08Aug/14
Welcome

Welcome to Revive!

Here’s our first video post telling you a little more about us and Revive.

Do you want more out of life? Through our unique experience we are learning how to get more out of life by simplifying. Our goal is to challenge and help you to eliminate the excess to leave room for excellence.

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05Aug/14
Hold my hand

7 Ways to Reconnect With Your Spouse

Hold my hand

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So, you read our last post (7 signs you need to reconnect with your spouse) and decided that yes, you could stand to inject some life into your marriage. Where to begin? Here are 7 simple ways to reconnect with your spouse to get you started.

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01Aug/14
Couple reconnecting

7 Signs You Need to Reconnect With Your Spouse

Couple reconnecting

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How’s your marriage doing? Do you feel closer to your spouse now than you did last month? How about compared to when you said your vows? Nobody’s relationship is perfect, and it never will be, but we want to be striving towards a closeness that improves over time, pushing us to have a stronger relationship a year from now than we have today. Here are 7 signs you need to reconnect with your spouse (and don’t despair, here are 7 simple ways to reconnect with your spouse).

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29Jul/14
Running Stride

Finding Your Stride

Running Stride

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I was out for a run the other day and I just couldn’t seem to find my stride. I was visiting family so my route was on new terrain, I was wearing borrowed earbuds that refused to stay put and to top it all off, it was raining. I’ve been running long enough that running in the rain isn’t a huge deterrent, but it certainly doesn’t make for as pleasurable of a run. About halfway through the run I gave up on the earbuds and stuffed them into my pocket, deciding instead to let my heavy breathing and the splashing of the rain be my music (doesn’t quite have the oomph of my dance mix but it is more peaceful). I was trying to stay positive but was fighting thoughts like “I should have stayed in” and “this is going to be a poor run”. I was rounding the corner to turn back to my parents house when I saw another woman running towards me, just as soaked as I was at that point. She was on the opposite side of the road but as we approached each other I checked for cars and crossed towards her. I gave her a high five and said “way to go! Keep running!” and she smiled, high-fived back and said “you too!”. I finished my run with a smile on my face and it left a great impression on my soul as well.

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25Jul/14
Woman shopping

5 Ways to Shop Minimalist

Woman shopping

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I’m going to tell you something that might come as a surprise to some and a relief for others: being a minimalist doesn’t mean never going shopping again. We live in a world of extremes that wants to categorize things into “good” or “bad” but buying things isn’t the issue here. The questions behind the purchases are what matter—the what, how much, and, more importantly, why are we buying things. Here are 5 pre-purchase questions to help you live a simpler lifestyle.

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20Jul/14
Busy and stressed

3 Rewards of Living Simply

Busy and stressed

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Living simply is not as easy as it may sound. It means making tough choices about where you will spend your time and money, but with continual practice it will become second nature and it will benefit you and your family immensely with its rewards, three of which you will find below.

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18Jul/14
Take Action

How to Incorporate Fitness Into Your Life

Take Action

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So, you’ve decided that you’re tired of being so tired and are finally ready to get more fit.  But you’ve seen the people jogging in front of your building on their lunch breaks, toting water belts and GPS watches for tracking pace and thats not you, at least not yet.  How can you create a fitness plan that is both motivating and challenging?  Here are few tips to get you started.

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16Jul/14
Too many clothes?

3 Ways to Confidently Cut Clutter

The psychology of the purge

Too many clothes?

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I always find it both cathartic and stressful when I am going through my items to reduce clutter in my space. It is so liberating to pass things I no longer need on to homes where they will be used and loved— toys or clothes my children no longer need going to charities where they can have a new life. But as great as it feels to let things go there is also a part of us that wants to keep things around, “just in case”. We have a fear that the moment after something is out of our grip, we will suddenly be in need of it (even if we haven’t touched it for the last six months). How can we confidently minimize our possessions and in turn maximize our spaces?

Here are 3 tips to help you when choosing what to give and what to keep.

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11Jul/14
Bird signing

How to Create a Positive Perspective

Bird signing

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This morning as I was out walking my dog at 6am I heard a bird giving its morning wake-up call in a tree in front of my neighbours open window. At first I thought about how annoyed I would be if I were that person trying to sleep and being awoken by a noisy bird (for I have been that person!). My next thought though was the complete opposite: “What,” I imagined, “if that person specifically left their window open so that they could be woken up to the sound of birds singing?”. Even though it is not my ideal way to be awoken from slumber (the smell of coffee brewing would do it for me, if anyone is taking notes) it does not mean that someone else does not enjoy what I might consider to be bothersome. What if we changed our thinking to view the ‘noisy birds’ in our lives as beautiful music to our ears?

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09Jul/14
Stand Up for Yourself!

Stand Up for Yourself!

Stand Up for Yourself!

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About two years ago I decided to stand up for myself and lose the office chair. In the past, I had some back problems and my back tends to be weak. So I asked myself when is my posture at its worst? The answer is when I sit for hours developing software. I know I should take several breaks, look away from the screen, walk around and stretch. But honestly, did you ever see a developer do that consistently? Not me. We tend, or at least, I tend to get so focused on my tasks that I forget about these great habits.

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