How are you doing?
As I’m sitting and writing this post, I’m enjoying a little ice cream. My IF schedule is a little out of whack and I found myself hungry two hours after my eating window. I decided to have ice cream for a few different reasons: I’m hungry, I haven’t had that many calories today, the sun is shining giving me spring vibes, and my ankle is swollen.
But the most important reason is this: life is short. Why not indulge a little and enjoy it?
And that’s really what this week’s post is all about.
We (and by we you all know I mean me, but at the same time I realize that I can’t be the only one, and also, I love to include you all in my generalized, philosophical thoughts..) get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily living. We have responsibilities: work, children, chores, bills; and our own personal goals we’re trying to achieve: health, fitness, financial. We get wrapped up in how everything is “supposed to be” and forget what relaxing means. We skip dessert or treats because they are “bad for us” or because we are trying to achieve a certain look. We avoid things we might actually enjoy in fear of what others might think of us. (Okay, that last one doesn’t really apply to me. I fully admit that I love watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Big Brother, but I refuse to watch The Bachelor. I don’t see the appeal. I love Twilight and Harry Potter, but I think 50 Shades of Grey is trash. I tried reading the first book and couldn’t make it past the second page. But I digress. This isn’t a bashing post or a things I love post, but wouldn’t that be fun? — The latter, I’m not into negativity.)
I recently shared a picture to my Instastories with background music: “I Don’t Care” by Fall Out Boy. I love that song, it’s such a mood. In a way, it was my mantra for the past week. I’m having fun, doing something I love, and enjoying life. Who cares what anyone thinks? Who has time to worry about complete strangers on the internet? It always boggles my mind when people leave negative, hateful, or nasty comments. Where are they finding time for that? I was just chatting with a friend about how as I get older I feel like there are less hours in the day. Do you feel that way, too?
And now that I’ve rambled for a bit, this week I encourage all of you to engage in something you love, simply for the joy of it. If you love bubble baths, take one this week. Go all out, put a bath bomb in, light some candles, grab some magazines or a juicy novel, and relax. If you love to dance and sing, put your favorite songs in a playlist on Spotify, crank the volume up, and sing and dance your heart out all around your house. If you love yoga, hop on your mat for a yummy flow — just for you. If you want dessert, have a dessert this week. One treat is not going to derail your progress. Whatever you do this week, take a little time for yourself.
The second thing I challenge you to this week is to really be present. Put your phone down and enjoy a moment of life with your loved ones. Create a memory just for you and your family. In a world of social media, influencers, and over-sharing, it’s really magical when you unplug and keep something for yourself. (Nothing against social media, you know I love Instagram!)
And with all that, I will leave you with a few quotes to inspire you to slow down, be present, take time for yourself, and enjoy life. It might sound cheesy, but we only get so much time on this planet. No one lives forever. Make the most of your time here.
Have an amazing week!
Love and Light.