Indulge in the present

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Indulge in the present

Whew, what a weekend! I had the welcomed opportunity to indulge in some of my favorite activities: family time, wine, getting dressed up, a date with my husband, going to a big party and treating myself to fair food (like the amazingly awesome donut burger above). I’m exhausted, but satisfied and refueled.

I’m a very type-A personality. I like to get things done, and I enjoy working hard. Slowing down is really, really hard for me. My husband says I have only one speed: turbo. Which is why I came to the realization that I was missing so much. I was zooming right past important things, all in the name of being superwoman.

For the longest time, I felt guilty indulging in the little pleasures of my life. I felt guilty because I was always thinking about what I could have been doing in place of what I was enjoying at that moment. Have you ever experienced any one of the following:

Indulging in time for yourself (hair appointment, massage or simply reading a book) followed by feeling guilty for not getting things done at home.

Indulging in time with your kids followed by feeling guilty for not getting as much done as you needed to at the office.

Indulging in time with your husband followed by feeling guilty for not spending more time with your kids.

Indulging in focused time at work followed by feeling guilty for not spending more time at home.

It can be hard to stop yourself from thinking about what you could be doing. But, we have to try. We have to work on being more comfortable appreciating all the things in life that bring us joy. It is ok to indulge, but if you are going to do it, try not to feel guilty about it. It isn’t indulging unless you give yourself the chance to enjoy it.

There is always opportunity cost with time. You just have to choose to spend it wisely and once you’ve made your decision, be present in that moment. Throw yourself completely into that experience without any regrets.

Indulge every now and then, it is good for you.


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