My Favorite Go-To Outfits for Traveling

Before I started traveling all the time, I NEVER knew what to wear while traveling or even when it came to packing for my trip. I would always tend to “over-pack”, or even dress in lots of layers because I never knew whether I’d be cold or hot and I kind of panicked at the thought of not being able to immediately solve that problem by bringing along a coat or shedding a few layers. The result was that I was always lugging an extra suitcase and one too many jackets or coats around the airport.

 
My Favorite go-to outfits for traveling on all of my adventures around the world
 

Now that I’ve had so many successful, adventurous travels under my belt, I’ve been able to develop a sense of “travel style”. I know myself and I know what my go-to pieces are going to be, and I’ve even had the chance to purge my closet for Juni, which helps me pack more purposefully with pieces I already know I’m going to love to wear on my trip.

Today, I’m sharing my three favorite outfits for traveling (whether by plane, car, train, or boat) and why you should make these your go-to travel outfits for your next big trip!


Keep it Basic

I’m a big fan of “basic” pieces because they’re so easy to pair; you can dress them up for a night on the town after you arrive at your destination or throw on some sweats to stay comfy for the road. Lately, I’ve been turning to a lot of our Juni products to stay comfortable, but fashionable while traveling, including this basic tee (available in white and a deep blue/grey), these Kan Can jeans, and usually a fun neckerchief to keep it classy.

go to essentials for traveling keep it classy and comfortable with this favorite traveling outfits



Dress for Cooler Weather

If you’re traveling somewhere cooler or in an airplane - where I usually tend to get a little cold - I like to pack light sweaters like this one. They’re perfect for wearing on a cooler day without needing to bring an extra jacket, but as soon as the temperature drops even more, they’re light enough to wear under your coat without feeling like you’re going to burst out of all the bulkiness.

perfect lightweight sweater for the beach or for fall sweater weather the best outfits for traveling on the road or on an airplane



My Signature Travel Look

If there is one piece I never travel without, it’s this denim jacket. I’m a firm believer that everyone should have at least one denim jacket in their wardrobe. The magic of this type of jacket is that you can stay warm OR cool while wrapped in its folds. It sounds crazy, but something about that denim fabric helps me stay comfortable in a pretty wide range of temperatures, so it always makes its way into my carry-on or back seat as I’m driving to my next adventure.

It’s another one of those pieces that is ultra-versatile, too, so it goes with almost every outfit I may bring along on my trip!

the perfect jacket for traveling is a denim jacket it is cozy and warm while keeping you protected from the hot sun

What are your go-to pieces for traveling?

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7 Fall Traditions I Never Miss

Weather your ideal season encourages skinny dipping, calls for hibernation under a knitted blanket, or is even one where “all you need is a light jacket” (really hoping you know which movie I am referencing), there is much to look forward to year round. So, I hope that you will take advantage of some of my never-miss fall traditions. I promise that they will make even you summer-mourners fully embrace the splendor that is, “fall.”

 
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1. Pumpkin Patch - With so much goodness packed into one outing, a trip to the pumpkin patch makes it to the tippy-top of my fall to-do list. It is norm for most venues to include amenities such as corn mazes, hayrides, slides, farm animals, & cheap by-the-pound pumpkin prices. The inexpensive admission prices further add to the draw. So, whether you’re out with your girlfriends, on a cutesy seasonal date, or making memories with your young family, a trip to the pumpkin patch is a sure win.

2. Apple Picking - Half of fall’s allure revolves around the all-spice added into every baked treat. And when said “baked-treat” is fresh from the tree, your taste buds are sure to sing. So be sure to add apple picking to your weekend to-do list. Your stomach & family photo album (because is there anything more picturesque than an apple orchard?) will thank you.

3. Bonfire - When a certain refreshing crispness graces the air, I know that autumn has arrived. I love that cool feeling whispering against my skin. That feeling is amplified by the warmth of a bonfire glowing on your face. Add nature’s brilliant fall hues, the smokey air (am I the only one who loves the smell of embers?), a marshmallow in your mouth, and cuddling with someone cute? There really is nothing better.

4. Haunted House - It nearly takes me a whole year for my heart to stop thudding & to replenish my courage, but when the year-mark rolls around, there is no question as to weather I will go again. Haunted houses are exhilarating, comical, and dang fun. And boys, if you’re looking for an excuse to have a girl cling to your hand, look no further.

