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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Reading Roundup June {2017}

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Last month I talked about how I actually have time to read but I never do it. Well if the number of books I read this month is any indication, I still never do it.

Here's to trying again next month.

Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin

So I didn't technically read this book. I listened to it. I'm part of a lifestyle challenge group on Facebook. We encourage each other and hold each other accountable for working out, eating clean, and anything else in life including reading a personal development book as a group. We could choose from 3 books this month and this is the one I chose. Also, I think I've found a great new way to read: by listening in the car! After I finished this last week, I started listening to a read through of the bible on YouVersion!

Anyway, I thought this book was pretty great! I don't agree with everything she said, but she did a lot of research about habit forming. Most of it was stuff I knew already, but I loved the way she presented most of it. She categorizes everybody into "four basic tendencies" and, just like in every personality test ever taken, Pearson and I are exact opposites! I am an Obliger with a little bit of Upholder and he is a Rebel with a little bit of Questioner.

Gretchen really emphasizes a lot that people are different and strategies that work for some people, might not work for others. For example, some people are larks (morning people) and some are owls (night people). Usually, in the context of creating better habits, larks will try to convince owls that waking up earlier is the answer. But that's just not true for them.

Likewise, some people are abstainers and some people are moderators. Moderators usually try to convince Abstainers that it will be easier to stay away from sweets (for example) if they allow themselves to indulge every once in a while. But the reality is, for Abstainers, it's easier to completely abstain and not ever event think about it.

The point is to basically be you. Decide what habits you want to have and find ways to do them and make them easier to do. Then don't make the choice again. You've already made the choice to work out every day so when you wake up, you don't have to decide. The decision is already made.

I really liked the book. I found it insightful even if I've still had a hard time putting it into practice. I would recommend this book to anybody wanting to better themselves though!

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Monday, June 26, 2017

An Easy Way to Earn Money with your Blog and Social Media

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As I'm sure most of you know, I love The Dating Divas! They are all about "strengthening marriages, one date at a time" so I'm sure it's really no surprise that I love them so much.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

10 Tips for YOUR Perfect Date Night

I know I've said it a million times, but continuing to date your spouse after you get married and as you live your life together is so important! You have to continue connecting, having fun, learning about each other, and making each other a priority. It's essential for your marriage to endure! Plus it's fun, right?
So I want to give you a few pointers to help you plan your perfect date night. Notice I didn't say THE perfect date night or A perfect date night. Perfect is unattainable and I think people spend too much time trying to attain it these days and put it on social media and get approval from others. But I want you to have a date night that's perfect for you.

ONE || Be flexible. My husband works irregular hours and often I don't even know when he'll be home until he calls me from his car on the way home. So our date night plans have to be flexible. I used to get very disappointed when things didn't go as planned and when our plans fell through, but I've changed my mindset and now I can enjoy date night even at the last minute.

TWO || Keep a bucket list. I made a date night bucket list for the last two years. Last year, we only did 3 out of the 10 on our list. It was a bad year. But this year, we're doing so much better!

THREE || Plan. Plan. Plan. At the beginning of the year, I take out my planner and write down when movies come out that I know we want to see and when things are going on like concerts and the Ohio State Fair. Then, when we're trying to decide what to do for date night, I just look at my planner. For me, planning like this makes it easier to be flexible, as weird as that sounds.

FOUR || Try Date Box. We get a box in the mail every month with an entire date inside. That way we're guaranteed to have one fun and unique date every month. And it takes the planning out of it. We've loved every date so far. They're always so fun!

FIVE || Take turns planning. This takes the stress off of each of you. We don't exactly take turns every time, but sometimes he plans date night and sometimes I do. It's never fun when only one person is doing all the work. Besides, this way you know you're both getting to do things you want to do.

SIX || It's okay to stay home. I think we often get it in our head that a date night is only successful or only romantic or only counts if we go out to some fancy place and include dinner and entertainment. No. That's not true. A date night could very well be ordering take out and watching Netflix. Or it could be an ice cream run in the middle of the afternoon.

