Starting Something New: BuJo

Bullet Journal

The first time I saw “BuJo” written online, I thought it was the name of a dog or something. Who is this Bujo and why should I care about him? The queen of abbreviating things couldn’t figure out that BuJo was an abbreviation for something great. Who would have guessed? Haha!

So, what is BuJo short for? Bullet Journal. Totally makes sense now, right? I first discovered Bullet Journals on Pinterest. I was looking for simple techniques to make journaling a more consistent part of my routine. When searching through thousands of pins, I came across TONS that referenced this “BuJo,” followed by adorable journal pages filled with what looked like a planner. Needless to say, I was super confused and incredibly intrigued. I can’t think of a better combo, to be honest.

I decided to search Google for more info on this BuJo and I was pleasantly surprised to find many bloggers who are hip to this new fad. (Okay, I am not sure this is a fad, but it is new and popular amongst the organized community.) I discovered a blogger/YouTuber named Kara Benz, also known as, “BohoBerry.” I fell in love with pretty much every aspect to this amazing woman. Her Bullet Journal posts and videos gave me inspiration that I hadn’t felt in a long time.

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I am a pretty organized person, but every since my surgery last March, I felt lost/disconnected. I searched for pleasure and balance down many avenues; none of which filled the void. The moment I laid eyes on these BuJos, I knew this was what I needed to bring back happiness, organization, and most of all, balance, to my life. Well, I am sure you can guess what happened next… I joined in on this awesome journal community. (No seriously. I joined a Facebook group and everything!)

What is a Bullet Journal? explains it best, y’all. A BuJo “is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.” Amazing! I know!

Naturally, I had to share my newfound love on Faithful Elephant. Duh! I am still new to this and am starting pretty late in the year, but I am certain that this will prove to be a healthy and effective way for me to live a balanced, happy, lifestyle. We all learn differently. Our minds grasp concepts in unique ways. You know how it is. This method of journaling/planning may work for one person and not the next. Trial and error, folks.


As of now, I am loving this method. It already suits me because I am a visual learner who responds well to color coding, symbols, and taking things one day at a time. What I love most about Bullet Journals is that you have the option to be as simple or creative as you would like. Some people get distracted with color and illustrations whereas others need it.

I cannot take credit for the creative ideas. To jump start my BuJo, I borrowed (more like borrowed without intending on returning) some of the adorable ideas that Boho Berry shared online. I couldn’t resist. As a newbie, I think it is totally acceptable, wouldn’t you say? My goal for myself is to become more independent and creative with each new BuJo. We gotta start somewhere, am I right?

Without further ado, let me share with you how I set up my BuJo for July! You will notice one or two pages I left out. They are pages that include important, personal, information. For example, my Level 10 Life spread. To learn more about “Level 10 Life,” be sure to click the link to BohoBerry’s blog above.

Please share with me your thoughts on this journal method, as well as any ideas you may have to make the journal more creative or effective. Please respect that this is a method that I am enjoying. If you prefer a classic planner or simple to do lists, that is okay!We are all independent thinkers. Do what works for you and what makes you happy.

What do you do to stay organized? I would love to share ideas! Thanks to Boho Berry for your AMAZING tutorials and posts.

Completely unwarranted life lesson from a married woman #11: When making plans or getting organized, ask your significant other what they want too. For example, I asked David if there was anything in particular he would like for me to track this month. We decided to track how often we drink water, exercise, and get more than seven hours of sleep!

Wedding Tips & Etiquette

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Saturday (June 25) was the final day of the Clymer wedding celebrations. As many of you know from my wedding series on the blog, David and I were married in Hawaii on April 29. Obviously, we understood that not every person was able to make the trip to Oahu for a wedding celebration. Given that, we decided to throw a party in Maryland for those who were unable to join us at our special destination.

