Day 3105 – 8.5 Years Married To My Favorite Guy

Every day married is a milestone, in my eyes. Every day I get to spend with Bret is a gift. We’ve gotten into the habit of saying something along the lines of “I’m glad I get another day with you!” or “yay! You’re alive today!” each morning.

Today is our eight and a half year anniversary. I don’t typically celebrate half anniversaries…mostly because I forget about it. But I do celebrate on most 11th day of the month and Saturdays, and by celebrate, I tell Bret “happy anniversary!” to which he replies “thanks” and/or “dang it!” (because I said it first).

Who knows how many sleepovers I’ll get to have with my weirdo best friend, but I am sure enjoying each one I do get.

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Day 3080 – Happy Birthday To My First Book!

Just about a year ago (12/14/16), I published my first book. It was quite a process, but one that I wouldn’t trade. I definitely caught the publishing bug after that first one.

Happy birthday first book!

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Day 3060 – My Life Has Changed A Lot In The Last 13 Years – or – 13 Years Ago, I Photographed My First Wedding

I was scrolling through my On This Day on Facebook, and it reminded me that today was my wedding photography anniversary. It’s funny, just yesterday, Bret and I were talking about how much our lives have changed since we got married. We were chatting about his real estate investing business, and my virtual office management business, as well as what I’d just read in Tools Of The Titans. Basically, Tim Ferris was talking about real world MBAs, and how if you look at taking a pay cut to learn something, it’s like getting a real world MBA. In a lot of respects, you could look at the last few years for me, and say I did a 3 year alcohol rehab, I did a 5 year writing degree, etc. One thing I’m thankful for is that it’s ok to change your mind. It’s ok to have new dreams on a new day. And getting to know yourself is a life long process.

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Day 3000 – 3000 Days Of Marriage And What Makes Our Marriage Great

I’ve been looking forward to this day for a while! It’s been on our calendar to celebrate for a few months. And I’ve mentally drafted this post a few times.

Yesterday, I drove past Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, and noticed they had a pumpkin beer on tap. Bret is all about the pumpkin beers and all things fall. It’s our favorite time of year. It just so happened that last night was also lobster night. $12.99 for a whole Maine lobster with a side. We’ve known about their lobster night for a long time. How long? Well, I was drinking the last time we were there, so well over 3 years. We figured this would be a great way to celebrate 3000 days.

Since it was a “fancy” dinner, I thought, you know what, I’m going to put on some perfume. I walked up to Bret and said “I did something for you I don’t normally do, smell!”
Bret – *smells* Oooo, pretty, it smells just like Batman would smell.”
I laughed and thanked him for giving me more blogging material. 😀

We arrived only an hour after they started…..and the lobsters were already gone! We missed it by just a few minutes. Granted, there were some big groups before us, and a limited number of lobsters. Totally fine. We ended up getting some great food. I got shrimp and Bret got a BALT-imore. A BLT with a crab cake and avocado.

We ended up chatting quite a bit with the bartender and then the guy sitting next to us. The guy is a serial entrepreneur like us and we chatted for a long time. We love talking business with people and it was a great conversation. Bonus points to Ellicott Mills for having Buckler, my absolute favorite non-alcoholic beer. I really admire bars that cater to the very very very small percentage of people who don’t drink, but do enjoy a non-alcoholic beer. And what’s that on the rim of Bret’s beer? Oh that would be cinnamon sugar! He really liked the beer, in case any of my local readers are pumpkin beer lovers.

Since I was wearing my Batman shirt (see yesterday’s post), the bartender encouraged us to checkout the bar downstairs. DUDES! A bat cave bar! There were Batman lights. There were Bat symbols. It was awesome.

I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate 3000 days!

So what makes a great marriage? What do you need to do to hit 3000 days (8+ years)? Obviously, every marriage is unique and what works for us won’t work for everyone. But I do think these can be helpful for a healthy marriage. Feel free to pick and choose what works for you.

– Don’t have private messages/texts with someone of the opposite sex. I will add Bret to conversations with mutual guy friends. I will tell Bret if a guy is messaging me, especially if the topic is sensitive in nature. This is a way that we can show honor to each other and keeping all parties safe.

– Tell your spouse big things first. Whether it’s great news or something stressing you out. Bret is my absolute best friend. If I can help it, he knows things first. Obviously, this isn’t always possible. But, again, this is a way to honor him.

– Tell each other you love them, as much as possible. If Bret is the one to go first, I will know that I was loved. In some respects, we say goodbye as if it was the last time, every time.

– Learn how the other communicates. There are times when I just want to complain. I don’t want a devil’s advocate. I don’t want a solution. I just want to rant. I’ve learned I just need to start the conversation that way. “This thing is really bugging me, I want to complain, don’t try to fix this.” Of course, most of the time, I’ll finish, feel better, then ask to hear the other side, and ways to fix it. I’ve also learned that this is helpful when I’m sharing a new business idea or book idea. In the beginning stages of something, I don’t want to hear why it won’t work, what’s wrong with it, or edits to it. So I know to tell Bret, this is a new idea and I just want to share. This has been huge in our marriage.

– Lift up your spouse in public. In our first pre-marital counseling session, our amazing leaders pointed out something we did – making fun of each other and them not knowing if we were joking or serious. It wasn’t so much that it’s a terrible thing or we were saving really mean things about the other. This was the key point – “take the opportunity to build each other up in public and not tear them down.” It was such a huge shift in how we acted in public…and honestly, most of the time in private too. It’s one of those things that you don’t realize how bad it can get or how bad it appears until you notice it. We were at a dinner with some friends a few months later, and one person made a negative comment about their significant other, something along the lines of “it would be nice if you cooked for me at home like this.” It was very uncomfortable and you could tell it hurt the other person.

– Have fun together. Laugh together. Be kids and goofy together.

– Enjoy the journey. There are some days when it’s hard, whether it’s a situation we’re walking through or decision we have to make. There are some days when it’s easy, fun, and wonderful. Each season is necessary for the other. You won’t fully appreciate the good times if you don’t walk through the hard times. You won’t fully be able to press on during the hard times, if you didn’t remember the easy times and know they’re possible.

May your marriage be filled to overflowing. Enjoy the journey my friends.

And Bret, thanks for 3000 sunrises and sunsets. For standing by me when I am strong. For kneeling by me when I am weak. Thank you for making this marriage thing seem easy.

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Day 2922 – Happy Eight Trips Around The Sun Bret!!

Anniversaries and birthdays aren’t a huge deal around here. Some (every 5th one) have a little more weight. But I am happy with a “happy anniversary.” Today we celebrate 8 years of marriage. It’s crazy how fast it’s gone by. This guy has been in my life for over ten years. A whole decade.

I wouldn’t want to take this journey with anyone else.

Love ya husband pants. 🙂

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