Day 3311 – A Good Reminder That Small Changes Can Make A Big Difference

As I was scrolling through my memories on Facebook, I noticed that I had a blog post about having to stop my running training two years ago. I still remember that day and being SO frustrated that I had to stop training. I thought it was a great plan and I loved getting prompts of when to run, when to walk, etc. But the program was just way too fast for me. I guess I need a slow and steady kind of training plan.

What was hard about having to stop was that I was really enjoying myself and thought I’d finally found a groove with running. I enjoy running. I’m also a very “all or nothing” kind of girl. I have found that’s a big key to my success – having a way to track my goals. It’s hard for me to work out every day, or read my January letter and new blog goals, unless I can visually see how I’m doing. This really was a game changer for me and a small change.

When I was going through the training plan, I was running 1-2.5 miles each time I ran, about three times a week, but I only ran for about three weeks. Now, I’ve been running fairly consistently for three months. While my mileage is nowhere near where it was two years ago, it’s incredibly consistent and I can feel myself getting stronger. I helped a friend move this week and found I wasn’t winded.

Have you ever experienced something like this? Let me know in the comments below.

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Day 3173 – What To Do About Something You Hate – or – Jennilyn On A Soapbox – repost

One of the great things coming out of my epic digging through old posts and making them ready for other things is that I find some gems like the post below. This is something I have been passionate about for a very long time (well before I wrote this post). I’m not saying it’s easy (it’s far from easy), but I can promise you your life will be amazing after you go through the fire.

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originally posted 12/11/15
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Today, I stumbled across something on Facebook.

“Don’t work 8 hours for a company then go home and not work on your own goals. You’re not tired, you’re uninspired.”

This quote speaks my language. And a language I’m very passionate about.

See, I hate complainers…myself being one of them. I really do try to not complain. If I do complain, I try to at least play the “well if nothing else” game.

Sidenote: This game is essentially about finding the good in whatever situation you find yourself in. Late for work? It would go something like this…well, if nothing else, I have a job to go to. Well, if nothing else, I have a mode of transportation to get to my job. Well, if nothing else, it gives me a chance to change. Try this game, it really does help.

Anyways. If you tell me – “I hate my job” I’m going to tell you to either quit and do something else or stop complaining and see the good in it.

Living the life you want is all about choices.

We wanted to be debt free. I entered our marriage with $30,000 worth of debt. For so many reasons that are SO stupid. Oy. We worked our butts off to pay it off. We didn’t go out to eat. We didn’t travel. And guess what, we’re out of debt now. We sacrificed a LOT in the first 3 and a half years of our marriage. But guess what – now we continue to stay out of debt. We travel. We skydive. We splurge on our friends. We splurge on stupid stuff. That was all a choice.

I wanted to be my own boss. I quit my job. I worked my butt off for years. My photography business wasn’t working like it needed to, our lifestyle was changing and Bret’s work situation changed. Oh, and God said it was time to move on. So even though I invested 10+ years of my life in my photography business, I chose to stop. I made a choice to create a new job for myself and I am over the moon happy.

You might come back and say, well, it’s going to mean I have to….move back in with my parents….get an apartment and sell my house….move to be closer to a lower paying job….

Well, you tell me, are those sacrifices worth doing something you love? Or at least something that isn’t as bad as the thing you hate now?

If you’re not willing to make the sacrifices to fix the thing you hate, then don’t complain about them.

::steps off soapbox::

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Day 3139 – What This Blog Taught Me About Marriage – repost (With Some New Thoughts)

I came across the following post during my Pinterest work this morning. What’s really awesome about rereading this post is that it was almost 2000 days ago. What a super full 2000 days of marriage it’s been! It also made me think about all of the changes to this blog since then, from no more wedding photography, to actually sharing about my alcoholism (still crazy to think about that!), to all the adventures we’ve taken. It gave me a fresh appreciation for this blog, the amazing folks I’ve met through it along the way, and that it gives me a platform to share my thoughts and practice writing every day. Enjoy this oldie but a goodie!

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originally posted 12/13/14
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The other day, I asked my Facebook friends for ideas for the blog. I had hit a wall when it came to ideas and had (if we’re completely honest here) lost all motivation to keep blogging. It really doesn’t take me long to write a post and keep up with posting. But as certain areas of my life have slowed down, I’m finding it harder to come up with interesting topics. As I was falling asleep last night, a thought hit me that gave me renewed desire to blog.

