• How to Say No

    How to Say No

    How to Say No  How to say no and why you need to! Saying no is essential to our mental health, happiness, and quality of life. There comes a point when saying yes does more harm to ourselves than it does good for others. Then it is time to learn how to say no.  Saying no can be difficult though, for a variety of reasons. Humans are social creatures, and we want to be liked and accepted by almost everyone we come in contact with. Saying no creates the possibility that someone may view us negatively, or not like us.  We are people pleasers. I’m totally guilty of this. I…

  • 20 Ways to Fall Asleep Faster

    20 Ways to Fall Asleep Faster

    20 Ways to Fall Asleep Faster  Sleep is one of those things we can all use more of. Falling asleep can be a struggle, and there are a variety of reasons for that. Anything from anxiety to drinking too much caffeine to room temperature, and so much more.  This post contains affiliate links According to the Sleep Foundation, we need 7-9 hours of sleep every night to be happy, healthy, and productive. Sleep is the time when our bodies heal, rest, and recharge.  Here are 20 ways to fall asleep faster and wake up more rested each day.  Exercise During the Day  Morning workouts help you get the day going…

  • Starting a New Business with a New Baby

    Starting a New Business With a New Baby

    How to Survive When Starting a New Business With a New Baby First of all, congrats on the arrival of a new baby and the start of your new business! Now, the real fun begins. While taking on both at once can be a challenge, it can also be extremely rewarding, and you’ll be amazed at how one can compliment the other.  Since you want to succeed at both, you will need to have a plan of action and a bit of strategy. The more detailed your plans are, the better! Luckily, you don’t have to start from scratch. After all, you aren’t the first to take on all this…

  • Grief & Loss

    I Miss You More Than Ever, My Friend

    I Miss You More Than Ever, My Friend I miss you more than ever, my friend. It has been four years now since your death, and it really never gets any easier.  This year seems exceptionally rough, in comparison to previous years. Nathan asked me what I wanted to do this year and my response was, nothing. I want to hide out at home, have everything brought to me, and talk to no one besides Nathan, and hate life. This is a definite coping mechanism for me. Thankfully the people closest to me understand this completely.  The Countdown It seems like the 4th of July is the start of the…

  • Habits of Healthy Couples
    Married Life

    Habits of Healthy Couples

    Habits of Healthy Couples The 7 habits of healthy couples is a list that really got me thinking about my marriage last week. Nathan and I will be celebrating 13 years this year. Which is no easy feat, especially in this day and age where divorce rates are at about fifty percent. Being a wife is easily my favorite title. I often joke about not being sure how we made it that long and I haven’t killed him. But the truth is there are habits we’ve developed over the years that really built a solid relationship.  What makes a happy and healthy relationship? Is it possible to create one? Yes! Yes,…

  • Life

    Become The Best Version Of Yourself

    Become The Best Version Of Yourself Become the best version of yourself! Since I started my blog, I’ve been on a journey of self-improvement. Striving to become the best version of myself that I could be. This has taken a lot of reflection, changes, and growth from within.  My best friend’s death is what started my writing journey. It was an experience that changed me completely and there was no going back to who I was before that. Which isn’t a bad thing. In fact I’ve always appreciated the experience because of those changes it inspired. Now as I look back on that journey, I’ve developed these tips on how…

  • Grief & Loss

    Here Comes Another Birthday, My Friend

    Here Comes Another Birthday, My Friend Here comes another birthday, my friend. This one snuck up on me this year. I’m not sure why that is, but I’m somewhat ok with it too.  This last year since I wrote to you has brought on a lot of changes, and all are pretty amazing. I was just reading the previous two letters I had written to you on your birthday since I had lost you and shed a tear. Walking down memory lane is never the easiest thing in the world, especially when it comes to confronting painful memories.  Walking Down Memory Lane I will never forget that night. Although it…

  • Funny Marriage Advice
    Married Life

    Funny Marriage Advice

    Funny marriage advice Funny marriage advice. Today Nathan and I have been married for twelve years. Twelve. I have been thinking about our marriage and how to describe what it is like for others. Here are my favorite quotes and funny marriage advice. I often laugh at these, because they are hilariously accurate at times.  What is your favorite piece of funny marriage advice? Let me know! Marriage lets you annoy one special person for the rest of your life. I can’t even begin to tell you how true this is! We’ve both turned learning what annoys the other one and doing it into an art form. It’s almost like…

  • Love Languages
    Married Life

    Love Languages

    Love Languages What are love languages and why are they important? I first learned about this when I went to see a counselor with Nathan in the much earlier days of our marriage.  The reason that understanding love languages and identifying which work for both you and your partner is that this is the key to a successful marriage. It isn’t just about a date night here and there. This is a way to really understand each other!  Knowing your love language can literally save a marriage. Without this knowledge, it is easy to miss when your partner is being loving and caring. This leads to negative thoughts, resentment, and…

  • Grief & Loss

    I Still Miss You, My Friend

    I Still Miss You, My Friend I still miss you, my friend. Death is an evil thing, especially when it comes to suicide and having no explanation for it. Three years later, and there are still no answers as to why you are gone. It is hard to believe it has been three years now.  So much has changed since I wrote this last year. When you died, it was a life-changing experience. There was absolutely no going back to anything close to what I considered normal after that. Sometimes that is a hard pill to swallow, but I was forced to move forward.  That forward momentum has become my…

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