(This interview is part of my 4 Questions Project, where I get the chance to chat with authors and tell stories of people, life, and adventure. Be sure to check out previous interviews here!)
Friends from the internet!! I’m so excited to share this 4 Questions! If you remember a few weeks ago, I had the chance to read Happy Wives Club and loved it (saying a lot that a single gal can really enjoy a book about marriage). Plus I absolutely love the heart of author Fawn Weaver. She’s fun, she’s honest and she’s making an incredible difference for so many women (and their husbands) out there! Trust me, after you read this interview, you’ll know what I mean!
Fawn Weaver, a New York Times® and USA Today bestselling author, is a businesswoman, marriage advocate and the founder of the Happy Wives Club, a community of over 600,000 women in more than 100 countries.
The Club’s website, HappyWivesClub.com, is an upbeat blog dedicated to positively changing the tone about marriage. Twice named the Best Marriage Site on the web by About.com (2012 & 2013), HappyWivesClub.com is the go-to place for women wanting to read about the “sunny side” of marriage and get tips on taking a marriage from good to great and from great to extraordinary.
Happy Wives Club, Weaver’s debut book -now a New York Times® and USA Today best seller- is a journey to 12 countries and 6 continents in search of the universal secret to a happy marriage.
1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?
Not being able to have children. I’ll be 38 years old this year so that’s definitely not something I would have predicted when we first began trying. We’ve gone through a failed adoption and two failed fertility treatments but through it all, the joy in our marriage has never wavered. He’s my rock and I am his. No doubt about it.
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
That’s an interesting question. Around 2008 and 2009, we had to be incredibly frugal (well, maybe a little more than frugal) in order to pull ourselves out of debt. We were too comfortable living on credit and the crisis of 2008 was our wakeup call. We read Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover and remained focused with “gazelle intensity” until our debt was paid off. It didn’t adversely impact our marriage as we teamed up to defeat debt rather than turning on one another. We grew through it together so in that regard, it was a huge blessing. But if I could go back and do it again, I would have put our spending in check from the early years of our marriage.
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
Easily, the day we renewed our vows for our 10th wedding anniversary. We eloped in 2003 so having the chance to put on a beautiful wedding dress and to see my husband at the end of the aisle in a tux, was absolutely amazing.
4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
Happily ever after isn’t a fairy tale; it’s a choice. Happiness in marriage is a moment-by-moment decision to love, forgive and grow together…happily.
Thank you so much Fawn for joining the 4 Questions project! I’m so glad my readers got to meet you :). Hopefully y’all will grab a copy of Happy Wives Club and check out the forum too!