Two Years of Bliss….HAHA

I can hardly believe that my husband and I have been married for two years! I know this is just a blink on our journey of life together but time really does fly when your having fun. Or so they say!

I do have to say that I am incredibly lucky each and every day to have an amazing man by my side day in and day out who supports me through it all! And I love being able to grow together and help him with his adventures and dreams as well! To think it’s been two years since we said “I do”, is crazy to me but also absolutely amazing all the same time!

The reason I laugh in the title of this post is because as every one knows no relationship is perfect. We have had our ups and downs over this past year but thankfully it’s more up’s than downs. We have officially stayed in one place the longest time yet. My husband made a large career jump and I have finally found a company to stay and work at for longest time frame yet.

I feel like all of the changes we have made in this last year have been growing up changes. Ones where we are becoming more and more like adults as we go. Though as I say this I think about our bickering over who’s mess is currently in the living room and kitchen and think, “we haven’t grown up that much yet.” But the best part is even through the ups and downs we get to grow together!

Every year we schedule photo’s to be taken on or around our anniversary with our original wedding photographer. I find it nice to capture how our lives have changed year to year and how much more we still have to grow!

This year we went to the top of a mountain…and we really felt on top of the world!

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Photo Credit: Jessica Mumm Photography

Every year I fall more and more in love with you and though we have only been married for two years, we have been together for six and I can’t wait to see what our future holds!

Happy Anniversary to my one and only!

 

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Twenty : Eighteen

Can you believe it’s already a new year?!

I feel like time just keeps flying by in the blink of an eye and I can’t seem to wrap my brain around it! But as crazy as it seems a new year brings for new beginnings, new goals and new trials.

Now I know any day can be considered a day to start a new beginning but for some reason we all look for the big one, the new start, the official start…some sort of for sure starting point. I am horribly guilty of this. I put things off until Monday or until the first of the month or until the first of the year and, well, it’s just not the right way of going about things.

But none the less I have done it to myself again…. I have waited until the first of the year to get started on my goals. I have waiting to finally put myself first and make a commitment to bettering myself. When I initially started this blog in May I thought that I would be committed and that I would stop doing this to myself but I slipped right back into bad habits and setting ridiculous expectations that I wasn’t meeting. I was frustrated, discouraged and disappointed in myself but yet I still kept falling back into the vicious cycle of waiting for the next day. And even though I am back at waiting until the next day I am finally going to make a promise to myself (and I have recruited my husband to help me) that I will stick with bettering myself no matter what! If I fall back or if something doesn’t work I will keep pushing so that I can keep on track!

I owe it to myself!

I am setting goals! I am going to keep track! I am going to make myself the happiest I can be!

Watch me!

So to prepare I have started with a new planner for 2018. I want to get off on the right foot! I have also created a workout calendar. I am starting my meal planning and food prep again. I am making a separate journal and planner just for blogging. I am going to make this year just that much better!

This is the year I am going to change my life!

I am still working on a list of specific goals for myself for this up coming year but so far I feel like I am getting started on the right foot by working to hold myself accountable. Change is hard for anyone but it is a must because that is how we grow as people and humans!

 

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The Power of Two Words

There are many combinations of two words that can make an impression on a person but the two I want to talk about today are

THANK YOU!

These two words seem so simple. They seem so routine. They seem so automatic.

But think  about the last time you said these two words and meant them whole heartedly?

Think about the last time you told someone that you genuinely appreciate all of the hard work they put in to a group, an organization, a project, anything! Most often people pour their hearts and souls into this type of work and often go without these two simple words.

THANK YOU!

I know I myself am guilty of not using these two simple words to show my true appreciation for people and all that they do. And recently I found myself perplexed because I hadn’t received these two simple words. My feelings were hurt because no one said two simple, two routine, two automatic words to me.

After this small moment of a selfish pity party I had, I came to realize that I myself hadn’t said it either! How could I expect these two simple words when I was guilty of keeping them all to myself.

Now when I talk about saying something so simple as

THANK YOU!