5. Pumpkin Treats - Need I say more? Throw some chocolate chips into the mix, and I swear the stars align.

6. Pumpkin Carving - Embrace the mess; the slime & gore is all part of the fun! For some added spirit, crank up your favorite Halloween classic. Then with a spoon in one hand, and knife in the other, you are fully equipped to create your doorstep’s newest accessory.

7. Hammocking - If you’re up for adding a little granola into your life, then this is for you! The serenity of the sunlight peeking through those brilliant fall leaves is unbeatable, making the fall my favorite time to hammock

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How Traveling Strengthens Your Marriage

My husband and I are coming up on our SECOND wedding anniversary, and in that short period of time, we’ve been on a bajillion trips together, both in and out of the country. Traveling with your sweetheart can be such a tender, romantic thing, but when you travel as frequently as we do, it actually turns into a crash course on communication and conflict resolution. In a good way, always a good way.

 
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We love traveling so much and love to share all about our travels because we do it in a way that doesn’t break the bank. One of the biggest questions I get all the time is how we find the time or money to travel so frequently, and while that’s another post topic entirely, it actually falls hand-in-hand with what I wanted to talk about today.

Traveling with your spouse allows you several unique opportunities for growing as individuals and as a couple. Take a look at what I’ve learned below and if that doesn’t make you want to run away together as globetrotting romantics, I don’t know what will.

Using an agreed-upon travel budget shows respect for each other and our mutual goals.

Most newlyweds hit this point of understanding fairly soon after the wedding where all of a sudden they realize that finances need to be communicated and shared. No more weekend retail therapy when hubby’s saving for grad school. The latest video game will probably need to stay on the shelf at the game store until you get a handle on all the rent and deposits and bills that you’ve both taken on, together.

Very early on, Matt and I established that (a) travel was a priority for both of us and (b) that we respected each other and ourselves enough to not put any large amount of pressure or burden on our budget by traveling irresponsibly. We started to set aside a small amount every month dedicated exclusively for planning trips, and it was well within our budget to do so at that small increment. This travel budget allows us to spend quality time together that we need without stressing either of us out financially.

You have the opportunity to explore new places, together.

Whenever we go somewhere that one of us has been before, that person kind of acts as a tour guide, and the other relies heavily on the repeat visitor’s guidance to get around. When we travel somewhere new, however, we each kind of take on some ownership and responsibility to do the research on the place we’re visiting and find good deals and places we want to see.

We learn to trust each other’s judgement, too, because we tend to be “off-the-beaten-path” explorers, and it comes in handy to have a second person to bounce ideas off of and to adventure with.

We get to benefit from quality time spent together in a fun setting.

Traveling together is dedicating time to focus on just you two. No one has to wake up at 7:00am for work the next day, and neither of you need to worry about who did the dishes last. You can simply be together and enjoy the activities you have planned.

Vacations are a time for relaxation, and while they say that you should strive to make your normal, everyday life feel like a vacation, you’ll never fully achieve that level of “we have no obligations to anyone today” freedom until you dedicate time away from home.

Make it a priority to take a well-deserved break from your daily life to go somewhere new and exciting with your spouse and you won’t regret it! Traveling has always been a great way for me and Matthew to further our relationship, and it’s one of the things I look forward to most of all whenever we book a new trip.

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5 Things I Do to Stay Adventurous + Spontaneous

Honest moment: As much as I love it, running a business sometimes can go against my nature. I’m a very laid-back, spontaneous person at heart, and sometimes I’m just not down for all the organization and planning ahead that comes with keeping a successful business. I love to live life to the fullest, and I believe I can do that by giving myself freedom to follow my heart instead of my head.

Even though it seems counter-intuitive, I do think that I’ve flourished as a photographer and as a small business owner because of this adventure-led passion that has coaxed me into chasing dreams I might not otherwise have thought possible if I were doing everything “by the book”.

Today I’m sharing five ways I structure my life to allow more spontaneity in my schedule and activities and to fuel my adventurous side.

I wait to fill in my schedule until the last minute.

Just coming out of a busy summer where I had back-to-back sessions almost daily, it’s hard to get back to a schedule where some nights are free or where I have entire weekends without an out-of-town trip planned. I actually love this, even if it means I don’t have work, because I get to create my own.

