Enduring All Things: November 2015

Monday, November 30, 2015

10 Fun Date Ideas to try This Winter

Well folks, Thanksgiving is over, we're officially in Christmas season, and winter, though it technically doesn't start for 22 days, is in full force over here! I hate winter. I mean, I really hate it. But it's an inevitable part of life and we might as well try to enjoy, right?

Well today, my wonderful sponsor Brita and I have teamed up to bring you 10 fun date activities to try this winter! And when you're done reading these, head over to her blog to read our collaboration of 10 ways to celebrate the Holidays in Ohio!

10 Fun Date Ideas to Try this Winter

My Picks

  • Play in the snow. If you enjoy that kind of thing, go for it! In college whenever it would snow, the whole campus would have a snowball fight. Also, Pearson and I love building snowmen together and having our own little snowball fight. Sledding is also always a must. I figure, you can't help that it's gonna snow so you might as well enjoy it. But if you're really not a snow person, you can snuggle up with some hot chocolate and watch the beautiful snow fall outside a window. That's also my favorite.
  • Attend a hockey game. We've been to a couple Blue Jackets games here in Columbus and they're a lot of fun. Especially since we're pretty good and win a lot.
  • Go hiking. We like to go to Hocking Hills, which is a beautiful state park a couple hours from us. We've only ever been in the fall but I've heard it's beautiful in the winter too with all the snow. I don't know if I'd ever be able to brave the cold, but some people love it. 
  • Go to the movies. Of course, this is a classic. Going to a movie is a great date any time of year, but there are always really good movies that come out around the Holidays. We've already seen Mockingjay Part 1 and _____. There are so many more coming out in December that I want to see too.
  • Go Christmas shopping. This is also one of my favorite things to do with Pearson. We goof off a lot and sometimes we like to make it interesting with a scavenger hunt or something.

Brita's Picks

  • Camp out in your living room. My husband and I love snuggling in front of our fireplace. Relive your childhood with a blanket fort and s'mores! Curl up on an air mattress and read books together. Sip champagne and share your dreams of your future together.
  • Decorate a Christmas tree. I love decorating for the holidays. My husband does not. Our compromise? We buy a small, live tree each year. I love going to the tree lot with him to choose the perfect tiny tree each year. At home we play the holiday station on Pandora while I decorate the tree. Then my husband makes appropriate "oohs" and "ahhs" when the tree is done.
  • Play a board game. My husband and I both love board games. While many games are best with more players, classic games like Scrabble, Mancala, and Mastermind are perfect at-home date night activities. If you really want to spice up a game for date night, you could always play strip poker...
  • Workout together. It's easy to get lazy and sluggish in the winter. Let your spouse be your accountability partner! Make at-home workouts fun by playing Wii Fit games or by finding new routines on Youtube.
  • Try a new recipe. When the weather outside is frightful... warm up by a hot stove! If you're really talented, whip up a romantic gourmet meal. If neither of you is that adept in the kitchen, make your own pizzas or decorate cookies.
Well there you have it! If you try any of these, let us know! Also, if you have any other fun winter date ideas, leave them in the comments and don't forget to head over to Brita's blog to see our collaboration over there today.
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Friday, November 27, 2015

Compilation of My Holiday Gift Guides from Last Year

Happy Black Friday!

Right now you're probably either out running around and shopping with the crazies or, like me, you're chilling at Grandma's house spending quality time with family as your Thanksgiving Holiday continues a few more days. Or maybe you're spending the day decorating your house for Christmas because this is the first day you're allowed to and you're not gonna wait another second!

Well, regardless of how you're spending this fine Friday, you know that Christmas is closing in fast and you need to get your shopping done pronto! Well, I'm here to help! I give you, five holiday gift guides that I put together last year. These gifts are timeless so they will be just as great this year as they were last year!

So, without further adieu, here they are! (Click the heading or the photo to go to the individual post)

I'd love to see your gift guides too! I've you've created one in the past, leave the link in the comments!

Thanks for reading!
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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thankful Thursday: Thanksgiving Festivities

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

I hope you're all enjoying lots of yummy food and time with your family. I know I sure am. I'm in Valdosta, Georgia with all of Pearson's extended family. It's a mad house but I love it!
All of Pearson's extended family at Christmas last year
Speaking of Pearson's extended family, I'm thankful for them. I'm thankful that they've welcomed my into the family. I'm thankful that they helped shape my husband and best friend into the man I fell in love with and get to spend forever with. I'm thankful they welcome us with open arms and lots of food on holidays even though we cane from way up north and couldn't bring anything to eat.

