Amidst the work meetings, social events, a vacation, final editing of the book, celebrating Easter, a fun little TV appearance and too many gray days to count, the month flew by. The days seem to jumble together in my mind. Today I’m finally taking some time to breathe and reflect, with a cat purring on my lap and Norah Jones playing in the backround. And a few bright and cheerful candies to sweeten the deal.
When I started thinking about how fast life seems to go lately, I feel like some of that comes from not taking time to appreciate both the big and small things that fill it. It’s easy to get swept into our culture’s fast-track, where the belief that the more things you can get done in a day, the better. The more money you can make, the better. The more friends you have, the better. Truth is that none of these result in happiness with staying power. Ironically, they’re all fleeting too, just like the days.
It’s not that we don’t know this, but sometimes we get caught up, myself included. I realize that I’ve been trying to do too much, pushing myself to take on this and that and every other thing. Kind of like when your car is on E and you say to yourself “but I know its got 10 more miles before it actually runs out”. I told myself today that it’s time to pause….. this pace is just not sustainable.
I want to see make sure I’m enjoying my days, not letting them pass me by. I want to see, touch, feel, hear and taste every part of them.
I want to enjoy all the flavors of life.
And I’m starting this weekend, heading out of town to see some of my best girlfriends in Madison, Wisconsin. Our friendship has survived moves, divorces and health issues, and even though we don’t see other often, I know we’ll pick up right where we left off. I’m looking forward to relaxing, laughing and letting go of the hustle.
Surely a snack bag with some feel-good treats will be packed for the solo road trip including these bright, cheerful, and tasty organic candies from Torie & Howard. The first time I tried the d’anjou pear & cinnamon variety, I nearly thought I had bitten into a real juicy pear, fresh off the vine. The pink grapefruit & tupelo honey is so refreshing and reminds of a terrific drink I had in Aruba called a Sea Breeze.
And to find a candy with only these ingredients: Organic Sugar, Organic Rice Syrup, Non-GMO Citric Acid, Natural Flavors – well, that’s a real gem. Oh, where do those beautiful colors come from? Vegetables! For instance, the grapefruit gets it color with red cabbage and purple carrots. So cool.
They’re little jewels all right, simple yet satisfying, a taste of how life can be.
And I’m excited to share some of these treats with you! The folks from Torie and Howard were gracious enough to give me one of their cute “purses” filled with a bundle of their candy for one lucky reader. Enter below through one of the options – and if you feel like it, tell me what you kinds of things you do to slow down and embrace each day as it comes. I could use some tips :) Giveaway ends on Wednesday, May 7th at midnight. xo
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*Disclosure: Torie and Howard supplied me with the products to do this post and the giveaway, but opinions about their delicious candy are my own.