Enduring All Things

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Take a #MarriageMoon for your next Anniversary (+ a Recap of our Anniversary Trip)

Though I didn't particularly talk about everything Pearson and I went through in the past week here on the blog, I did mention it on social media and in my newsletter. So I think most of you readers have somewhat of an idea.
But anyway, we were planning a big trip for our anniversary. We were going to spend Thursday night and Friday night (the 12th and 13th) backpacking at Crater Lake. Then we would drive to Bend, Oregon on Saturday (the 14th - our anniversary) and spend Saturday night and Sunday night in a bed & breakfast there.

Well, my grandmother passed away on Thursday, July 5th. And her funeral was to be held on Tuesday, July 10th. So Pearson and I decided to fly to Arkansas on Sunday. On a red eye, no less, because Pearson had to work all day Sunday. Then we would come home Wednesday.
So we got to spend a few days mourning with family. The visitation was the "loudest visitation I {the funeral director} have ever seen." It was more like a family and friend reunion and everybody told hilarious stories about my spunky Nana. I got to speak at the funeral. It was really long but everybody told us they didn't care and that it was so worth it.

So leaving Wednesday was supposed to allow us still be able to make it to Crater Lake on Thursday, albeit we would be very tired.

But the "Ding on the Wing of 2018" incident decided to ruin our plans. We were sitting on the plane in Memphis, about to fly to Atlanta for a short layover and then fly to Portland. While we were sitting there, they came over the speaker saying there was a walnut-sized dent on the wing. We sat there for 30 minutes waiting to find out if the dent was too big to fly with and it was. So we had to deplane and we weren't going to be able to get out until the next day. So we decided to rent a car and drive to Searcy, Arkansas and stay the night with my aunt and uncle and fly out of Little Rock the next morning. But first we got to see my BFF's two day old baby in Memphis!
Anyway, our being stranded in Memphis was hilarious because our flight out of Memphis got delayed on our way home from my brother's wedding in March for plane maintenance issues. So we missed our connection in Atlanta and had to spend the night there. Then on our way to Memphis this time we were delayed a couple hours because of maintenance again. So they really need to update the planes they use between Memphis and Atlanta...

So we finally got home on Thursday afternoon and decided to wait till Friday to go to Crater Lake. We slept like babies that night.
We drove to Crater Lake National Park, stopped along the lake for a couple pictures, then got our back country permit from the ranger station. The park ranger we talked to informed us that there was not much reliable water in the park and that we were not allowed to make a fire because of how dry the winter was this year. Oh and that on a scale of 1 to 10, the mosquitoes were at about an 11 at the moment.
We decided to camp at Red Cone Springs, a designated dispersed camp site about 4 miles from where we would be able to park. Hiking the 4 miles to the campsite was very enjoyable for me. But Pearson's backpack kept bothering him and his back was in a lot of pain. Oh and I got about 14 mosquito bites on each of my legs. That's not an exaggeration. I sprayed bug spray all over, but apparently it didn't soak into my leggings and they bit through my leggings. My arms, which were bare except for the very short sleeves of my shirt, were not bitten at all!

We set up camp, enjoyed some jerky and trail mix for dinner, and laid in the tent talking and watching the stars. It was beautiful!
The next morning, I made sure to spray bug spray on my bare legs before putting my leggings on and I don't think I got any new bites. The hike back was more difficult for me. I'm not sure if I was just already tired from the day before or if it was more uphill on the way back or if my pack wasn't fitting right on the second day. But I didn't think I was going to make it. I did though.
We stopped along the lake a few more times on our way out of the park. Then we drove to Bend. Our bed and breakfast was perfectly quaint. The room was ornate and gorgeous. The breakfast was delicious. And they even had a hot tub on the back patio.
Bend was having "Summer Fest" which we didn't even know about. So we got to enjoy some free outdoor concerts throughout the weekend. We had some great meals at fun places like McMenamins' Old St. Frances School. And we spent a few hours Sunday morning at the High Desert Museum which was a lot cooler than I was expecting!
And during all of this, we worked through #MarriageMoon. Chelsea from The New Wifestyle gifted me her first ever physical product over a month ago, and we were just now able to try it out. Sorry it's taken me so long, Chelsea!
Chelsea and her husband travel together a lot for their business and for fun. In fact, they were the youngest couple to speak on all seven continents! Oh, and they named their daughter Atlas! So anyway, they truly believe that traveling can strengthen your marriage. So Chelsea created #MarriageMoon to help you use your next vacation to strengthen your relationship!
We LOVED #MarriageMoon! I will admit, at first glance, the morning routine seemed a little weird but after diving in, it felt so good! We opened up and communicated with each other. We focused on each other's wants and needs. We put our energy into making the other person feel loved. It was absolutely fantastic and we plan to do it again on an anniversary trip next year!

