I love pancakes and made some today. I went all out too.

Now this means a couple of different things, so let me explain. It mostly means that I went all out for me. Here is how it went. First, I drove 38 minutes to the store to get vegan butter. I needed a couple of other things, of course, and yet this was a top priority. I wanted to make myself breakfast pancakes, and do them properly. Had them earlier this week without butter and it was not the same and was not happy about them without butter.

Then this happened, I made the first three pancakes one at a time and put them in a stack on my plate with butter layered in between each one. Watched it slowly melt into each perfectly golden brown cake, each time before covering all three in real maple syrup, and finally sat down to say a prayer and enjoy eating them.

Before I sat down though, I turned the burner off and set the extra batter to the side. This is going all out. This was an act of loving me. Usually, when I make them I cook and eat them one at a time, standing at the counter, looking out the window, and making up one or two for Freya. Until the batter is all pancakes. Then place what is left over in an airtight sealed container to munch on until they are gone.

Yet, today I wanted to enjoy being. Enjoy cooking them. Enjoying sitting down with them and looking at them. Even put chocolate syrup on top of them too. I stopped time to be present, to be with me, to enjoy, not plan ahead, not hurry through the miracle of creating and eating – it was glorious.

True love is slowing down. It is going out of your way to get the vegan butter, for you, even though it is 38 minutes out of your way. It is taking your dog with you too, to play somewhere where she can run free and stretch her legs because her favorite park is still knee deep in snow. It is marveling that any of these things can and do happen at all and more importantly at will.

So as I took the next few hours off to sit in front of my fire, with Freyja, Xander, and Amelia, watching the snow fall down, again, all around my little cabin in the woods. Then I turned all of the electronics off to be with the quiet to listen further.

Knowing that “IN a sea full of noise, home should be safe.” And it is, oh yes it is, inside and outside, and even more so with a belly full of self-love pancakes.

Kellie J. Wright is a successful Self Love Transformation Guide, Transformational Speaker, Talk Radio Show Host, Author, Blogger, and business owner at internaljourneys.com. Kellie is on a passion-filled mission to help individuals discover their truth through her actualized process called “The 90-day Transformation”.