Connection through celebration

I would like to help guide people to become more connected to each other. I believe connection through celebration is one way to a better life, cultivating your relationships and connection to family and friends. A vital part of a healthy lifestyle is the act of celebrating the everyday rituals of life; meals, games, story time, relaxing on weekends, that we have pushed aside in recent years. Carving time out of our busy schedules is essential to our long term happiness, something that is not found through instant gratification. So the next time you sit down for breakfast, lunch or dinner make it a celebration. Create a fun theme or turn an idea upside down, like a a breakfast picnic in your living room, Involve your family to help prepare the meal, set the table, don't be afraid to ask for help or offer to teach a new skill and open your mind to a new way of doing things.

I teach a class "How to Become an Event Planner" and I often tell a story about how I got into party planning as a career. It was because of the sense of control and instant gratification I felt once a successful event was completed. Now that I have a young daughter, it has made me reflect on "instant gratification" a little more deeply. We are in an age where almost everything can be "On Demand" your music, your TV, your video games. Is having such easy access to these things eroding our sense of patience and perserverance? So for my belated New Year's resolution I'm dedicating a day every week to celebrate, in my own way, my family. I hope I can inspire you to do the same.