Contribution Health Positive Psychology

Summer celebration

Written by Julia Menard

Traditionally, the summer is my time to replenish – where content is slim and rest time is large.  Summer is the time to kick back, relax and reconnect with and nourish our bodies!

This summer month I want to offer you a reflection on celebrating.  Summertime can be a time to pause and reflect on what you have accomplished so far. It could be a mid-year reflection: what is to celebrate since January? Perhaps it’s a milestone, like mine earning my Masters degree finally this last spring.  Perhaps it’s a larger reflection on what you have accomplished as a parent, a creative, a worker, a leader.

Whatever the milestone, take the time to think about, journal on and/or discuss what you have to celebrate. If you want to reap what you have sown, take your reflection a step further and reflect on what worked in that accomplishment, what didn’t, and what is to be learned. See what the digging reveals!

Here are some exploratory celebration questions from my colleague Cathryn Lecorre (who found them from Jeannine Yoder).


  1. What am I celebrating?
  2. Why is that worth celebrating?
  3. Why was it an important goal to achieve (an important thing to do)?
  4. How do I feel as a result?
  5. What did I do to achieve the goal?
  6. Who have I become in the process?

“Instead of hate, celebrate.”  …. Prince

About the author

Julia Menard

Have you ever wondered why you can be so calm and rational for your clients, but when it comes to your own life, stress can creep in so easily? That’s the quest I set out on when, after 20 years as a mediator, my own marriage disintegrated. I teamed up with a therapist from Portland, and we wrote a book that captures much of what I’ve learned over the last five years about finding a the calm in the chaos. Hold On To Yourself: How to Stay Cool in Hot Conversations is the result. If you are interested in mindfulness, finding the leader within and engaging the gifts in conflict, then check out my website and sign up for my free monthly newsletter at:

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