More Than Just a Wedding

Sure, you're planning what might be the biggest event of your life. And, of course, you want it to be perfect. But, have you considered how you plan to live after your "I do's?" No, I'm not talking about the specs of your new house or who's doing the laundry. I'm referring to your way of living. 

How you want to live includes lifestyle decisions, like healthy eating, meditation, date nights, or living within a budget. If you've talked about these things with each other you're on the right track. But the best way to start off on the right foot is to start now. You don't have to wait until you're married to live the lifestyle you want together. In fact, the more practice you have ahead of time, the better place you'll be in once the honeymoon is over. So if you're committed to eating healthier or exercising more, begin now. Do it jointly, so you know you're on the right page. If money is an issue, don't let it become a burden in your relationship. Don't start your marriage off in a deficit. Live now, the way you want to live after the wedding. If that means cutting the guest list or changing venues, to stay in your wedding budget , then do it. You're setting a precedent for your future life together. Make it a point to have date nights, while planning your wedding. If you do, it's more likely you'll continue the tradition after the celebration is over. Date nights are a great way to stay focused on each other and learn and grow more together. 

A lot of couples will say, "I don't have time now" or "we plan on making those changes once things settle down." I'll let you in on a little secret: You won't have time later either and things will never settle down. Life is constantly in motion and there might never feel like enough time to finally sit down and say, "okay, let's start doing this." If it's not wedding planning, it's relocating, having a baby, or starting a new job. The most ideal time is now because you never know what tomorrow will bring or what lies ahead. Make planning your wedding more than just about one day; make it about planning your life.

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Posted on August 13, 2015 and filed under For the Bride.

Bridal Balance is an advice and motivational blog aimed at helping the bride-to-be reduce stress, build confidence and enjoy her engagement. It was founded by clinical social worker and certified professional life coach, Michal Caplan. Contact Bridal Balance to learn more about private coaching or for additional information.

Disclaimer: The information, advice, comments, and resources provided on this site are for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as therapeutic, legal, financial, or other personal advice. While all the information is written with good intention, personal situations vary and individuals are encouraged to seek out professional advice for specific situations. This site or the advice written within does not constitute therapy or counseling and will not be held liable for any financial, legal, personal or other losses occurred.

Refocusing on Balance

Every now and again we all slip up a bit. We forget to exercise, neglect to slow down, start to self judge. It doesn't matter where you find yourself going off course, as long as you recognize it at some point and decide to make a shift in a better direction.

Over the past several months, I've been spreading myself thin between work life and home life. There never seemed to be enough time. Projects I had hoped to bring to fruition didn't happen. Time for myself was pretty much nonexistent. My healthy eating habits were falling by the wayside and there was no time to exercise. I was already beginning to feel blah and then our dear friend's little girl was admitted into the PICU with a rare necrotic pneumonia. She is a bit older than my daughter and was hanging onto to her precious life. Everything happened so suddenly. We cried. We prayed. We helped however we could. And then we waited. And it hit me. It could have been any of us or our children. Regardless of the causes of this special little girl's illness, I was determined at that point to make some serious changes to keep me and my family as healthy as possible.

My husband and I had recently heard a lecture on healthy eating. So I figured that would be the best place to start. I cut out all the junk food and stocked up on whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. I also cut out dairy and meat. Within a week, I felt a difference. My new plant based diet wasn't weighing me down or making me feel lethargic. I began exercising again.  It's a great feeling doing an entire workout. I knew I was making positive changes for myself. Then I thought, it's as important what goes into my body, as what goes on my body. I started reading up more on personal care products and the toxins in some of them. I knew this was my next change phase. That's when I found Lemongrass Spa Products. It's a wonderful company that makes natural, organic and chemical free skincare products and mineral makeup. I tried it and fell in love. All of the changes I made helped me refocus on what's important: life, love and family. I got so busy and all the stress was bringing me down. I had to get back to balance. After all, that's what this blog is about!

I'm not suggesting you go out and make the same changes I did. But do pay attention to how you live life and where you can better it, so you feel healthier and happier. I feel so great about the decisions I've made, that I've joined Lemongrass Spa as a consultant selling their amazing products. Click here if you want to learn more about that. Otherwise, remember, it doesn't matter that you've fallen, as long as you get back up and decide to shake things up for the good.

Oh, and on a happy note. After months in the hospital, much agony and the removal of part of her lung, our friend's little girl is back at home and working on rehabilitation. May she have a speedy and easy recovery! This one's for you, kid! 

Bridal Balance is an advice and motivational blog aimed at helping the bride-to-be reduce stress, build confidence and enjoy her engagement. It was founded by clinical social worker and certified professional life coach, Michal Caplan. Contact Bridal Balance to learn more about private coaching or for additional information.

Disclaimer: The information, advice, comments, and resources provided on this site are for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as therapeutic, legal, financial, or other personal advice. While all the information is written with good intention, personal situations vary and individuals are encouraged to seek out professional advice for specific situations. This site or the advice written within does not constitute therapy or counseling and will not be held liable for any financial, legal, personal or other losses occurred.

Monday Motivation

Posted on July 27, 2015 .

Bridal Balance is an advice and motivational blog aimed at helping the bride-to-be reduce stress, build confidence and enjoy her engagement. It was founded by clinical social worker and certified professional life coach, Michal Caplan. Contact Bridal Balance to learn more about private coaching or for additional information.

Disclaimer: The information, advice, comments, and resources provided on this site are for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as therapeutic, legal, financial, or other personal advice. While all the information is written with good intention, personal situations vary and individuals are encouraged to seek out professional advice for specific situations. This site or the advice written within does not constitute therapy or counseling and will not be held liable for any financial, legal, personal or other losses occurred.

Daily Dose of Wedding Wisdom

Posted on July 24, 2015 and filed under For the Bride.

Bridal Balance is an advice and motivational blog aimed at helping the bride-to-be reduce stress, build confidence and enjoy her engagement. It was founded by clinical social worker and certified professional life coach, Michal Caplan. Contact Bridal Balance to learn more about private coaching or for additional information.

Disclaimer: The information, advice, comments, and resources provided on this site are for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as therapeutic, legal, financial, or other personal advice. While all the information is written with good intention, personal situations vary and individuals are encouraged to seek out professional advice for specific situations. This site or the advice written within does not constitute therapy or counseling and will not be held liable for any financial, legal, personal or other losses occurred.

Daily Dose of Wedding Wisdom

Wedding advice graciously submitted by:

 Kristina Apel, General Manager, Papilio Boutique

US & Canada

www.papilioboutique.com

Posted on July 23, 2015 and filed under For the Bride.

Bridal Balance is an advice and motivational blog aimed at helping the bride-to-be reduce stress, build confidence and enjoy her engagement. It was founded by clinical social worker and certified professional life coach, Michal Caplan. Contact Bridal Balance to learn more about private coaching or for additional information.

Disclaimer: The information, advice, comments, and resources provided on this site are for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as therapeutic, legal, financial, or other personal advice. While all the information is written with good intention, personal situations vary and individuals are encouraged to seek out professional advice for specific situations. This site or the advice written within does not constitute therapy or counseling and will not be held liable for any financial, legal, personal or other losses occurred.