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 3328 – The Importance Of Finding What Makes You Tick

I’m currently reading Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz. It has been a really interesting read and I’m already finding that it’s changing my thoughts on a number of things and a line caught my eye today:

When you know what makes you tick, it gives you a massive advantage over yourself.

I think this is the key to really getting things done. You can follow all the advice in the world but if it doesn’t make sense to how you tick, it will never work. One of my bigger motivators is tracking things and highlighting what I actually get done on a checkbox list. Being able to see the colors highlighted every day makes me feel so good. Especially since they’re highlighted in rainbow order. I know this about myself, it’s how I tick, and I use that to my advantage.

It seems that almost all of the advice out there goes back to – work on you first, figure out you, and the rest falls into place.

So what makes you tick?

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Day 3327 – Superheroes Stuffing Envelopes – or – Life Lessons Learned From Weird Dreams

A few weeks ago, I had a pretty strange dream. I only remember one part – there were superheroes stuffing envelopes. I wrote this down for a number of reasons, first, it’s kind of funny, but second is that it’s a pretty important life lesson. You shouldn’t waste your gifts.

When you think of a superhero, you see them saving people, stopping the bad guys, and getting out there kickin’ butt and takin’ names. They were made for more and they embrace it. It’s not always easy, and being a hero comes with its own unique set of struggles, but they’re doing it.

Compare that to these strong, talented folks, sitting behind a desk, and stuffing envelopes. It is a disservice to themselves and to the calling they’ve been given. Now, I am in no way saying stuffing envelopes is a bad thing, heck, I LOVE stuffing envelopes (really, all things office supplies really). But it is a mismatch of skills. Unless your superhero name is The Paper Shredder! Her abilities include stuffing 34,821 envelopes a minute, completing all reports in five minutes, and scheduling your day with her pinky. Hmmm…..I may have a picture of what I would be when I become a superhero.

However you slice it, doing what you were made to do is important. Don’t neglect the gifts you’ve been given, even if it’s part-time.

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Day 3326 – Something I’ve Truly Missed In Our Marriage Is Back – Playing Video Games Together

Bret is a lot of things to me. First and foremost, he’s my spouse. He’s also my very best friend, closest confidant, business partner, idea-bouncer-offer, travel buddy, co-pilot, encourager, pusher, and more. But there is one thing that he was but hasn’t been for a very long time – my video game partner.

A year or two into our marriage, we started playing Lego Star Wars together. It was so much fun and we would regularly stay up late to play. But as we played, tensions grew because of the gameplay. Basically, sometimes he would be on one side of the area and I would be in the other, and the game would pull the other player. Not fun if you’re trying to work on something! So I continued on with my Lego game love, playing almost every one that has come out since then, including Dimensions.

Since I play all of the games, and I can get them from the library, I put in a request as soon as I can. Lego Incredibles has been on my list since I heard about it (why yes, I do follow a Lego Dimensions/Lego games video game Facebook page), the hold request took a good month to go through. There might be some delay to the library, but that’s ok with me to save some money! I finally got the game in and worked through a few levels. Last night, I made a comment to Bret about maybe playing with me. Friends, oh friends, he said yes!

What followed was hours of glee. I forgot how much fun it is to play a video game with Bret. Especially one that we both enjoy and aren’t just playing for the spouse’s benefit (ha ha, just kidding, not even that happens). It was such a sweet time together and I can’t wait to play again.

Do you play video games with your spouse?

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Day 3325 – Bad Poetry Day

Roses are red,
Coffee is brown,
I got out of bed,
Caffeine changed my frown.

Rub a dub dub,
I wrote a poem,
It’s not a flub,
If it’s under a dome.

…..maybe I’ll stick to writing about road trips.

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Day 3324 – A Clean Slate In My Reading Journey

Today, I finished book #114 in my year-long 300 book reading challenge with myself. I still have a ways to go, but having a nice, new blank sheet to fill in is super exciting.

One thing that has helped me in my reading each day is actually tracking how much I read. On the days where I think I didn’t read much, it shows me that I read more than I thought. I love the vast variety of my books read so far this year, the ones I’m working through now, and the ones on my TBR list. Ah friends, when you find something that makes you come alive, chase it.

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