Celebrate Your Accomplishments

A while back, on Facebook and Instagram, I shared a post that resonated with a lot of people - it simply said "Celebrate Your Success." In the comments of that post, so many people shared with me both big and small accomplishments that they had achieved.

It was such a nice post because not only did people share their own accomplishments - they also gave likes and hearts to others (total strangers) that posted accomplishments as well!

It's an extremely heartwarming feeling to grow a community, and a community grows through support. Today, I'd like to share a new printable with you all, to further that support! 

Celebrate Your Accomplishments

The full resolution printable is available in the freebies section of the website (get the password when you join the mailing list) as well as in the files section of The Happy Break-up Facebook Group. I hope that when you download and print the file, you'll be inspired to share your own accomplishments as well! 

This image can be used simply as inspiration - print and frame or add to a bulletin board or journal - or you can use it as you would use the pages of The Happy Break-up. Print it out, and write your own accomplishments right on the page. Use it to build confidence and always remember the great things you have achieved! 

I'll be sharing my own version in The Happy Break-up Facebook Group and I hope you'll join me there and share yours as well!

xo,
Cate

Wisdom Nugget #11: I ascribe reason to the things that happen

In my book, The Happy Break-Up, I've included what I like to call "Wisdom Nuggets." Wisdom Nuggets are short, one-page bursts of enlightenment I've gained in my time on this planet. You may choose to agree or disagree, either way, I'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback. I present to you now, Wisdom Nugget #11:

It’s not “everything happens for a reason” – it’s “I ascribe reason to the things that happen”

Life is full of cosmic coincidences – some are good, some are not so good. When people say, “everything happens for a reason,” it’s generally meant as a source of comfort – but how comforting is it, really? In the wake of a horrific tragedy, whether it’s on a personal or a worldly level, saying “everything happens for a reason” feeds powerlessness and complacency to a situation that may be completely random to begin with.

Suppose, for a moment, we turn that statement around, and say, “I ascribe reason to the things that happen.” Now, we can take that random situation, and give it some thought. Instead of an arbitrary event, we can begin looking at the significance behind it – the causal chain of events, the human error and irrationality, or the freak accidents that led to it. And instead of assigning it an arbitrary meaning, we can ascribe our own meaning to it. How it specifically affected our own lives, and what we’re going to do about it. Suddenly, we find ourselves sitting in a position of power, rather than hopelessness.

When we think about this in terms of a break-up, it makes sense that we would try to comfort ourselves in thinking that there’s some cosmic reason for our heartbreak that we just don’t understand. But when we determine our own reason, we can be mindful of the elements that led to the breakup. We can be aware of what we’re willing to accept in a future relationship, and where we draw the line. Take back your power and create your own meaning, because one thing I know for sure is that if you don't figure out the reason things keep happening, you are bound to encounter the same issues, over and over again.

I ascribe reason to the things that happen - Cate Gennaro. Hand-lettered quote

Self-Care for Self-Preservation

Self-Care has been an important element of my life, even before I had ever heard the phrase "self-care." For me, self-care means retreating inward, and finding that balance between the pressure and requirements of every day life, and the mental rejuvenation needed to keep it going. 

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In January of 2016, I read a book that has changed my life. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod invites readers to add 6 simple tasks into their morning ritual, that will make them more productive, thoughtful and happier. And it works! 

My absolute favourite parts of the Miracle Morning are meditation, positive affirmations, and journalling. If I can't get through the entire six steps for whatever reason, I always make sure that those three are done first and foremost. Today, I hit my 500 day streak in each of those categories, and it makes me feel amazing! Meditation helps me be still and aware. Positive Affirmations help me build confidence. And Journalling helps me reflect on who I was, who I am, and who I want to become. I highly encourage all who are interested to pick up on these daily habits, try it out for the entire month of February, and then come back and let me know how you've changed!

I'd love to hear some of your self-care rituals, your favourite positive affirmations or mantras, or anything else you'd like to share on the topic in the comments below.

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Love,
Cate

P.S. for anyone who is wondering how I know that I hit my 500 day streak today, I use this awesome app called Coach.Me. It lets you choose the habits you want to form, and then check into them every day that you've completed the task. Highly recommend! 

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"Good" lettering tutorial

Diane commented on my Instagram post this morning, asking for a tutorial on how to draw the word "Good" - I'm happy to oblige! 

1. The first thing I always do is lightly (in pencil) draw a line. I'm not sure how others do it, but I absolutely cannot letter straight without some sort of guideline. 

1. The first thing I always do is lightly (in pencil) draw a line. I'm not sure how others do it, but I absolutely cannot letter straight without some sort of guideline. 

2. I also prefer to lightly draw the word in pencil, before tracing it in marker. This allows me to adjust any weird spacing issues, or if I just don't like how a letter turned out, before I commit to ink.

2. I also prefer to lightly draw the word in pencil, before tracing it in marker. This allows me to adjust any weird spacing issues, or if I just don't like how a letter turned out, before I commit to ink.

3. Trace the letters in marker. The key is to use heavy pressure on downward strokes, and lighter pressure on upward strokes. Absolutely any marker will do. I used a tombow in the timelapse video that I added to Instagram, and then repeated it again using a plain old Crayola. The principles are the same, regardless of the tool. 

3. Trace the letters in marker. The key is to use heavy pressure on downward strokes, and lighter pressure on upward strokes. Absolutely any marker will do. I used a tombow in the timelapse video that I added to Instagram, and then repeated it again using a plain old Crayola. The principles are the same, regardless of the tool. 

4. Finally, erase all your pencil lines, if necessary, you can go back and thicken up some of your downward strokes... and you're done!

4. Finally, erase all your pencil lines, if necessary, you can go back and thicken up some of your downward strokes... and you're done!

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So, for someone who worked in television for over 10 years, you would think that I have the proper gear set-up to produce a video like this... but nope. I have a dollar store phone tripod, and a few boxes for height! Here's a look at the behind-the-scenes:

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Diane, I hope this tutorial was useful! Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my Instagram post this morning!

If anyone has any questions, or would like any other tutorials, please feel free to reach out!

love,

Cate