Daily Inspiration ~ 7.25.2015

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A caricature of my husband and I at a wedding recently lol ‚̧

Yet again, I find myself going a long time without checking in. I apologize, but you all should know I am going at my own pace nowadays. I may not post every single day, and I may go a couple weeks without a word, but during those times, I’m living my life and making new experiences, and trying new things!

This is my daily inspiration. When YOU finally take control of YOUR own life, things will begin to change.

I believe there are different levels of consciousness we all have and go through. I have always been opinionated and quick to retaliate. However, as I am nearing the age of 29 years young, I have begun to view the world differently. I have more patience. I am more observant, and I truly “feel” like I am heading in the right direction.

I have only recently (I’d say I stated noticing a difference about 1 year ago) been able to take control of my life…and it has been wonderful. And it is possible to do this without coming across as a snoot or bunghole.

Just agree to disagree. Seriously. All sides of all arguments have valid points. If we can sit here and say that each person has unique moral and ethical insights and that no two people are the same, then you also have to acknowledge that every opinion is governed by these different insights. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and beliefs. As long as they don’t harm others, just agree to disagree!

It may sound stupid but I’ve avoided a lot of arguments and I’ve been part of many eye-opening conversations because of this new outlook on life…or because of my new level of consciousness. This is part of my enlightening. It’s truly amazing how we, as individuals and as neighbors, can intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually grow as we experience new things.

Don’t fear change, embrace it!

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On that note, today I charge you all with saying “I respect your opinion. Please respect mine. Let’s agree to disagree on this one and move on.”

Once you say that, the ball is in the other person(s) court. You have absolved yourself of all potential guilt and you have risen above the conflict to move forward. THAT is what we need. And THAT is what YOU all should be trying to do. ūüėČ

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Daily Inspiration ~ 7.11.2015

Today’s daily inspiration is veering in a different direction. Usually I post a quote and then explain my reasoning behind it. But today, this is all me…and it’s about love.

My husband and I met, dated, got pregnant, and married…all within 6 months. We will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary next year!! It’s been a tough road, but every heartbreak, tear, and stressful moment was worth the love and protection I feel with my best friend/husband.

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I bring this up because my husband and I are going to one of my high school friend’s wedding reception tonight. She did a “planned elopement” a few weeks ago in New Orleans and now she’s having a reception in her hometown (pretty neat idea!). So tonight, I’m seeing faces I haven’t laid eyes on since 2004 (with the exception of social media). The interesting point is that my friend and her new husband got married on their “dating” anniversary. They have been together 9 years too.

However, while my husband and I got married immediately, my friend and her husband waited 9 years. And yet we’ve been together the same amount of time.

So my question is: Do you think you should jump into marriage immediately or even after a few years of being with someone and hope for the best, or should you take your time, get to know the person, live with him/her, and then decide?

I know it’s against religious principles to live in sin with someone who is not your wife/husband (and remember, I’m not religious…just stating a fact), but with the extremely high rate of divorce around the world, you have to pause and think…my friend might have been on to something!

I can tell you that during my almost 10 years of marriage, both my husband and I completely changed. We were 19, young and naive. We “grew” up together! But in the end, the trials and tribulations we went through made us stronger.

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This daily inspiration is about love. It seems to be getting lost in a sea of hate and pessimism.

Look at your wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, friends, children, and family and take a moment to evaluate your feelings. Figure out how your feelings have evolved. You will be amazed at what you may discover.

You may realize your feelings have changed, for better or worse. Just like some people clean out their homes and get rid of stuff every once in a while, sometimes you need to do that with your relationships.

So take a few minutes to evaluate your life and relationships and you may just discover things you’ve been blind to.

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Daily Inspiration ~ 7.10.2015

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At first, I was a little offended by this quote. I am a very passionate and empathetic individual. My mom and dad always said I was born an adult. They always said I was wise beyond my years. As I’ve gotten older, I realize they are right. Maybe that is why I lack a large group of friends. I can’t stand ignorant, naive, and entitled individuals.

But that’s where my passion comes into play. And it is getting in the way.

What I mean is: while passion is a great quality that defines who you are, when it comes to calculating decisions for the greater good, it is a quality best left behind…or at least put on the back burner. Passion is derived from the heart. And what you may think is “true” or “just” in your heart, may not actually be true or just for someone else. This is why there should be a fine line, a black-white distinction in government and democracy.

We can love. We can be passionate. We can be empathetic. But when it comes to democratic decisions and representations, we must put reason above all else. We must be unbiased.