Right now #MarriageMoon is going for a special first edition price! It's $79 instead of $129. And you get the bonus adorable tote bag if you order the first edition! Chelsea's not sure if it will be included in future editions. Click here to read more and order!

What trips do you have coming up? Will you consider taking #MarriageMoon with you?
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Friday, July 6, 2018

Let's Make Anniversaries a BIG DEAL Again

Do you make a point to celebrate your wedding anniversary? I think, for some reason, anniversaries become one of those things we stop celebrating after a while. If you've been with your spouse for a while, it starts to seem silly to celebrate another year, you know? Kind of like how birthdays stop being a big deal for most people after a while. I think a lot of couples just maybe grab a bouquet of flowers on the way home. Or maybe go out to dinner on that day. But that's it.
A lot of people stop celebrating their wedding anniversaries after a while. Or at least, it's not a big deal as it used to be. But I'm a firm believer in celebrating everything and your anniversary might be the most important holiday to celebrate all year!
But you see, I think anniversaries are something to be celebrated! Marriage isn't exactly easy. I mean, in some ways it is and should be. But life is hard. And combining two lives together forever is hard. Especially when our society seems to encourage throwing away marriage at the first sign of trouble or the first time you feel unhappy. So when you've made another trip around the sun with your marriage in tact, celebrate!

I am a big believer in celebrating everything. Being happy in your marriage involves being happy with each other. Being happy with each other involves having fun together. And one great way to have fun together is to celebrate everything!

So why wouldn't you celebrate your anniversary? In fact, I think your anniversary might be the most important holiday/accomplishment to celebrate all year!

So here's to going all out! Here's to making it a big deal! Here's to making memories and traditions for your little family's birthday! Here's to planning ahead for it, looking forward to it, and using it as an excuse to completely spoil your spouse, spend some much-needed time together, and rekindle the love in your marriage!

As I mentioned last week, I'm going to take this month to focus on all things anniversaries here on the blog and on my social media (complete with celebration ideas, gift ideas, GIVEAWAYS, and more)!

Pearson and I are celebrating six years of marriage on the 14th with a trip to Crater Lake and Bend. We're spending two nights camping and backpacking around the lake and then two nights in a bed-n-breakfast in Bend, Oregon and I couldn't be more excited! I'm looking forward to getting away from our normal routines, spending some uninterrupted quality time with each other in the middle of God's beautiful creation, and working through our #MarriageMoon together as we strengthen our relationship! (I'll be posting more about #MarriageMoon in a couple months!)

So, are you in? Let's make anniversaries a big deal again!
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Monday, July 2, 2018

Monthly Goals for July {2018}

Happy July! We are officially more than half-way through 2018! Can you believe it? Also, is it just me or is this summer just flying by? It's already time to be thinking about back-to-school! Crazy right?

Anyway, this month is our anniversary month. As I mentioned last week, that means I'm going to be focusing on anniversaries here on the blog as well as my social media. There will be gift guides, celebration ideas, and giveaways! So get excited!

Oh! That reminds me!

Let me know in the comments...

Would you like to see giveaways here on the blog, on Instagram, or somewhere else? Where would be most convenient for you?

Alright let's move on to my goals, shall we?