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Some couples who choose a destination wedding prefer to give their family and friends two options for celebrating. In our case, we wanted to celebrate with as many people as we could. Thankfully, a larger than expected group did join us in Hawaii, so we were incredibly blessed. A second celebration back home was a must, even if we had a big group travel with us! David and I chose to throw a casual, “I Do BBQ” in a park near our home town. The park was right on the river, which was another must for us. (We love water… can you tell?)

David and I are SO fortunate to be surrounded by the most loving family and friends. Our parents, siblings, and wedding party stepped up and made this day just as special as April 29. To keep this event casual and fun, we went with a picnic/BBQ theme with lawn games, drinks, and lots of love from everyone. We learned a lot from our wedding experiences in the past year, so I wanted to share some wedding rules/etiquette that I learned with you all!

*These rules are in no particular order and are, in no way, mandatory. Remember, you are in charge of your own wedding. If you want to change the rules… I say do it! The wedding etiquette I learned/researched below were preferred by David and me. Again, you have the luxury of designing your own wedding the way you and your future person desire.

For the wedding guest:

  1. RSVP!!! This one is huge. I totally understand that, especially for destination weddings, sending a RSVP can be tough. Schedules change all the time and most people are hip to that. However, if you cannot make a 100% commitment (with an exception to unexpected plan changes like illness or a death in the family), just state your regrets. If more than one person in your household was invited to an event, make sure you tell them. One of our wedding guests sent in their RSVP without consulting their household. I was embarrassed when a member of that household asked me why they never received a wedding invite. It was awkward for me to say, “Uh… you did receive one. *Name* sent in the RSVP saying your household could not attend.” One more thing about sending in an RSVP…. do it for every event. If you are invited to the bridal shower, let the hosts know if you can make it. Just showing up (or not showing up without contacting the hosts) is rude and completely unacceptable.

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  2. DO NOT contact the bride (sometimes not even the groom) on the day of the wedding. Listen, the bride and groom are most likely the best people to go to with wedding questions, I get that. The thing is… they are busy. Any questions you may have should be brought to the parents or even better, the wedding party. For our wedding, I provided a contact list for guests. It said, “Call anyone BUT THE BRIDE!” David was listed on there because he was comfortable taking calls throughout the day. I couldn’t tell you where my phone was on the day of the wedding. When I needed to talk to David, I borrowed my sister’s phone or my mom’s phone. I had many texts to read the night of the wedding from friends and family wishing me well, but I wished those were emails or Facebook messages. Personally, I wanted to stay off my phone as much as possible the weekend of the wedding. I still have unanswered texts in my phone from the day of the wedding. I was too busy and the time difference totally threw me off.
  3. “Unplug” your electronic devices. We did not have many guests who abused their phones during our wedding, but I have been to weddings where people were more interested in watching the wedding through their phone’s screen than their actual eyes. Put down your phone and enjoy the moment. I promise that the bride and groom will share images later. Live in the moment.
  4. Sharing photos is lovely… but, make sure the bride and groom give you the okay. We welcomed photo sharing! It was something we encouraged actually. Like the third rule listed states, though, enjoy the moment. Snapping photos is quick and easy, but the bride and groom may want to share photos from their special day online before anyone else. Ask them a few days before the wedding what they prefer if they did not clearly state their wishes ahead of time.
  5. Don’t wear white. I shouldn’t have to explain this. Don’t be Kelly Kapoor in the office as a guest at Phyllis and Bob Vance’s wedding. However, if you discuss with the Bride prior and she gives the approval… go for it.
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    For the happy couple:

  1. Don’t stress on the big day! I know… easier said than done. But seriously, what’s done is done. If something doesn’t go as planned, what can you do? Remember why you are getting married! For the love, not the party.
  2. Take mental snapshots. Many people told me this and I knew it was something that I couldn’t forget. I stepped back several times throughout the day and just took it all in. Something so simple… and it is the best advice I can share.

