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 2845 – My View For The Next Three Days


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Day 2844 – Taking My Own Advice – Traveling To Florida

I spend a lot of time talking about travel here. I encourage others to travel. I’m writing a book on how you can take a cross country road trip on any budget. If you say ANYTHING about travel, I will encourage you to go, even if it takes a few years to save up or if you take a smaller trip.

Today, I am taking my own advice. A great friend of mine is currently living in Florida. I decided to cash in some miles and go see her for a few days. I will put together a post after the trip to let you know how much I spent. But here’s my current total.

Round trip plane ticket from Baltimore to Tampa – $11.20.
Snacks purchased before trip – ~ $10-15.
Coffee at airport, thanks to my Dunkin app – $1.49
Accommodations – $0.00.
Running total – $27.69

I am still in shock that I haven’t taken a trip yet, just for fun. I can’t wait to visit my friend and explore Florida. I’m so thankful for work that allows me to work anywhere, and is flexible.

So friends, what trips are you putting off? What advice are you giving to other people but not taking yourself?

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Day 2843 – A Long Overdue Date

It has been a crazy couple of months. Between moving, Bret building his real estate investing business, Bret working full time on top of that, me working for my clients, and just life in general, it has been so busy for us. We’re not fans of being this busy, but we’re big fans of the mindset of doing things others can’t imagine, so we can live a life people can only dream of. Oh how this has been looping in my brain. Since it’s been so crazy, Bret and I haven’t spent as much time together as we’d like. We even commented that we’ve been more like roommates. After a day of working on a number of things, Bret and I found some time to head into downtown Ellicott City for the spring fest. We were SHOCKED at how many people were there despite the rain. Shocked. If you’ve been to downtown Ellicott City, there were cars lining the road before you even got to the bridge. It’s amazing to see how strong the community is. I love that we live so close.

We ran into Pam Long of Pam Long Photography. She has been amazing at sharing live videos of all things Ellicott City since the flood. On days I can’t make it to openings of stores, I watch her live streams. Thank you for all you do Pam! She even took a pretty amazing picture of Bret and I! On her phone no less! You know someone is a great photographer when they can get photos like this from their phone.

We grabbed some spent grain pretzels with crab fondue and corn salsa from a new place in town, Manor Hill Tavern. They gave me a coupon for a free beer (you’re welcome Bret!) and I can’t wait to try more of their food!

The moral of the story is to date your spouse so they don’t become a roommate only!

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Day 2842 – Hanging Out With Friends! (Forgot To Post!)

I totally forgot to post these photos! Last week, we hung out with some friends in Ellicott City. And of course got come cheesecake!

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Day 2841 – My 100th Book Read In 2017!

Last night, I finished I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. It was the 100th book I’ve read this year. There are a few reading challenges I started this year, but I’ve lazily let them slide and have only been reading what’s on my To Be Read List and whatever catches my eye at the library. I’m sure I’ll get back to them because there are great things on the various lists.

Before you think I don’t have a life, here’s some numbers of the books I’ve read so far this year:
22 are full/chapter books.
3 of those 22 were shorter children’s chapter books, but long enough that I felt justified in calling them a full book.
1 of those 22 was a book of Liz Climo cartoons.
78 of the 100 were children’s books.
100 total books…but maybe we say I read 22?

What do you think? Should I say I’ve read 100 books or 22?

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