Just recently I was faced with an open Friday night and Saturday and I knew it was open for a week or so, but I just left it open, and when that time rolled around, I was hit with an urge to drive all the way down to the Grand Canyon to do a sunrise shoot on Saturday morning with some friends who were willing to also drive through the night to meet me there. It was one of the most beautiful sessions I’ve ever done, and I think that allowing myself the inspiration to leave that time open was such a gift.

Another thing I love to do with free time when it gets down to it is to gift a session on social media or to a friend. I call them up and say, “Hey, wanna go shooting tonight?” and then we both get some lovely photos and I feel like I was productive. I love these no-pressure sessions where I can try out new things and practice new skills without worrying about wasting the client’s time.

My husband and I set aside each month into a Travel fund.

One of the biggest responses I hear when I suggest to people that they go travel somewhere is that they don’t have the money, or that traveling is too expensive. Sometimes I consider it my life’s mission to educate everyone on how to have a big adventure traveling somewhere new without breaking the bank, but I know that it’s still going to require money in the form of preparation, travel expenses, time off, etc.

To combat this, or at least give us a fighting chance at actually taking those trips we always wanna take, Matthew and I have a standing travel fund within our family budget where we keep money dedicated to trips together and it makes it so much easier to spontaneously book that fun getaway when we know we already have some money saved up.

I follow a few travel sites and social accounts that post awesome deals, and I love that I have the freedom to take advantage of these deals when they come along since I already have that money set aside so that it’s not eating away at our personal budget where we need money for food and rent, etc.

I practice purposeful minimalism in my routines.

I know some people shy away from “minimalism” as if it means “less” or “nothing”, and it sounds super hippy dippy for me to mention even now, but I truly believe that by establishing a purpose for everything you let into your life, or by getting rid of the “clutter”, you can actually be more free to do the fun, adventurous things.

When I travel, I know I can get by with packing light and be just fine. I don’t wear a ton of make-up, but the products I do use are small and compact and made for easy travel. I’m an expert at making an outfit out of anything, and it really helps when I’m only packing a few outfits for a week’s stay.

I don’t have too many “habits”, either. The things I do regularly or as part of my daily routine are all easily commuted to a new location or put on hold while I’m away on an adventure. To me, it’s just simpler to not be committed to a gym membership, an expensive habit, or a pet that would require me to make lots of extra planning and preparation before I head out. I know that may change as I enter into a new season of life, but for now, this is the routine that works for me.

I prioritize relationships and connections with clients/friends.

I’ve always felt a strong pull to maintain certain relationships with past clients, and now I know why as some of these clients have become some of my greatest friends. I don’t consider time between visits or physical distance to be a burden to weaken a friendship, and as a result, I’m able to maintain these relationships with people who are willing to drive through the night to meet me at Horseshoe bend, just for fun. People who share my passion for adventure and spontaneity hold a special place in my heart, and I’m so grateful for them.

Also, you never know who has connections and where when you’re planning a trip, and I’ve found it helpful to ask friends for recommendations of where to stay and what to do. Sometimes it saves us money, and other times it just makes the trip ten times more special as we get to do something or meet someone significant.

I always look forward to my next goal, and I’m never content with just standing still.

One of the main things with being adventurous is that you have to want it. You have to yearn to go outside your home and do something fun, even if it requires taking a risk or being courageous in a way you’re not used to. If I was simply satisfied with where I’m at and never looked to learn or grow, I’d never be living such a wonderful life as I am now, with a thriving business, and a wonderful relationship with my husband.

Sometimes I feel a bit insecure about my inability to stay put, and I know it can drive Matthew crazy. But I honestly feel like my best self, like I’m living my best life, when I’m striving for more and expecting the universe to give me more in exchange for my spontaneity and adventurous efforts.

If you feel stagnant or like you’re bored with life, I urge you to consider adjusting your routine or your expectations to allow more freedom and spontaneous adventures like this. It will change your life in ways that you never expect, as I find mine changes all the time outside of my control. It’s wonderful and exciting, and it’s the only way I want to live.

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How to Manifest Your Dreams as Your Reality

When I graduated from college last spring, it really hit me that I was an adult. I was grown-up. I was a freakin’ college GRADUATE, and I was living the dream. How did that happen!?!

