One day soon, I’ll quit talking about “the wall.” I’m sorry to say that today isn’t going to be that day. When I could have gestated a child in the amount of time it took me to finish a single project, it’s not going to go away quickly!
When I was working on that painting project, I kept telling Tom that I was going to “frame these damn paint brushes” when I was finished. It got to be a joke, and I would daydream about where I would hang them. On one of the painted walls? On an adjacent wall?
As it turns out, I’d hang them in my office.
You always expect to find certain things hanging on the walls of a home office – awards, plaques and diplomas. I have both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree, but I honestly couldn’t begin to tell you where my diplomas are. I don’t get too many awards and plaques. But, I did have some empty wall space. And some old paint brushes.
So, I sent my favorite photo of the project to be printed down the street at CVS. I grabbed an unused picture frame from my storage closet, and hot glued the paint brushes directly to the glass. Voila! My own little DIY plaque.
Yeah, its kitschy. And dorky. And silly. And lame. But those little paint brushes were my best friends for a while, and I didn’t want them to be relegated to the back of my paint brush pile. They were a big part of my life story last year, and I’m happy to get to see them every day.
Guys, it’s totally okay to celebrate your little victories. You don’t have to wait for someone else to recognize how awesome you are. You don’t need a professionally engraved plaque or a shiny little trophy to be proud of completing something that was personally fulfilling. Little reminders, like the framed paint brushes, can be incredibly encouraging on the days you feel discouraged. And we all need to feel encouraged.
What do you do to celebrate your little achievements?