Watching these wonderful women be publicly feted for their success and good works reminded me that we all need a pat on the back now and then.
Most especially if you work solo.
You deserve the occasional award for meritorious behavior, even if you do have to present the award to, ahem, yourself. Here’s a few ideas to get you rolling….
THE NFL REFEREE AWARD
You demanded to be paid what you’re worth—and the client replaced you with someone cheaper. But guess what? Your replacements sucked and your fans DEMANDED your return. You didn’t gloat (well, at least not publicly) and all is right in the world again.
THE LINDSAY LOHAN AWARD
You made the same mistake about 60 times, but FINALLY figured it out and hired yourself a driver. Or the right assistant. Hey, you changed your M.O.—sometimes it just takes a few (or a hundred) hard knocks to get there. Isn’t that worth celebrating?
THE 50 SHADES OF GRAY AWARD
You had a big dream (writing, speaking, creating art). But you kept back-burnering it for something more pragmatic. Like paying the mortgage. And then you decided to do it. Slaved away, even when the naysayers said it wouldn’t amount to anything. Here’s to you for believing in yourself. (And who knows? Maybe you’ll reap some of the roughly $20 million the book has earned E. L. James so far. )
But don’t let this list limit you. Sit yourself down and congratulate yourself for your proudest accomplishment in 2012. Put on the tiara, accept the giant silver cup, perfect the royal wave.
And if you’re feeling frisky, share your favorite self-award here.