April 1, 2016

It’s a lesson I’ve learned over and over again.

Two bottles of wine I had been saving for years, for just the right moment, had gone bad when I finally opened them up on my birthday (story on that here). I had this beautiful dress sitting in the back of my closet that I went years without wearing because I was saving it for something — I don’t even know what (which I also finally wore on that birthday). And then there was that bar of chocolate I brought back from New Zealand that went stale because I saved it for too long.

So I’ve learned not to bother saving things for a “special occasion.”

You know what? Life is a special occasion.

Being home with my husband is a special occasion.

Saturday mornings are my favorite special occasions, fit for fancy coffee, my favorite mug, and absolute quiet.

Sitting outside is a special occasion.

Getting coffee with a friend is a special occasion.

The fact that you finished the laundry is a special occasion.

What are you really waiting for?

Life right now is so beautiful. Life right now is so worth celebrating. Life right now is everything you make it.

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This weekend is a special occasion. Do something special. Just because.

Drink that fancy bottle of wine you got when you went wine tasting.

Light some candles.

Use your fine china.

Break out that outfit you’ve been saving forever.

Wear your best jewelry.

Visit a coffee shop and get your favorite drink.

Have some friends over.

Bake your favorite cookies.

Do whatever it is that makes life feel beautiful.

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Treat this weekend like the very special occasion that it is!
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14 responses to “This weekend is a special occasion.”

  1. Heidi says:

    I love this! Such a great reminder to enjoy all the moments. 🙂

    • Carolann says:

      Thanks so much Heidi! I think we all need to be reminded sometimes when life gets crazy. I really tried to be mindful of this over the weekend. I indulged in extra cups of coffee & ice cream from my favorite ice cream shop and it was divine!

  2. Cait says:

    great reminders! Thanks friend!

  3. Robin says:

    Girl, I completely agree with this sentiment! Every day we wake up alive is a special occasion. I always save my favourite candles, favourite foods, favourite bath bombs… Partially, it makes sense – I was to savour the things I really love, so I won’t light my favourite candle if I’m only going to be home for an hour… But at the same time, I gotta remember to make every moment a special moment. That’s how to enjoy life, I think! great post!

    • Carolann says:

      Yes to all of that Robin! I like to savor things for when I really can appreciate them. I don’t want to drink a nice bottle of wine when I can’t really appreciate it. I want to really savor the moment. I guess we have to just make more time to pamper ourselves!

  4. Leanna Cherry says:

    Love this! Yes yes yes!

    • Carolann says:

      I feel like you’ve got this down pretty good Lea! I love that you live in the moment and make every day special, whether it’s with Carvel for your kids or a workout for yourself.

  5. Emma says:

    YESSSSSS we don’t get reminded of this enough!

    • Carolann says:

      I feel like we are always reminded to work harder, do more, be better, but not to just take a step back and enjoy life! And isn’t that what’s most important?!

  6. Christy says:

    I love this post! I”m dying to use our fine china but it’s all at my mom’s house because our place is too small!

    I’m currently enjoying a cup of coffee out of my new favorite mug from Kailua 🙂 It’s such a wonderful reminder of our friendship and the time we spent in Hawaii!

    When it comes to shopping, I have a rule that I have to wear something within 2 weeks of buying it, or it has to go back! If it’s something like a nice dress, I’ll only buy it if I know I can wear it soon…like to a wedding or cocktail party!

    • Carolann says:

      That is my favorite coffee mug! I am using it right now!! I think of you every time I use it.

      Love that rule for clothes! I usually don’t go out buying dresses but I bought this one for a military event. When I got home I realized that I should have bought something a bit more modest for a military event. But I kept it anyway because I loved it so much! I should not have waited so many years to wear it though!

  7. I love this lost so much! I’m totally like you and try to save things for special occasions, but then those special things go bad and aren’t special anymore. I definitely need to remember that even the everyday little things are important and should be celebrated!

    • Carolann says:

      Yes they should! I took my own advice over the weekend and went out for ice cream sundaes with my hubby and dove into a book I had been saving for no reason.

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