Color Crush No. 3

Well, yet again I have Pinterest to thank for my inspiration. Whenever I scrolled past this beauty, I knew I had to feature it in my color crush series. I know, I know. Quite a bit of time has passed since I last posted one of these, but it's here now so just enjoy it! Sadly, I wasn't able to track down the original source for this photo. If anyone knows where it's from, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due! I absolutely hate not sourcing things I choose to use here.


Couple's Q+A

+ How long have you been together?
We've been together for over 7 years now and married for almost 6 (come May 15th).

+ How long did you know each other before you started dating?
3 weeks if you count the days we conversed back and forth online, but only a few hours in person.

+ Who asked who out?
Well, I sent him a friends request on MySpace back in the day and then I also suggested that we meet in person on New Years Eve, although he was the one who asked me to be his girlfriend as the night drew to an end.

+ Did you go to the same school?
Negative. G went to school in South Carolina, while I was down here in Florida.

+ How many kids do you have / want?
No kids as of yet. Once he gets his AS degree in a couple years, we'll more than likely start trying. We both want to wait until our early 30's (we're both 26 at the moment). Two would be nice, but three is our max!

+ Who is the most sensitive?
Yeah, that would be me. I was way more sensitive whenever we first got married, but he has toughened me up over the years!

+ Where do you eat out most as a couple?
We really enjoy trying new places, but Chili's tends to get a lot of our business. It seems to be our go-to when we can't decide.

+ Who drives when you are together?
We split it evenly. If he drives there, I'll drive back and vice-versa. It's only fair.

+ Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?
I believe that would be our trip to the Poconos with a group of close friends shortly after we got married.

+ Who has the craziest exes?
Me, hands down. He didn't date much, but I'm sure I'd have him beat on crazies regardless!

+ Who has the worst temper?
I'm going to say he does. I tend to hold things in whereas he lets his feelings be known from the get-go, which isn't necessarily a bad thing! At least he lets me know from the start + we can communicate better. He's calmed down a lot though.

+ Who does the cooking?
Unless breakfast foods, pizza or chicken strips are on the menu, it's all me. I don't mind since I love cooking + trying to recipes.

+ Who is more social?
It's pretty even, actually. I used to be mad shy (I was really unsure of myself), but I really love socializing / talking to people now. He has always been good with conversing with others (or at least since we've known each other).

+ Who does the laundry?
I do, although he does help out whenever I ask him to.

+ Who is the neat freak?
He would say himself. Don't get me wrong. I love things nice + tidy as well, but I'm more lax about it than he is.

+ Who is the most stubborn?
We both are mutually hardheaded sometimes.

+ Who hogs the bed?
We both stay on our sides for the most part, although I'm sure he'd rat me out and say that I hog it. Ha!

+ Who wakes up earlier?
Me! His sleep schedules are normally all over the place. Sometimes he isn't able to fall asleep until the wee hours of the morning. I try to be in bed no later than midnight most nights.

+ Where was your first date?
We went to a handful of places. He met me at the mall, then we went to the park to walk around / talk, went to see a movie (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and ended our night watching fireworks on Clearwater Beach.

+ How long did it take to get serious?
Two weeks together, that's all it took (did anyone catch that Dear John reference) haha. No, but really. We were serious a couple weeks into chatting with one another online. We said 'I love you' only three days after we started dating, and he proposed to me after four months. It was a whirlwind romance, but we knew we wanted to be together and it's worked for us.

+ Who eats more?
G. That man has a beastly appetite! But, then again, so do I sometimes. I just don't see where he puts it all.

+ Who is the first one to admit when they’re wrong?
I'll say myself just because I try to keep the peace / move on quickly. We never really keep arguments going for long anyway. And once something has been settled, it's dead. We try not to bring up past failures / faults / arguments into new disputes.

+ Who eats more sweets?
There's no doubt that he does. I crave salty + spicy things the majority of the time.


Words to Motivate You

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For the last two days, I've been on a quote kick. My 'statements' board on Pinterest has been flooded with fresh inspiration, so I thought I'd bring back some of what I found over there and share it with y'all here (mostly for those who don't follow me). I don't know about you, but I believe words hold power and I've always (even more so now) been an advocate of positive thinking. Quotes such as the ones above really fire me up! It may sound silly, but sometimes I repeat them to myself + replay them over and over again in my mind until they start to sink in. I've actually found that this helps me tremendously.


Currently ( January )

READING · I just finished reading The Mind Connection by Joyce Meyer a few hours ago! So now I'm trying to decide which book to dive into next. Over the years I've noticed that I read nonfiction books much faster than fiction, but I love me some dystopia! With that being said, I'm leaning towards The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I've seen the first + second movie, and I began reading it last year. But, as you can probably guess, I didn't finish. I'm pretty sure I only got through the first two chapters. I updated my Goodreads to-read list yesterday so I definitely have options. I'm just not certain which one I will pick!

WATCHING · We have actually been focusing on The X-Files since it will be returning soon (!!!) and Helix (the second season is straight up weird, yo). I was gorging on Grey's until I got all caught up. Then I tried to fill the void with Private Practice, but it's just not the same. G and I started catching up on an unwatched season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but we finished that up quickly.

LISTENING TO · Nothing new, which is kinda sad. I need to take some time to research new music this coming week. I've just been sticking with my instrumentals (the song below has been on repeat for weeks), Needtobreathe, Sleeping at Last + Adele.
DISCOVERING · That our thoughts (as well as our words) are very powerful and I really need to focus on the positive rather than allowing negativity to dictate my behavior. That Joyce Meyer book I just finished was basically life changing for me.

PLANNING · A trip to the theater with my mama to see Disney's The Lion King when it starts next week.

CRAVING · I was craving tacos (as usual), but that craving was totally satisfied when G and I made a stop at California Tacos after we took our GED exams this afternoon! If you're ever near Tampa, you have got to give this place a shot. Their amped up carnitas tacos with cheese, sour cream + guacamole are delicious! I'd be in some serious trouble if we lived closer, haha.

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WISHING · I had won the lottery. Just kidding. I didn't even waste $2 on a ticket. I do wish that it will continue to stay cold around these parts because the weather has been absolutely gorgeous this week! I had to wear a sweater like four times.

FEELING · Physically, I'm tired. We got to bed late last night and had to wake up early this morning to visit the testing center. Mentally, I'm feeling relieved. I wasn't nervous about taking my social studies exam, but the questions were kinda tough. There was a lot of reading material and I kept getting distracted by the noises around me. Since it was timed, I was mentally freaking out every time another minute clicked away. So, basically, I was sure I was going to bomb it. I was so relieved when I got the e-mail with my score! I'm just a tad bit bummed that I was only three points away from passing with honors. Darn it.

PRAYING FOR · Healing for my grandpa. He had a fall the night before last and ended up having to go to the hospital since he hit his head on the way down. Although there was a small amount of bleeding that concerned the doctors at first, they said that he wouldn't be needing surgery and they may be releasing him in the next couple days. They're keeping an eye on him. We're praising Jesus for the good report, but I'm still believing for a complete and quick recovery.