Speaking of driving really far from way up north, I'm thankful for our car and our financial means to be able to travel. You guys, it gets lonely way up north away from all of our family. I miss them all terribly. So I'm thankful we're able to come visit for the holidays.

Speaking of holidays, I'm thankful for good food. Y'all, there's nothing better than a good thanksgiving feast, am I right? Especially when a lot of it was made by you grandma-in-law and your mother-in-law and your aunts-in-law and all you have to do is enjoy it. I helped as much as I could, but I wasn't responsible for anything. And I'll help clean up before plopping on the couch to watch some great football for the rest of the weekend.

Speaking of football, I am thankful for football. I'm thankful to have something to follow and get excited over. I'm thankful that it can bring family together even if they're rivals. It's all in good fun, right? I'm thankful that my family instilled a love of football in my and that I can now share that with my husband and his extended family.

So what are you thankful for on this Thanksgiving? Link up below
Thanks for reading!

P.S. I normally host this link up on the last Thursday of the month. However I will not be hosting in December because we will all be busy with Christmas and New Years and I thought it was time for a break. It will be back in January!
Thankful Thursday on From Bisons to Buckeyes

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Rivalries are Weird, But I Love Them

Well guys, Ohio State plays Michigan this week...

I think rivalries are so cool. They're weird and irrational and frankly, some of the traditions and rituals are just plane stupid. But I love them! I love it when a community comes together for any reason and the community around here sure comes together to hate on Michigan this week every year (all in good fun).

Did you know that every letter "M" on campus is covered in scarlet tape this week? That's right. The Chemistry buildings currently read "Che istry." I haven't found a single "M" missed. Poor McDonald's.
Of course there'e the infamous Mirror Lake jump, where more than 10,000 students jump into the freezing cold and disgusting lake on campus. Yep and it happened last night... Search "Mirror Lake Jump" on Youtube if you're so inclined.

There are some pretty cool traditions that support a good cause though! Every year OSU and UM have a "blood battle" in November where they have a blood drive and compete to see who donates more blood. They also compete in food and clothing drives which is pretty cool.

Here is a list of events going on this week in honor of Beat Michigan week. I'm telling you, the community is so fun!

And here are some more cool traditions.
Usually, the young adults group at our church puts together a flag football game on Beat Michigan week but for some reason it didn't happen this year. The picture above was from last year.

It's so fun to live within Columbus and near campus this week even if I don't actually participate in anything.

Buckeye fans, what are your favorite Beat Michigan traditions?
Other people, do you have fun traditions for rivalry week?
Thanks for reading!

P.S. Go Dawgs! Beat Tech! (though in my opinion, Florida is a bigger rival)
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Don't Try to Change Your Spouse // Creative Closet

I'm linking up with The Creative Closet today!

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Now on to today's post!

Wives, have you ever thought "Ugh. Why doesn't he do this like I do?" or "Why can't he be more like me?" or worse, "One of these days, he'll finally see my point and change his ways?"

*Raises hand sheepishly.

I'm guilty. I think it's simply human nature to want to change your spouse sometimes. Obviously we think our way of doing something is best, or else we wouldn't be doing it that way, right? And we might get along really well with someone who thinks exactly like us. But that would probably get pretty boring.

A relationship needs balance. If the two people are too much alike, things could get messy. Say you're both spenders... you'd never have any money. Or say you're both savers... you'd never have any stuff. Or maybe you're both talkers... you'd probably never hear what each other is saying. Or if you're both listeners... nothing would ever get said.

But even more important than the need for balance, is the need for love. Unconditional love. You married your spouse because you fell in love with him. Not with who you think he can be once you change him. Or at least I hope so. When you got married, you promised to love him through everything. I don't think your vows said "I promise to love you as long as you do things my way."

And besides, people never really change. Right, trolls from Frozen?

So try to see things his way. Instead of insisting he does things your way, think about why he does it differently. You never know, he might have the better method after all.

Consider his differences as a balance to you and a good thing for your relationship.

Keep a list of all the good things he's done and the habits and qualities you love about him and look at it when you get frustrated.

And if you really think something needs to change, pray about it and lead by your example. Don't make a big fuss and argue. That will just make him want to change even less. Pray that both of you can see the other's point of view and come to an agreement.

Have you ever tried to change your spouse?
Thanks for reading!

