Enduring All Things: June 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thankful Thursday: Refocus Your Heart With Gratitude

Guys. I'm sad to say that this will be the last instalment of the Thankful Thursday Party here on my blog. I have not been getting very much interest and it's just not worth continuing the link up. Thank you to all of you who have linked up and commented and been involved in any way. I've hosted this linkup for 3 years!

Anyway, I wanted to end this series with a running list that I've been keeping lately of things I'm thankful for about Pearson.

One of the six intimacy skills from Laura Doyle's book, The Empowered Wife is to "Refocus your heart with gratitude." Laura suggests writing down three things about your spouse every day that you're thankful for. This helps for getting into a thankful mindset. I've read other books that suggest writing down things you're thankful for. Having an attitude of thanksgiving makes us so much more pleasant to be around!

So anyway, here are a few of the things on my list from this month.
Thankful Thursday Party: Refocus your Heart with Gratitude: Things I'm thankful for about my husband

  • He always asks how my day was when he/I get home.
  • He asks how I slept every morning.
  • He randomly texts me during the day to ask how I am and tell me he loves me.
  • He supports my blogging.
  • He supports my fitness journey.
  • He supports my career goals and dreams.
  • He values my opinion in his life choices like applying for jobs etc.
  • He gets super excited for little things.
  • He gets obsessed with new "toys."
  • He works hard.
  • He helps clean and prepare for company.
  • He helps take care of Pip.
  • He loves Pip.
  • He always wants to talk. He tells me everything!
  • He gives great kisses!
  • He tolerates musicals, show tunes, and Disney.
  • Everybody loves him and his personality.
  • He has so much sympathy for others and desires to help where he can.
  • He can teach himself anything.
  • He can teach others anything.
  • He is simply brilliant.
  • He lets me come hang out in his lab.
  • He is patient with me.
  • He brings me food and sweets without hesitation when I say I want it.
  • He spends a lot of time and energy picking out the perfect gifts for me. He wants me to have the best.
  • He sends me random pictures of cute animals during the day to cheer me up!

What are you thankful for this month? Be sure to link up below for the LAST time!
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

When Your Self-Care Routine Looks Different

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I think when we think of self-care, our minds usually automatically go to bubble baths or some kind of spa treatment. But that's never really been relaxing to me. I like getting my nails done because then my nails are pretty and last a while. But I don't necessarily love the process of getting my nails done.
Some people's self-care routines do NOT look like a relaxing bath. And that's okay!
And taking a bubble bath is more stress than it's worth because I have to clean the nasty tub first and make sure the water is warm enough. I can't stand it cold. But in order for it to be warm enough for me to relax at all, it's too warm to stay for too long. I've gotten dehydrated from staying in hot water for so long before. And then the tub isn't even comfortable. I've tried putting a towel behind me and I thought about getting a tub pillow but I just don't think it's worth it right now. Maybe I'll feel differently one day when we have a house and a nicer bathroom and tub.
Some people's self-care routines do NOT look like a relaxing bath. And that's okay!
But everybody seems to love taking a bath to relax. And everybody seems to love bath bombs. I mean, people absolutely rave about them on the internet, right? I love the idea of reading in a tub. Or taking a romantic bubble bath with Pearson. So I keep trying.

I decided to try some fun bath bombs and give the relaxing bath thing another shot...

Meh.
Some people's self-care routines do NOT look like a relaxing bath. And that's okay!
I LOVED the packaging of this Cute & Young Bath Bomb Gift Set. Isn't it so pretty? And when I opened the box, the wonderful smells were overwhelming. In a good way. I decided to try the "Lush Life" bomb because it seemed like a good neutral. I don't think it really had a specific purpose like the "Sweet Dreams" or "Don't Worry" ones. Anyway, it smelled amazing! And I would even say that the smell was pretty relaxing. Even when the bomb was in the bath water. BUT I still couldn't get comfortable in the tub. And I got a little over heated.
Some people's self-care routines do NOT look like a relaxing bath. And that's okay!
So, I think I'll continue to stay away from baths for now.

But all of this got me thinking a little more about self-care and how some of the things that I like to do for self care, might not do anything for someone else. And that makes sense, right? We're different people. We enjoy different things. As Gretchen Rubin said in her book, Better Than Before, people are different and we should embrace that and not try to be like others nor should we press what works for us onto others.
Some people's self-care routines do NOT look like a relaxing bath. And that's okay!

So, I thought I'd share a list of some of the things I like to do for self-care. Things that relax me. Things that I enjoy and I always feel better after doing. And maybe some of these are a little weird and not very common. Then again, maybe they aren't. Maybe a lot of people like the same things I do but just don't talk about them.
  1. Writing - but not behind the scenes/maintenance blog stuff - just writing.
  2. Live theatre. Especially musicals.
  3. Binge watching Netflix by myself.
  4. Walking outside.
  5. Biking on a trail.
  6. Listening to Disney music.
  7. Driving with the windows down.
  8. Taking a nap.
  9. Singing. Especially worship songs with a small group.
  10. Watching a thunderstorm.
  11. Reading with NO distractions and NO time constraints. (This NEVER happens)
  12. Enjoying coffee or soda on the patio.
  13. Simply walking around a bookstore. A library will do, but not it's as good as a bookstore.
  14. Buying new books.
So basically, I'm most relaxed and happy when I don't have time constraints or deadlines to meet and I can take my time with something I enjoy. I think a lot of times I try to do some of these things and I can't enjoy it because I'm constantly thinking of what I need to do next or what I should be doing instead. But I suppose that's part of learning the art of self-care. It's important to let go and take some time for yourself to recharge. Here's to doing it more!

What do you like to do for self-care? Anything out of the ordinary or not very popular? Do you enjoy relaxing baths?
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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

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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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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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