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 3439 – How To Have A Good Marriage

The other day, Bret asked “what’s our secret?” i.e. how do we have such a great marriage? Here’s a few things we realized.

The biggest thing is communication. From sharing when something is bothering you, to not letting anything be off the table, to sharing even when it won’t be fun in the moment. We’ve learned a lot about each other’s communication style too – it’s SO important to know when the other isn’t actually listening. Sometimes I just want to share an idea without input. lol, like, this may not be a great idea, but I wanted to share it. Then later asking for practical input.

Another big secret is actually talking about the end. I think keeping in mind that you will go at some point helps you embrace the now. Almost every goodbye is laced with a “incase I don’t see you again, it’s been a great life.”

What are your marriage secrets?

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Day 3438 – How We Feel About Productive Sundays

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Day 3437 – Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day – What Would I Change?

So what would I change if I could go back in time? Honestly, probably nothing. I realize that the things that I’ve gone through in life have made me the person that I am today, and I really like that person. The battles we fight, the horrible (and wonderful) things we experience are what make us who we are.

If I could go back in time, I think I’d want to just observe, really see things that I did….especially the things I can’t remember from drinking. It would be interesting to see how I carried myself, the things I talked about, and how utterly different I was. Even though I’m not entirely proud of that drunk girl, she remains a reminder of who I once was and how much I’ve changed for the better.

One point in time that I’ve always wanted to be able to experience is that walk to Emmaus in Luke 24:13-53, where Jesus shares all the mysteries of himself from the old testament.

Ok and let’s be real, I wanna see some dinosaurs…hahah, albeit from a distance.

But at the end of the day, if movies have taught us anything, you wouldn’t really change anything, it would be something that would always be meant to happen, a loop as it were.

Where would you want to travel to if you could time travel? Would you change anything?

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Day 3436 – Are We Still Minimalists?

Yes, most definitely. I would say our definition has stayed pretty much the same too – owning only the things you need/love and getting rid of the rest – continually questioning if something is something you should keep, and really thinking about new purchases.

Do we have real furniture yet? I will say we may be changing in the furniture department. I recently purchased a larger desk and a big chair, but here’s the thing – I spend most of my day in front of the computer, so this is an investment in myself.

We still sleep on the floor and intend to do so for a long time. I know I’ve said it before, but it really is the best sleep I’ve ever gotten. We still only have camping chairs.

It is such a freeing lifestyle and it makes you really appreciate your things.

We’ll see what the future holds for us in terms of furniture and more things, but you know I’ll be taking y’all on that journey. 🙂

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Day 3435 – What Does My Day Look Like?

A lot has changed and a lot has stayed the same as I’ve transitioned into real estate investing as my main job. I have adjusted my wake up time. It’s rare that I actually get up at 5 anymore, 7 is the typical these days. That is attributed to staying up later to work on things, which I’m ok with. My morning tasks have been lessened since I’ve put a number of things on the back burner….for now.

My morning
I gradually get up, enjoy some coffee and jump into devotions.
My devotions include an Ask Pastor John or two, followed by a few chapters in the bible. I’m currently doing a one year plan and am almost done.
After that, depending on how Bret’s morning is going, we’ll have coffee and chat about things. It’s really nice having that time together in the morning, whether it’s a quick chat or a longer one.
Next, I’ll spend some time reading. I used to read non-fiction/business/personal growth type books, but right now I’m using the time to finish up a few of my reading challenges.
After that, I’ll post in my Facebook group and respond to any comments.
I’ll then write my post here.
Then I’ll go for a run (3 days a week).
I squeeze in the wash here.

My workday
On come the work notifications at this point. I’ve really enjoyed that mental “clocking in and clocking out” of work each day.
The bulk of what I do in my workday changes from day to day. If we’ve recently signed a contract, I’m running the deposit up to our title company, and that takes a big portion of my day.
If our postcards have hit within the last two weeks, most of my day is spent on the phone and managing the leads.
Or I could be working at a client’s place.

I like that my days vary but also have a system and pattern to them.

My evenings
I finish up most of my work by about 3 or 4. Sometimes Bret will come home at the end of this day, right about 4, then we chat about anything that may have come up or just random things.

The evenings are spent either doing things around the apartment like dishes, putting clothes away, etc. Or reading. Sometimes preparing contracts or other work tasks.

I do think I need to do some refining to my mornings and my evenings. What I love about making changes is that sometimes just a small change or investment can make a BIG difference. My most recent investment was buying a Spotify subscription. Initially, the purchase was to listen to a setlist for Thrice while driving to their show, since you can download a playlist.

I got the trial but then decided to keep the subscription. See, I am on Spotify pretty much from 7 am when I get on the computer to about 8 pm when I go to bed. I mainly listen to movie soundtracks, Hans Zimmer specifically, so when a commercial would come on, it would really throw off my groove. Ahhh, it has made my workday much more peaceful, I have to say.

My weekends are mostly about working on reports and different projects, so my routine is much less strict.

Do you have a routine in your workday?

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