Good things and good reads!

On New Year’s Day, as we laid in bed, closing out the first day of the new year, we went through our “Good Things” jar from 2014. It was a nice way for us to remember and reminisce on all the amazing things we had done throughout the year.

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Throughout the year, we had slips of paper and a Sharpie laying by the jar so that any time, either of us could write down something we felt was good and slide it into the jar. The jar was QUITE full when we went to empty it out – and surprisingly, we only had a few duplicates!

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We went through them all, alternating who opened and read the paper and got to relive our excitement over moments such as promotions, certifications, being published, and finishing grad school. We smiled about our travels to St. Martin, Annapolis, Ponte Vedra Beach, Chicago and Boston. We high-fived for things like renting our townhouse out and buying a new house, fostering 7 dogs/puppies and seeing the very few wins that the Hokies had live this year. We talked about the best concerts we saw this year, the best weddings we attended, the friends we made. We added a new niece to our family this year and we BOTH added that into our jar.

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While we obviously enjoyed the moments as they happened throughout the year, it was so nice to go through each one together and take a moment to reflect on them. Once we finished, we talked about some of our goals for 2015 and moments we were excited to add to our next jar, like: the Cliff of Moher, exploring castles, seeing the Eiffel tower, spending a week at Cape Cod, running a half marathon in Key West, remodeling our master closet, celebrating our birthdays and our 2nd wedding anniversary and 6th dating anniversary. We guessed which friends are planning to or might tie the knot this year and discussed how excited we were to celebrate with them. I’m so grateful to have someone who makes life so enjoyable, even on the bad days. I am looking forward to everything that we will do together in 2015 (and the 60 years that follow that!).

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I read this book by Lara Casey to start the new year. Lara has a very inspiring story and lives to inspire others to chase their dreams and make it happen. I wanted to share a few things I took away from the book:

  • Don’t waste time laying in bed and playing on your phone browsing through Instagram or Facebook (or checking emails), get up and get your day started!
  • A reminder not to choose social media/phone over spending time with your significant other. It’s hard to put our phones down since they give us so much information but it’s really inconsiderate
  • Take time to lay out your outfit, pack your gym bag and lunch the night before, it makes the morning so much less stressful (does anyone else change outfits like 10 times??)
  • Prune your tomatoes. I had no idea that we needed to do this but am thankful for the information as we start to plan our 2015 garden.
  • Say “I love you” always. Even when it is hard. Even when you’re mad. Always.

If you need a push to take that leap you’ve been dreaming of or some tips for living your life on purpose and cutting out waste, it’s a great book and an easy read. I highly recommend it.

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To round out the New Year’s Day weekend, my mom adopted this sweet pup who was tied up at a rural shelter on a freezing cold night. She was literally being walked back to be put to sleep when a volunteer scooped her up and saved her. She’s a little shy but very sweet. I’m so excited that we got a chance to meet her!

 

Good things!

The last time I wrote was two weeks ago. Since then, my husband accepted a new job, I traveled to Boston and Indianapolis, we went to the Heat/Bobcats game (and Shane Battier sent me a personal message on Twitter), I ran 25 miles, I got certified in Change Management, my husband was interviewed for a follow up story in the New York Times, I turned a year older, and we bought a house. So, per usual, my excuse for not writing is that we have been BUSY. However, I could not be happier about the busy moments that are happening in our lives right now.

jarWe started a “good things jar” on New Years day and have been diligently putting in notes about any thing that we determine to be good (i.e.: new job, new house, fostering puppies, etc.). I love this idea because not only can we see how our jar fills up (cup overflowing much??) throughout the year, but at the end of 2014, we’ll be able to sit down and remember all of the good things that we might have overlooked otherwise. It will be a good reminder to us of how blessed we were throughout the year and how lucky we are to have so many good things in life. Bonus: the jar was used as a decoration in our wedding festivities!

handsAs we were frantically getting pre-qualified for our adorable new house, in the middle of a bidding war, and me having just returned home from -2 degrees Indianaoplis, my husband made the comment that he felt like everything was happening to us all at once. I had to remind him that we wanted all of this to happen: he wanted to go to grad school, I wanted to be certified in Change Management (which required me being out of town the week we were trying to buy the house – the same house that I had never even seen the inside of!), he wanted that new job, and we wanted to buy the house. None of these things just happened. Yes, it’s a lot and all at once, but isn’t that life? If it wasn’t this scenario, it would be me in grad school, consulting on social media, taking on new jobs, traveling for work and planning a wedding.

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We are not alone in our busy-ness. How we choose to handle the situation is up to us. I choose positive. I choose to be excited about everything that is happening in our lives (not to us). I choose to be happy about our new house, his new job, and all of the new adventures we are going to have.

I’ve decided to transition my blog from a bridal/wedding blog to a life blog about maintaining happiness in your life. More to come as I build out this place where I’ll share more of our stories and more on keeping a positive attitude and cultivating happiness in your life, your marriage/relationship and maybe even rubbing off on some of those Eeyores we know in life. I hope you’ll continue to follow along!