An Introduction, In Case You Don’t Know Our Long-Distance Relationship Story.

My name is Devin Joubert, which is pronounced “yo-bear” like if you were to say: “Yo! Bear, what’s up!” My maiden name (Berglund) is Scandinavian, so it was a big change to the french last name. But I love it all the same. I am from the American midwest and am usually asked about where I’m from because of my accent. I live in Fargo, N.D., yes, like the movie. (But, I don’t think we really talk like that.)

In 2010, I went to study abroad, on the Sunshine Cost of Australia. That’s on the East Coast, if you are unfamiliar with Australia’s geography.

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When there I met Johan, this funny boy with a cute accent and a laugh I couldn’t resist. We quickly became friends. And then a couple months before I had to go home to the States, Johan and I decided to take the jump to try and give a Long-Distance relationship a try. Continue reading “An Introduction, In Case You Don’t Know Our Long-Distance Relationship Story.”

Long-Distance Relationship Con’s

Just as there are pro’s in every situation, there are also con’s. These will be good to know so that you and your partner can stand up against them and thrive across the distance. Here are a couple of the different con’s to being in a long-distance relationship:

Con #1: You can’t get a hug when you need one.

Con #2: You have to save up and plan ahead, in order, to see each other.

Con #3: You have to plan when to chat inside of time zones.

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Con #4: Normal events aren’t as fun because they aren’t there with you.

Con #5: You don’t get to learn your person’s everyday things, especially if you’ve never visited their home and the place when they live.

Con #6: Airport good-byes!


No matter the difference between the Pro’s and Con’s, I’m happier everyday that Johan and I made it work.

Write A Letter To Your Fat Inner Child To Cut Back On Habits

In this journey to become the best and healthiest version of yourself you will be tempted by your Fat Inner Child. In this post, you will read about how you can start pushing back on your chubby little friend.

I want you to get out some paper and a pen. You are now going to write a letter to your Fat Inner Child. Tell them what you really think about them and how you are going to combat them. When you are done with the letter, put it where your temptations are. Do you have a cookie jar full of Mini Reeses Cups like I do? Then fold it up and put it in there. Do you binge watch TV shows all the time? If so, wrap the note around the remote control.

P.S. Be sure to share with your family what your note is. It might just encourage them to write a note to their Fat Inner Child.

Okay here goes mine.

“Dear Fat Inner Child,

I am writing this letter to you right now, because quite simply I am sick of you. I know you really couldn’t be bothered, because you love laying on the couch resembling a burrito wrapped in your favorite blanket binge watching Gossip Girl. You have all the sugary sweets and salty yumminess within arm’s reach. You extremely rather be doing that everyday rather than getting up to go for a run.

I know you’d probably rather scoop out as much food as you’d like onto your plate, even if you aren’t THAT hungry instead of sticking to the recommended serving sizes.

The thing is though, I’d rather not reap the punishment you deserve. I am not going to let you have control over my choices. I have a choice. I am not going to take on the pounds you aren’t willing to lose.

I will make you obey me.”

Okay, now it’s your turn! If you feel comfortable, share yours in the comments.

How To Create A Mini Desk Vision Board

I feel like art and the fit life have a lot connected to each other. Art, creativity, and inspiration inspire me to be a better person and when I work out and do the things that make me a better person, I feel more creative. I also feel like accomplishing more.

Today I want to show you how you can create your very own Desk Vision Board. It’s going to be something you can set on your desk at work to remind yourself of who you want to become and to keep your vision and goals fresh and on your mind throughout the day. This can be for fitness or projects you are working on. The one I made for example is to keep my story on the top of my mind. It will remind me to keep writing.

What you’ll need:
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  • Mini canvas + easel (I got mine at Hobby Lobby. The canvas and easel came together.)
  • Paint
  • Modge Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Cut out pieces of magazines, newspapers, print outs from Pinterest, and more.
  • Permanent Markers

Step #1: Think About Your Goals.

  • What are your goals?
  • What’s your vision?
  • Who do you want to be?
  • What do you want to accomplish? (Fitness and in life?)

Step #2: What Will Represent Your Accomplished Goals?

What will show your goals as though they’ve been accomplished? For example, I want to lose weight. For that, I’d find a picture of a healthy looking person. Or even some words that stand for the fit life I’d like to live. Or for my example, I want to finish writing this book, so this will serve as a reminder to get it done.

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Step #3: Start Creating Your Masterpiece.

Put some Modge Podge onto your canvas and start decorating it with different things. When you are finished let it dry.

After letting it dry, you can come back and add more to it. Or you can add words and phrases with a permanent marker.

There is no limit on this. This is your masterpiece and it’s meant to inspire you to be the best you. Also to accomplish your dreams!

Step #4: Decorate Your Desk With It

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Did you create one? If so, I’d love to see it. Share a picture on Instagram and tag me: @devinberglundjoubert

My Pre Beta book “The Mason of Hearts” is HERE!

 Guess What? My Pre Beta Book Came Today!

I can’t believe it. I actually wrote a whole book and did 5 full massive edits. Totally can’t believe I am about to send out beta book copies to my beta readers.

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Book Review : Shadow and Bone

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“The problem with wanting,” he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips,”is that it makes us weak.” –The Darkling, Shadow and Bone

As a child, my parents would tuck me into bed at night and say my prayers with me before leaving my room. Once the lights went off, my room was pitch darkness, because my room was in the basement. I’d find myself staring at my chair. The longer I looked I could see something. Something was in the room with me. My heart would start pounding. Faster. And faster. Until… I covered my head with my blankets. That never helped. Usually, I’d jump up and switch my light on in a moment of panic to find it was just my chair with my robe hanging from it. Every once in a while I still have small little moments like this.

What if darkness was a place?

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