MarriageTheYearOfContentment

Happy weekend, friends! If you’re just joining us in this series you can go here first and here second.

First of all, I so love the end of April. It’s a month that’s always so full of anticipation and hope. I’ve lived my entire life in places where if we’re lucky, spring starts to show its face right around the end of April, and that for me is one of the most renewed times of the year. This April has been no exception as we spent last weekend (when we had a high of 75 degrees here in Michigan!) finally out in our yard in the sweet sweet sunshine spreading wood chips, cleaning up leaves, and getting ready for our yard to burst into bloom in the next few weeks. Like my friend Lara talks about so frequently, there’s something tremendously fulfilling about watching tiny seeds grow into something big and beautiful thanks to your love and care. Not to mention doing all that hard work with your husband by your side. It’s been a nice start to spring, my friends. Onto my debrief!

Week Fourteen & Fifteen

What has not been working: March is always a hard time of the year for me personally because I struggle with the tail end of winter and often start to feel a bit restless and defeated. Remember those new year resolutions you purposefully set in January? Mine always go out the window this time of year. After returning home from our Seattle wedding at the beginning of March (which might I add, spring had started to bloom in Seattle that week) I really felt a sense of discontent with a lot of areas of my life. When we find ourselves sitting in discontent or ungratefulness, one of the areas that I think can usually take a back seat to our love and care is our marriages and relationships. And I’ve been guilty of that. March just felt icky in a lot of ways and now that I can look back, I feel like since I wasn’t myself, I couldn’t be the best version of me for others.

What has been working: As I mentioned in my last The Year of Content blogpost, Andrew and I decided to tackle the #contentmentchallenge again together at the beginning of April. It’s been admittedly tough to be super intentional with our money lately especially in moments of boredom together or times when we feel too lazy to cook our own food, but there’s been a big silver lining to this. We’ve been taking Zoe on more walks, having more heartfelt conversations, eating more meals at our kitchen table, spending time in the kitchen and the list goes on. While we took on the challenge again to be better managers of our finances, the ironic part is we have truly grown a lot in our marriage because we’ve been using our time much differently and efficiently.

Short term goal: Continue to find contentment in this time of growth in our marriage.

Long term goal: Celebrate our five year wedding anniversary in Tuscany with the Nelsons this fall.

Feel free to leave your experiences below and to share them with the hashtag #theyearofcontent

Happy Weekend friends xoxo