I bring this up because of the situations bombarding the United States. Most people are reacting to situations with opinions and passion, not reason. And if you haven’t noticed, it is ripping this country apart. So remember, when you are arguing a point, or trying to devise a solution, do it with REASON, not passion. Keep your passions in your private lives. But when it comes to societal discussions and confrontations, we need to stay unbiased and reasonable. And above all else, and I’ve said this before, PLEASE find it in your heart, mind, and soul to start making this world a better place.

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Daily Inspiration ~ 7.2.2015

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Confucius is very smart. This is actually something I’ve been discussing with my 8 year old daughter. She is VERY intelligent, but she struggles just a little with math. She gets so frustrated that she’s usually one of the last kids to finish assignments, so¬†she started rushing through her work and making big mistakes.

So we literally had a conversation about doing things slow and right the FIRST time just the other day. I told her as long as she understood what she was doing, and completed the problems, it doesn’t matter how fast or slow she can do them.

Most of us are living our lives in the fast lane. I don’t want my children growing up thinking they have to do things fast because the world wants it done that way.

We can apply these words to life. Yes, we may want a good job NOW, a nice car NOW, a family NOW. But sometimes life throws obstacles in the way that slows down your progress toward your destination.

It’s important to remember that¬†as long as you are still moving forward, it doesn’t matter the pace you are taking. Some things happen in the blink of an eye, while others happen at a snail’s pace. So do things right the first time, whether it takes you an hour, month, year, or decade.

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Daily Inspiration ~ 7.1.2015

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Well, it’s the first of July. Half of the year is already gone! What have you done so far this year? We’ve moved to a rental we finally love and will probably buy. My husband started his BBM. My daughter finished second grade. My daddy bought me my first bread machine. And I’ve turned into suzy homemaker lol

I hate, and I mean HATE, the saying YOLO (you only live once). I don’t know if that is some stupid saying created by our youth today, or some fad that will eventually disappear (one can hope), but it is one of the single most misleading statements I’ve ever heard.

We don’t just live once, we die once. We live every single day. Make the most of it.

I’m pretty sure this has been said once or twice in the same fashion, but I wrote this quote. Every single day when you wake up and take your first look around, your first conscious breath, your first stretch or yawn…you are living another day.

We, as humans, take so much for granted. We are so wrapped up in technology, social media, biased news, world problems, racism, difference of opinions…that we never stop to think…WE ARE ALIVE.

Do you know how precious life is? Do you know what separates humans from other species?

Time. From the moment we are born to the moment we take our last breath, our lives are governed by time. You can’t turn it back and you can’t prevent it from moving forward. Time is what defines humanity. And we are wasting it.

So live each day to the fullest. I’m not going to say live it like it’s your last day on Earth, because none of us know when that is. We should live every single day to the fullest. With compassion. With forgiveness. With love.

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Curious Enlightenment :: What Does it Mean?

I’m not sure if this is common or even needed, but I feel a bit obligated to explain some back story before I get this blog officially rolling. For the most part, this blog will be your typical online journal and collection of recipes, DIY ideas, parenting discussions, inspiration, and random thoughts. BUT, my views have become different to cultural norms, in my opinion.

I am not religious. I do not have a political party. I am beginning a journey into less processed foods. I am open to any and all religious beliefs, affiliations, lifestyles, and choices…as long as they are in line with MY morality and standards. I know my right from wrong, and I believe in justice. I do not judge others, but rather look at all interactions as a learning experience. I wasn’t always like this. And this is relatively new to me, so y’all will be witnesses to this journey. Please do not judge my lack of beliefs or opinions. This is a nonjudgmental blog. I adhere to this policy above all else.

First, some definitions:

  1. Curious ~ adjective
    1. eager to learn or know; inquisitive
    2. arousing or exciting speculation, interest, or attention through being inexplicable or highly unusual; odd; strange
  2. Enlighten ~ verb (used with object)
    1. to give intellectual or spiritual light to; instruct; impart knowledge to
  3. Age of Reason (Enlightenment) ~ a philosophical movement in the 18th Century
    1. belief in the power of human reason and by innovations in religious, political, and educational doctrine
  4. Morality ~ noun
    1. conformity to the rules of right conduct
    2. a doctrine or system of morals

I know it is very difficult to get a read on people over the Internet. Hell, it’s getting hard to get to know people face-to-face as well. I will tell you this. My morals are very good. That is all I can really say. I have a strong sense of right from wrong. I am attending school to become a counselor, so I am obtaining formal training in being unbiased in opinions. I know it’s hard, but take this as a sign of my good character and morals. If you can accept this, then you can accept the fact that I’m not religious. I have my own personal views on the subject. Personal. Maybe one day I will share my thoughts, but for now I’m still in the learning and exploring phase, so I need to truly find my voice.

