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6 Things To Do When Time Stands Still

The world seems to be frozen at the moment, and a lot of people are panicking because of it. The coronavirus has put a pause on many people’s lives. Children are out of school, some people are off of work, and we are all being forced to slow down a little more than we are used to. So today I would like to share with you that slowing down a little doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It can actually help us all if we allow it to. Here are a few things you can do, when time stands still. 

1. Get closer to your loved ones

I know that right now we are supposed to be avoiding large crowds, but for many of us that still leaves us at home with our immediate family members. This may scare some of you, because maybe you have found yourself in a place where your loved ones have become distant. Well now is as good a time as any to bond with each other. If you need to here are a few ways to break the ice and enjoy each others company.

  • Play Board Games
  • Have a Movie (Disney) Movie Night
  • Play an Icebreaker Game
  • Watch Funny Videos Together and Eat Popcorn

2. cook

This could also be a unique way to bond with your loved ones. Cooking can be really fun. Here are a few suggestions of things you can cook.

  • Cooks something exotic
  • Create different kinds of Coffee or Mixed Drinks, whatever floats your boat. I’m more of a coffee gal myself. 
  • Try a new dessert.
  • Try a creating or recreating a recipe that’s been in your family for generations. 

3. Draw Closer to God

James 4:8 says ,”Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” Spending more quality time with God is always a good idea. Here are a few ways you can do this.

  • Use the Bible App and find a devotional that fits your needs.
  • Listen to a Podcast (Elevation Church, Marriage After God, Revive Our Hearts, Glorious in the Mundane)
  • Journal and reflect
  • Listen to Worship Music

4. Educate Yourself

What could be better than trying to further educate yourself from home? Here are a few ways you can do that. 

  • Read Blog Posts
  • Watch Youtube Videos
  • Read Educational Books
  • Listen to Educational Podcasts (The Jennifer Allwood Show, Havilah Cunnington, Rise Podcast, Christy Wright’s Business Boutique)
  • Learn about your family’s history

5. Find a Hobby or a Side Hustle

Right now my blog and also reselling on Poshmark are my Hobbies and they are my side hustles. I hope that one day I can turn them into a full-time job like I see some people have successfully done, but right now I am not currently bringing in income from my blog, and I am making a little bit of money from reselling, and I will do a post on that another day. So here a few hobbies or side hustle suggestions. 

  • Blogging
  • DIY Home Decor
  • DIY with your kids
  • Working out from Home
  • Painting
  • Reading for Fun
  • Reselling FYI It’s addicting. Although if you do choose to do this, do it safely. Keep a distance from other people when you’re shopping at the Thriftstore, and wash all of the clothing or items you buy to flip. 
  • Freelance
  • Declutter or Rearrange furniture (I’m OCD, so I actually do enjoy doing these things lol).

6. Create an Environment of gratitude

Colossians 3:16 tells us how to create an environment of gratitude. It fixates on the word worship. It’s hard to have a bitter heart when we are worshiping the God that created the universe. Although I believe that worship is the ultimate source of gratitude there are a couple of other ways to feel grateful during this time. 

  • Pray for a grateful heart.
  • Write out a list of the things you are grateful for.
  • Choose to be grateful. You may not feel like it, but actions lead and feelings follow. 

I hope you all enjoyed this post. Are there ways that you have used this time to slow down? If so leave a comment below. Also if you enjoyed this post and found it helpful, please share it with others so that they can see it too! Stay safe, and have a blessed day!

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Military Spouse Benefits

Hey, everyone! I hope you are all having a great week so far. It’s already Wednesday, and getting a lot closer to Friday. The weather has been a lot better lately for us over here in Alabama. Have any of you experienced pretty spring weather this week? If you have let me know in the comments below. Today I am going to be sharing six benefits of being a military spouse, and like I have said before, being a military spouse is not a get rich quick scheme as some people think. Most jobs offer perks and we are no different than any other hard working career that has it’s perks. So let’s get into it. 

1. Honor

This is by far my favorite benefit of being in the military. I feel honored as a military spouse to be apart of something so much bigger than myself and my family. It’s a blessing to serve and to be a participant in helping our Country to be the safe place that we call home. Some may not see it this way, but that’s just how I feel about it. 

2.Education

There are a few education benefits that are offered to military spouses. The main one is called MYCAA that will help you with your college tuition in furthering your education. There is also a site that will help you with figuring out what career is best for you and your family.

You can find out more by creating an account on http://myseco.militaryonesource.mil Although you will need a Military Spouse ID, so if you haven’t made one yet you really need it. Go to the closest base to get one made. 

