Impact of a Morning Routine

Impact of a Morning Routine I love mornings. Each new day brings new opportunities and it’s a chance to start fresh and do better. How you start your day, or more specifically how you spend those first few morning hours has a big impact on the rest of it. Think of it as setting the tone for your entire day. That’s why making over your morning is so important. It’s about much more than those first few hours. I’m sure you’ve experienced this yourself. Let’s use the snooze button as an example. You set an early alarm to make sure you have time for exercise, quiet time, or simply some much needed “me time”. You have every intention of getting up and doing whatever you’re setting out to do when you set the alarm in the first place. Some mornings - hopefully, most mornings - you get up when the alarm chimes and go for that walk, read your Bible, or pray for twenty minutes. Then there are those days when you just can’t make yourself get up. You hit the snooze button multiple times, or turn the alarm off altogether and go back to sleep. (I'm a recovering "snooze alarmer"). It Takes Discipline Think about how the rest of those days went. Did you notice a difference in how you felt? How much did you got done on the mornings when you got up with your first alarm? Were you able to do all the things you set out to do? How did those days compare to the ones when you hit the snooze button over and over again? If I had to take a guess, I’d say that the mornings when you got up … [Read More...]

Cultivating Romance in Marriage: 4 Conversations You Need to Have

Communication is Key Good communication skills are essential for a happy marriage. Hands down. I'm not saying this because I'm an expert communicator. Communication is something I'm constantly working on and I don't believe anyone can truly be an expert in this field because our sinful nature can get in the way of our best intentions. I do believe that there are 4 important conversations you need to have with your spouse, though. Before marriage and even revisiting them after you're married. Micah and I had these conversations naturally and for that I'm eternally grateful. It definitely helped make our transition as a married couple that much easier! Four Conversations that Must Happen Faith, Finances, Family, and Future. These are four conversations that must be brought up at some point in your relationship. Ideally, while you're dating and/or engaged. These four "F's" can encompass many different topics within them, but it's important to be on the same page with many of them. You don't necessarily have to be in 100% agreement with all of them but at least know how to agree to disagree! Faith If you're reading this post, I'm assuming you're a Christian. However, if you're not, I still believe it to be incredibly important that you and your spouse are on the same page with your faith or spiritual beliefs. There might be nuances in your faith that your spouse might not agree with. Are you ok with that? What Kind of church do we want to attend? What theology do … [Read More...]

Cultivating Romance in Marriage: Must Have Marriage Resources

This post contains affiliate links. I’ll make a small commission that supports this blog at no extra cost to you if you purchase through them. Thank you for your support! Everyone has an Opinion Once your special someone pops the question, you begin to eagerly call your family and friends and share the exciting news. *Cue advice hurled from every direction* Now, don't get me wrong. I'm all about learning from others and listening to the wisdom of those who have gone before. But I do believe you shouldn't heed and practice every single piece of advice given to you, even the most well intentioned. You have to do what is best for your situation and your relationship. With that said, I do believe there are excellent marriage resources out there that can help set you off on the right foot for all the whirlwind experiences that this new chapter brings.   You Need these Marriage Resources I'm so thankful that we had many godly men and women support us as we prepared to get married. My Father in Love gave Micah and I several books to read together before we got married and I'm so thankful he did! In addition to these books, we have received several others through the course of our early years that have been instrumental in our relationship. Even if you aren't in a relationship, these books are fantastic resources for your personal development and I promise you they will help you understand yourself and people in general much better! Personality Books These … [Read More...]

Cultivating Romance in Marriage: Keep the Spark Alive with Kids

This post contains affiliate links. I'll make a small commission that supports this blog at no extra cost to you if you purchase through them. Thank you for your support! Welcome to Week 2 of our 5 part series on Cultivating Romance in Marriage! I hope you were able to put into practice some of the tips from last week as we talked about dating your hubby. Next week, we'll go into some excellent resources that can help get your marriage on the right track! Cultivating Romance in Marriage Toys. Toys everywhere. We do our best to keep toy clutter to a minimum, but it's hard to do that with blocks and board books strewn all over the living room floor. As a stay at home mom, it's easy for me to get caught up in the "go go go" of life with an infant; it can drain me! Ordering my days intentionally comes into play more now than it did when we first got married and even after I got out of the Air Force. Whether or not you have kids, are a work at home mom, stay at home mom or working outside of the home, it's crucial that you don't completely deplete yourself so that you have nothing left for your hubby. I know what you're thinking. "You have no idea how busy I am!" "Chasing around 1,2,3 + kids is exhausting!"  Trust me, I get it! I'm speaking from experience from being outside of the home working 14 hour days and as a newish Mom! I'm preaching to myself here, too. Trust me. The responsibility doesn't solely fall on us either. Our hubbies should do their best to not … [Read More...]