with a bit more ease and grace. When we cultivate an attitude of gratitude for our success, we boost our well-being and see the world through a more expanded lens. In fact, research conducted by Professors Dr. Robert A. Emmons and Dr. Michael McCullough shows that people who celebrate frequently:

  • Enjoy more energy
  • Feel less stress and anxiety
  • Are more likely to help others
  • Exercise more frequently
  • Sleep better
  • Have improved physical health
  • Make even greater progress toward achieving their goals

Before 2019 becomes a distant memory, we challenge you to celebrate the successes, achievements and accomplishments of you and your team over the past year (and why not the whole decade while you’re at it?)! (Pssst…If you’re looking for ideas on how to celebrate with your team, we’ve got you covered.) Celebrate the end of this decade with a bang, and pave the way for greater well-being and success in the decade to come!

We wish you and yours a joyous, peaceful and nourishing holiday season!!

See you next decade in the DoP,

Celebrations are the punctuation marks that make sense of the passage of time; without them, there are no beginnings and no endings.

– David Campbell