#30days to a more fulfilling life – celebrate yourself

Monica red dress Sunday June 28 2015 copy

Yesterday marked the completion of my 30-day mission to start living a more fulfilling life.

This mission was not about being able to declare my life fulfilled in 30 days time. It was about successfully setting myself on the path to living a more fulfilling life. And I would have to say that I achieved that goal.

So today I choose to celebrate myself.

In the words of Walt Whitman, “I celebrate myself and sing myself”.

Even while I have had some days that were frustrating, June has been a good month. It has been one of my most fulfilling months in some time. I haven’t gone such a long stretch of consecutive days being a friend to myself in a very long time.

Staying on the path is going to be the difficult part of the process. And I should know because this is not the first or even the 10th time I’ve set out on a mission to live a more fulfilling life. But it’s not really relevant how many times you try and fail. The most important thing is that you never quit trying to get the effort to stick. Because you deserve as fulfilling a life as is possible for you to have without the interference of forces outside of your control. And outside of those forces, you are the only one with the power to control those things that determine whether or not you feel fulfilled in your life.


Why should you celebrate yourself?

The real question is, why shouldn’t you celebrate yourself? The idea that your life is only worthy of being celebrated if you’re rich and famous should be rejected. You should never willingly celebrate someone else’s life while going along with the idea that your own life does not deserve to be celebrated because you’re not somebody everybody knows. Don’t admire other people while having no admiration for yourself. Be a fan of your own self first and foremost. Be more interested in your own life than in the lives of others.

And celebrate yourself often…

Celebrate the things you accomplish each day whether big or small. Love and nurture yourself. Do things for yourself. Treat yourself like you’re a celebrity. Because you are. You are the star of the reality show that is your life.



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Singer songwriter Adelamonica AKA Avenue Sixty editor in chief. Writing as Monica for The Monica Archives. Writing has always been one of my passions. In fact, when I was a teenager, I used to tell people they should remember my name, because I was going to become a famous author. I used to live to write and write to live--not in the sense of writing for income but writing to combat depression and to feel a sense of purpose. I've written novels, poems, articles and essays that I tried unsuccessfully to get published over many years starting in my teens. When I discovered blogging several ages ago, I turned to that avenue as a means of doing what I love without having to worry about publishers and their rejection letters. Modeling is also something I have always enjoyed and something I wanted very badly to do as a teenager. So badly that I used to lie and tell people I was a model. I would carry around a large portfolio style photo album and claim it was my modeling portfolio. But, as with my writing, the people with the power to make my modeling dreams come true saw nothing in me that made them stop me in the streets of New York to offer me a modeling contract with their agency. So when I discovered the ability to photograph my own self (before cell phones and selfies) I took up a hobby of pretend modeling at home and that hobby has remained with me throughout my life as a form of self expression and self therapy. I ask that you kindly excuse my lack of worldliness and any instances where I demonstrate lack of tact or lack of knowledge and even lack of basic intelligence in my writing and posing. I'm just here trying to have a little fun doing the things that make me happy. I'm just an average human for whom writing and posing and singing and dancing and the other things I do are ways I express myself and keep myself going on this ever challenging journey of life. I hope you will find something even remotely useful or interesting in the things I share.


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