P.S. Giveaway winner!
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Priceless Powwows with Pearson & Guys Behind the Blog

Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! If you follow me on Snapchat, Instagram, or Twitter then you probably already know that my weekend was wonderful and filled with Katniss, Peeta, and Gale! Pearson and I watched The Hunger Games Friday night. Then Saturday morning we watched Catching Fire and we watched Mockingjay Part 1 in the afternoon all leading up to the grand finale! Yep we saw Mockingjay Part 2 Saturday night and it was phenomenal. I mean, it was terrible and sad and heart-wrenching (but not as sad as the book), but it was phenomenal too.

You guys, I really think the people who made The Hunger Games films did an awesome job. I think it's one of the best adaptations from novel to big screen ever. And that's saying a lot coming from me because I'm a "book-to-movie snob" as some of my closest friends like to so affectionately call me. But I digress...

Today I thought I'd start a new fun serious where I share with you some silly conversations I have with Pearson. I've seen AmberlyChelsea, Rachel and a few other bloggers do something like this and I thought "My husband the definition of ridiculous. I should do that too." So here we are.

Also, since this post was already all about Pearson, I thought I'd have him answer this month's Guys Behind the Blog questions too, so stay tuned for that at the end!

Priceless Powwows with Pearson

We recently re-vamped our budget and worked in a "Pearson spending money" and a "Charlene spending money" aspect instead of just "Miscellaneous" for the rest of the money.
Pearson: Can my spending money roll over from month to month?
Me: Yes
Pearson (very excited): So I can save up for video games and whatever I want?!?
Me: Yes. That's the point of budgeting and saving.
Pearson: Alright! I want Halo 5!

We were eating dinner at a restaurant and he was singing *NSYNC rather loudly. He looked up and noticed me staring at him.
Pearson: I should probably stop, shouldn't I?
Me: Yeah probably.
Pearson: I'm getting to the point where I have no shame.
Me: And you're not even drinking.
Pearson: Nope!

Me: By the way, I bought a Christmas present for you the other day using my Old Navy credit card so you wouldn't see where the gift came from. I just paid it off and I'm gonna take that out of our "Christmas/Birthday Gifts" budget.
Pearson: OK! Wait, you used your Old Navy card?
Me: Yeah, why?
Pearson: Aww man. That means it's clothes.
Me: No it doesn't! I don't have to use it at Old Navy. It's just a credit card!

This is another conversation about our newly re-vamped budget. We got some profit sharing income that we forgot about.
Me: ...But that's okay I can supplement those budgets with the extra income. This is so exciting!
Pearson: *laughs
Me: Wow. I'm such a nerd. I can't believe I just said that.
Pearson: Yeah... You should have been an accountant.
(Really though, I don't know where it came from and I don't know why I just told you lovely readers either...)

Pearson: (seeing a dirty muffin pan on the counter) Did you make chocolate muffins?
Me: No. I made cornbread muffins... but I burned them.
Pearson: Oh. Well now I want some chocolate.
Me: We should go to Kroger and get some dessert before we start the movie.
Pearson: Ooh! Can I get key-lime pie?
Me: I thought you wanted chocolate!!!

Guys Behind the Blog

  • What sports did you participate in as a child? What sports did you watch growing up?
Soccer and Football.
  • If you could line up your ideal Super Bowl, who would be facing off, where would they play and who would you pick to win?
Falcons and Broncos. A revenge game. In the new Falcons stadium and, of course, I would pick the Falcons.
  • Do you prefer the summer or winter Olympics? If you could participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be?
Summer Olympics. And I would play Rugby.
  • What is your favorite food to eat at a sports party (ex: World Series, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, etc.)?
  • Who is your all time favorite athlete and why?
Probably Tim Tebow to be honest! (Ugh. I hate Tebow, btw. You know, being a Georgia fan and all.)

So what do you think of his answers? Do you ever have any funny conversations with your hubby?
Thanks for reading!

Linking up with Betsy and Laura Jean for Guys Behind the Blog.
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Friday, November 20, 2015

Date Night In Netflix Picks

Netflix Picks for Date Night

Happy Date Night Friday!

I am so glad it's Friday. Who's with me? And I am so ready for Thanksgiving! Unfortunately, I still have to work on Monday and Tuesday before we head to Grandma's, but I think I'm checking out mentally after today.

Anyway, in honor of Friday, I've compiled my favorite Netflix picks for date night... Enjoy!

