5 “Guilty Pleasures” You Don’t Need To Feel Guilty About

 “Let’s Do What We Love and Do A Lot Of It”

Marc Jacobs

From now on it’s “no more guilty pleasure” for me. Instead, I’m going to focus on pleasure and none of the guilt. How did these two concepts ever come to be married anyway?

So now if I want to watch the new season of “Keeping Up With Kardashians” while eating chocolate bonbons, I’m just going to go ahead and do it. I’m not going to let my guilt suggest it knows better. From now on, I’m going to forget the pretense and get over myself. After all, I have nothing to lose but my guilt

So here are five pleasures that you don’t need to feel guilty about.

  1. Watching Reality TV                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Everyone talks about reality TV like they’re the only ones in the world who watch it, when in reality (ha, ha), most people have indulged in this genre of television at some point in their lives. Whether it was back in the days of Jersey Shore and The Hills, or more recent staples like Keeping Up With The Kardashians and the Bachelor, we’ve all got our reality show of choice. Plus, why feel guilty about liking something so integral to pop culture?
  2. Eating Chocolate                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Listen, there’s a reason people eat chocolate – chocolate is good. Chocolate is fulfilling. Chocolate exists to be enjoyed, so why not go for it? And hey, let’s not forget that chocolate has some health benefits when consumed in moderation, too.  Something that you don’t know about me is that I grew up living in Switzerland, the land of chocolate.  For mid-morning snacks in school, we ate bread and chocolate.
  3. Staying In On A Friday Night                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Staying in on a Friday night, means you get to watch your favorite TV show, order in pizza (and not feel guilty about it) and get at least eight hours of sleep, wake up early and make yourself a hearty breakfast and be productive the next day. Embrace the staying-in life when the mood takes you – I know I do.
  1. Keeping Track of People On Social Media                                                                                                                                                                                         In case you forgot, it’s 2017, and most of the people in the world with access to the Internet are on social media. Most of those people have also used social media to check up on someone special. It could be an ex, a co-worker, someone you had a crush on, the significant other of someone you  had a crush on, a professor, you name it. Just last week on Facebook, I was contacted by and old flame from college that I hadn’t heard from for years (ok, maybe decades). Now don’t get me wrong here: I don’t think there’s a room for unhealthy, non-consensual, actual stalking of a person. But benign social media activity… that’s usually OK.
  1. Spending Sunday Morning in Bed Reading                                                                                                                                                                                         There is nothing better than spending Sunday morning reading the New York Times’ Sunday Edition or a great novel curled up in bed. There are no deadlines to be met and the to do list has magically disappeared, as you sip a cup of tea or coffee and simply read.

Warning: reading in bed could easily become a habit as you start to enjoy the good life.

What are some of the things you like to indulge in? Your comments always bring a smile to my face and opens up our conversation. I love hearing from you!


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  • Anonymous
    March 26, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Love it! I’ll adopt this philosophy asap! Thank you for the reminder.

  • Suki
    March 26, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    HA…so true. But I still won’t admit it.

  • Jennifer
    March 27, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Thanks Suki. You’re the best!

  • Jennifer
    March 27, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Thanks for your comment!

    March 30, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Well, I just made my THIRD toast of the morning!WITH BUTTER…….I normally eat two DRY pieces for medication but today called for BUTTER!SO, be it I was hungry……..did not eat much meat last night cause it was DEER……….DON’T ASK!!!!!!
    I have thought about reading the morning but haven’t accomplished THAT task yet………….too many emails or blogs to READ!As you can see I’m way behind.I miss the newspaper……………I should look into getting it back……than again is there any GOOD NEWS?
    I owe you a call………….TODAY!XX

  • Jennifer
    March 31, 2017 at 12:34 am

    I love butter too and always indulge in it! I try to read two newspapers a day. I should be reading more blogs. Of course, I always read yours as soon as it arrives.