How I did in June:

Spiritual:

  • Read (or listen to) Matthew chapters 1 through 4 at least three times per week
  • Get up in time to go to Sunday School class every Sunday
  • Do the reading and homework for Sunday School class every week

Physical:

  • Stick to a healthy diet, only eating out on the weekends (we stopped Keto because we were both having stomach issues. I am now currently on a modified low FODMAP diet and Pearson got really bad acid reflux from all the fat)
  • Work out at least 4 times per week (hiking and walking on the weekends counts)

Mental:

Marriage:

  • One intentional date or trip per week
  • Spend intentional time in the evenings talking over dinner rather than turning on The Walking Dead as soon as Pearson gets home
  • Finish planning our anniversary trip

Blog:

  • Post on the blog twice per week
    • I did this all but one week
  • Read through the Instagram Monetization guide by The Social Media Posse.
  • Plan out my anniversary month series for the blog

Home:

  • Deep clean our apartment
  • Finish decorating and setting up everything. 
    • We still haven't put up curtains or gotten a picture for behind our kitchen table

Bonus: 

  • I organized our guest room closet, our outdoor storage closet, and our kitchen
  • We bought a bed for the guest room and set it up
  • I created several "systems" - Cleaning schedule, meal plans, and routines for my work day (I just haven't stuck to them well yet)
  • We hosted a game night at our apartment.
  • I created a printable pack and submitted it to a blogger bundle
So I did pretty terrible on these goals but I did do some bonus stuff, so that's good I guess...

Resetting in July:

Spiritual:

  • Work through this month's lesson and bible reading plan on the SHE Refined program. I'm super excited for this!

Physical:

  • Stick to a healthy diet, only eating out on the weekends
  • Try the SHE Refined program juice recipes once per week.
  • At least do the 4 SHE Refined workouts for the month every week

Mental:

Marriage:

Blog:

  • Publish all the posts I have planned for my Anniversary Series on time!

Home:

  • Put up curtains
  • Get the picture for our one still blank wall printed and hung up
My goals for this month may seem a little more complicated than usual. That's mostly because of a few programs I've enrolled in that I'm super excited about: SHE Refined, the 10 Minute Marriage Challenge, and Productivity Boot Camp. I really think these three programs will help me to reset every aspect of my life as we head into the second half of 2018. Here's to making it great!

Do you set monthly goals? Share your link in the comments or just tell me a few of your goals! Let's support each other!
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Friday, June 29, 2018

What I'm Reading, Watching, and Listening To {June 2018}

Well guys, it's been a month and a half since my last Reading, Watching, Listening post, and I haven't finished a single book. I decided I liked writing these posts at the end of the month rather than the middle. And I just haven't been able to read much.

You know, I've noticed that I can't lose myself in a book like I used to. I find my mind wandering and thinking about all the things I should be doing instead of reading. And what's strange is back when I was able to lose myself in a book, I had much more responsibilities. Like when I was in either high school or college and I was studying, playing sports, and doing all sorts of other extra-curriculars.

I think the difference may be that I now work for myself and the work of a "blogger" (or "influncer" or "content creator" or "entrepreneur" or whatever you want to call me) is never done. So while I was in school, I could spend time reading and not worrying about other things because it was outside of class time, my homework was done, and I didn't have practice that day.

And, it doesn't help that a lot of my work is done on my phone which is pretty much always right beside me and is addicting in nature.

But I digress... Let's just get to the other things I've been reading, watching and listening to lately, shall we?

Books:

None. As I mentioned.


Blog Posts/Articles:

TV Shows:

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4

Season 4 of the beloved Netflix original didn't disappoint. Kimmy was still Kimmy. Titus, Jacqueline, and Lillian were still perfect. All the story lines progressed as needed. The ridiculousness got more ridiculous (in a good way). And the evil reverend is still finding ways to ruin Kimmy's life. This season was actually made better than the others in my opinion by the addition of jabs at Trump and the current state of our country! Pure gold!

Movies:

Oklahoma! (with Hugh Jackman)

Alright. if you watch my Instagram Stories, you probably know that I finally watched the Aussi version of Oklahoma! toward the end of May. You need to know that I have always been a big fan of Oklahoma! In fact, my brother played Judd Fry in a school production. And Harding did it as their homecoming musical my freshman year. Plus, I've always loved the 1955 movie. Also, it's no secret around here, but I love Hugh Jackman and everything he does! So I've been dying to watch this version for a long time and I finally found it on DVD at my library.

