by CurlyRed president and principal designer M. Kendall Ludwig
Just a few weeks ago, I celebrated my 42nd birthday. I took the day off work, and spent quality time paddle boarding, reading outside and enjoying our firepit with our family and friends. And if that wasn't enough, I also made a point of eating the yummiest food (and it was worth every stinking calorie).
This year, I kicked off my morning with French press coffee and homemade crepes filled with fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and Crème Chantilly. For lunch, we visited Firefly Farms Market and I indulged in their Paris at the Lake sandwich (brie and sliced ham on a buttered baguette) and Prosecco. For dinner, we had steak on the grill, potatoes and asparagus, with Mark's delicious chocolate mousse as my special birthday dessert.
Sadly, no—my waistline can't afford to eat like that every day. And CurlyRed wouldn't do so well if I spent every nice day paddle boarding and reading and sitting by the fire with friends. But if we take our cues from the French, savoring special moments is something I can make time for every day. Really tasting the food I eat, really listening when my loved ones are speaking or good music is playing, really feeling the cozy cardigan around my shoulders, really looking around when I'm walking my dogs, really taking a moment to appreciate every sunset I have the privilege to witness.
To savor life enriches it. And it doesn't cost a penny. It only requires willingness and intention, and results in much more contentment.
Monthly words to remember:
“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” —Seth Godin
Custom illustration by CurlyRed junior designer Olivia O'Brien