Serious Movies

Netflix Picks: Serious Movies
All posters from IMDb.com

Funny/Fun Movies

Netflix Picks: Fun/Funny Movies
All posters from IMDb.com

TV Dramas

Netflix Picks: TV Dramas
All posters from IMDb.com

TV Comedies

Netflix Picks: TV Comedies
All posters from IMDb.com

So those are my picks for the perfect date night (or date nights if you watch a series). What are yours?

Thanks for reading!
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thankful Thursday: Christian Authors & Bloggers

You guys, I'm reading Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts and it is blowing my mind. Ann wanted to live life fully but she wasn't sure what that meant exactly. She read about all the places you have to see before you die and all the things you should do before kicking the bucket, but is that really the secret to living life fully?
In the mean time, Ann was challenged by a friend to make a list of 1000 gifts that she's thankful for! I'm only about half way through the book, but I love following along on this journey with Ann and discovering that to live life fully is to be thankful and find joy in the small, every day moments.

As Ann says, "The miracle is always preceded by thanks." Before Jesus raised Lazarus, He gave thanks. Before He fed the 5000 people with five loafs of bread and two fish, He gave thanks. The night before He was betrayed and hung on a cross, Jesus broke bread and gave thanks.

This book is really opening my eyes to a lot of possibilities and making me think a lot. I'm thinking about little blessings I take for granted. I'm thinking about small, every day moments in which I can see God. Moments that I usually miss because I'm rushing through the day or too focused on the big picture.

So today, along with many other blessings, I am thankful for Ann Voskamp and other Christian authors and bloggers who share their insights and their journeys with the world. I'm thankful for them because they challenge me to think. I don't always agree with everything I read, but I'm thankful for these people sharing their perspective and opening my mind a little.

What are you thankful for this week? Be sure to link up below!
Thanks for reading.

Thankful Thursday on From Bisons to Buckeyes

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Reader Survey Results

Hey guys! Do you remember when I posted a reader survey last Monday? Well I have some results to share with you wonderful readers! (Also, the survey is still open and you still have a chance to enter the giveaway so go take it if you haven't!)
100% of the people who filled out the survey were female!

As for the age groups...
77% were between 19 and 29 years old while 23% were 40+ years old. Nobody under 19 and nobody in their 30s. How interesting is that?

Here's the layout of the marriage status question...
single = 10%
married w/o kids = 55%
married w/ young kids = 15%
married w/ teenagers = 10%
married w/ grown kids = 10%

60% of you find out about new posts via Bloglovin. The rest find out mostly through Facebook and Twitter.

And lastly, "Marriage Tips" and "Personal Stories/Recaps" were tied at the top of the list of favorite types of posts with 75% of you checking them off.

Oh, am I missing something? Right! The GIVEAWAY! Well, here's the deal. I sadly didn't get as much interaction as I wanted. So, I've decided to leave the survey open and push off the giveaway for another week. So please, please go take my survey if you haven't yet! And if you have, thank you! I really appreciate it!

Thanks for reading!
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Things I do When My Husband is Out of Town

A lot of people get excited, to an extent, when their spouse goes out of town. They get the house to themselves to do whatever they want. I get that. But I don't really feel that. Pearson went to a conference this weekend and I thought it would be great to have the apartment to myself for a weekend, but it wasn't that exciting. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed my weekend, but since Pearson was only gone one night, it wasn't much different from a normal week night.

As I've mentioned before, Pearson works 70-80 hours per week and he hardly ever gets home before 9. We eat dinner together only once or twice a week. And he gets home after I'm already in bed at least once a week. He also works on most Saturdays. So the fact that he left Friday afternoon (after working all day) and came home Saturday evening, meant that his being out of town this weekend really wasn't out of the ordinary from my perspective. He has another conference in the spring, and he'll be gone for a whole week. That will be a different story.

Anyway, I thought I'd share a few things I like to do when Pearson is gone with you today!

 Go to a Mary Kay Open House

My Mary Kay consultant, who is also a good friend, had an open house on Saturday where her clients could come check out all the cool things they have going on for the holidays and we could spend our "Santa Bucks" we had earned all year.

 Go to a Community Theatre Show

A friend and I went to go see another friend in Little Women the musical. I had never seen that show but I love the book. It's one of my favorite stories ever and the show was wonderful! I really want to read it again now!

