12/23, Open Letter

Dear Readers,

I’m writing this open letter a little earlier on during the week because tomorrow, Sunday, is Christmas eve! Regardless of whether or not you celebrate, I do want to respect the tradition of reserving Christmas eve for the family. So here is my little letter to you all a day early.

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I’ve had the best time this week catching up on rest, making a BUNCH of gifts (see post) and catching up with old friends. In case you all haven’t been following me on Instagram, I’ve been posting pictures on a daily basis of some of the gifts that I made this year! I had so much fun! And I managed to keep everything under $100.00. I can’t stress enough how great of an idea I think it is to make gifts instead of buying them. Not only do you get to incorporate your own creativity, but its budget friendly, a great way to relieve stress, and you have complete control over how it looks and everything! Anyways, if there are any fellow gift-makers out there reading this, please share with me what you made! I’m always looking for inspiration 🙂 Tag me in your posts using my insta handle, or on facebook or email me at handmadeheartsblog@gmail.com.

This week I also spent quite a bit of time, as we do, thinking about FOOD. I had a lot of free time to try some different recipes, so I tried this recipe for whole wheat biscuits, and also for pasta with white sauce. Celebrating any holiday always means feasting until your stomach is about to burst- I’m sure we can all relate to that, but most of us can also relate to that icky feeling of guilt we get after eating too much sugar or too many carbs. I started thinking- why should anybody have to feel like that? Food is delicious! And it should be enjoyed without guilt. While I was trying out different recipes, I realized that there so many easy ways to make the same foods that we love eating, but by incorporating healthier ingredients. For example, subbing whole wheat spaghetti noodles for the regular ones, or using honey, which is more sugary but also more natural, in smaller quantities to replace sugar. There is also the option of replacing butter with olive oil, coconut oil, or a different type of oil- these are unsaturated, and will be broken down by your body faster than butter.

Starting in 2018, I’m going to be doing a mini series on this blog called something along the lines of “Your Comfort Foods but Better”. I’m going to try healthier versions of a variety of different comfort foods, and I’ll be sharing those recipes with you! That way, we can all eat plenty of the yummy foods we love without getting that terrible feeling of guilt afterwards! I’m so excited!

Other goals of mine for this blog as of 2018 include giving it a more community-type feeling. I can’t say enough to you guys how much I love hearing from my audience. Whether its 1 person or 10 people or 100 people, every voice matters to me. My offer to guest blog is still open! I just need to know that you are out there, so please reach out if you are interested!

What are you all planning to do for the new year? I think mine is going to be fairly low key this year. But I’m still thankful to be spending it with my lovely family. Until this year, every new year has felt kind of like a new beginning- I was determined to change something about myself, and to reinvent myself in some way, shape or form. But this year, it just feels like a continuance. I’m continuing to “find myself”, I’m continuing to change and grow. In some ways it feels like I’m just doing the same old thing, but in other ways, I’m excited to see what’s ahead of me this next year! But more than anything, I’m thankful that I can say right now I feel more capable than ever of taking on new challenges.

Okay, enough of that cheesiness! Anyways, I’m going to close this letter by wishing those of you who celebrate tomorrow a very Merry Christmas. I hope you sing out Christmas songs and carol to your hearts content. I hope you stuff yourself with Christmas cookies. But more than anything, I hope your holiday is filled with love and joy and family and friends.

Happy Holidays,

Aarti

 

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