So anyway, first I want to say that it had been a while since I'd seen it and there were a few things I forgot about. Or that I just hadn't picked up on before. Like, I don't ever think I realized that the looking glass that Will brought back from Kansas City had pictures of naked ladies in it. Whoops. Guess I was pretty darn innocent last time I watched it. Either that or Harding left that part out. Also, I always knew that Ado Annie was pretty easy, but before this particular viewing, I didn't really pick up on the fact that nobody really cares that the peddler gets around. Double standards, man. Thanks, feminism for helping me pick up on this. And lastly, I never realized how incredibly Will can dance and swing a rope. Again, that may be more of a reflection on this particular production than my perceptiveness in the past.

Deadpool 2

Ok so I wasn't a huge fan of the first Deadpool. It was a bit too crude, if you know what I mean. But we saw the second one because it looked really good and because we have MoviePass. Well, you guys! They toned down the crudeness a ton! It's wasn't near as bad as the first one. There were still a couple scenes that were adult. But I didn't cringe the whole time and want to just melt into my seat. It was still absolutely hilarious, had a dropped a ton of super hero names, broke the 4th wall for the entire movie, and even taught a great lesson about family!

Solo: A Star Wars Story

You guys! This movie was surprisingly so good! It was better than The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi combined. It was even better than Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And according to Pearson it was "much better than it had any right to be!"

I think it got a lot of bad press and people weren't expecting much from it because they didn't like the idea of a new, Han Solo played by somebody besides Harrison Ford and because The Last Jedi was such a let down. But you guys! This movie was amazing! Alden Ehrenreich played an excellent Han. He made it his own, but after only a couple scenes I forgot that I wasn't watching Harrison Ford. I was simply watching Han Solo.

Also, they explained a lot of Han's back story, of course. Like how he got the Falcon, how he met Chewie, and how he got into the life of a smuggler and fell in with Jabba. And there were even some fun catchphrases and other lines that were nods to what we already know of Han. But it wasn't cheesy! It was so well done!

And lastly, the other characters were perfect. Donald Glover was brilliant as Lando! They even had an exchange that explains why Lando mispronounces Han's name. And I thought they handled the love interest very well. I did not like the idea of Han being with anybody besides Leia, but throughout this movie, I found myself really liking Emilia Clarke's Qi'ra, much to my own dismay. But they handled it well and now the scruffy looking nerf herder can go fall in love with the princess!

Oceans 8

This movie was fantastic! It was even better than I expected and I had pretty high expectations! But can you blame me with the stellar cast? Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, and Mindy Kaling, just to name a few. Boy I tell you, I think I would totally take on a life of crime just to get to hang out with these fabulous ladies!

Plus, I think I've just become a person that can enjoy a movie like this that makes you think. A lot had to happen just right for the heist to go down and these characters were brilliant. I believe (and I may be wrong because it's been a long time) that the other Oceans movies focused more on the action and stunts and less on the brain power and plotting.

Life of the Party

Y'all. Melissa McCarthy did not disappoint in this movie! Again, it was better than I expected it to be. It was perfectly funny and yet had an emotional serious side to it as well. Gosh I love her so much! I feel like I can say "I loved Melissa McCarthy back when she was just Sookie St. James!"

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Again, this movie was not as bad as I expected. Are you seeing a pattern here? Thanks MoviePass for allowing us to see movies in the theater even when they don't look that great. And here's to them always turning out better than expected!

Anyway, this movie was certainly better than the last Jurassic World. The story was much more compelling. It wasn't just a bunch of scenes of people running away from dinosaurs. There was some of that, don't worry. But it wasn't the whole movie. We get some more back-story of Owen with Blue and the other raptors and it's the cutest sweetest thing ever! It made me fall in love with the dinos more than I ever had before.

I will say, I didn't love the ending but I know some people will love it. It's just a preference and I thought it should have gone another way.

The Incredibles & The Incredibles 2

We went over to a friends house this past Saturday to watch the first Incredibles movie before all going to see the second one together in the theater. I'm pretty sure I've only seen the first one once in my life and I have no idea why. It was amazing!

Both of these movies were fantastic. I mean they're Disney and Pixar, so of course they're good. I don't think those companies know how to make a bad movie. At least not together.

Anyway, I loved the family themes and the lessons about being yourself and believing in yourself. Plus, Jack-Jack growing into his powers is amazing!

