The celebration of yourself strengthens your light. The celebration of how much love you have to give, how you help others and how kind you are to others. This celebration of your character enhances the qualities you bring into your community.


As we celebrate Diwali, it is a time to let go of our own darkness and bringing in more light into our being. Diwali is a time to reflect on the areas in your life that you would like to improve and bring in a happier and healthier relationship with self. As you let go of anger and bring in your forgiveness, you awaken to new possibilities in your life.  As you awaken to new opportunities and new ways of being,  others are given permission to do the same.

A common tool that is used in coaching is called the wheel of life. It represents nine different areas, allowing you to use these as a guideline to evaluate how you feel about each area. It is important to remember that how you feel is not always representative of what is really happening. Some of us are perfectionist therefore when we evaluate our lives we will be more critical then being grateful for the blessings that are present. I suggest looking at these areas with compassion while still being realistic.


The areas are physical health, emotional health, mental health, spiritual health, relationship with self, relationship with others, romantic relationship, career and financial. Rank each of these areas on a scale of 1-10, 1 being unsatisfactory and 10 exceeds expectations.


After this reflection, ask yourself how can I bring more light into this area. What actions do I need to take, what belief systems do I need to let go? What support do I need?


This simple exercise is a wonderful exercise to have a truthful conversation of what needs to be celebrated and what could shift. Many a times the shift is just being aware of what you feel about an area and how you can make a small change to further celebrate how far you have already come.


What will you do to celebrate yourself and all that you are?




Manpreet Dhillon is a Success Coach, and the co-founder of Be Your Own Best Friend (a South Asian Women’s network), empowering pan-cultural individual to elevate their personal and professional lives through emotional mastery. Manpreet is a Certified Personal and Business Coach, Certified Heal Your Money Story Coach, Certified Human Resources Professional with a Masters in Organizational Management. Recently, Manpreet’s story “Thriving while Grieving” was published in the “Time to Thrive” edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul. The story highlighted her personal story of how she overcame grief and loss, to reclaim her passion and life’s purpose.