I had a hard time processing the fact that I was now responsible for my own life trajectory. It’s not like I could rely on a classes and credits schedule handed to me by a counselor that told me where I’d be in exactly six months from now. I was now in charge of my destiny, my future, my reality.

I think that it’s so important that we realize as soon as possible how much control we do have in our own life. It’s more than just going along with the flow and waiting for things to happen TO you; if you want something to happen, you need to make it happen. But you have an ally in this: the universe. Learning to work with the universe and not against it was a big life-changing moment for me as I realized that I could manifest my own reality simply by believing it into existence.

It may sound a little hokey spelled out like that, but honestly, I’m a total believer in the idea that the thoughts in your head dictate your real life. When you’re living your best life, totally confident and kickin’ butt, you’re happy and successful and proud. When you feel distressed, you bring down those positive vibrations and begin to attract negativity into your life. You know the saying, “When it rains, it pours?” That really is true, or at least it’s true that when you’re having a bad day, you’re going to be 10 times more likely to notice all the bad, stupid, frustrating things about your life in those negative moments.

I like to think of this concept as me taking control of my own life and shaping my own future. I wouldn’t even consider myself a control freak by any means, but just knowing that the universe has got my back, and that I can bring positive things into my path simply by staying optimistic is really empowering to me.

I truly believe that good vibes attract great opportunities, and I’ve seen this manifest itself SO MANY TIMES even just in the last few months as my husband and I have made big life decisions and big business decisions. When I needed something, instead of obsessing over how unlikely it was that I’d get it, I started to visualize a reality where I had it. And guess what? It came to me, in the most surprising of ways, but it came.

That kind of thing can happen to YOU if you just picture the positive outcome. It’s almost like placing an order at a restaurant, but you’re placing an order with the universe. And once you place that order, you MUST behave and plan as if it is already set in motion, that it’s already coming to you or already happening.

This is totally my way of extending my understand of the adage “you get what you give”, and I’ve found it to be incredibly successful as I make decisions for my family and my business. If you find yourself in a rut, why not give it a try? You never know - maybe I’ve caught onto something crazy and magically, and besides; what do you have to lose?

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Products That Make Traveling So Much Easier

Whether you're a seasoned traveler or total airplane virgin, heading off on a new adventure can be equal parts exciting and stressful. So, it's important to be prepared! Check out my top 10 favorite traveling products; they are sure to rid those anxious jitters and make you feel like a first class flyer. Even better? They are all available on Amazon. 

 
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1. Portable Charger, $20

While traveling, my phone doubles as both my security blanket and entertainment. A portable charger ensures that I will never be without power and also provides a sense of reassurance. To me, that's money well spent.

2. Toiletry Bottles, $12

When it comes to traveling, investing in quality toiletry bottles, so that I can use my own shampoo & other sudsy favorites, is a no brainer. These ones come as a bundle (razor + toothbrush covers included!) and are not only leak-proof, but they also abide by the TSA's liquid guidelines. 

3. Luggage Handle Wrap, $10

Too many films begin with luggage mix-ups; don't let that be you! Save yourself the drama, and spot your luggage easily with brightly colored, neoprene luggage handle wraps. My favorites come in packs of five and appeal to those even on the tightest of budgets.

4. Hydroflask, $36

I cannot sing enough praises for my Hydroflask! I own just about every size to suit me on any adventure. These babies are crazy (double-wall vacuum) insulated to keep your cold things cold and hot things hot. And just in case pink doesn't tickle your fancy, they come in a bajillion colors. 

5. Flight Flap, $20

Attaching to most airline seat backs and tray tables, this mount accommodates even the largest tablet or iPad, but is still small enough to pack away. It's perfect for hands-free viewing (and especially handy if you're traveling with kiddos).

6.  Headphone Splitter, $11 

Make new friends on your flight and/or save your travel buddy from watching a silent film. This headphone splitter allows you to share audio from your phone or tablet with up to five other people. 

7. J Travel Pillow, $26

Save yourself from being the laughed-at, open-mouthed-bobble-head that inevitably makes its way onto every flight. Allowing you to twist and contort its shape, the J Travel Pillow is ideal for sleeping upright and is as good as travel pillows come. 

