7/17/2016: Indulge

A reminder that not everything in life has to be born out of utility or efficiency or necessity. $25 giclee print available at the Made Vibrant Art Shop.

I didn't grow up in a family with a lot of money. There was always love -- so much love -- and my parents certainly gave me everything I needed, but my mom definitely taught me what it meant to be frugal. Still, she always found ways to sneak in little indulgences when she could. A surprise Haagen-Dazs ice cream bar from the store (a luxury that rarely made the weekly grocery budget) or a nice dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant to celebrate a special occasion.

I didn't fully appreciate it then, but I'm so grateful she taught me the beauty and value in the occasional indulgence.

I was reminded of this today when Jason and I decided to have a spa day for no reason at all. We ate lunch at the gorgeous Omni La Costa, sipped cocktails, lounged by the pool and booked a massage. When the attendant asked us what we were celebrating, I smiled and simply replied: "LIFE." The reason I think indulging every once in a while is good for the soul is that it reminds us that not everything in life has to be born out of utility or efficiency or necessity. Frivolity has its place too because it teaches us to cherish JOY and joy alone.

Whether it's the GOOD ice cream sandwich or a luxurious bubble bath or 20 minutes of that juicy fiction novel while the kids nap... find out what feels indulgent to you and carve out a little bit of time for it. It's good for the soul.