 Watch Gilmore Girls and Full House

I'm watching through Gilmore Girls again on Netflix and I'm trying to make my way through all 8 seasons of Full House on DVD before Fuller House airs. Have I mentioned the Netflix gods must have me in mind these days? Two of my favorite shows of all time are being revived on Netflix soon and I'm so excited I can hardly see straight.

 Take Lots of Pictures for the Blog

This happened this weekend mostly because the weather was beautiful and not too cold so I wanted to get some pictures taken before winter. Also, I was already wearing a full face of makeup. Since I work from home, that doesn't happen every day. Also, it gets dark so early these days that the only time I can really get good pictures is on the weekend when I can take them in the middle of the day.

 Eat Ramen Noodles for Dinner

Pearson hates that stuff.

 Go Shopping

I think this is a given.

 Take a Bubble Bath

Complete with a candle, relaxing music, a face mask, and a good book.

 Go to a Baby Shower

This actually happened on Sunday when Pearson was home, but I thought I'd include it anyway.

So even though my weekend wasn't that different from normal, I had fun while Pearson was gone. I was ready for him to be back though. Just like I am any time he works late.

What do you do when you're husband is out of town?
Thanks for reading!

P.S. I would be your best friend if you would go to this post and take my reader survey! Help me make this blog better for you readers!

P.P.S. I'm doing a live Q&A on Periscope some time next week and I would love to get some questions ahead of time! If you have a question of any kind (my marriage, my blog, my life, my faith, my dog... anything!) enter it into the google form on my right sidebar!
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Monday, November 16, 2015

12 Game-Changing Resources for Bloggers

Well guys... I've technically been blogging for more than three years now. But I've only really been serious about growing this blog in the last year or so. In that year, I've learned a few things about the blogging world and I've found some fantastic resources!


  • Coschedule's Headline Analyzer - You can put your headline or post title in the box and it gives you a score. Then you play around adding and taking away words until you get a great score and use that as your post title!
  • Color picker - This really is cool. It's a chrome extension that gives you the hex code of any color you pick on the screen. It was a lot of help when I changed the color scheme of my blog design a few months ago.
  • Canva & Picmonkey - These are both on line, free photo editing tools. You can pay for more features, but I use the cheap version of both. I usually edit my images and make collages in Picmonkey and then create pinable graphics using those images in Canva.
  • Social Media - This one is probably a dead giveaway, but since I've stepped up my social media game, I've gotten so much more traffic to my blog. I use Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Snapchat. And I love each one of them for different reasons! Edit: Another great free resource is designwizard.com
  • Stock Photos - I get most of mine from Pexels, Pixabay, and StockSnap which are all free of charge and free or royalties. This means you can download, alter, and use the images without any copyright issues and you don't even have to link back. Also, all three of these sites have search capability which is a big help for me. Not all stock photo sites have that. Edit: There is also a great resource here: Free Stock Photos: 100+ Free Stock Photos. Second Edit: pikwizard.com is another great stock photo site and they feature a lot of people in their photos.
  • Google Drive - I take pictures on my Android phone. And I blog (mostly) on my Chromebook. But sometimes I blog on my work laptop (gasp). I can access all my pictures and other files from any of these devices.
  • Click to Tweet - This is such a cool took that I've only discovered recently. You can put a tweet into the box and create a link so all your readers have to do is click on a link (usually with the words "click to tweet") and they're taken directly to a page to tweet from.

Hardware (these are all affiliate links and you can find all these products in my Amazon Store)

  • Tripod(s) and a universal smartphone mount - I have a 50 inch aluminum tripod that came with a smartphone mount, but the smart phone mount broke so I ordered this one. I also have an octopus tripod similar to this one that Pearson gave me several years ago along with an point-and-shoot that I don't use anymore. It's pretty convenient too.
  • White Poster Board - I use this in a lot of my pictures of items.
  • White Fuzzy Blanket - I also use this in pictures.
  • Chromebook and Android Phone - Of course other computers and phones work too, but I really like how much the Chromebook can do for the price point and I've always been an Android person. The fact that they work together so well (and they work with blogger) is an added bonus.
  • Wood Patio Fence and Table - Of course not everybody has an awesome wood wall around their patio, but I do and it's pretty fantastic. We also have a wood table on the patio which is great for flat-lays.

What resources have you found that help with blogging?

