Beautiful You: Loving Yourself

This morning while I was scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook, I came across an article from 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!


Baking Frenzy

When I’m stressed, not feeling well, or down in the dumps, I tend to take to the kitchen with a new (and sweet) craving for testing a new recipe. Tonight, I promised my youngest sister some of these chocolate peanut butter cookies for our dinner tomorrow night.

And as promised, I made them. And tasted them. And my gosh, were they amazing!

But it didn’t stop there– I decided I was still not satisfied enough so I pulled up this recipe for a pumpkin loaf, and made that too!

Finally, an hour or so later, I felt satisfied enough to sit down and enjoy catching up on some T.V. I missed out on the past week while visiting at home.

A relaxing Tuesday night, I might say. I feel like I might be catching a cold but *fingers crossed* hopefully I just need some good sleep to make this stuffy nose, cough and scratchy throat go away.

When you are stressed, or blue, what do you do?

(Maybe write some awful poetry, like I did, just now?)

Have a great Tuesday night and keep smiling:)