What are you celebrating today?

Most of us do not have birthdays, weddings, or major celebrations every day, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t something to celebrate every day. Are you breathing, healthy, happy, have a stable home, loving family, amazing friends? If you answered yes to any of these, you have something to celebrate!

This past week has been such a wonderful week of celebrations! The festivities kicked off Thursday at the Celebrating Hope Luncheon hosted by Women of Hope (a not for profit organization that supports women with cancer and their families). I was thrilled and honored to be the keynote speaker for this very special event! I wanted to share a few of the points from the lunch with you too, so here are three of my favorites:

1. Be a beacon for others-Someone or something that inspires or illuminate

2. HOPE-Have Optimist & Positive Expectations

3. Be optimistic and positive.

WOH collage

***Feel free to comment or message me if you would like more information on my speech.

At the conclusion of the lunch, I packed my car and headed to Raleigh to begin birthday celebrations for two people I cannot imagine my life without-my mother and one of my best friends, Benjamin. We began by having a small dinner at an eclectic restaurant in downtown Raleigh. The food was good, but the company was even better. You know, the kind of dinner where time flies by so fast you aren’t sure how you have been talking for hours without scratching the surface of all you want to talk about!

Next we moved on to a first for me-the Raleigh Trolley Pub.BJD It is a moving bicycle of sorts that holds up to 14 people. We chose the 2 hour Glenwood South/Warehouse District tour. Seth, our tour guide was awesome and hilarious, which definitely added a great vibe to the evening. I honestly haven’t laughed that much in months! Did I mention it rained most of the evening and I was having such a great time, I didn’t even really mind? That is huge for me!

By Friday late afternoon-rain boots, waterproof jackets and hats ready to go-it was finally time to head to the Luke Bryan, Kick the Dust Up Tour (more like kick the mud up). LB CollageI’ve heard he is great in concert, but he was even better than I imagined. Much like the Billy Currington/Tim McGraw concert that I wrote about a few months ago, Luke Bryan, Dustin Lynch and Randy Houser made the audience feel like they were giving us all they had. You would never know they do this night after night, show after show. (check out this short clip-LB clip).It did not feel routine at all. It actually felt authentic, like it was the only show on the tour and they wanted to get the most out of the experience. They were all together amazing!

cake picSaturday I headed back to Wilmington to attend a dear friend’s wedding. There is nothing quite like watching two people commit to each other for the rest of their lives to touch your heart and remind you of what is really important in life. It was a beautiful ceremony, fun reception all surrounded by family and friends.

In just a few days I had the opportunity to celebrate hope, life and marriage. My hope for you is that you look to find the daily celebrations in your life.

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