Enduring All Things: March 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

Our Past, Present, and Future

Happy Friday! I hope you've all had a great week. And a great month! Today I thought I'd borrow a fun little blog post for the last day of the month. Last month, Elyse of Just Murrayed wrote a blog post for the #LoveBlog prompt, "Past Present and Future" that I kind of loved. So I stole it!

Elyse and her man have been together since high school just like us. So she shared some of their favorite things to do and eat in every stage of their life as a couple so far. Sounds fun, right? So here's our version!

High School:

We lived in a suburb of Atlanta. We went to different schools but the same church. We lived about 45 minutes away from each other.
Favorite Date Nights: Either youth group outings (which I guess weren't really dates) or Mall-of-Georgia dates where we would go to the mall after church on Sunday morning, eat lunch, see a movie, and walk around until time to go back to church for evening services.

Favorite Memory: Our first kiss. At Malibu Grand Prix on a youth group lock-in.

Favorite Meal: The food court at the mall. I would always get Chinese and he got a wrap from Great Wraps.

Favorite Pastime: Talking on the phone for hours every night.

Favorite Trip Taken Together: Visiting Pearson's extended family in Valdosta at Christmas. It made me feel like we were really serious and I was already considered part of the family.

College:

We went to Harding University together. It's a small Christian university in Searcy Arkansas.
Favorite Date Nights: Watching movies in the science building. We went to a Christian university and were not allowed in each other's dorms. So students had to get creative about where we hung out. Pearson and I liked to find a corner in the science building (where we both had most of our classes) and watch movies on our laptops.

Favorite Memory: There are so many. I guess I should say when he proposed, shouldn't I?

Favorite Meal: Brunch in the cafeteria after church on Sundays.

Favorite Pastime: Probably doing homework together.

Favorite Trip Taken Together: Our mission trip to Manchester, NH.

Grad School:

We graduated college, got married, and moved to Ohio where Pearson started grad school all in the Summer of 2012. We've been in the same place doing the same thing since then.
Favorite Date Nights: Movies. Especially the Drive-In. Also the Dublin Irish Festival and the Ohio State Fair. And all of our Christmas traditions. And apple picking at Lynd's. And all the times we camped out in our living room. And, of course, the Columbus Zoo!

Favorite Memory: Taking road trips together to visit family and our Alma Mater multiple times for holidays. Road tripping with my man is one of my favorite things to do.

Favorite Meal: Donato's Pizza. haha

Favorite Pastime: Watching our current Netflix binge.

Favorite Trip Taken Together: This is difficult because we've been on several great trips since getting married. Our honeymoon in The Bahamas. Our one year anniversary trip to NYC. Our many trips to Harding. Our many trips to Hocking Hills. And of course our trip to California last year. Though, I think my favorite was probably New York City.
So there you have it. A fun little recap of our life together. Some of these questions were really hard to answer.

So what are some of your favorite memories, meals and trips you've experienced with your spouse?
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thankful Thursday: Spring & Rain

Ah spring. While not my favorite season, I believe it is a close second to fall. Spring is when everything starts waking up after hibernating all winter. Animals (and bugs), plants, people, allergies, rain clouds. They all wake up in the spring.
I know it's technically been spring for like a week and a half now, but I think Columbus has finally decided it's time to stay Spring for a while. At least I hope so. No more going back to winter, please. And thank you. Anyway, to celebrate all this spring weather we've been having (read: rain), I thought I'd talk about spring and rain for Thankful Thursday.

I am truly thankful for the rain. Yes, Columbus is a pretty dreary place, but at this point in the year, I'll take rain over freezing temperatures and snow. Back in January, I was wishing for snow over the rain. Not at the end of March.

Also, the rain means things will start blooming soon! After all, April showers bring May flowers, right? I cannot wait for all the plants and flowers to be alive again. Winter is such a dreadful time.

I also actually like playing. walking, running, and kissing in the rain. As long as I don't have anywhere I'm supposed to be going.

And I love watching the rain. Whether it's a small shower and I'm working or reading by an open window, or it's a full on thunderstorm taking my undivided attention, watching the rain is one of my favorite things to do!

I'm also just thankful for spring in general. Spring means more outdoor activities. It means the drive-in theater is open and it means baseball season (both of which are on our date night bucket list this year).

As I've already said, spring means nature wakes up. Which just makes me so happy. Flowers and sunshine and nights on the patio and grilling out. Sigh.

Are you as exited for spring as I am? What are you thankful for this month? Link up below! Thanks for reading!

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Reading Roundup March {2017}

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Hello readers! Welcome to another "Reading Roundup," the monthly linkup on the last Tuesday of the month, where we share what we read that month.

If you read my my monthly goals for this month, you might think I read The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers this month. You'd be wrong. I'm learning more and more (though I don't know why it's taken me so long to learn this) that I cannot stick to a plan when it comes to reading. No mater how hard I try, I never end up reading what I set out to read at the beginning of a month. Sigh. I should stop making those specific goals. Anyway, lets get to what I did read this month. How about that?

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (only $1.99 on Kindle right now)

Last month, I joined a group on Facebook called the Shield Sister Sanctuary. It is part of the Shield Sisters Initiative and was created for both business (blog) support and life support with a big emphasis on self-love and self-care. Anyway, they do a Book Club Discussion in the Facebook group on the last Thursday of every month and this month, they read How to Win Friends and Influence People.

First of all, you should know that this is a very old book. It was first published in 1937. While I read the revised edition, there were still some dated language and references. Personally, I liked this. But I can see how other people might not.

