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Cupcake Fridays

Cupcakes are not just a delicious dessert: they are an experience. Have you ever seen anyone take a first bite of a cupcake while they had their eyes open? I bet you haven’t! That is because cupcakes are an overwhelming sensory and emotional experience. I close my eyes when I bite a cupcake for the same reason that I close my eyes when I’m at the symphony: to admire a work of art. Ok, that may be taking it too far, but I’m not exaggerating when I say that I fully believe that the cure for every heartbreak is a cupcake.

I’ve recently come to terms with the fact that my love of cupcakes is getting in the way of another important desire in my life: shrinking my waistline. Now, I know what you’re going to say: “Wouldn’t you rather be healthy than eat cupcakes all the time?” Of course! But that didn’t make the thought of giving up cupcakes, my favorite thing in the whole world, any less painful.

And then there are moments in your life that are filled with such genius that you can only assume that they were divinely inspired. I believe that the great philosopher, Oprah, calls these “ah-hah moments.” And I’ve had one! So as of last week, I’ve instituted “Cupcake Fridays!” I made a promise to myself that if I logged at least 12,500 steps per day on my pedometer for 6 days a week that on Fridays I can buy a cupcake from the shop near my house as a reward. And you know what? It’s working like a charm! There are days when I get home from work, exhausted and ready for bed, but all for the sake of cupcakes, I’ll walk or jog as long as I need to make it to 12,500 steps.

Isn’t it funny how when we live with purpose and intention, everything seems to fall into place? A child is worth the pain of childbirth. Health is worth a vigorous workout. A difficult discussion is worth a healed relationship. I pray that I can continue living purposefully and intentionally and with the knowledge that any painful experience can produce an amazing reward.

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11, NIV).

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About Jael Amador

Jael Amador

writes from New York, New York.

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