Beautiful You: Loving Yourself

This morning while I was scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook, I came across an article from hellogiggles.com. I’m a huge fan of their site- the content always brings a smile to my face. And on this beautiful Sunday, with the window open and the fresh scent of the trees outside wafting into my room, I read a piece about loving yourself. I wanted to share the introduction paragraph with you:

“It’s natural to want to be better. To want to improve something, fix your flaws, to challenge yourself to become a better you. As we do these things, it’s easy to raise our expectations to the point that we lose sight of our self-acceptance. When our ambition cancels out our self-love, it removes our enjoyment of life. For today, perhaps challenge yourself to recognize your efforts. Imagine that you are exactly who and where you ought to be. Be gentle with yourself today.

The entire piece is beautiful and inspiring, but the introduction spoke to me, making me realize how often a majority of my thoughts lend themselves to finding the improvements I need to make and the flaws that I have, losing sight of the magic of life around me.

To read the rest of the post here’s the link. It’s worth the few minutes to read, and then to reflect. I know now that by starting out my day reading this, I felt inspired to put a smile on my face and enjoy the day-not focusing quite so much on the mirror, my negative thoughts, or what I feel I “should be doing.” Today, I was able to relax, and take in life around me.

I hope you find the piece as inspiring as I did, and a huge thank you goes out to its author, Sarah.

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

Ashley

Daily Discovery… Chocolate Cream Cheese

Have you ever heard of the stuff?

I recently read about it in a Food Network magazine, and spotted it in the store last night. As my hands reached out to pick up the dark chocolate version, I knew without a doubt it was going to change my life.

I’m not kidding.

OK, maybe I’m kidding a little.

But only a little.

And let me tell you: the dark chocolate cream cheese is decadent. Sinful. Heavenly. Basically, take your favorite food in the entire world and think about how it makes you feel: and that is how it made me feel.

It tastes very much like a less-sweet version of chocolate frosting. The dark chocolate is sweet but kept to a nice balance with the tang of the cream cheese. However, the chocolate isn’t overbearing- and the cream cheese, I felt,was similar to its “whipped” versions, slightly light and airy.

This morning, I decided to try it on a cinnamon raisin bagel. It was perfect. It tasted even better paired with a nice cup of piping hot coffee, with a spoonful of sugar and milk.

When you decide to indulge for breakfast, what kind of breakfast do you make?

Happy Monday!

What I’m Reading

Here’s a list of books I’m reading at the moment (or intend to read here soon):

1. The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove, Cathy Erway
2. The Girl Who Chased the Moon, Sarah Addison Allen
3. The Bungalow, Sarah Jio
4. Who Switched Off My Brain, Caroline Leaf Ph.D.
5. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

Have you read or are your reading any of these titles? I’d love to hear what you are reading these days!

Also, my boyfriend got a new cookbook this weekend: the Moosewood Cookbook. It’s all vegetarian recipes, and I look forward to picking out a few and trying them this week!

Happy Monday!