Thoughts on Singleness: How I Conquered Feeling Lonely, Unwanted and Not Good Enough

I write a lot on this blog of marriage and my experiences being married. I write about this topic because it’s relevant to my life at this point. However, before this current season, I spent a lot of time being single.

I’ve written a few posts about those days: Just Wait, When Everyone Else is Getting Engaged and Encouragement for Single Women. Although those were not the most favourite times in my life, they were necessary.

One lesson I learned was to be content on my own.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!

2016 was by far the most incredible year of my life. Getting married, moving into our apartment, starting our life together and creating new memories with family and friends all contributed to a great year.

I’ve written before about how amazing the gift of marriage is and I continue to be thankful for this precious treasure each and every day. It’s crazy to think that in 5 short months we will be celebrating one year!

Highs and Lows

The past year wasn’t all good, of course, there were ups and downs. It was stressful planning a wedding. At the same time as being full time in school. In the end with many people’s generous help and support, t all came together.

Following the wedding, we enjoyed a relaxing week away (whoever came up with the idea for a vacation after one’s wedding is #genius). I spent the summer working swing shift in a factory. Although it was tiring and I felt like I had no time it was worth it to fully pay for my last year’s tuition and other expenses.

Finally, the fall came and back to school season. I was grateful to have more free time, but soon the stress of school became very overwhelming. Couple classes, assignments, group projects and life with unexpected family events, a car needing repair. It all makes for a tough end of the semester. Despite all the extra stress, God helped me to do well and in some classes better than I expected on my assignments and exams.

Throughout all of the events this year I have learned to cherish every moment with those you love. To trust that God is always faithful to provide and that no matter how overwhelming life seems it is only for a season.

Goals for 2017

I hope that in 2017 I can continue to grow in what God has planned to teach me. I’m looking forward to graduating and starting a career in my field of Family and Nutrition. I have no idea what this year holds, such as whether we will move or not, where we will travel or what new people we will meet. However, I’m excited about the possibilities this next season and year have in store!

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What are you most excited for this next year?
What have you learned in 2016?

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5 Traits I’m Glad I Didn’t Settle on in my Husband Newlywed Reflections~Month 7

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The last month has not been fun. Between the end of the semester deadlines and ongoing car trouble, I’ve been struggling to not feel overwhelmed and stressed. At the same time, I’m incredibly grateful to our family for helping my husband and me over the past month. Even as an adult I still need my parents sometimes <3

Although the last month has been challenging emotionally, mentally and physically I’m so thankful I have the husband I do. God blessed me with an incredible guy

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5 Ways to make Christmas more Meaningful

Christmas is a wonderful time of year but sometimes the commercialization of the Holiday can overwhelm the actual celebration. A few years ago I got tired of all the presents, pressure and performance associated with Christmas. I even tried convincing my family to take a cruise instead of spending another year being surrounded by artificial evergreens and not enough presents.

We ended up staying around for the holidays and I’m really glad we did because I met my husband, but more importantly, I reframed how I viewed the Christmas season.

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Gift Guide for Her!

The Christmas season is upon us! To kickstart the season I created a gift guide for the women in your life. Most of these items are under $30 and very well reviewed on Amazon*



1. Oster Waffle Maker 

Who doesn’t like to wake up and make waffles on a Saturday morning? For under $30 this waffle maker is well reviewed-makes perfect size waffles, one of the best waffle makers ever owned, fast, no spill over. This is the perfect gift for anyone who wants a simple, quick way to make homemade waffles

2. Portable Charger

This is a must for the busy lady in your life. Michael and I bought a portable charger over the summer and it has been so convenient! Whether you’re camping, shopping, or spending a long day at school this is a must to avoid being stuck without a phone.

3.  Baseball Hat

I love this cute hat for a workout or walking in the rain. Every girl needs a cute ball hat in her closet!

4. Makeup Brushes

Having decent makeup brushes has changed the way I do makeup. These would be a great upgrade from basic brushes as they include 5 eyeshadow brushes perfect for blending and buffing. The brushes were reviewed as being soft and thick and better than more expensive ones.

5. Cards Against Humanity

I have heard great things about this game! This would be a great addition to game night. It has an overwhelming 5-star review. Each round one player picks a black card and all other players select a white card to respond. Just a warning this game is for adults if you’re looking for a more family-friendly version check out Apples to Apples.

6. Under Armour Water Bottle

This cute functional water bottle would be a great stocking stuffer or addon to the baseball hat. For those tracking their water intake, it holds exactly 1 L.

7. Blanket Scarf

Blanket scarves are one of the best fashion inventions, I am always cold! With this scarf, I can look cute and stay warm #needisaymore?

8. Notebook

I’m always writing down ideas or journaling. This adorable notebook is perfect to keep by your bed on in your purse.

9. Contigo Travel Mug

I have this mug and my husband who works 12-hour shifts uses it to keep his coffee warm. He loves it because his coffee stays hot for his entire shift. It holds 24 oz which is equivalent to an extra large coffee at Tim Hortons.

10. Adidas Sneakers

These shoes are so popular right now! If the lady in your life doesn’t have these shoes she will be so happy when you give them to her. They are perfect for the gym, running errands or going out with friends. These sneakers are so versatile and so cute! You will thank me later for suggesting them (;

11. Cosmetics Organizer

When I found this on Amazon I got so excited! I love being organized and being able to see all my makeup when getting ready. This is a must for the girl who loves makeup and has a lot of it. Makeup brushes would go great with this too!



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How I Learned to Cherish Each Moment Through Loss and Uncertainty Newlywed Reflections~Month 6

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Yes, I skipped a month, I quickly wrote up a post that I was going to publish Monday. I just didn’t feel right about publishing so late and I didn’t feel it was my best work. I decided to start fresh and try to stay on schedule for this month!

This past month has seemed to drag on forever. Between school being crazy busy, waiting to hear back about jobs for Michael and getting the unexpected and tragic news that Michael’s grandmother was very ill and passed away.

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Why Marriage is Hard but Still Good Newlywed Reflections~Month 4

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I love being married; it’s something I’ve desired for a very long time. At the same time, I am very cognizant of this great privilege I have been bestowed at a somewhat young age. Marriage is the most incredible gift, it’s a deeply intimate relationship different from all others that were chosen to represent Christ and His church.

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