8. Travel Adapter, $13

Travel adapters are a cheap convenience. Use this baby as a charging hub for your phone and laptop, or to power all your go-to beauty gadgets (ahem, blow dryer) while overseas. 

9. Digital Luggage Scale, $10

Forgo the overpriced airport snack, and spend your $10 on a digital luggage scale instead. Your money will get you a lot of mileage by taking the guesswork out of packing your bag and saving yourself both the time and headache of reshuffling items at the airport.  

10. Noise Cancelling Headphones, $349

A total luxury item, these headphones aren't for the faint of heart..but are for those who: plan to take a nap, work on their flight, block out the upset infant on their neighbor's lap, or want to forget they are flying. Basically these are amazing, so if you're feeling spendy, add them to your shopping cart NOW.

 

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How to Open Yourself Up to Receive Inspiration

Running a business is hard. You’ve got to make a lot of decisions by yourself, and then you have to move forward and take action with absolutely confidence in those decisions, even if you don’t always know where you’re going to end up.

A few months ago, I was feeling on top of the world. I was at the very beginning of wedding season and I totally was in a groove! I was just about to graduate from COLLEGE and I really thought I’d made it, like I knew what was coming, and that nothing could stop me. But then reality hit when all of a sudden I experienced real burnout, real quick. I was overworked, tired, and started to fear for the future, post-wedding season, when I wasn’t bringing in the income I would be for the next couple of months.

I realized that I needed to take a step back and really think about what I wanted out of my photography business and how I could get that without overexerting myself and continuing to feel the burnout. I’m such a planner, and kind of a control freak, needing to know what lies in my future before my future even really knows what’s coming, so it’s hard for me to not have a strategy. But I found that when I really look at the big picture and open myself up to receive inspiration and good vibes from the universe, I feel much more peace with where I’m headed and what I’m doing, and I can make some better decisions to help myself continue progressing forward.

Today I’m going to be sharing some of my tips for allowing inspiration and not desperation to rule your decision-making, whether you’re running a business, planning a wedding, or just hoping to get a better grasp on your reality and your future.

The first thing that needs to be done is to eliminate all stress. Stress is the biggest inspiration blocker I know, and it can lead you to make rash decisions based on desperation. Desperate times don’t really call for desperate measures; they call for inspired decision-making and prayer/meditation. Try to enjoy the moment you’re in, even when you’re not sure what’s happening, because everything does happen for a reason. Evaluate the importance of every item on your to-do list and either delegate, cancel, or tackle each item until you get to a better place.

The next thing I’d recommend is to take time to be still. Wake up 30 minutes earlier than you normally do just to sit in peace, journal, meditate, or take a quick peaceful morning walk around the block. Allow yourself to be thoughtful and at peace with your present situation, and keep your heart open to any inspiration that may come your way. You never really know when inspiration will hit, so you might as well give yourself as many chances to receive it as possible.

Another thing I do to receive inspiration is to learn. As much as I love those peaceful moments when I’m letting the good vibes come to me, I also love to seek out new ideas and inspiration for my life and business by listening to podcasts or audiobooks. I do a lot of driving and editing, and both of those things are really conducive to listing to a good podcast or book. Some of my favorites are Gold Digger with Jenna Kutcher, Unf*ck Your Brain, and Munchin with Mogul.

And lastly, in order to receive inspiration, I think you need to be ready and willing to act on anything that comes to mind. You need to be motivated to do what appears to you and think of it as a necessary step in your forward progression, or else your will never truly be at peace with what is happening in your life. When I receive inspiration, I make it a point to write it down and start working on it as soon as possible, tackling any barriers that appear without letting them phase me. As soon as I get to the other side, I always see just how important that action was and I’m so grateful that I just started in on it with all my enthusiasm.

I’d highly recommend you make it a part of your daily routine to open your mind and your heart to receive inspiration. Even sometimes when inspiration hits and something still doesn’t work out, guess what? You’re still amazing, and you’re killing it. Instead of feeling like a failure and starting in on the whole stressful cycle again, just plow forward and enjoy the moment that you are in, because change will come, and right when you need it.

