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Suanne Brady

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Real Advice: Ice Cream for Dinner is Acceptable

When my children were growing up sometimes, in the Summer months, I’d make a giant multi-banana split for dinner and we’d share that in a giant metal bowl. We’d sit on the floor around the coffee table, spoons in hand, laughing and talking, building an even stronger bond with one another. As teenagers, every six months or so, one of my kids would ask if we could have ice cream for dinner – we’d bring out the bowl, split the banana’s and for a half an hour we’d sit together and just relax into the comfort of our ice cream tradition and reconnect our lives. You see our daily life and the “normal” can be numbing, it can become so repetitious that time can pass without you even realizing it – connections that were once strong become weakened or lost. That includes the connection to your Self you know?

Ice cream for dinner is acceptable.

The simple act of breaking out of the ordinary, doing something a little strange or unexpected, can help you move past mental or emotional blocks, it can help you see things in a new light, or reconnect to the things that are important that you’ve lost touch with. You get to make the rules in your life. Question every single thing you do that’s normal, every thought you have, every action you take – figure out the purpose and figure out if it’s serving you. It’s okay to create a new normal whenever you want, and to recreate it over and over until it really serves you – until it brings you delight and joy.

My kids are grown, and I’m not ashamed to tell you that I still have ice cream for dinner some nights. Nights during periods of time where things are hard, when I feel like I need a recharge… or when I just really want ice cream. And, I know that’s okay because no one is there judging me.

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