As a woman there is a different definition of strong that comes with our gender. It is not strength of physicality but more emotional and mental strength that is tested beyond measure. I, myself, have been through some pretty painful moments that emotionally I thought were physically going to destroy me; however, my mental strength proved me wrong. If I am being honest, it was my faith that held me together because in my flesh I was at the end. It is only by faith I am held together.
I know you’ve heard a lot about She Is Blank Space and our app on the way, but I want to talk about how we got here, why this is so important to me, why it’s so needed.
One day I woke up.
No, not by the beeping of my alarm clock or my kids poking me in the eyeball, but I WOKE up.
My innermost being was so lost, confused, and just flat out blah.
It was as if God tossed a bucket of ice cold water in my face and said, “Ashley, my dear, whom I love so hugely…what are you doing?”
I absolutely could not answer that question. Sad, right? Yeah, I thought so too. This started a downward then upward spiral. It was a lot of questioning and addressing things I was holding onto before I could start moving forward. I dug in deep, cried a lot of tears from past hurts, anger, and whatever else I needed to face. This was hard for me, a person that seemingly had it all together, to admit defeat and that I was failing at “life.”
1 month…4 years…16 years…34 years…. It does not matter how long you have been dating or married, there is always always always room to grow. Being intentional in your relationship is the key for a healthy relationship. We so easily become wrapped up in our day to day routines that sometimes our relationships are pushed to the back and become stagnant. I believe strongly in nurturing and pruning relationships so they continue to bloom and thrive just as they did when you first met your spouse/boyfriend.
My husband and I have been married for fifteen years and we have two kids. We want our children to see what a healthy relationship looks like so they have that model when it is time for them to build their own relationships. Has it always been easy?? Absolutely not! Have we pushed through and worked through hardships? You betcha!
You know that old saying, "don't judge a book by it's cover?" Well, despite how much we would like to be able to tell everyone we meet our story right then and there to see the whole picture, we are more complex than that, and people do judge us from their initial glance at us. We are people with layers and substance, often taking time to develop relationships before spilling the beans of our life story. Today though, I challenge you to share of yourself a little faster, letting the walls down, as you never know if the person on the other side needs to hear it.
One way I've found to make this easier is to rock a cute, inspirational tee. It tells a little bit of your story from the get go and opens the door to conversation that could start a valuable friendship, be the light in someone's day or inspire someone to choose positivity. We hope you enjoy a few sneak peeks from our app on the way soon as we share about these incredible tee companies we adore! Huge thanks to 139 Made, Thread Tanks, Ascent 516, BEcoming Threads and Wholeheartedly for partnering with us on this journey of inspiration<3
by ciara gris
Ok ladies! Here is my step by step guide to creating the perfect Valentine's Day date night look! Even if you plan to grab dinner with a few girlfriends, this look is super easy to create. I love it because it still has that soft and flirty look perfect for any occasion. Trust me, men do not care about your makeup, so spending extra time trying to perfect your ombre lips or glitter eyes isn’t always necessary. Less is more when doing your makeup for a night out. If you are not comfortable wearing lashes then you can opt out and just go bigger with mascara. The last thing you need is to have your lashes distracting you from having a nice time. Use your own artistic expression and customize the look however you'd like! Have fun with it, you’re only wearing it for a short time! At the end of the day you get to wash it away and have fun experimenting with something else the next time.
No matter how long I’m married to my handsome hubby, I never (EVER) get tired of dating him! We are one of those weird couples that actually enjoys being around one another. Hehe!
In all seriousness, I absolutely love spending time with my hubby. With life being, well, life… setting aside time for just the two of us is absolutely vital. Sure, we see each other every day, and we talk all the time, but there’s just something so re-charging about that special time together. It’s a couple (or few, if we’re super lucky) hours of time where we refuse to worry about work, kids, the future, or whatever else might be weighing on us at the time.
Sometimes, we are so eager for a date night that we just throw ourselves together, say farewell to the kiddos, and run out the door as fast as we can.
But lots of times, I like to dress things up a bit. Nowadays I realize I can have both cuteness and comfort, so I go for it!
As we head into the new year ahead, we wanted to share some of your most favorite posts from 2016. In no particular order, here is our top 16! Thank you for supporting us and having fun alongside us. May you have a blessed year ahead!
When someone brings up the holiday season, the first thing that has popped in my head since I was eight years old and watched Elf for the first time is, “SANTA...I KNOW HIM!”
Wait. Before I go on. I just said I was eight years old when Elf came out. WHAT EVEN! Ugh.
Anyway, back to business. This year has been a little different for me. This year, my other half, one of the biggest and absolute best parts of my holiday season, is deployed. I wish I could sugar coat it but I can’t - it’s been pretty tough so far.
I think I’ve done a pretty good job. I’ve been super strong. Being apart for about six months so far with a few more to go has been hard, but I know it’ll all be worth it in the end. One thing I know for sure is that there are plenty of people in the same situation as I am, and I’m fortunate enough to be surrounded by my family and loved ones.
“You didn’t hear a word I just said, did you…?”
Anybody ever been there before? I know I have. I’ve caught my hubby in the distraction bubble, and I’ve been caught being distracted a time or two myself when my hubby was chatting his little heart away.
I mean, we get it, right? We’ve been married for years. It’s almost like after we’ve been together for so long, we start sharing a brain in some ways. If we tried hard enough, we could probably predict the words our hubby is about to say, how he’ll respond to something, what his opinion is on different things, what he’ll say just before you drift off to sleep at night, etc…
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