Other than that, this page, Curious Enlightenment, means I am eager to learn new things and I will impart my learned knowledge onto all of you. As I enlighten myself, I too shall enlighten you.

We can all do with a little bit of enlightenment…and curiosity. If you have any questions, shoot me a message or email.

Ok, so now that the serious stuff is out of the way lets get down to the general overview.

Blog Topics

Topic 1 ~ Recipes

This one is kind of a “duh” one for me. I love to cook and I love to make fresh homemade (from scratch) bread. We are a family of four living off of one income so my recipes tend to be low-cost, healthy, nutritious, and kid/picky husband approved! Bread, entrees, snacks, breakfast, sides, and everything in between.

Topic 2 ~ DIY

You can thank Pinterest for this one. I’m pretty sure by now EVERYONE has heard of it and at least tried it. Maybe not, but I bet most of you have. I have done quite a few projects already and I’ve almost perfected them so once I’m 100% positive in my ability to completely understand it, I will share my knowledge! Gift ideas, kid’s crafts, around the house activities, and re-purposing furniture, canvases, and so much MORE!

Topic 3 ~  Parenting

As a parent, I feel it is my obligation to give my multiple “oops” accounts of parenting, scares, surprises, and joys of having children. I have an 8 year old girl and a 2 year old boy so my experience is far and widely tailored. I’ve dealt with speech delays, young parenting, poverty, and potty training problems! Completely open to all types and styles of parents.

Topic 4 ~ Inspiration

This topic may be less accepted, especially for religious folks. Again, I am not religious, but that does not mean I cannot express words of wisdom, insight, inspiration, and enlightenment. I am not perfect. No one is. So either feel free to join me on my journey and maybe you will become enlightened yourself, or skip over these posts and focus on the other good things I write about!!

Topic 5 ~ What’s Going On-isms

This is the place for the weird, cool, out-of-the-box, random thoughts and facts I may come across or think of. Full of humor, WTF moments, WOW facts, and many more interesting topics.

Rules & Standards

  1. No judging. Period. You don’t know me, and I don’t know you. Think the BEST of people.
  2. No name calling. You will be removed.
  3. Link back to my post if you use ANY of my images, ideas, recipes, whatever!
  4. Leave good, uplifting, insightful comments.
  5. Approach this blog with a completely open mind. If you don’t, please remove yourself.

That about sums it up for right now. This is MY personal blog that I have taken the time to create. I will post what I want, when I want to. But I promise it will be posts you will enjoy.

Whew, thank gosh we are done with that drill sergeant crap. I just plan on getting this blog out there and making it into something big. Once I start my professional job as a counselor, my blog will reflect that, but for now, enjoy a wide variety of posts that will make your mouth drool, make you laugh, make you cry, but above all else, make YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF.

Because if I can do it, ANYONE can!

A New Name, A New Blog

Well, this is my third blog I’ve started in the past year. The first one was purely experimental. I wrote on weird, paranormal, and unique topics. It was fun writing the information, but my followers were…weird and FANATICS. It actually scared me a little with how passionate and forceful some of the followers were, so I shut that blog down after 2-3 months. The second blog was a Housewife/Recipe blog. Right after that first blogging fiasco I read an article about “tuning into your passions.” It said to find one or two main passions and JUST focus on those areas for the blog. Now, the second¬†blog did fairly well and I may keep it active, but I got SO bored only talking about housewife duties and recipes. I am a writer. I like to write about what comes to my mind at that very moment. Having to limit my inspiration and dedication to two main areas almost made me hate blogging.

I know, I KNOW!!!! How could I ever hate blogging? Well, it happened. I actually took about 5 weeks off from blogging to try to figure out my next step. And do you know what’s been happening over the past 5 weeks? Stories upon stories of racism, terrorists, unemployment, rioting, and so much more HATRED than I’ve ever seen. Not the best time to “step back and smell the flowers,” if you ask me. But I did it, and I think I may have found my third, and FINAL blog. If this one doesn’t make it. I’m done.

Third time’s a charm, right?!?!

And don’t worry. This isn’t about politics, or opinions, or racism, or hate. This is about peace, and love, and inspiration, and innovation, and parenting, and good food.¬†I may even throw in a few humor pages and weird facts and stories. I will be writing a more detailed post about what to expect from this blog. So sit back, and have some Curious Enlightenment.