Day 3404 – How One Decision Can Change Your Life Forever

I’m currently reading I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel, and I have to say, it is a delightful read for any reader. I’ve always loved what Anne has to say on Modern Mrs. Darcy, from her book recommendations to organizational tips. This morning, I read about how one decision changed her life.

It got me thinking about the decisions I’ve made that have changed my life in big ways and small ways.

If I hadn’t gone on what I thought was a blind date (what it was is really a really long story), I wouldn’t have met Bret.

If I hadn’t been moved by someone else’s testimony, I never would have shared publicly about my alcoholism.

If I hadn’t shared about my alcoholism, others wouldn’t have felt led to share their struggles…with me or those important to them.

If I had said yes to something, and no to something else, I wouldn’t have gotten sober when I did, which is something I truly wouldn’t trade for the world.

If I hadn’t decided to help Bret with his business, it wouldn’t have become our business, and I wouldn’t have been able to help as much as I am now.

I have made big decisions, small decisions, life-changing decisions, but the thing is, you won’t always know that a decision will change your life until years later. This brings me back to my advice to have a record of things. Whether a journal or a blog that you share with almost 2000 people.

Also, take time to look back and see how you got to be where you are.

And, as always, enjoy the journey.

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Day 3141 – You Never Know What Tomorrow Will Bring

Tomorrow marks the 11th anniversary of meeting Bret. I’ll never forget the date because of it’s proximity to Valentine’s day, I love easy to remember dates. I’ve been watching my On This Day on Facebook for posts leading up to meeting this guy who would change my life, and I keep saying to my lonely, past Jennilyn “just hold on girlfriend, he’ll be here very soon!”

For years, I’ve said I was totally ok with being single two days before meeting Bret, and on that day, I was. But as I was scrolling, I saw that I had posted this “still convinced that sprite has caffeine in it and sometimes she really wishes she wasn’t single” at 11:05 p.m. the day before I met Bret. I look at that and think, “AH! You only have ONE day left to wait! Less than 24 hours!” Now, granted, you won’t be in an official relationship with him until June, and you won’t know if you’re getting married until the following July…..BUT, he’s sooooooooo close!!!!

So friends, you never know what tomorrow will bring you. You never know if tomorrow is the day that you’ve been waiting for.

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Day 3064 – Marriage Tip – Constantly Think About The End

If I’ve learned anything by reviewing all of my blog posts, it’s that the ones where I am honest about something, and actually take the time to think through and write my post, that it is a much better post. There are many days it’s hard to write something, especially when most of our days look very much like the one before, that I just throw up something. But knowing that even my future self will be helped by what I take the time to write, encourages me to push forward, and take the extra minutes.

We have gone through a lot of losses the past few years. Every one is a reminder of the shortness of our lives, and the uncertainty of tomorrow. It seems that folks will go through something like a death or other loss, have a “sun breaking through the clouds clarity” moment, realizing we have to embrace every day, and never let moments pass. But after a few weeks or months, this thought is in the back of their minds.

One thing that Bret and I do nearly every day is look at the fact that we’re still alive as amazing, and the fact that either of us could go today is sobering. Most of our good mornings include, “I’m glad you’re alive today!” or “I’m glad you woke up today!” Most of our goodbyes are “It’s been real, I love ya.” or “I hope I get to see you again.” Instead of ignoring this fact of life, we acknowledge it every day. It helps us appreciate the moments we do have. It helps us move past a fight or disagreement quickly. It helps us to let things go.

I have no idea how long I’ll get to spend with Bret. I don’t know my last day or his. But every day of our 3,064 married days and 3,940 known days, is filled with the awe and wonder that we got another day.

….and a little eye rolling from both of us….

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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 3031 – You Never Know What Someone Is Going Through

It can be easy to brush off someone’s good mood or bad mood. It can be easy to get mad at someone cutting you off in traffic.

Today we are attending a wedding (SO much fun to be a guest!) Today will be filled with joy and promise.

Yet, just two days ago, we said goodbye to someone with much joy and promise.

It makes me think that you never know what someone else is going through.

Every day…

Someone is walking through the hardest thing….or the best thing.

Someone has lost a friend….or gained a friend.

Is someone’s first day….or last.

So be gentle with those going through hard times….and joyful with those going through good times.

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