So Garren and I have come to a conclusion on the kind of role we want ‘worldly’ entertainment to play in our lives. We get such little time to actually spend with each other between both our jobs, Garren going to school, extracurricular activities, Garren putting in volunteering hours and preparing for the GRE. Plus the normal life necessities like cleaning, organizing, paying bills, grocery shopping, and laundry; it all adds up.
After long days we gravitated to the couch and relaxed in the ways we are both used too: sports and the internet. Not ok. With out the use of these things we have :
Gone on walks, went to the temple, read scriptures, played basketball, cooked together, played card games, had a water fight, looked at grad schools, and talked! It was amazing. It reminded me of why I married Garren. He is truly my best friend. He makes me laugh until I am hunched over crying, he makes me feel beautiful and smart and makes each day amazing.
We have now come to the agreement that half an hour is more than enough time to look at sports scores, or catch up with friends on facebook, or find my latest craft idea on pinterest. The great thing about discovering the amount of time we wasted is, every day now feels like date night!
Life truly is what we make of it, and from now on I’m going to ALWAYS make it count. I took Garren for granted a lot…….. I hope to look back on this experience and not allow myself to do that again. We are far to great TOGETHER to waste time on trivial things alone :)
This is what trying to get Garren to take a normal picture with me is like....
So we are on the second day of our challenge. Luckily I have worked ten hour shifts the past two days so it hasn’t seemed that bad…. But I am itching to get on. Ha ha I feel like I haven’t talked to Kailey… or sadly my sister in forever! But I am also realizing its not good to spend so much time on social media.
Today after work Garren and I went on a walk (Yay for it still being light outside!) and he is making dinner for us (Fish and chip.. except the chips are sweet potato fries) and then we are going to watch Contagion and play a game!
Garren says he has already realized the kind of role sports need to play in his life. As in not constantly checking scores and such CONSTANTLY.
I am also proud to say I have gone 2 WEEKS with out Caffeinated Soda now (There was sprite in the margaritas but I am not addicted to sprite ha ha so it doesn’t count). To be honest I feel so much better physically and mentally about myself. I am to the point where I don’t crave it any more.
It feels great to be changing some of our bad habits and filling our time with good ones like walks, playing games, working on my relief society lesson, reading together and, in my case, drinking water ;)
Any way just thought I’d keep you all updated!
P.S. This link will show up on facebook, however, I will not be getting on facebook. The blog just automatically puts it on there for me so don’t worry I am not cheating.
So Garren and I just made a friendly wager!
The Challenge: It’s basically a week cut off from our “addictions”. Garren will go a week with out checking sports scores, news, or watching games. This includes not asking people about the scores of games. (Yes it sucks that March Madness starts but its good for him :) ) While I will refrain from logging into Facebook AND Pinterest for the week.
The Goal: To pay more attention to each other and spend QUALITY time. For some reason I think both of us sitting on the couch with our laptops (ie what we are currently doing…) is NOT actually spending time with each other. Its more spending time near each other.
The Reward: The loser at the end of the week (The person that either broke the deal, or the person that did it the most… ha) will have to go ANOTHER week of sustaining from sports or facebook/pinterest and the loser gives the winner a foot massage every night!
It all starts first thing tomorrow morning! (So long Facebook friends)