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  3. Tip your wedding vendors. This is one that I didn’t understand, but apparently it is a thing. Why should I tip a vendor I paid for to do their job lol? I kind of still don’t understand to be honest. It is important and falls under “wedding etiquette.” According to, tipping is “supposed to be expressions of thanks for especially good service.” That said, check out the article to learn more about tipping.
  4. Choose vendors you adore! If you have a family connection, but the vendor isn’t reliable, friendly, or the person you envisioned… say no. It is YOUR day. I know budget is important. That is a given. Don’t settle, though. David and I made this mistake, unfortunately. The good thing is… a hiccup in Hawaii isn’t really a hiccup at all. I’d rather a few stressful/bad moments in paradise than back home lol!

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  5. Destination wedding? Prepare for rejection. Obvious, yeah… sure. There are several guests David and I were certain would attend our big day. Unfortunately, they sent their regrets. Totally okay and understandable! Just be ready for rejection, especially if the destination is far. The group that joined us in Hawaii was better than we could have ever imagined. I wouldn’t change a single thing about that. If people do not join you, do not get upset. Choosing to throw a second party back home can help put your mind at ease when dealing with the guest list.

Okay, that is enough for today. I could write tip after tip if I had the time (and the space). If you haven’t checked out the podcast David and I did about our destination wedding, check it out. We chat about our experience in a bit more detail. Happy wedding planning, everyone!

Completely unwarranted life lesson from a married woman #10: Make wedding decisions together! This is a day to celebrate you and your person. If he/she does not express interest in a particular aspect to the wedding, find one they will enjoy!

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Behind the Blog and Blogger


It has been quite some time since I sat down and talked a bit about who I am and what my blog is all about. With the recent changes to my blog, I thought this would be a fun opportunity to update my “about me” and share some words about Faithful Elephant.

I found a fun, informative, Q&A type post on a blog I recently began to follow, Sarah Laughed. Any questions that weren’t entirely relevant to me, I of course edited and found different questions online.

Followers from the beginning to the newest of the bunch, enjoy learning a little about me. A lot has changed since my first post back in 2013.

A little about me

Name: Kristin… but a lot of friends and family call me Krick/Kricket/Krickey

Age: 24

Nationality: I am a citizen of the United States of America! My ancestors hailed from Italy and Scandinavia. I am proud to be an American!


Favorite food: Oh this question is one I can never answer definitely. Honestly, nothing beats fresh, homemade, meals that are cooked with natural and organic ingredients. Currently, I am in love with a meal I discovered through Blue Apron. It is Lamb & Risotto-Style Ditalini Pasta. Absolutely incredible.

Favorite flavor of tea: Apricot! I can smell it now… so lovely.

Favorite book: Yet another question that feels impossible for me to answer confidently. I have not had the patience recently to read, so I know I am missing out on many amazing books that have been recommended to me. Actually… no. I have my answer. One book, that has always had a special place in my heart since I was a child is The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews. This adorable, fun, and imaginative book sparked my love for reading. I will never love a book more than the one that encouraged me to read as a kid.

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Favorite movie: Come on… these “favorites” are tough! I am a lover of many movies. I adore the Star Wars movies, Harry Potter movies (and books), and of course, any good comedy. A movie I could watch over and over, though, without getting sick of it, is probably That Thing You Do! This movie has been a favorite of mine since I was a young girl. It has humor, drama, music, and Tom Hanks. What more do you need?

Favorite TV shows: Game of Thrones, The Office, Gilmore Girls, New Girl, Wayward Pines, King of the Hill, Master of None, the list goes on and on and on…


A little about the blog

Favorite post to write: I enjoy writing all types of posts. I loved talking about the wedding, giving advice on friendship, and sharing some of my favorite music. One post that stands out to me is Master Your Thoughts?

Most frustrating post to write: If I am frustrated when writing a post, I probably will trash it and wait to write until the frustrations are gone. I do have a post that was fueled by frustration, though: Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery. 

