☀️Creating Your Own Fireworks: Embracing Challenges and Celebrating Success

Jul 01 2024 2 Comments


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Choosing happiness and actively shaping one's destiny is a form of self-empowerment. This journey requires us to embrace challenges, set ambitious goals, and celebrate our personal achievements. Here are some strategies to help you light up your own sky, creating a vibrant display of life's fireworks through deliberate choices and actions.

Embracing Challenges

Embracing challenges is necessary for growth and self-discovery. It involves stepping out of your comfort zone and facing fears head-on. To effectively embrace challenges:

  1. Identify Your Fears: Start by identifying what scares you and understand that these are areas ripe for growth.
  2. Small Steps: Break down the challenge into manageable steps. Tackling a little at a time can make daunting tasks seem more achievable.
  3. Seek Learning Opportunities: Every challenge is an opportunity to learn. Whether you succeed or fail, there's always a takeaway to help you improve.
  4. Support System: Build a support system of friends, family, or mentors who encourage you and provide advice when tackling difficult tasks. I like to refer to these folks as members of your team.

Here's a personal example of how I've put this into practice: Public speaking has intimidated me for most of my life. Over the past decade, I've taken deliberate steps to confront this fear. I started by speaking at small local meetings and gradually progressed to larger audiences. While I still feel nervous stepping onto a stage, the empowerment I experience after delivering a presentation is deeply rewarding.

Setting Ambitious Goals

Ambitious goals push you to reach higher and achieve more. Here’s how to set and pursue them effectively:

  1. Visualize Success: Picture yourself achieving your goals. Visualization is a powerful motivator, making your aspirations feel more tangible.
  2. Write Them Down: Document your goals. Writing them down not only affirms their importance but also makes them more concrete.
  3. Actionable Plans: Develop a clear, actionable plan for each goal. Specify the steps you need to take and establish timelines.
  4. Regular Reviews: Regularly review your goals and the progress made. This helps adjust plans as needed and recommit to your objectives.

Whether it's in your business or personal life, dream big, make a plan, and take brave action to reach that goals. Go for the thing that lights you up! Reflecting on my journey in public speaking, initially speaking in front of just 10-15 acquaintances was frightening, but it was a step I needed to take to arrive where I am now. Now, my mission revolves around empowering students. I'm passionate about sharing my methodology with parents and educators, helping them help their students' self-esteem improve. This is what truly ignites my spark and brings the fireworks to my professional life.

Rewarding Achievements

Recognizing and celebrating your successes is important. It reinforces positive behavior and helps improve self-esteem.

  1. Celebrate Small Wins: Every small victory is a step towards a larger goal. Celebrate these to maintain motivation.
  2. Reward Yourself: Establish rewards for each milestone you achieve. This could be as simple as a day off, a treat, or something bigger like a vacation.
  3. Reflect on Your Journey: Take time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished and how far you’ve come. This reflection not only boosts your confidence but also inspires you to continue pushing forward.

I believe in celebrating wins, big and small. I publicly celebrate my business wins by posting about them each month. I do this not to brag. I do it to help ensure that I don't focus solely on things that didn't go well. It's a public reminder to myself that I do get things done and have an impact. Whenever I make those posts, I encourage others to share their wins because I want to celebrate with others.

Living Vibrantly

To truly light up your own sky, you must commit to living vibrantly. This means engaging with life actively and with enthusiasm.

  1. Pursue Passions: Dedicate time to activities that bring you joy and satisfaction. Whether it’s art, music, sports, volunteering, or any other interest, actively engaging in your passions can enrich your life.
  2. Stay Curious: Curiosity leads to continuous learning and discovery. Try new things, meet new people, and keep exploring the world around you.
  3. Physical Health: Take care of your physical health through regular exercise and proper nutrition, which have a direct impact on your energy levels and well-being.

Today is the day to start living your best life! That's what the "self-care" part of Sunshine and Self-Care is all about. It's about focusing on yourself, finding your passions, and treating yourself well. For me that's about reading a good book, walking each morning, spending time at a spa, going on adventures with my family, baking with my son, learning new things, and swapping memes with friends. Doing both little things that give me joy and big things that light me up add up to living my best life!


    By choosing to light up your own sky, you actively create a life filled with growth, achievement, and happiness. Embrace this process with determination and joy. Remember, every decision you make adds a spark to the dazzling display of your life’s fireworks. Celebrate your journey and continue to shine brightly on your path.

    Here's to making every moment count!



    Stacey Montgomery
    Founder, Stacey M Design Inc.


    With my Sunshine and Self-CareTM Greeting Card Subscription Program, I seek to remind us that even as we enjoy supporting others, to also tend to our own needs and goals. Each month it includes a Note to Self card which is a reminder of ways that we can practice self-care, self-love, and self-advocacy. Click here to learn more about Sunshine and Self-CareTM Greeting Card Subscription Program.


    ©Stacey Montgomery, 2024. All rights reserved.


    • Shout it to the rooftops! There are so many golden nuggets in this. Thank you for the tips and reminders. Fear holds all of us back in some way. It’s so important to take those baby steps and take action to move forward. You are such a great writer and I love getting my Sunshine and Self Care cards each month. Thanks for being so awesome!!

      Aimee Schlueter on
    • I like the reminder to celebrate your wins. We get out of these habits as adults because we don’t want to appear prideful. I think it not only helps our own mindset to do this but it also models a good behavior for our kids. Kids need more role models who put in the work to celebrate success.

      Jen on

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