Thursday, December 29, 2016

One Word 2017

Are you joining in with the many others who will be choosing one word for 2017?

Haven't heard of this before?  Basically, you choose one word for the year, to use as your life focus. It's the popular replacement for New Year's resolutions.

What will yours be?

Even though it wasn't for the purpose of choosing one word for the year, not too long ago I decided that I'd like to focus on being an encouragement to others.  We can certainly use much of this in the day and age we live in.

It doesn't take much to pass on some encouragement to others:

A quick text to say you are thinking about someone

A card with a prayer or a few words of affirmation or appreciation

A small bouquet of flowers, or a small stuffed animal

Simple words of lifting someone up with a nice compliment or observation you have about them

A short visit to someone who you know is going through a difficult time

If I were to leave the world anytime soon, it would be a-okay with me to be remembered as one who lifted the spirits of another.

What word will, or would you choose, and how would you go about putting your word into action?

Friday, January 15, 2016

7 Great Marriage Tips

I just thought I'd share a few great tips with you on marriage!  And I happen to know these work!  Enjoy!

1.  Don't join in with other women on husband-bashing.  Talk about yours like he's a king!  Not only do you portray yourself as a lady when speaking well of the man you love, it also makes other women jealous and should make them feel a little stupid for being ungrateful!

2.  I "just HAVE" to get this off my chest!  What is the BIG DEAL about the toilet seat being left up?  You know, this is one of the most common complaints among women-almost a staple in conversation when male-bashing.  It got me to thinking, and I cannot remember a time I have ever been bothered by a toilet seat-I couldn't even tell you if ours regularly get left up or put back down!

3.  Say Please, and mean it!

4.  Say Thank you, and mean it!

5.  It's okay to give in.  Things don't always have to be my way.  What's more important-winning my way, or having a winning marriage?

6.  You are not married to a control freak if he likes you to wear certain colors or grow your hair long.  It doesn't mean you've lost your independence, no matter how our culture tries to convince women that it does.  It just shows your hubby that you like to please him!  And what's wrong with that?

And my final tip is coming up.  I'd just like to share a few things first.  Hopefully you've noticed in any of my other posts about my husband that when I "complain" about him, it is all in good fun.  Dan is one of the best people I've ever met, and he's a good, kind husband.  He is rarely ever ruffled, and has a great sense of humor.  We respect each other, and neither of us are into spouse bashing that is intentionally hurtful.  My blog posts about Dan are humorous to him as well.
I am blessed with a good marriage, and a home that is peaceful and a comfortable place to be.  There is very little (almost none actually) fighting between us.
But when there IS a disagreement, we still respect each other, even if we don't see eye to eye.  We speak the same volume that I would speak to any other person.  We don't feel the need to yell louder than the other to be the winner!
So anyway!  On the rare occasion that we have an argument, and we're feeling a little chilled to each other, this is my final piece of advice:

7.  A good ice-breaker after an argument is for you to make a nice warm cup of coffee or tea for your beloved, just the way he likes it.  Take the drink to him wherever he is sitting, and set it next to him, or hand it to him.  He'll be a little surprised, since you both are feeling a bit awkward.  Hopefully he thanks you.  But even if he doesn't, as you walk away, tell him, "I poisoned it."  (yes, I've said this-it really does lighten things up!)(And NO--don't really poison the drink!)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Is Blogging A Fading Trend?

I've left my blog sit for quite some time-I really felt that I should, with other things in life I needed to focus on.

I've given some thought to starting back up, and don't know if I should.

Is blogging dead?  Is blogging a fading trend, or will people read what I'd like to share?

What blogs are most popular, as far as subject matter?  What direction should I take my blog?

Share your thoughts with me, if you'd like.  You may help me know which direction to go.  =)