Post I’m most proud of: Gosh this is tough. I have many posts that I am proud of and pleased with. If I had to choose, I would say I am most proud of my post It is All About PerspectiveThis post was one that I always thought about writing, but could never find the words. I deleted it a million times because it never felt perfect. After a thoughtful discussion with my boss, I finally figured it out. I found the words to describe a feeling that completely changed me.

Popular post I didn’t think would be a big deal: A post that I wrote simply to hold myself and David accountable was the Friday F Day Challenge post. Although I did put time and effort into writing it, I was very surprised at the number of people who would find it to be helpful, interesting, and worthy of sharing.

Post I was expecting to take off that didn’t: No posts I ever write are intended to “take off.” I blog because I love it. I blog for friends and family. I blog to share completely unwarranted advice. I really do it because my hope is that someone, somewhere, will read it and smile.

Blogger or youtube vlogger who has had the biggest impact on you: One blogger that has always had a positive influence on me is Stephanie Verni of Steph’s Scribe. I was fortunate enough to have her as a professor at Stevenson, but her blog always inspires me. For YouTube Vloggers, I adore ItsJudysTime, Shaaanxo, and recently, Sarah Therese.


One thing you want followers to know: I want my followers to know that blogging is something I do because I love to write. My blog is an opportunity for me to connect with people from all over this beautiful world and I try to do so in a fun, informative, and sometimes sassy way. Nothing pleases me more than to read a comment or to see a blog post being shared. So, thank you for reading and following me as I share advice, tips, and stories from my life.

Now, I would LOVE to hear from YOU! Tell me about yourself. Share a story. Tell me what you like and dislike about the blog. What do you want to see more of? Is there something I may have posted in the past that you would like an update on? Go ahead and share! 🙂

Completely unwarranted life lesson from a married woman #8: Don’t be afraid to reevaluate who you are as a person and as a couple. Your favorite date night plan today may be entirely different in five years.

Recipe of the Week: Açaí Bowl

Açaí Bowl

When in Hawaii, David turned me on to açaí bowls and I will never be able to live without them ever again. These bowls gave me so much energy and was packed with vitamins, natural sugars, and best of all, they were cold! I know that sounds silly to love that these bowls were cold, but after a long hike, we needed something to cool us down.

Being that it is hump day and I am recovering from my recent surgery, I needed a pick-me-up, much like I did almost daily in Hawaii. About a week or so after our trip, I made it a priority to perfect the açaí bowl so I could get my fix. What I realized is, nothing will EVER top the açaí bowls in Hawaii. The fresh fruit, honey, and atmosphere there completely changes the recipe. I can promise you that. However, I was still determined to make a bowl that at least made me feel energized and happy, just like I felt in Hawaii.

Before diving into the recipe I follow, I wanted to discuss a few facts/benefits of açaí bowls:

  • Açaí is a fruit native to South America that is high in antioxidants, minerals, and fiber.
  • Açaí is low in sugar, too!
  • Açaí bowls are essentially smoothies in a bowl with whatever you want on top! What is so great about these bowls is that you can determine exactly what you would like to put in them. The choice is yours!
  • These bowls are a hit in Brazil… especially on the beach. I can see why they are popular in Hawaii, now.

Okay, enough about the bowls. I highly recommend researching more about açaí, though. There is a lot you can do with this amazing fruit!

On to the recipe. As stated above, açaí bowls are a fantastic opportunity for you to get creative and make a bowl exactly how YOU like it. I am still an amateur bowl-maker, but I am branching out from my favorite recipe slowly but surely. It is important that I stress that this bowl can include almost any fruit or veggie you desire. Some fruits/veggies add extra creaminess while others simply add more flavor. Consider what benefits you are craving the day you make the bowl and go for it!

