Kendra Burke of Charleston, South Carolina, doesn't generally eat a lot of cookies, but recent rainy weather in Lowcountry inspired her to take advantage of the gloomy day by baking several batches of double chocolate chip cookies.
"I like to take negative situations and turn them around," Kendra explained. "It's just how I am."
According to Kendra, a number of her friends complained when Charleston was hit with several gray, stormy days in a row, griping that the relentless downpour made them not even want to leave the house.
"I told them, well, then, make it fun to be inside your house," said Kendra. "I don't see myself as a victim, and I refuse to enable anyone else to see themselves that way."
And, indeed, if Kendra has been a victim of anything these past several days, it's of being tempted to eat delicious homemade cookies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While she normally does intermittent fasting between meals, and overall follows a low-carb Keto diet, she isn't beating herself up over her exorbitant cookie intake.
"I feel like it's good to give my system a break from fasting once in a while," she said. "And calorically, these cookies are much more fat than carbs, anyway."
Kendra doesn't tell other people what to do, but she made it clear to her friends that the next time there comes a dreary stretch of weather in Charleston, she hopes that they take a lesson from her, and empower themselves to turn their negative situations into something positive, like chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies.
"All I can do is be a positive power of example," she said. "To me, that's what life is all about."