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How to Eat While You're Traveling

As many of you know, I freakin love to travel, and I love to travel with my husband. I do travel for work, but as often as we can, we like to just get away for ourselves! Having our own little getaway vacation is very different from traveling for work. For one, we have a lot more space in our luggage since we're not hauling around all our equipment. But also, the expenses aren't getting covered by our business or client, so we're having to foot the entire bill from our personal finances. This is fine, and it's even something that we budget for, but one thing I wanted to talk about today is how we budget for food while we're traveling, since that could easily eat up your travel budget in one fell swoop. 

First of all, I wanted to clarify that a lot of the time, our reason for traveling is to see places and do things, and sampling the local cuisine is usually not at the top of our priorities list. Sometimes it is, and that's when we're willing to save up a little extra for the dining out. But for the most part, our plan is to eat really cheap so that as much of our travel money as possible can go towards the fun parts of the trip, like sight-seeing, staying in fun locations, activities, etc.

One easy way you can plan ahead to save money on your trip is to use a little of your luggage space to pack cheap snacks that will travel well and fill you up. We like to pack things like granola bars and oranges, things that can act as breakfast or a light mid-day lunch if we have plans in the morning and evening for meals. As we eat these up, it also frees up space in our suitcases for souvenirs or dirty clothes, or anything else we want to bring back with us.

Another way that we save on food is to eat the same thing for lunches every day: sandwiches. Sandwiches are cheap, the ingredients are really easy to find wherever you go, and they can fill you up. We don't mind eating the same thing because we're not picky about having a diverse meal plan and we fully recognize how much money it's saving us and how much more we can do by traveling and eating this way.

The last recommendation I have for you if you're traveling with someone is to share your meals when you go out to eat. Most of the time, depending on where you travel to, you can find a solid, filling meal that's still big enough to feed two people, and not have any leftovers. You probably don't have a ton of space to save your leftovers or take-home box anyway, so just share the food, and if you're still really hungry, eat one of your granola bars! My favorite is to eat at a Mexican restaurant because beans and rice are really filling, we can easily load up on chips and salsa before our meals arrive, and then a big ol' enchilada is the perfect amount to split between me and Matthew.

If you like to travel, and you want to make the most of your travel budget, that's the biggest recommendation I could give you: use your budget for the actual travel and experiences as opposed to the food. You gotta eat, but you don't gotta eat fancy just because you're away from home. I hope you take this to heart and you can start exploring the world to your heart's content!!

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What it's Like to Work With Your Husband

My husband, Matthew, and I met when we were both freshman in college. We became best friends, eventually started dating, and haven’t been separated since! Matthew is my best friend, the one person in this whole world that I can spend 24/7 with and it’s still not enough time. And when I say 24/7...I really mean it. 

We are both self employed and work from home. We spend all day together, working right next to each other. Matthew plays a HUGE role in my business, he second shoots at weddings with me, advises me in the next steps I should take, and puts in so much work behind the scenes to make this happen. So what is it really like working with my husband? Honestly...it’s amazing! I highly recommend it! But there are some things to figure out, I’ll share what’s worked for us. 

I’m Not the Boss

Even though I primarily run the business I am not his boss. I think when we put ourselves into the “boss” category, we loose the relationships we have with others (spouse or not). Instead, we are equals in all things. We try to maintain respect in all we do, in every situation. 

Handling Stress 

During stressful moments at weddings respect can be difficult to maintain. I’m more of a high-strung individual, whereas Matthew is more calm (a great balance for any business). Because of this, it is so easy for me to become overpowering...In stressful moments I find I can remind myself to back off by asking “what do you need?”. It puts the needs of Matthew first, it makes me become self aware of how I’m asking. Also in these situations, Matthew has learned it’s okay for him to pont it out so we can shut it down. We don’t let harsh feelings brew. Instead, we communicate so we can move past and not let it become a thorn in our relationship.

Passion

I think the most important thing for me to realize is that while Matthew is in my business, he does not have the same passion for it as I do. And that is okay!  When Matthew first started working in my business I tried to put this passion on him. But that’s not how it works. It’s totally okay for him to work in the business, but not be as passionate as it. He doesn’t have to love it, and just because he doesn’t love it the same way I do doesn’t mean he doesn’t like it. 

Working Hours

Just like in any job, we also have work hours. We try to keep a similar schedule to each other, and when works ends we do our best to turn it off. It’s easy to work all the time when you’re self employed, especially mentally. We do our best to turn it off so we can enjoy our evening.