This is a blog about marriage…..and sometimes marriage is boring. Sometimes your marriage consists of routine and that’s it. Each day is the same as the one before. I think these are the times it’s hardest in a marriage….not when you’re fighting about things or you’re going through a stressful time….it’s when everything is the same and nothing changes. It’s harder to love someone when they do the same thing every day. That’s when it’s easiest to be resentful about your spouse…..exactly how I was feeling about my blog.

But these are the times in marriage where you HAVE to keep going. You HAVE to keep loving your boring old spouse. And see this as “hey, my spouse is consistent and faithful.” It also helps to remember the good times. The times when you weren’t in the boring time….for the blog, I’m remembering the times when people have commented about the impact of this blog. I think of people who appreciate the honesty and one particular post by Bret that changed someone’s life and marriage.

I AM grateful for the opportunity to share about our marriage (the struggles and the joys) through this blog. I’m just in awe of what God has done through the last 1337 days I’ve blogged…that’s 3.66 years! Holy smokes! Let me just say I could NOT have done that on my own strength! Thank you God for empowering me to do so!

And there’s my ramble for the day. 🙂

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Photo credit: Shawna Sherrell Photography

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Day 3101 – Life And Business Change – Letting Go And Being Ok With Slow Progress

I’m a big dreamer. At any given time, I probably have 5-10 “that would be SO cool” ideas, jobs, or books floating around. Right now, I have at least 8. But, thankfully, a few things have changed my mindset about dreams recently.

I love learning, all the time. I have pages and pages and pages (and photos and typed documents) of notes from conferences, webinars, YouTube videos, books I’ve read, and more. I felt a tremendous pressure to get these notes typed up and/or organized into my Asana so I could quickly access them. I recently read/heard/watched (seriously, I intake so much information all the time, I can’t remember….lol, maybe if I had a system….) something about how just the act of taking notes or journaling and then never looking at it again is good. The act of writing something down helps your brain to remember. I also read something about ideas, that if it’s good, it will stick. Just mentally letting go of “catching up” with my notes has given me so much relief.

I have some great ideas for Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. I know I have SO much content I can share. I’ve taken so many adventures, seen so many great places, and had many life changing experiences. I’ve learned lessons and have knowledge about a lot of things. It’s easy to get caught up in looking at other content creators and thinking “wow, they post every day” or “look at the editing and graphics in this video!” or “this image looks perfect!” and feel woefully behind. In a lot of ways, I had to let go of all of this and decide on what’s the most important, and that’s this blog and my Facebook group. Those are my “personal projects” definite to dos. I am still working through my old blog posts to add links, remove links, clean up text, and use posts for Pinterest, but I don’t have the pressure of getting it done by a certain time. That feeling has been freeing.

I am embracing my voice. This is something that I hear over and over – just be yourself – and I’m taking it to heart with the blog. I can see and feel a difference in my posts since we got back from California. I am unabashedly me, and that’s what I want to share. Going through my blog, I noticed I did a few quizzes about “what do you want to read?” and while it’s important to write things your audience wants to hear, I think it’s also important to be authentic and genuine and honest. Just like things change in a marriage over the years, so this blog will change over the years. What will I be writing about next year? Who knows, but I’m going to keep at it.

So while I would LOVE to get back into making our YouTube videos, and I would love to be marketing my books more, and I would love to have a super active social media presence, I am going to take my advice about being a minimalist and ruthlessly say no to the bad/good/great to make room for the oh “heck yea.”

Here’s one of my favorite “oh heck yea” places, Clearwater Beach, Florida.

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Day 3001 – Alcoholism – It’s Always More Than You Remember

Holy crap, tomorrow is my three year sobriety anniversary. As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been curious about what I talked about in the week leading up to the final drinks. For the last three years, I thought I only (ha ha, only) had 5 Loose Cannons the last day I drank. My On This Day on Facebook reminded me, nope, I had more. Earlier that day, I went to see Gone With The Wind in the theater. I remember that I had enough of a buzz that I was worried if I seemed like I had a lot to drink. I worried that my breath would give me away.

So not only did I get drunk that night, I also got close to it earlier that day. It’s crazy looking back on my drinking days with sober goggles. It’s crazy seeing how much I forgot. I am thankful that I’ve been an oversharer in the past, so I can fully remember in the present.

What should I do to celebrate tomorrow? I want to do something, but I’m not sure what…let me know in the comments below!

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