YouTube:

You guys, Brita has been busy lately on her YouTube channel she created for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite! She published 5 videos this month and they're super informative and interesting. I had no idea about most of the research she's done on trademarks and what they could mean for the future of HP:WU is so exciting!

Yes Means Yes

My blog friend, Chelsea of The New Wifestyle gave a TEDx talk with her husband in Akron, Ohio a while back. That talk is now on YouTube and it's pretty fantastic! Pearson and I have already implemented the "Yes Means Yes" concept in our marriage and it's already helped so much! The Averys are geniuses! 

Jordan Lee Dooley of Soul Scripts

So my sister-in-law has been sharing a lot lately about how she studies her bible and how Jordan Lee Dooley changed the way she studies. I mean, Mary talked about Jordan on Instagram SEVERAL times so I decided I should check it out. Well, I'm hooked. I even signed up for the SHE Refined Project!

Anyway, I haven't been able to watch a ton of her videos on YouTube yet. (I literally found her yesterday). But I did really like this one about how she studies her bible and her version of bible journalling. Now I just need a journalling bible!

Little Women trailer

Did you know there's a new Little Women movie coming out in September? It's going to be a modern retelling on the 150th anniversary of the book. Little Women might just be my favorite classic story and this new movie looks so good, according to the trailer. Also, the actress who plays Jo went to my high school and was in theatre with my brother, so that's another reason to be excited!

Music:

I've actually been listening to 2000s hits and dance music. It's pretty motivating to clean to! Other than that, not much has changed since last month's post. Still listening to my Disney, Broadway, and Instrumental playlists a lot along with The Greatest Showman, Beauty and the Beast, and Hamilton soundtracks.

What have you been reading, watching, and listening to lately? Have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments!
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

TWO BIG Announcements

Happy Hump Day, Friends! I'm so excited to share TWO BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS with you guys today!

The first one is...

July is our anniversary month!

So we will be celebrating 6 years of marriage on July 14th. But... what does this mean to you?

Well it means that I am taking the entire month of July to focus on wedding anniversaries on the blog and my social media! This exciting month of anniversary celebrations will include but is not limited to...
  • A post about why anniversaries are important and why you should celebrate them
  • Anniversary celebration date ideas (besides just dinner and a movie)
  • Anniversary gift ideas
  • Cool anniversary related products
  • Marriage related book reviews and...
  • GIVEAWAYS
So be looking forward to that! I sure am! Oh, and I'm also looking forward to our anniversary camping trip. Sorry I can't take you along for that.

The second announcement is...

The Dating Divas are launching their 10 Minute Marriage Challenge

You guys! This product is going to be amazing! It's not like anything they've done before!

Basically, you sign up and pay a one time fee, then for three months you'll get texts sent straight to your phone with ideas to help you connect with your spouse in 10 minutes or less!

There is a "hers" version and a "his" version. The "hers" version will get man-approved ideas sent to your phone every Wednesday and Friday while the "his" version will get woman-approved ideas sent to your phone every Tuesday and Thursday. PLUS! Both versions will get the Divas' "Get Your Date On" texts every Monday so you can both start planning for the coming weekend!

Each individual version is $30 and the couple's version is $50. BUT!! If you order during the pre-sale TODAY ONLY (June 27th), you can use the codes below for 30% off.

Then regular enrollment will only last from June 28th through the 30th. If you don't sign up then, you'll have to wait till the Divas decide to do the program again in the future.

CLICK HERE to read more about the program on the Divas' blog.
CLICK HERE to sign up for the "hers" version. (Use code WIFE for 30% off)
CLICK HERE to sign up for the "his" version. (Use code HUSBAND for 30% off)
CLICK HERE to sign up for the couples version. (Use code MARRIAGEMATTERS for 30% off)

I'm super excited to use this text service to reconnect with Pearson over the next three months. The best part is, Pearson is totally on board because he just automatically gets the texts straight to his phone. There are no cheesy printables and I don't have to bug him to do anything!

Are you as excited for our anniversary month and the 10 Minute Marriage Challenge as I am?
Do you think you could take the challenge?
What other ideas would you like to see on the blog during our anniversary month?
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