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#LoveBlog Recap: Lessons Learned

Well, we are four days into March and #LoveBlog is officially over (although there are several prompts from the month that I missed; when I finally get to them, I’ll indicate that they are #LoveBlog). It was a great month.  Here are some of the things that stood out to me, and some “lessons learned,” in no particular order:

  • Writing and posting everyday is QUITE the challenge! It’s a challenge that I’m glad I took on–I’ve rediscovered a love for writing that I hope to nourish, but I don’t intend to even *attempt* to post that much on a regular basis. But it sure was fun cranking out that much content. 🙂
  • If something is worth doing and worth doing well, you have to commit to it and work hard at it.  This goes for any endeavor, whether it be a job, writing and blogging , or relationships.
  • Reflection is SO GOOD and SO IMPORTANT.  Teachers reflect a lot: on their practice, on their lessons–Heck, part of how we are EVALUATED on is how well we REFLECT. So I know reflection is good.  But I don’t always apply it to the other parts of my life as I should, whether that be spiritually, in my relationship, or other things.  #LoveBlog month helped me to bring that to the forefront better. Now to work to keep doing that. 🙂
  • Writing is a really great way to reflect. Again, I already knew this.  I used to journal all the time. But this month refreshed my memory.
  • I thought a lot about the 5 love languages this month, and how they apply to my relationship with my husband, and with others.  It has been really helpful to think about those things, especially being so newly married.

I think this challenge came at the right time for me. I was already considering starting up the blog again, and this gave me an excuse to do it, and a lot of great things to think about and write about. During this time of adjustment and change, it was really great to do that.  Hats off to Brita for hosting the challenge; I look forward to continuing to blog, and I look forward to #LoveBlog next year!

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Thank you for reading! The #LoveBlog Challenge is hosted by Belle Brita, introduced to me and co-hosted by my friend Charlene at Enduring All Things. Check out the introductory blog post for the challenge and link-up here.

LoveBlog with Belle Brita
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Getting to know us: Some of our “firsts”

One of the #LoveBlog prompts I didn’t get finished on time was “Firsts.” I’m publishing the post based on that prompt today.

I’ve always been a big fan of quizzes and surveys, so I thought it would be fun to do this post survey style. Surprisingly enough, I couldn’t find a “firsts” survey on the internet, so I had to make my own!  I got inspiration from a quiz I found in the book  101 Quizzes for Couples (it just happened to be in the visible pages that Google shows in the preview) and went from there.

I got the husband involved in this one too. 😛  I figured that I’d written about him enough that any readers I have should have the opportunity to get to know him a little bit better too. Continue reading “Getting to know us: Some of our “firsts””

Epic Romance: A Literary Perspective

So, I’m a nerd.  When I saw the #LoveBlog prompt “Epic romance,” I didn’t automatically think about romance of epic proportions. I thought”Ohhhh! Those are both literary terms! I’m going to define those terms for my readers, and talk about epic romance in literature!”

Yep. #NerdAlert

But as it turns out, “epic romance” doesn’t exist in literature.

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Cardigans are a teacher’s best friend (OR, What not to wear on a date)

I REALLY enjoy dressing up, and my career as a teacher has been really good for that. Teaching requires a professional wardrobe, but no so professional that you are regulated to just dress suits and blazers. While schools typically have dress codes for their teachers as well as for students, and some are stricter than others, a lot of times you have some fashion freedom. You will see a lot of younger teachers especially who are dressing both professionally and really stylishly.

You would think this would be GREAT for having a date night-worthy wardrobe. That is not necessarily the case. While you definitely want to be stylish on a date, you don’t necessarily want to look professional. And professional/stylish clothes cost money; teachers shop with their profession in mind, and will hardly consider a piece of clothing that couldn’t be worn to school. Believe me, I do it, and I shop with other teachers who do it. We can’t stand to splurge on something that we couldn’t wear in the classroom.

That’s where cardigans come in.

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This dress by itself would be GREAT for a date night.  It has tank-top style sleeves and a lower back; sexy without being immodest.  However, with a scarf and a cardigan or blazer, you would never know! I’ve worn this to work MANY times.

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Taking advice with a grain of salt

Today’s #LoveBlog prompt is “advice.” I decided to talk about advice in general, rather than focus on relational or love advice. For a list of the month’s prompts, click here.

Generally speaking, I try to take most advice with a grain of salt–regardless of the topic, regardless of who is giving the advice. Obviously, there are some people’s advice I am more apt to lean heavily on. I trust my parents immensely. There are certain teachers that I highly respect. There are certain couples who have strong marriages. There are certain Christians whose strength of faith I admire.

But even among those, there are considerations to make. I don’t agree with my parents on everything. Not all good teachers teach the same way, and those teachers I admire may not have the same teaching style I do. Those strong marriages are between completely different people than me and my husband. Those Christians who I admire do not have the same strengths, weaknesses, and story that I do.

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