Today I had a full day of shopping and practically purchased all of Rome. I indulged in a delicious margarita pizza along with some bread and a glass of wine. After getting back and thinking about my day (and the things I've purchased and eaten this vacation) I began to feel a bit guilty. I started worrying about all the calories I've been consuming and the money that I've spent, and then I realized, you know what, I deserve it. I've been working all summer, I work out almost every day, and I'm on vacation, so why the hell not? Instead of getting upset and mad at myself, I simply just decided that I deserved to treat myself, and I think you should too.
Everyone deserves a little reward now and then. We are really too hard on ourselves on a daily basis, we need to recognize that sometimes it's okay to indulge in whatever your heart desires. Food has always been a major issue for me, constantly calorie counting and fretting about how much fat I am eating. But you know what, a little pizza or cake every now and then isn't going to kill you. If you want a slice of cake, then go for it! Am I saying that you should have one every day, no, probably not, but treating yourself on occasion is important to your happiness. And it's very important that you don't punish yourself for treating yourself, because you deserve it and it is okay. We are constantly stressed out and overwhelmed, we put our bodies and minds under so much strain that a treat is much needed after a while.
I also always feel guilty after spending my hard earned money, but I mean that's what money is for! Obviously you should spend within reason, but buying those shoes or that shirt you've been wanting is totally okay! Everyone needs a little retail therapy once in a while. I really haven't spend much money all summer, so on this trip I've splurged a bit (when in Rome!), but I am totally okay with it because I deserve my new purchases! Take yourself shopping and buy some things that make you feel good. Don't go all Confessions of A Shopaholic, but just to reward yourself for all the bullshit you deal with on a daily basis. Getting something special for yourself has a way of making you feel good, and that is so important.
What I'm trying to say is, be kind to yourself. Do things for yourself and don't be afraid to treat yo self! Life can be hectic and hard and sometimes we need to unwind with a large order of french fries or a couple pairs of shoes. The hardest part is believing you deserve to treat yourself, and you do, so problem solved! After all, life is short, so eat the damn cake.