My Candle of Success


Success, that elusive feeling that is easy to recognise in others but harder to see in ourselves. We sometimes have a cookie cutter, one size fits all idea of what success is but I think its a very personal state of mind. Success isn't just the big goals that we tick off our bucket lists, its all the little steps we take along the way to get to where we want to be. I guess when your successful you expect to feel on top of the world, invincible and proud of your hard work but its tricky to feel that way and celebrate when your busy all the time. 

I have a little ritual in my home office to celebrate my successes big and small, I light my beautiful scented candle. Its a treat, a little bit of luxury in my happy, busy little office that fills the room with a beautiful scent, the scent of success! Its easy to forget how far I've come, so every time I light it the scent reminds me of all my successes and triumphs I've had and all my future dreams. 

Theres something strangely (please mind the pun) "enlightening" and calming about lighting a candle. The hypnotic flame helps your mind focus as the light flickers and highlights little forgotten details in the room and your life, that gets lost in the daytime light with its daily to do lists. Lighting a flame also connects us to a sense of our past, a pre historic need to light the dark to keep us safe, which still comforts and brings us hope today. I use my candle as a little pat on the back. It also brings me a sense of calm in really busy, stressful times. 

I haven't lit it for a while, its not that theres nothing to celebrate as theres been a lot of exciting news lately, its just that time has got away from me! With the christmas rush starting already I'll be sure to remember to take some time out and light my candle.

I recently finished the Gala Darling Dare, Dream, Do course which was amazing for both my self esteem and business. Gala talks about the use of lighting candles and how much it can help you, check out her course, I highly recommend it!

What does success mean to you? Don't forget to celebrate all your successes, big or small. Its time to celebrate all triumphs in equal measure!

PS. The little guy in the centre of the picture is my business partner, he used to sit on the till in my shop smiling at customers and now he lives on my desk. He's the one who wears the business suit!




8 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you on the scented candle thing. I always feel like it's such a treat to buy myself one and then light it for a couple of hours. I love them!

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    1. Scented candles are the best! I'm lusting after a xmas yankee candle at the mo :)

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  2. What a lovely idea and I think I might start my own candle of success! :) x

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  3. I have to say I also love bring in a little luxury into the daily routine and burning a beautiful candle is just that and I agree it can be enlightening

    Laura x

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    1. It really does "brighten" my day! HA! x

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  4. Lovely idea thank you. I gained one at the Amara Interior Awards, in my goody bag and while it smells the whole office out without lighting it currently, I love the idea of marking successes. I've had a few things go wrong today, but a really busy week - I think I need to remember the successes more :)

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    1. Thanks! Its easy to forget how far we've come when we're busy and when things go a bit pear shaped its defiantly hard to see the bigger picture. Light your candle and treat your self! xxx

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