I mean to say it from your heart. I mean to say it like you truly mean it. And I mean to actually SAY it! OUT LOUD! Or even take the time to hand write a personal note. We are all to often found stuck behind some form of screen and forget the impact taking the two minutes of our day to hand write a note saying

THANK YOU!

And how much this can mean!

As you all know from my last blog post I spent an awesome weekend volunteering at the Miss Rodeo Washington Pageant. I have loved to be more involved as time goes by and to meet new young ladies striving toward their goals and to see old friends reaching for that same goal makes my heart happy! I had the opportunity to choreograph the fashion show with the guidance and help of one of the board members and it was so incredibly rewarding to watch 11 young ladies take the stage and radiate beauty, grace and poise in fun fashionable western trends and end the evening in their western elegance. I couldn’t have been more proud of all of them for getting out there and trusting me to teach them a few small steps and to just have fun!

And last night when I got home from work and checked my mail I found this personally address envelope. Now I wasn’t surprised I got this because I knew they would be mailed out but it was what was on the inside of the card that surprised me.

img_6983This personal THANK YOU was everything but simple, routine and automatic! There was meaning behind it. There was genuine kindness in each hand written note. And this inspired me to write a few THANK YOU notes of my own.

Because I want to say

THANK YOU!

THANK YOU!

THANK YOU!

I appreciate the people that I got to work with! I appreciate all of the hard work they put in to make a program grow and take off. And I want to sprinkle these two words like glitter over the people who’s hard work isn’t totally recognized, people who volunteer their time, people who help grow the next generation.

Do not discount the impact a hand written THANK YOU card can have.

So here is my challenge to you! To each of you who read this!

Go out and find yourself a small box of thank you cards and leave them in your bag, your purse, your car-any where easily handy and next time you really want someone to know how much you appreciate them take two minutes and write it down, write it out, or even say it genuinely out loud!

The power of these two simple, routine and automatic words in the right context can make such a profound impact! And really what is two minutes of your time.

 

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Fall!!! Who’s EXCITED!!

Fall is here! Who is excited!!!

I know I am! Bring on the times of sweaters, the dark lipstick, the changing colors, the cool evenings, football season and pumpkin spice latte’s! (yes I am that basic) I am hoping to go through and share some of my favorite fall lipsticks coming up and possible doing a fall look book! But I just couldn’t hide my excitement for fall!!!! img_6734

365 Days To The Moon and Back

 

 

My husband and I just celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary on July 31st!

It’s been crazy to think that a year has come and gone so quickly and all of the things that have happened in just a year!

We have moved 4 times!

We have added to our family (a furbaby)!

We made our first big purchase together-A new car!

All of these big events that have all happened just in one year!

How could it really be already a year?

I have asked myself this the last couple of days! A lot of people say time flies when your having fun and I can agree with that but how does time fly through the hard times?

We have had our experience with hard times starting in the first 6 months of marriage because of family letting us down, because of work not being all that we hoped for, for having to say good bye to our sweet fur babies for a couple of months before we could finally bring them back home! And as I reflect on this first year of marriage I am so thankful that through all of our good times and all of our bad times we have always stuck by each other as a team!

Because we are a team! Teamwork requires sacrifice. Team work requires trust and most importantly teamwork requires to people who put the other above themselves!

I have to say I feel so luck to have found my teammate for life. He loves me unconditionally, he pushes me when I need to be pushed, he questions me sometimes when I need to be, and he is there for me when I need him to hear me out.

Above all I couldn’t be happier to have him as my husband! And I have to remind myself daily to show him how much I appreciate him!

Another thing we have decided we will do for all years to come is yearly photos on or around our anniversary and here are some from this year…Year One!

Simply Saturday

The sun is just coming up…

The whole house is still….

Quiet through the whole house except for the subtle inhale and exhale of my husband and our two dogs…..

Pure Bliss!!!!

I relish in the moment that it is simply just Saturday and I have so much to be grateful for and so much to be thankful for!

It’s mornings like these that I like to sit and reflect on all of the simply beautiful things that I have in front of me everyday that I sometimes take for granted.

I encourage everyone to have their own Simply Saturday moments! There’s really nothing like it!