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We’re not calling this “How to Maintain a Productive and Enjoyable Work-Life Balance” because the term work-life balance just doesn’t encompass everything this post is about. We’re calling it “life balance” because “work-life balance” makes it seem like half of your life is work and the other half is life. Life includes so much. We’re talking about how to create balance in all aspects of your life, not just balancing work. One of the challenges of being an adult is keeping your life balanced. Having time to do everything you want to and need to is simply impossible. Lack of time is one of the regular reasons people choose not to pursue an activity, especially when it comes to fitness. What can you do to create a life balance that works? We’re still pretty new to being adults, but we’ve worked hard to prioritize what matters to us and make…

Moving in together is a big step. Embarking on a move together across states is another enormous life change. Nobody tells you exactly how your first big move as a couple is going to go. If only it was as simple as packing up and going. Where do you begin? How do you coordinate everything? Is the dog going on a crate or getting his own seatbelt? I’m going to lay out our whole experience moving together, step by step, so you can see how we survived it. Planning Research Together The first step in the process of our move together was research. I want to say we decided on moving to New Mexico about a year ago. I don’t remember exactly when, but it was sometime before Evan was deployed. So, my point is that we started researching far in advance. Planning and research is a common theme in…

At some point in your life you decided to start trying to save money. It’s a smart move! For me, it was mainly once I moved to Irvine, but I grew up in a frugal household and it’s kind of just become a habit. Whenever family members give us gift cards for holidays, they say “Get something you want, not just something you need.” Because otherwise we’ll buy something mundane like food or silverware. Avoiding spending money just comes easily to us. We question every purchase and determine whether it is something we actually need. Yes, we probably overthink our financial decisions a bit much. While our actions are more on the extreme end of saving money, there are smaller steps you can take to get started. We’ve noticed a couple different actions that easily add up, but can also be easily avoided. 1. Eating out When we first started…

Mornings are hard. I am not a morning person. In my old routine I would pretty much just wake up, throw some cereal and coffee in my mouth and ride off to school. But, once Evan and I started trying to gain more weight, I had to eat more like an actual adult and less like a college student. When we began making real food, it took a lot longer, like half an hour. But no one has that much time in their weekday mornings right? If you’re looking for some help with morning time management, you can use our system we’ve figured out. Both of us work together to cook, so this routine will probably take a bit longer for one person. I’ve added a letter next to each step to show who does what. The mission: cook eggs, coffee, and oatmeal fast enough so Evan has time to…

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