SEVEN || Try new things. Pearson and I have lived in Columbus for almost 4 years now and we keep finding new things to do. There's not much better than exploring and experiencing new things with my husband. And this way we don't get bored with the typical dinner and a movie.

EIGHT || Put effort into your appearance. I'm sure your man doesn't care all that much about your looks. He loves you just the way you are. But putting a little extra effort in for date night shows him you care enough to look good for him and it will boost your confidence at the same time!

NINE || Wear something comfortable and stylish. I almost always bring a cardigan wherever we go for date night. I'm always cold and it's important for me to be comfortable when we finally get away for that date. I also try to wear comfortable shoes. Often our dates turn into walking dates even if we weren't planning on that from the beginning.

TEN || Pack your purse. Load up your bag with these date night essentials. I try to prepare for anything on date night because I want to enjoy my time with my husband without worrying about anything going wrong.

So what do you say? Are you ready to have your perfect date night this weekend? What tips would you add to my list?
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This post originally appeared on Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt here.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Life Lately

I'm not even sure what this post is going to be about. I just know I want to write. I haven't blogged in awhile and I think it's because of several reasons.

Every idea I have for a blog post lately just seems silly.

And I'm trying be be healthier. And to keep our apartment cleaner and more organized. And to focus on Pearson and our marriage. And to do fun things with friends this summer. And blogging just isn't high up on the priority list.

Work takes up so much of my time. Yes I was working full time before, but I was working at home. I didn't have a commute. I exercised on my lunch break. I didn't have to put as much energy into meal planning and prepping, or a chore schedule etc.

When I got this job, I promised myself that I wasn't going to be one of those people who stopped blogging when life got busier. But it's happening. And I hate it.

Sigh. Again, I don't really know what this post is about.

I'm not going to be too hard on myself though. Because that's what I'm working on. Remember this post?

So I'm going to keep reminding myself that I can't do it all. And that it's okay if I am not blogging that much in this stage of life. And that one day, I might be able to blog more again. Especially once Pearson graduates and EVERYTHING CHANGES for the better!

Maybe I'll consider this summer a break from blogging. When I think about what I've been doing this month/year, I have gotten quite a bit accomplished. It's just my goals and priorities are different right now.

Maybe since I'm not feeling very inspired to actually write, I'll focus on other blog tasks this summer. Like updating old posts. Or building my social media followers. Or sharing old posts like crazy. Yeah I think that's what I'll do.

With all that said, I want to say thank you so much for reading this blog. Whoever you are. You are awesome.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A 30 Days of Love Challenge

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As of Sunday (2 days ago), Pearson and I have been a couple for 11 years. Well, besides two terrible weeks in February 2009 when we weren't together. Those were the worst two weeks ever, but I digress.

Anyway, on June 11, 2006, Pearson finally got up enough courage to ask me on our first date! The rest is history! We've always considered June 11th our dating anniversary because we never really had a DTR (define the relationship) conversation. We were "talking" and then we were "dating."

So yes. As of Sunday, we've been a couple for 11 years. And in about a month, on July 14th, we will have been married for 5 years!

Since this year will be our 5th anniversary, I've been wanting to do something special. Then, I came across The Dating Divas' 30 Day Love Challenge!
I was buying some of their Father's Day stuff over the weekend and I decided to look in the anniversary section since ours is coming up. When I saw the 30 Day Love Challenge I thought it would be perfect! Even though the Dating Divas originally hosted the challenge leading up to Valentine's Day last year, I thought we could start it on our dating anniversary and finish on our marriage anniversary with a few extra days in case we get behind! (and... We technically already missed Sunday and yesterday. We were busy decluttering the entire apartment!!!)
The first day of the challenge consists of filling out questionnaires to get to know each other better. I always think I know Pearson pretty well and then I learn something I never knew and I'm so surprised. I think these questionnaires will be perfect in helping us pick out anniversary gifts for each other!
Anyway, I wanted to let you know that Pearson and I are taking the 30 Day Love Challenge! I will be updating through the process, though probably more on social media more than the blog (as always, you can follow me using the buttons below my signature).

I challenge you to join us!

How do you celebrate your anniversary? Do you still acknowledge your dating anniversary?

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