Below is my favorite (so far) açaí bowl recipe that I wish could hold a candle to the ones I craved daily in Hawaii 😉

Ingredients for smoothie:
1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk/coconut water/other preferred liquid
1/4 cup of frozen blueberries
1/4 cup of frozen strawberries
1 medium-large sized banana (can be frozen or room temp)
1 unsweetened açaí smoothie pack
1 tbsp of vanilla extract
1 heaping tbsp of organic raw white honey

Ingredients for topping:
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Begin by blending the almond milk, blueberries, strawberries, honey, and banana. The fruit does not have to be frozen, but I find that it helps with the thickness of the smoothie. Next, give the mixture a stir with a spoon or spatula and add the vanilla extract. Before adding the açaí smoothie pack, break up the pack using a hard surface or crab mallet.

*Note, the açaí smoothie pack instructions may say to run under hot water, but I found that this liquefies the pack too quickly. This can affect the thickness of the smoothie.

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Add the smoothie pack to the blender and continue to blend the ingredients until desired consistency. Remember that the consistency should be thicker than a regular smoothie. The thickness of the mixture is part of what gives the açaí bowl its charm! 🙂

Either after the mixture is prepared, during, or prior, prepare your toppings. Personally, I prefer to have the toppings prepared before blending the ingredients. This keeps the mixture from melting before assembling the bowl.

To prepare the toppings, I slice strawberries and bananas relatively thin. Again, this is an opportunity for you to be creative. If you prefer more bananas, add more bananas. If you prefer no honey, totally go ahead and nix it. After slicing the banana and strawberries,  I prepare the raw honey. This type of honey is in a solid form, so it needs to be melted in order to drizzle it on top of the bowl. Microwave it to your desired consistency. I microwave in 15 second increments until it is just right for drizzling!

Before adding the smoothie mixture to the bowl, I like to sprinkle granola on the bottom of the bowl. This allows me to get some granola in every single bite from top to bottom. I then pour the smoothie in the bowl and level it off with the back of a spoon. I proceed to layer the top of the bowl more granola, then strawberry slices, a small handful of blueberries, and the slices of bananas. My last step is my favorite part… drizzling honey on top and watch it glisten in the light!

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This meal can be very high in sugar. Between the natural sugars from fruit, the honey, and… well, the drizzle of honey at the end, you can go overboard. I always try to be conscious of how much sugar I am adding to the bowl. I cut sugar in certain aspects of the bowl wherever I can. If you notice in the ingredients list, I use unsweetened almond milk and the unsweetened açaí frozen smoothie pack. Many recipes call for vanilla almond milk, but that, too, can have added sugars. This is why I add vanilla extract! You control the amount of sugar that is added in this recipe, so just be aware.

Below is a list of all the products I used for my açaí bowl. You do not have to use these products, but I definitely recommend giving them a shot. I will post another version of açaí bowls once I perfect more recipes.

Products I used:
Sambazon Pure Unsweetened Açaí Berry Superfruit Pack
Heavenly Organics 100% Organic Raw White Honey
Silk Original Unsweetened Almond Milk
Ninja Blender
BetterBody Foods Organic Bourbon Madagascar Pure Vanilla Extract
Michele’s Granola in Original (Locally handmade in Baltimore)
All fruits from Mom’s Organic Market

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Thanks for checking this out and be sure to send me photos of your bowls! Use the hashtag #FaithfulElephantAcaiBowl so I can easily find yours on social media.

Completely unwarranted life lesson from a married woman #7: Compromise when it comes to dishes. Whoever cooks shouldn’t have to clean. At least… that’s what I tell David. 😉

Movie Review: Goosebumps

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As children, my brother and I loved to watch Goosebumps on Fox Kids Network (does that channel still exist, lol). It was such a fun way for some of our favorite books to be brought to life. One episode/book that was a personal favorite of mine was the Haunted Mask. I used to have nightmares from that book… for good reason, of course. I am STILL creeped out by R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books.

Last night, David and I were looking on Netflix for something to watch before bed. Usually we choose a television show that is easy to fall asleep to. I was adamant about watching a movie, though, so we chose Goosebumps. I am not talking about Goosebumps episodes from the 90s… I am referring to the new movie with Jack Black.

