About 365 days of marriage

I started this blog in April of 2011. At the time, Bret and I were wedding photographers and it was a way to share how marriage is more about the day to day and so much more than the wedding day itself. For about 5 years, I blogged about the joys and sorrows of the Christian walk, marriage, work, family and friends. I’ve blogged every day since a few weeks after I started. In May of 2015, we photographed our last wedding. Now, I have become passionate about simplicity, particularly in marriage, Christianity, business, travel and life. For a number of reasons, we have become minimalists. I’ve found that having simplicity makes life so much deeper, refreshing and joyful. I hope that this blog will help others see the benefits of living simply.

Day 3387 – Weekend Away!

This weekend we are going on our annual camping trip with our friends (and former clients). It’s a highlight of our year and we can’t wait to relax (and smell like camp fire!)

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Day 3386 – Get Smart About Credit Day

I’m going to share soon about an AMAZING travel hacking course* I took a few months ago, but I wanted to share the link today because it definitely relates to the topic. What’s cool about the course is that it also talks about credit. So why not kill two birds with one stone and get free travel out of it?

Credit is one of those things that can be a big mystery. Thankfully, there are lots of tools out there to help you figure it out and that track things for you. My biggest source of updates and to keep an eye on all of my finances and budgets is Mint.com. I’ve used them for well over four years and have been super happy.

It tracks everything that I spend, I can change categories for things, and I get a very true and clear picture of where we are financially. The only downside with it is that it starts tracking from the day you sign up. So it can take a few months to see your trends. Thanks to Mint, we were able to see how much we were spending on food and gas and other things. Instead of a “well, I think we should budget XX for this” we can definitely say “we spend this much.”

What do you do to keep up with your credit?

*Affiliate link – I will get a small percentage if you purchase the course, at no additional cost to you. Y’all know I ONLY share things that I have personally used, done, and approve of. The course will more than pay for itself with your first bonus. I recently got a new Southwest Business card and will be getting about $900 of free flights because of the bonus.

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Day 3385 – Spreadsheet Day!

Ah, one of my favorite days of the year! As I’ve been working more and more in our real estate investing business, I’ve been doing a ton of spreadsheet work. We have so many leads to keep track of, as well as reports on how things are going. I have pretty elaborate spreadsheets and Pivot Tables set up to do the job. I have to say, I LOVE that Google Sheets has Pivot Tables now, because it makes my job reporting SO much easier. The fact that they update automatically is wonderful.

What’s your favorite thing about spreadsheets?

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Day 3384 – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself

This morning, I seemed to roll out of the wrong side of the bed (haha, I think rolling out of bed is the best way to describe getting out of bed when you sleep on the floor). I’m not sure if it’s a combination of weather, weariness from lots of driving (close to 24 hours since Friday), travel (well over 1000 miles), and running around before and after. I had a CRAZY dream during my snoozing, which may have a little to do with it. Now, a morning like this for Jen of maybe five years ago would have kept me in bed a lot longer, caused me to start drinking earlier, and beating myself up all day.

But I am a much different person than I was five years ago. One thing I’ve learned more about over the last few years is me and how I work. Knowing that there will be days where I will want to quit everything, throw out all of my habits and goals, helps me to NOT do so.

I realize that I am not in my normal mind today, so I’m not going to make any major decisions. I won’t decide to stop doing the things I know help me and the things in my world.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned? Is to not be too hard on myself. Knowing all these things helps me to say “Self, I know you’re not totally you today. This is not how we normally are. You will still need to do some things today, but I’m not going to let you feel bad about the fact that you’re a human and humans feel things.”

Being kind to ourselves when we are not ourselves goes a long way to being a healthy human. 🙂

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Day 3383 – Sneak Peek At Our Weekend!

We just got back from a weekend away in Canada and what an amazing time it was! The drive was utterly breathtaking since most of it was through peaking leaves. I’ll blog more in-depth later, but for now, here’s us at Parliament in Canada! It was one of the places I really wanted to see while we were there and I’m so glad we were able to fit it in.

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