Change Challenge 52: Week 10

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Change Challenge 52: Week 10

Week 10’s Challenge:  Celebrate!

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I know I for one am constantly looking at things to improve.  I love watching the DIY network and thinking of what home improvement projects I can get started on.  I love watching shows like Biggest Loser and seeing the hard work the contestants make to make some major lifestyle and health changes.  And, I’m constantly thinking about ways that I can improve and become a “better” me.

Richard Foster, in his book, “The Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth” states that celebration is one of the key spiritual disciplines.  Yes, you read that right, celebration is a spiritual discipline.

The challenge for this week is to look at each day through the lens of celebration.  Instead of thinking of what things need to improve inside and outside ourselves, let’s look and see what it is that we can genuinely and authentically celebrate, even if it’s not “perfect” or “improved”.

And, if you’re really up for the challenge, plan a party with some friends and celebrate the amazing in your life.  Look for it, and you’ll find it.

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About the Author:

Jennifer Slingerland Ryan knows a thing or two about kids and families. First, she knows they are joyous, exhilarating, loving and so darn fun. Second, she knows they suck your life dry and make you weep like a baby. By day she’s a psychotherapist; by night she’s a mom and wife. She claims to love therapizing couples, educating parents, reading dystopian fiction and sleeping in her free time (read: she never sleeps). Jennifer has spent over 12 years in private practice working with individuals, couples, and parents who are faced with kid-drama, mamma-drama, and family-drama, and she claims that although some stories make a grown woman cry, she loves it.


  1. ReseAnne Sims April 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I’m celebrating not only being surrounded by amazing friends who are always there for me, but also FINALLY letting go of a situation that has kept me stuck and shutdown for way too long. Life is good 🙂

  2. Katie Swann April 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I’ve been celebrating, not only do I get to live yet another day to improve myself, but celebrating fer how much I have grown – emotionally, mentally, and physically. There have been so many events that have occurred recently that just keep reminding me how much I’ve grown from when I was a junior in High School… and how lucky I am to have the army I do to help me suit up 🙂 So I’m doing the ultimate throwback celebration this weekend… I’m going to my old High School Prom! Haha 🙂

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