*Beware! Some spoilers are ahead… proceed with caution!*

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I assumed going in that this movie was probably for pre-teens/teenagers. I had very low expectations for this movie because I knew nothing could top the books or show. First, let me start off by explaining a little about the flick. The story follows a teenager, Zach (Dylan Minnette), who moves to a small town in Delaware after his father passes away. He attends a new high school where his mom (Amy Ryan), is the vice principal. While Zach begins unpacking his belongings, he is introduced to his neighbor, Hannah (Odeya Rush). Right of the bat, the two teens hit it off and show attraction for one another. This story line is relatively predictable, but adds a sweet element to the movie that I think we all crave from time to time. Who doesn’t enjoy a love story?

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The problem Zach faces in befriending Hannah is her father, R.L. Stine (Jack Black). Stine’s identity is unknown to those in town until Zach becomes suspicious of Stine’s behavior towards Hannah. Zach’s goal is to figure out if Hannah is safe after listening in on a dispute between her and Stine one evening. Unfortunately, Zach puts his nose where it doesn’t belong and quickly learns that Stine is no ordinary man. He is the author of famous thriller books for young people: Goosebumps.

Zach and his new friend from school, Champ (Ryan Lee), unlock one of Stine’s old manuscripts, setting free his imaginary monsters. The monsters wreck havoc on the Delaware town with the direction of Stine’s most dreadful monster, Slappy (voice of Jack Black). Together, Zach, Hannah, Stine, and Champ, must round up the monsters and get them back into the manuscripts before the town is destroyed.

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Like I stated above, I had little expectations for this movie. I never even saw a trailer or read a review on it. I went in with only seeing old Goosebumps episodes and reading the books as a kid. I was PLEASANTLY surprised, though! I can honestly say that this movie was pretty fantastic.

As a 24 year old female, movies for teens do not exactly peak my interest. I think the last movie that would be labeled as a “teen” movie that I watched, willingly, was Paper Towns. I only watched that movie because I loved the book. The movie was good, but the book was better. Duh… Anyway… My point is, I don’t seek out movies like this, ever. I chose this movie because I was curious how it compared to Goosebumps the show and books.

I consider who else would watch this movie aside from kids/teens. Parents obviously will watch this with their children. For the parents who read the books as kids… they have to be in heaven. The movie was funny, sentimental, exciting, and just fun. At no point did I roll my eyes and think, ugh… hurry up and get to the end please. Both David and I were glued to the screen the entire time.

Moments after the movie ended, I felt inclined to find at least one of my old Goosebumps books for old time’s sake. I found The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena and was ecstatic! I was overcome with nostalgia all night long. David and I decided to start watching the old Goosebumps episodes for fun, too. Tonight, we are watching The Haunted Mask and A Night in Terror Tower.


Overall, I was thrilled with the movie Goosebumps. I am certain kids and teens would enjoy the movie, almost as much as their parents would, too! I highly recommend checking it out. If it weren’t on Netflix, I would buy the movie to have for myself. When or if Netflix ever takes the movie off the list, I will definitely buy it to have for years to come.

Watch any good movies lately? Comment and tell me about it! If you want to read more movie reviews… give this post a like. I will try to incorporate more reviews on the blog.

Completely unwarranted life lesson from a married woman #6: Be open minded on movie night with your partner. You may find that a movie he/she picks is better than you anticipated.

A Woman with Intention

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I have always had one consistent goal in life: to live with intention.

This seems obvious, right? Live intentionally? Really, Kristin? YES! I know it may be obvious to live intentionally, but think about this… how exactly are you “living” your life?

By definition (Merriam-Webster), intention is “the thing that you plan to do or achieve; an aim or purpose.”

When I say “live with intention,” I mean to live a purpose driven life. Anyone can wake up, go to work, come home, and repeat that process on a daily basis. If you have a passion or a talent, how are you leveraging that to live intentionally? What is your purpose when you wake up?

