It’s been a long time since my last blog post. A lot of things have changed. Well, actually, pretty much everything has changed.
I’ve struggled to write this post for a while now. Not sure what to say or how to say it. I’ve stared at this screen for the past four months straight. Cursor blinking. Blank page.
Now, here I am, with a fresh new blog (hello official domain name!) and the need for a creative outlet.
Welcome to Happily Ever Armstrong 2.0 aka Living Happily Ever Armstrong.
Why the blog name change?
Two reasons, number one: happilyeverarmstrong.com is currently taken. Which is a bummer. They haven’t even built a website yet and they’ve owned it since April…but we won’t go there 😉
Number two: we’re now two years into marriage. Granted, they haven’t been a very conventional two years, that’s for sure, but we’ve figured out one thing in the midst of our crazy lives; marriage is not about living happily ever after. Shocker, right? ha.
I actually like Living Happily Ever Armstrong better and let me explain.
Where did my blog name come from in the first place?
Actually it was our wedding hashtag on Instagram. I don’t even remember how I came up with it; I was probably on a wedding website where they help you create your own hashtag. At the time, I was shocked that hardly anyone was using it, so I decided to brand it myself. I didn’t really think anything more of it at the time, just thought it was cute and catchy.
Fast forward, I now own a domain with that name so I must have some deeper meaning behind it…hopefully right? I invested money in it now.
I like Living Happily Ever Armstrong because it implies that happily ever after is a choice. Life isn’t a fairytale, don’t get me wrong, I’m not living in a delusional state, but everyday both Nick and I wake up with the ability to choose how we’re going to live out our day and how that’s going to affect our marriage. In the midst of any challenges, heartbreaks, or disappointments, I can confidently say we are Living Happily Ever Armstrong because our foundation isn’t each other, it’s founded on God.
I haven’t been super preachy on this platform and I don’t intend to be, but God is the number one aspect of my life so it’s bound to come out at some point. He’s my biggest influence. Number one priority. If you’ve been around the block at church before, you’ve probably heard of the triangle analogy; if you and your spouse are both pursuing the same goal (God), you will come closer together just as the two sides of the triangle become closer to the top point. Makes sense? This is how I know we’ll make it through every storm life throws at us, won’t be easy, but we’ll be able to survive because we’re not alone. We’re not trying to navigate the waters ourselves.
I like this new name because it reminds me of how much hard work a good marriage takes. Living with another person is hard enough, let alone becoming one with them! We come from different backgrounds with different expectations, goals, and interests. That’s not easy to mesh together. Don’t get me wrong, I know we’re only two years into this, we’re still newlyweds for goodness sakes! I’m crazy about him and he’s crazy about me (at least he better be….right? 😉 haha) but I also don’t want to be naive. I know the hard times will come. I know our marriage will be challenged. I want to be sure we’re both ready for that.
I hope this blog will become a place for me to be real with you. Social media is full of this idea of perfection, an unfair expectation that no one can really achieve. It’s an airbrushed, filtered view of what we want everyone to see, hiding the imperfections and flaws that lie behind the camera. I still want this to be a fun place, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, but I also want it to be a place of accountability. I hope you will join me.
Thank you for following me along on this journey! I genuinely appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my posts. As always, if there’s something you want to see or learn more about, let me know! I’m a pretty open book and I’d love to answer your questions. Thanks for making it down to the bottom, you’re the real MVP!