Communication

So many things about communication! So just hang with me on this one.  

1. Communicate your schedules. When we’re together all the time it’s easy to assume we’re on the same page. But we still have to discuss our schedules and plan our weeks. 

2. If you’re always together you might run out of things to talk about. “How was your day?” Is not a relevant question because I was there for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s important to remember to do things apart still so you do have something to talk about.  Luckily Matt and I don’t really have this issue too much, but it’s something to keep in mind.

Time Apart

While I really could spend every second with Matthew, we have to have time apart. Whether that’s working in different rooms, hanging out with friends separately, or whatever it may be. We maintain our self care separately so we can be better together!  Hobbies help a lot with this.

Our Relationship Comes First

Above emails, clients, all things business, we put each other first. It’s suprisingly easy to let your spouse fall to the side when you’re an entrepreneur. Be sure to make quality time for each other (working side by side doesn’t count as quality time!), and nurture your relationship.  

 

And that’s it! I love working with my husband, I definitely recommend it. Don’t be afraid to jump into it, but be aware of these things. Every relationship is different, and so is every business. Find what works best for you! Thanks for reading!! 💕💕

 

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21 Things I've Learned in 21 Years

Whoop Whoop!!! Today is my 21st birthday! 

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I'm not really a huge birthday person, it's kind of just another day. But this year I decided to let myself get a little bit excited for it, BECAUSE IT'S MY 21ST! So here we go, I'm making a big deal out of my birthday and here are 21 things I've learned in my (short) 21 years!

1. Age doesn't matter! I'm starting out with this one because it is the most prevalent, I use to be embarrassed about my young age but I don't let age be a determining factor anymore! Who cares how old or how young you are, get out there and achieve your dreams!

2. There's a balance between making things happen and waiting for things to happen. I've only recently learned this...and I have yet to find a balance. Maybe next year?

3. Being stressed just waists your life. I stress out about EVERYTHING. Seriously. In high school I got so sick that I couldn't eat I was so stressed out. I'm trying to realize that stress is a harmful feeling and isn't beneficial.

4. A stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet. I have met some of the greatest people from online, in the grocery store, or on the bus! New friends are everywhere.

5. Pizza is a gift from the Gods. There's no situation I can think of that pizza is not an appropriate meal. I've even seen it at a wedding!

6. The world is cool. We've gotten to travel A LOT lately!! Everywhere we go I am amazed by how beautiful it is, the world is a beautiful place.

7. Karma is real. Do something good and it will come back to you. Guaranteed, everytime.

8. Home is my favorite place. We've been all over, yet snuggling up on our couch is my all time favorite place to be.

9. I'm kind of goofy, and that's ok! I like to dance in public, I sing my heart out in the car, and you never know what's going to come out of my mouth. It's just who I am, and I like it.

10. Deleting the amazon app from your phone will save a lot of money! It's a scientific fact.

11. Life is sweeter with your best friend by your side. I couldn't imagine doing half the things I've done if it weren't for Matthew!

12. People matter the most to me. I could be living in a dirt hut, but as long as I had my loved ones still in my life I would be the happiest. I value my relationships more than anything else.

13. You can achieve your goals by working hard. It's true!

14. All you need is 3 seconds of courage. The night I met Matt I counted to 3 and took the first step towards his apartment door.

15. It's okay to put off folding laundry for an adventure. I'm really good at this!!

16. Life doesn't go according to plan! But that doesn't mean you can't have one. Just a flexible one.

17.  Chacos are the only shoes anyone should own. They are the only shoes I can be all day on my feet in and they don't give me blisters or make my knees hurt! Plus they look good dressed up or down ;)

18. Being present is the best gift you can give yourself. Putting down your phone and enjoying the moment your in is better than any update you'll see on social media. I'm still working on teaching myself this, but the times I do I'm so glad I did!

19. Put God first. I feel like this one doesn't necessarily need an explanation, but I've always noticed in my life when I'm putting God first in my life everything goes right.

20. ALWAYS keep napkins in your car. Always.

21. LIFE IS GOOD! If you want life to be good, it will be good. If you want it to be bad, it will be. Life is all about what you make it, and I decide to make it oh so good!