For example, I love to write. The way I write on my blog is not the same as how I write a paper for graduate school or how I write a draft for my novel. One way I live with intention is by leveraging my passion for writing in a multitude of ways. I write for myself. I write for my readers. I write for school. I write for friends. So on and so forth… you get my point. I give much of my time and focus to my passions on a DAILY basis.


Almost every second of the day I spend doing something that will help me achieve a goal. Begin each day, week, month, or even year with goals. Keep these goals in mind when your alarm goes off and your eyes open to begin the day. Utilize your phone’s memo application, a pad of paper, or even your hand to write down what your plans are for the day.

By creating a list or a set of goals, it allows you to hold yourself accountable and remain focused. It allows you to live each day with intention.

Intention can be interpreted differently depending on the person. If living intentionally for you means ensuring a household chore is completed each day so your weekend is free for whatever you want… then so be it. Complete smaller goals in order to achieve larger goals. Simple as that.

Completely unwarranted life lesson from a married woman #5: Each day is a gift.  Have a purpose. Have a plan. Live intentionally.

5 Tips for the Newly Married Woman


David and I are coming up on the one month mark rapidly. It feels like it has been years since we were married, but it really hasn’t even been thirty days! I suppose that is a good thing, right?

I have been taking notes in my phone of advice I want to share with my readers since the day after our wedding. I have about twenty tips I have made note of so far, however, five stand out to me at this point in time. The first few weeks of marriage are the most euphoric and exciting, meaning the advice is happy, genuine, and yet, constructive.

These five tips can be utilized at any point in a marriage (in my opinion), but coming from a newly married woman, it may serve as a reminder to the couple who have been married for a while or the engaged couple interested to see what marriage will be like from another couple’s perspective. No matter who you are, I hope you find these tips interesting, helpful, or at least fun to read!

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  1. Schedule a “date” at least one day out of the week. Now, I have blogged about this in the past (not too long ago actually). David and I were slacking in this department prior to the big day. More recently, we have taken the time to actually sit down and go on a “date.” Back in March, David and I took the Friday F Day Challenge. Although we did not update our dates specifically on the website, we did take the time to go on our dates. I highly recommend making this a routine, especially now. If you get in the habit of making time for each other now, you will find it is easier to include it in your future schedules. If you need ideas or to be held accountable, I suggest checking out Friday F Day. This website is wonderful. Check out my previous blog about the website and get started making your date nights even more fun!
  2. Being together is wonderful, but having time to yourself is too! As a married couple, you do not necessarily have to be attached at the hip. Spending time together should be frequent and enjoyable, but it does not need to be every moment of every single day. Do not mistake your time apart while at work as personal time either. Allow yourself at least an hour (or more) a day to unwind and be with yourself. During my alone time, I like to blog, read articles, watch my favorite YouTube stars, and watch Netflix shows that I know David hates. David likes to play games on his phone or PS4, play with the dog, or ready articles online. Time to ourselves allows us to appreciate the time we spend together.

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  3. Try cooking dinner together. David and I love to cook dinner together. We do not do it every night, but we do it often. It is fun to work together and I find that we enjoy our meal more when we cook together. Don’t just count this as a date night to get it over with… unless you make it known that you are making it your Friday F Day! 😉
  4. Learn each other’s love language. This is another tip that I recommend for any couple, not just married ones. The thing about love is, we all love differently. For example, my primary love languages are acts of service and physical touch. That means I respond well to my partner doing things for me. I cannot stand laziness and broken commitments. For personal touch, nothing makes me happier than when David just puts his arm around me, holds my hand, or expresses any form of physical presence when together. Learn your partner’s love languages so you can keep each other happy!

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  5. COMMUNICATE! I saved the best for last (duh). Communication is imperative and key to a solid relationship. This tip goes for ALL forms of relationships. Communicate with friends, co-workers, family, and your partner. Never assume a person knows what you mean, because that is when arguments happen! Communicate on a regular basis.

