I believe it to be a fact that happiness is a choice. Sure, there are instances in life in which our situations are decided for us without our say so, but it's those things we do decide for ourselves and our responses to those we don't that matter most. We set the tone for our … Continue reading 40 Things That Make Me Happy
If there's been one thing I've done a lot of in my young life, it's been relocating. My family moved around a decent lot in the tristate area growing up, and that continued on into my early teen years, too. After my father had passed away, my family moved to South America (on more than … Continue reading 8 Ways Moving Away From My Hometown Changed My Life (For the Better)
In the spirit of relationship-enriching courses to strengthen our marriage, Tim signed us up for a class that was being offered nearby called "Four Lenses for Couples" shortly after our retreat, which I especially appreciated because it was something he sought on his own for us, while this was all still so fresh on our minds. The … Continue reading The Four Lenses Assessment (Couples Edition)
1. Stop running back to a person that continuously breaks you. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me any more than that and you really just set yourself up for it. Anything beyond a second chance is blatantly taking advantage and everyone deserves more than that. Set and hold fast to … Continue reading 13 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself Right Now
"Love isn't an emotion or sentiment wrapped in pretty words to make us feel good. It's active. It's intentional." Over the weekend, my darling husband and I attended our first marriage enrichment retreat. It was something he'd applied for a few weeks ago after we'd found out about through some online forums. I'd heard nothing … Continue reading Strengthening Our Marriage Muscles
"The right one never stops showing you they love you, especially after they already have you." Marriage is a beautiful thing. "Officially" pledging your life to another person is a monumental and exciting time in one's life. It is two individuals becoming one team together, and it is continuing your journey as a new family going … Continue reading Never Stop Dating
With Valentine's Day quickly descending upon us, sights of heart-shaped candies, flowers, and romantic advertisements are almost impossible to avoid. As someone who is fortunate enough to be sharing my life with someone who makes every day feel like Valentine's Day, my heart quite literally bursts over all things love and marriage. You could call … Continue reading What is Love?
"A dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than he loves himself." - Josh Billings I'll be the first to admit it - I am that person. The one that treats my pups the same way my friends treat their human babies, because they're the closest things we've ever had to them. … Continue reading You Rescued Me, Too.
“When my life comes to an end, I want to be sure I did everything I loved, and loved everything I did.” This is my bucket list - a list of things I want to do, feel, attempt and experience before I die. It is far from finished - being made or accomplished - but … Continue reading My Bucket (To-Do) List
Realist: noun 1. a person who tends to view or represent things as they really are. Friendship is a weird thing; we find souls that fit well with our own and just decide that we "like" this one enough to keep them around. Or they're nothing like us at all and we still somehow manage to click enough … Continue reading The Realist Friend