Anyway, the book is set up in four parts with five to ten principles in each section. I truly believe that each of the principles are very important and helpful in dealing with people. However, at times I felt the book dragged on. Each principle got its own chapter full of examples, quotes and stories. On one hand, I felt the point could have been carried across just as easily by simply listing the principles and maybe including one example. On the other hand, Carnegie was simply driving his points home and I'll probably remember them better for all the drilling.

I'm glad I purchased this book instead of renting it from the library because it did change my way of thinking and I can see myself re-reading it in the future. Or at least thumbing through it from time to time. Which makes me almost wish I got a print version instead of kindle.

I do recommend this book! Even if you know these principles, it's a good reminder for how to be kind, smile, and make people feel important.


The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

I decided to read this because Worthington Community Theatre (the group I did both The Music Man and A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol with) is performing it next week. I had never read or seen the play but had heard great things about it. I was not disappointed. WCT's spring comedies are always hilarious and truly entertaining. There is always some sort of mix up and lots of dramatic irony (my favorite kind). This show will be no different. I highly recommend reading this play and I'm sure I can recommend seeing a performance as well! I will say, I had to go back and re-read a couple lines just to keep everyone straight. I'm not entirely sure but I think it will be easier to keep people straight when it is acted out. However, I also believe you would benefit from reading the play before seeing it.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

12 Terrible Reasons to Get Married

So I haven't published anything on this blog in a while.An entire week to be exact. But that doesn't mean I wasn't working. In fact, I published an article in Digital Romance this week. I've been pretty busy working on my social media game and applying for sponsored posts as well as life outside of blog-land.

Anyway, all this to say I thought it was time to stop in with a little advice today.

This post is a little different from my normal posts. I usually write about how great marriage is and I'm an advocate for getting married and staying married. But today, I'm going to talk about when NOT to get married!

12 Terrible Reasons to Get Married

ONE || It's the next step.

Okay so you've been dating forever, right? And you don't really want to break up. So marriage is the next step, right? No. Not necessarily. If you're not really excited about getting married, that's a bad sign. If you can't think of any othe reason besides it's just what you should do, that's a bad sign. You should marry someone because you love them and want to spend the rest of your life with them in the covenant of marriage. It's not a decision that should be taken lightly.

TWO || You're getting older.

Maybe you're in your thirties or even fourties and the person you're dating is actually pretty decent and tolorable. Also, your biological clock is definitely ticking. It's time to settle, right? Wrong! You deserve to be happy. You deserve to fall head over heels in love. And if you don't have that, you deserve to be happy single and by yourself. You don't need to get married. You might not believe me, bu trust me. Wait.

THREE || All your friends are doing it.

Is this ever a good reason to do anything? No. Just no. If you're not ready, don't be pressured. Don't compare your life to theirs. God has a plan for you. Trust that. Don't rush into everything just because you feel left out.

FOUR || Your boyfriend or girlfriend is pressuring you.

This one may seem like an okay reason. Maybe you're afraid of losing him or her of you don't get married. Maybe you've been dating for a while and you feel like you owe it to him. Just don't do it. You will most likely not be happy if you're forced into something you don't really want to do. And as a result, your spouse won't be happy either.

FIVE || Your family is pressuring you.

This very important decision in your life is yours and your future spouse's decision to make. And nobody else's. Try to ignore those pressures and step back and make sure it's you two making the decision. And for the right reasons.

SIX || Money.

Whether it's for the financial security, the tax breaks or because he's filthy rich, don't marry for money! Just don't do it. You'll be miserable, I promise!

SEVEN || For the wedding.

I get it. Weddings are exciting. Maybe you've pictured your wedding all your life and now you're in a serious relationship and that dream wedding is possible! If you're honestly more excited about the wedding than the marriage, that's a major red flag. Just don't do it.

EIGHT || Children.

Whether you want kids in the future, you're currently pregnant or already have children together, or you are a single parent and really want your kid(s) to have another parent around, don't do it. Marriage has to be about you and your spouse. If' your reason for getting married is about kids, than your entire marriage will be about kids and that's not healthy.

NINE || You're lonely.

Being alone sucks. It's not a secret. And the fear of being alone forever is even worse. But don't settle for someone you can tolerate being around because you don't want to be alone. Wait for the one you can't stand to live without. And even if he never comes, it's worth it. Just don't settle. Talk about regret.

TEN || To get over an ex.

Ah rebound relationships. I don't think I need to tell you that these happen for all the wrong reasons. So getting married to your rebound is just a mistake you'll regret forever. Besides, if you're getting married to get over an ex, then you're not really over your ex and that can be detrimental to a marriage.

ELEVEN || Your families get along.

So what? You like his family. He likes yours. They get along with each other. Maybe your families were friends before you dated. Maybe you grew up together and everyone always joked about you being the cutest little couple who would one day get married. Sure it's a cute story. But it's not worth it unless you truly are in love and want to spend your lives together.

TWELVE || You want to leave home.

Now I get that in most American families nowadays children don't have to get married to leave home. But I feel like there are still a few for which this is sort of the next step. Even if it's not really a known rule, I feel like a lot of kids live with their parents even after they become "adults," whether it's their choice or they feel they have to for financial or any other reasons, but if they were married, they would have an excuse to leave. It's just simply not a good enough reason to tie the knot.
So you see, the only real reason to get married (at least in an American society without arranged marriages) is for love. It's because you love each other and want to do life together. You want to spend forever together and couldn't imagine your life without each other. You dream about your future together and want nothing more than to tie the knot, seal the deal, and vow to love and cherish each other till death.

Can you think of any other terrible reasons to add to my list? Why did you get married?
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