Day 3423 – Why I’m Thankful For Long Distance Relationships – repost

I had originally planned to post about Junk Food Day, I mean how fun is that? But as I scrolled through On This Day on Facebook, my status from 10 years ago, was “Missing him….” That him was Bret, and he had been deployed overseas for about a month. We had only recently started officially dating. Bret was only deployed for a little over half a year, but he lived in California, and I lived in Maryland. By the time we got married two and a half years after we met, we had only spent roughly four months in the same time zone….and three of those months were when he moved to Maryland a few months before the wedding.

I forget that such a large chunk of our relationship was long distance. It was our normal – saying hello and saying goodbye at the airport, long phone calls, big phone bills, and lots of sleepless nights from talking late.

But I can point to that time as one of the biggest reasons we have the great marriage we have now. Being that far apart forced us to ONLY have communication. It caused us to be honest with each other, I mean, why not be honest with that much distance between you? During those hours and hours of conversations, we talked about everything. During those hours, we developed a deep friendship, which is one of the core pieces of our marriage.

While long distance relationships aren’t for everyone, I sure am glad that I had one. 🙂

This is a photo of Bret from his first visit to meet my family in 2007.

Originally posted 7/21/17

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Day 3421 – How To Not Complain – or – I’m So Thankful That Bret Taught Me To Be A Devil’s Advocate – repost

One thing that I absolutely love and hate about Bret is that he is a devil’s advocate. When we first got married, I barely got to complain because he would always have a comeback to what I was babbling on about. “Well, you don’t know….” “Well, maybe they XYZ….” “Well, at least….”

He is the reason I’m such a big proponent of the “if nothing else” game. As I’ve grown in my devil’s advocating skills, I can even encourage Bret (ha ha, the student has become the master).

This can be a really sad and hard world to live in. There are so many opinions and sides and deep hate out there. I think something that could really help us all is more devil’s advocating.

Instead of thinking things like “I cannot believe they think XYZ,” “I would never ABC,” “All of 123’s are XYZ.” Try to think of things from the other perspective. “Well, if I had been raised in this environment, I can see how I would think/have trouble/struggle with XYZ.” “Well, if I had been in this situation, I might actually ABC.” “Well, I guess not ALL 123’s are XYZ. Maybe I can find out more about 123’s.”

I am in no way saying I have everything figured out. I cannot solve the world’s problems. I believe only God can fix what’s wrong here. But we can make things a little better by putting ourselves in others’ shoes.

It is also a very thankful way to live. When there are really rough days, I try to be super specific thankful. Being thankful for shelter, food, and health can really turn your day around.

And because I miss the little guy, here’s our rental car – Devil’s Advocate

Originally posted by 8/20/17

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Day 3419 – Entrepreneurs’ Day! – or – I’m So Proud of My Entrepreneur Husband

When I married Bret, I thought I was just marrying my best friend and this cool guy I loved. But a few months later, he was working with me, photographing weddings. When I closed my photography business, I thought that would be the end of working together. But here we are, running another business together.

In honor of Entrepreneurs’ Day, I wanted to share some of the amazing qualities I’ve seen in Bret over the last few years.

– He learns from his mistakes. There’s a big learning curve in investing and I’ve seen him own up to his mistakes and see them as a learning experience.

– He recognizes the power of affirmations. If we’re having a particularly hard day, he’ll say “Trade ya some affirmations?” Then we spend a good 10 minutes or so sharing some of our current affirmations.

– He has been humble in his success.

– Even after our first deal, instead of saying “screw work tonight!” He got right back to it to get the next deal.

– He works, even when he’s tired. The picture below was taken when he got home from school, he took a quick nap and then got to work on our investing business. Thankfully, we know this is just a season and won’t have to push ourselves so hard down the road. But this picture right here, will remind me of what we had to do to create the life we want.

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Day 3414 – Snow Day!!!!!

Wahhhoooooo! We got a snow day friends! I did everything necessary to ensure this snow day came to pass – from inside out/backwards PJs to a spoon under my pillow. What’s funny is that a snow day for us means more time to work. But I’m sure we’ll have some fun thrown in.

East coast friends, how are you spending the snow day?

Note – this photo is old and we didn’t get THAT much snow. 🙂

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Day 3410 – Veterans Day – aka – Hug A Veteran Day – aka – One Of My Favorite Days Of The Year

A very happy Veterans Day to all the amazing Vets who read this! I love Veterans Day for a number of reasons. It gives me a chance to give a shout out to Bret for his service to our country. It’s also a day to give a shout out to all the Vets for their service.

And let’s be totally honest here, I love all the free food Bret can get! We typically go to several places for some freebies. But almost always end up getting super stuffed by the time we reach Olive Garden.

This year I noticed one restaurant was actually giving free food to spouses and parents too. Way to go McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, I mean, really! I don’t think we’ll make it out to you guys today, but it really means a lot that a place would be willing to give something to the spouses and parents too.

So, hug a Vet today. Thank them for their service. And if you’re lucky, tag along with one for not only some free food but a lot of businesses and people that will thank them too.

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