3. Tricare

Tricare is honestly no different than getting a discounted health coverage with a basic career. This is just the military’s version of healthcare coverage. In order to attain it you must register in the DEERS system. I have heard both good and bad things about this healthcare. If you have experience with it let me know below. We have only been in the military for two years and have not tried it. 

4. VA Loans

VA Loans are military home loans. The benefit of a VA loan is that you will have a lower interest rate, and you only have to pay for closing costs when you purchase a home. There are some requirements in order to apply for a VA Loan, and here they are.

  • Your spouse must have served 90 days during wartime
  • Or your spouse must have served 181 days during peacetime
  • Or your spouse must have served for six years through the National Guard or Reserves

 

5. USAA Loan

The USAA Loan is the military’s auto loan and auto insurance. Benefits for a auto loan include

  • Repayment terms up to 84 months (best rates are on loans 60 months or less)
  • No prequalification
  • No prepayment penalty
  • No application Fees 

6. Military Spouse Discounts

Military Service Members and their Families get discounts on a lot of things. It’s not usually a crazy amount, but it still helps. Most offer a ten to twenty percent discount for military members and their dependents. 

Here are a few things you can get discounts on. Not every store offers it, but you can do more research on your own to get more details on this. 

  • Vacation Resorts and Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Clothing Stores

I’m sure there are more, but I know that there are various places that offer this with a valid Military ID card.  

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I hope you all enjoyed this post! If you are in the military feel free to comment if you know of any benefits that I didn’t mention in here. Also if you have any questions leave them in the comment below, and don’t forget to subscribe for more posts like these. Thank you!

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6 Things I Wish I Would Have Done Before My Husband Enlisted

If your spouse is considering enlisting into the Army, National Guard, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, whatever it is I think there are some important steps to make before you transition into this lifestyle, because trust me It’s different. Personally, I am a person who has an adventurous mindset, so when my spouse told me that he wanted to join I was all about it. However, there are a few things that I wish I would have done to prepare myself for this new life, and I would like to share these things with you. 

1. Prepare yourself financially

When my husband joined I wish we would have started saving right away for a just in case emergency fund. When he joined in April 2018 we had at least three months to save our money, but being in our twenties we weren’t that great with finances. I would suggest having a months worth of expenses and a little bit more set back, because waiting for my husband’s first paycheck in the military put a lot of stress on me. I was at home with two kids, and unsure about what was going to happen, and everything turned out okay, but if I could go back I would definitely recommend having that assurance. 

2. Communicate

Communicating with your spouse while your apart is huge. So establishing that foundation before he or she leaves is important. I wish that we had gone to counseling together before he left, because I feel like that would have helped us to learn how to communicate  while he was gone. Communicating while you are next to each other is one thing, but communicating when you are in separate states, or if you’re going through deployment separate countries can be totally different. There are resources available to military couples, but I believe it’s only for deployments. I will talk about that in another post, so if your spouse is enlisting I would suggest finding a marriage counselor before they leave, so you can find peace in that situation. 

3. Draw Close To God

As a Christian I am a firm believer that having a relationship with God is essential to surviving the hard days when you miss your spouse and you have no one to turn to. Hopefully you won’t experience loneliness like that, but I know for me I did, and I made the mistake of not spending the quality time with God that I truly needed. Even when you feel alone he will always be there for you to turn to. 

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8

 

4. Get into a routine

This would have made my life and my children’s lives so much easier, if we had gotten into a routine before my husband went to basics. Routines don’t have to be complicated, but they can actually be used to make your life less complicated. 

Morning Routine

Wake up at the same time every day. 

Make Breakfast at the same time

Schedule a workout in if you prefer to do this at night that’s okay too. 

Schedule Quiet Time with God

Etc. I’ll give ya’ll an update on my morning and night routines on this blog. 

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5. Keep yourself busy

While your spouse is away you need to find something to preoccupy the time in between the empty spaces of your life, otherwise you will drive yourself crazy. Here are a few examples of things you can do.

  1. Go to school or go back to school.
  2. Start a side hustle (Reselling Clothes on Poshmark, Blogging, Youtubing) Etc. 
  3. Get involved with your church. 
  4. Go out with your friends
  5. Go out with your kids
  6. Go back to work if you feel comfortable with that. 
  7. Do something that brings you joy (hiking, painting, writing, drinking coffee, etc.)

 

 

6. Give yourself grace

Last but not least give yourself grace. If you have a bad day, it’s okay! This is a big step in life, and it’s not always going to be easy. Allow yourself to make mistakes, and if everything on your planner doesn’t happen, just breath through it. I promise everything will pass. Good days and bad days will happen. It’s a part of life, but it’s a beautiful life.