Thanks for reading!
Meet my awesome sponsor, Brita, from BelleBrita.com! You may recognizer her from my Thankful Thursday posts this month. She is co-hosting with me every week in November! Side note: It was her idea to host the link up every Thursday in November instead of just the last one like usual. How awesome is that?
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Here is what Brita has to say about herself and her blog...
Bonjour, y'all! My name is Brita (bree-tuh) Long (do NOT call me Mrs. Fleck), and I run the Christian feminist lifestyle blog Belle Brita. Since finishing college in 2009, I’ve lived in 10 apartments or houses in 8 cities in 3 countries (not counting all the times my parents let me crash with them). One fateful summer, I interned in Columbus for a whole 11 weeks and met my husband through OKCupid. Our life together has had its ups and downs, but our relationship has always stayed strong. At Belle Brita, you can read all about our marriage, our challenges in life, our travels, and so much more!
I've asked her some questions so you can get to know her a little better...
  • What are you looking forward to most this Holiday season? This Christmas will be bittersweet for my family. I am very much looking forward to my husband and I spending time with my dad, my two brothers, and my sister-in-law. Not only will this be the first Christmas we've all spent together since 2012, but it will also be my husband's first Christmas in my hometown! I can't wait to introduce him to our family traditions. That said, it will be the first Christmas without my mom, who died in July. December has always been a joyous month for my family. My mom's birthday and my parents' wedding anniversary is December 13. I feel sad and weird about celebrating the holidays without her.
  • What is your cure for Blogger’s Block? When I get Blogger's Block, I do one of two things. I either take a short blogging break in order to regroup, or I write a fluff post. Most of my blog posts are long and detailed, with at least some outside sources. Long blog posts require creativity and dedication, which Blogger's Block can totally zap. So I write a fluff post on an easy topic like fashion. Or I find a thematic monthly blog link-up (like Thankful Thursday!) and write on that topic.
  • If you had a time machine, what is the first place in time that you would travel to? Time travel! This is such a fun question for a history nerd. I would love to attend the coronation of Queen Elizabeth I. Or meet my great-great-grandmother, who I've dubbed the Original Brita. She and her husband emigrated from Norway back in the 1890s. Ooh, it would be exciting to visit Washington D.C. when women finally got the right to vote.
Go tell Brita hi and check out these awesome posts while you're there!
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Friday, November 13, 2015

Don't Compare Your Beginning to Someone Else's Middle

Don't Compare Your Beginning to Someone Else's Middle

You guys, can I get real with you for a minute? 

There are a lot of really cool people in this world. And there are a lot of really successful people. And beautiful people. And people with happy and successful marriages. And people with wonderful growing families.

There are also people who are at a point of life where they're struggling. Maybe they don't feel cool or successful or beautiful. Maybe their marriages are their biggest source of stress right now. Or maybe they're having trouble getting pregnant. Or they can't start a family right now because of life situations even though all their friends seem to be popping beautiful and healthy babies out right and left.

But you know what? That's okay! It's okay to be in a place in life where things aren't going so great. Other people have hard times too. Even though you see all the good things going on in their lives (because those are the things they share on social media), they're not immune to the same sort of struggles you're going through right now.

It's also okay to be in a different place in life than your friends who are even the same age as you. We are different people from different backgrounds with different families as well as wants, desires, gifts and abilities. We can't expect our life to look the same as everyone else's. That's crazy talk, right?

But sometimes we think that way, don't we? It's okay to be different. It's NOT okay to compare your different life to others' and think you are lesser of a human being than they are. No! We are all human. We are all created equal. Some of us succeed in different areas than others and that's okay. And expected.

But listen to me for a second... 

You are you. And nobody else is you. You are unique. You are important. You matter. You were fearfully and wonderfully made by the awesome creator of the universe! How cool is that? (click to tweet)

You are successful. Maybe not in the same ways as others. Maybe not even by our society's definition of successful. But I guarantee you, you are successful in something.

You are beautiful. I don't care what kind or color hair you have. I don't care what color your eyes are. I don't care what size you wear or whether your skin is clear. You are beautiful because you were made in God's image.

You don't need a spouse or a family to be fulfilled. For that matter, you don't need anything to be fulfilled except Christ. He can and does fill any void in your life. We shouldn't worry about earthly things like what I've talked about here, because they really don't matter in the grand scheme of things. All that matters is that you're saved through His sacrifice on the cross and you'll be with Him in eternity. Eternity is much bigger and more important than any earthly struggles you're going through.

So stop comparing yourself, your life, and your marriage to others! 

(I'm preaching to myself as much as anyone else on this one).

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