Do you have some tips to add to my list? These are the top five that have proven to be impactful in my relationship, but what about you and your partner? Let me know your thoughts!

Completely unwarranted life lesson from a married woman #4: Prioritize your relationship with your partner. Spending time together can be as simple as sharing a cup of coffee or more in depth like planning a weekend getaway. Plan that Friday F Day (or whatever day of the week you two prefer)! 

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Unwarranted Life Lessons

If you have not yet noticed, my blog has changed a wee bit since my return from vacation/getting married. For the past year, I have experienced so many unique changes in my life and I wanted to accurately, as well as effectively, describe those experiences to my readers.

To do this, I began with small changes such as creating a podcast where I could chat with friends, family, and others about topics that I find interesting; I added a wedding series; and I even have changed the design of the blog several times. None of those additions and changes really seemed to fit my vision, though. Once I was officially married and had time to rid my mind of stress from work, school, and life… I felt that my mind was finally clear.

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So, what are the changes you may or may not have noticed. Well, as far as the look and feel of the blog go, I chose to stick with one header image at all times. I used to have personal images that would change, but I wanted to remain more consistent. Instead of several photos, you now will see one that highlights the new, improved, theme of Faithful Elephant: “Completely Unwarranted Life Lessons from a Married Woman.”

Why “Completely Unwarranted Life Lessons from a Married Woman” as a theme? 

Uh, why not? I mean, is anyone really an expert on life? We all can only offer lessons based entirely on our individual experiences. I am fortunate enough to have experienced a lot already for a 24 year old woman. My goal is to be the world’s most interesting woman by 40! 😉

In all honestly, folks,  I believe I have many fun, interesting, and worthy experiences to share with you all. I want the lessons I have learned the hard way, easy way, and every way in between to be of value to my readers. Most of the time (always) it will be completely unwarranted, and I am okay with that.

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I know my lessons will never be justified by a “professional,” however, if at least one person (me) experienced something, someone else is bound to again… right? Exactly. With that being said, I can almost guarantee that someone, somewhere, will find my lessons to be helpful at some point.

Kaleidoscopic Ramblings will still be involved! Yay! I always had intentions to use that podcast as a tool for readers to reference in life. My vision for the podcast was for listeners to say, “I heard on this podcast that…” I wouldn’t cite the podcast in a graduate school paper, but go ahead and tell your friends about it!

Faithful Elephant has become such a huge part of my life. Even when I take a break from blogging, I never stop brainstorming. I have memos galore in my phone of blog topics, drafts of blogs, and even podcast scripts. Many of those were written while on vacation! The point is, this blog is my baby. I always look for ways to improve it so my readers are never bored and feeling neglected. Ideally, I would have more features for you all, but financially, I cannot afford a fancy website at the moment. In the future, expect a more user-friendly experience. I promise!

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As always, thank you to my readers. I used to blog for myself and myself only. Once I noticed readers from all over, I found new reasons to blog. Each of you are my blogging fuel. I appreciate your support and I hope this blog, no matter what changes are made to it, fulfill your expectations.


Kristin Clymer (Baione)
Faithful Elephant

Completely unwarranted life lesson from a married woman #3: Use your time wisely. Example? When waiting at a doctor’s office, read a book or take notes on your phone.

Kaleidoscopic Ramblings – Episode 2

Happy Sunday! Today, David and I sat down to chat about some tips for those interested in having a destination wedding, as well as our thoughts on marriage so far. It may be early, but we wanted to update every so often with our experiences and thoughts on the topic.

In our discussion, we play a short round of the Newlywed Game, share what we believe we could improve upon in the future, and how the wedding being completed relieved a lot of our stress!

Check it out and let us know what you think. I will be recording another episode as soon as possible! 🙂

Today’s unwarranted life lesson from a married woman: Never leave the kitchen without asking your significant other if he/she wants something instead of coming back empty handed. 

Stay tuned for more from Kaleidoscopic Ramblings. Happy Listening!