Celebrate Your Wins: If You Don’t Who Will?

Amy Lynch presenting at CreativeMorning Ottawa with her kids

Do you ever take a moment to look back at how far you’ve come?

Photo by my husband from the launch of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub in Eastern Ontario one evening in June 2019, where I spoke–while babywearing my one-year-old–about creating more parent-friendly corporate spaces and experiences.

Celebrate your wins: If you don’t, who will?

I always forget to but when I feel out of sorts, things aren’t working or I’m getting overwhelmed, instead of trying to push through the never-ending to-do list (often created by myself), I am a big fan of the ‘ta-da!’ list.

Listing out things you’ve already done.

“Wow, thanks Amy. So enlightening.”

But hear me out.

Looking back over the past month may not wow you, but try looking back at the past year, the past five, the past 10.

  • What have you done during those periods of time that you’re proud of?
  • What was the hardest thing you encountered?
  • What did you think was going to be hard but in reality, was a lot easier in retrospect?
  • What moments excited you?
  • And what, as an 80-year-old*, will you be glad you tried? Even if you failed.

These are some ‘ta-da!’ list writing prompts which are great to work through in your own time. But they can also be applied to the present moment, your future goals (and the inevitable challenges).

Amy Lynch presenting at CreativeMorning Ottawa with her kids
Photo by Finn Lin for CreativeMornings Ottawa

At the very least, I hope writing out or mentally running through your answers as you read them will make you crack a smile.

I always try to transmute my fears into excitement, anticipation and at the very least, a bit of an experiment.

Because if you never try, you never know. And I’d rather be momentarily uncomfortable than left wondering for a lifetime!

A great personal example from the past year of doing something–which used to scare me and now excites me–to spread a message, after seeing how speaking up can create small (and large) changes in the community.

If you’d like more examples of how I’ve done things which scared the shite out of me (momentarily) and what happened when I did them, check out the January 2020 post ‘A Decade In Review’ on my blog here: https://notesfromanotherland.com/2020/01/02/a-decade-in-review/

*I don’t believe in retirement or a specific ‘time’ for things, pick a random age!

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Over the past decade, Amy Maureen Lynch has negotiated remote work arrangements, freelance client work and validated business ideas, in between living and working in Canada, Europe and Australia (and having three kids). She writes about travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work on her blog, where you can read about her experiences bringing her children into business settings and access flexible and remote work resources to help you navigate the future of work: notesfromanotherland.com. She produces and hosts the Mixing Babies And Business™ Podcast, parent-friendly professional development events, digital resources and advises others on creating inclusive and flexible work solutions at: mixingbabiesandbusiness.com Amy’s first book, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience, is based on her journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

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