Weekend Wisdom

Weekend Wisdom is a little bit of encouragement to end off your week. Some of these are my favourite quotes and meditations, some are my own thoughts and ideas. I hope these little nuggets inspire and delight you, and remind you that above all else, you are not alone.

Your Inspired Monday

The week is starting, and you’re coming off of whatever good or evil you got up to on the weekend. Coast into the week with a little bit of Internet greatness, courtesy of me and this new weekly feature that I’mna call “Your Inspired Monday”.

 

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Cook Something

I want to make every single thing here. This is a kick ass collection of recipes (courtesy of Buzzfeed) featuring ingredients locally available during the month of June. I’ll start with the cherry beer margaritas and see where that takes me.

Deliciousness here.

 

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“I saw a drummer in Central Park give his sticks to a little kid, so that he could have a try. Ten minutes later, this was happening…”

 

Beautiful Humans

You’re going to see a theme here this week. I need to restore my faith, and my faith in humanity in particular. It’s happening a little at a time, as I reach to the Universe for the truth I need about mankind and fellowship. Today, this gem came to me, late as usual, via Facebook. incidentally, this Facebook Page also restored my faith in Facebook. Ten seconds on this page made me laugh, cry, hope, and love and no, I’m not pre-menstrual. The concept is simple – a portrait, and a single quote from the subject. The results are spectacular.

Witness the magic of Humans of New York here.

 

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I Love You Laura Bates

Laura Bates, founder of the amazing online Everyday Sexism Project has lots to say about how our children need to be properly educated about sex and sexuality in order to properly protect themselves from predators or sexist pigs. I consider myself pretty forward-thinking when it comes to teaching my kids about sex, but I learned about some serious deficits where my own approach was concerned – namely teaching my kids about porn before some punk-ass kid with a smart phone gets to be the first to do that. It’s going to be a long ass time before we get our schools to reform and improve sex education, but meanwhile there’s so much we can, and should, do at home. If you don’t teach your kids about sex, someone else will.

Read this through-provoking article from the Telegraph.

 

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Global Renaissance Woman

If you skip over everything else in this post, visit only these links and you’ll find all the inspiration you’ll need for a lifetime. Most people know Dr. Maya Angelou because of her incredible writing, but how many of you realize how astonishing her life story is? Check out her Wiki page, and then do yourselves a favour (particularly you women readers) and get your hands on a copy of ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.’

Learn more about this Phenomenal Woman on the Wiki page and on Dr. Angelou’s website.

 

 

 

Juggling Babies

Noah isn't so sure about his Easter chocolate

Noah isn’t so sure about his Easter chocolate

Holy god you guys! All I want to do is write, and write, and share interesting content with you. I want to give you tidbits from our life, share my heart and soul, and learn you about interesting new ideas and products. I want to do so many things, BUT WHERE THE HELL DO I FIND THE TIME? Spreading myself between blogs, homeschool, and family life is like juggling babies!

Our new blog is exciting, and fun, and the focus is sharper. It’s easier to come up with material for a parenting blog, because the inspiration seems to be everywhere, but here is where my heart lies. Here where I first started dreaming, here where I first imagined the family I would one day thrive in. Here is where I can relax, but right now I feel like the well is a little dry.

I’m missing this place of my universe, and all of the fun new tricks I learned working on the new blog are begging to be applied here. I need to find some kind of time management key to the universe. I can’t freaking wait until Tim Ferris has kids, so he can tell me what the hell to do.

Meanwhile, know that I love you, and I miss you. If you want to be a big help, please send me some topics you want me to write about. Or ask me for some advice, preferably not on multi-tasking.

Kisses on your nose,

Mommy

Keeping Up Momentum

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My dream basement

When I get excited about something, it’s remarkably easy to focus and make great forward progress. I can work so efficiently I surprise myself, and things really get done. But then…then…how do you keep that spark alive? Keeping up momentum is one of the greatest challenges I face.

The result of that fizzle is a string of uncompleted projects, jobs that are half done, drawers that are half organized. I look around and I’m adrift in a sea of disarray. I feel overwhelmed by all that is left to do, and I just can’t seem to get on top of anything. Where was the fire that ignited each project in the first place?

Does this happen to you?

Last week we launched our new family business – a blog geared specifically towards people with kids in their lives, and a resource guide for families living in and visiting the Niagara Region. You can check it out at www.niagarafamilies.com. I’m really proud of it, and I think we will do well. When we first moved to the area, we noticed there isn’t anything like it, and so we created our own one-stop source for family fun. Today I sat down to write for the site, and it took literally FOREVER to churn out one post.

I get side tracked with this blog all the time too. I’d LOVE to be able to post once a day, like so many other bloggers that I admire. Maybe I worry too much about having something to say, but I find it impossible to keep up the writing momentum.

Perhaps I’m a little overextended, what with kids and homeschool? I thought homeschool was supposed to buy more freedom and flexibility?

My basement is a perfect microcosm for my life at large. First of all, it’s not my basement. It belongs to my in-laws who we are currently living with. Right now I’d describe that space as vast, under-used, overly cluttered, in need of serious organization, not functioning to its full capacity, and overflowing with treasure and possibility. Maybe I’m crazy, but I believe in my core that organizing that basement to the point where any one of our kids could wander there with sturdy shoes and a little supervision (never mind the fire marshal) would solve all of the problems that we have getting organized and motivated elsewhere. It would symbolize our life, in order. Each facet neatly labeled and easy to access. Each corner tidy and ready to be discovered and be useful.

There is one area of the basement that I most despise; the shelves that hold all of the items we are going to sell online. Not inventory items, but personal belongings that are no longer useful, that Nekky has deemed worthy of resale. The problem is, not a one of us has a moment to spare to get these items listed and out the door. It’s painful to look at things that we’ve moved from two separate residences sitting on those shelves, mocking me. If they were gone, there would be a fresh, empty wall of shelves for…something new. Something useful. Inventory that we could really sell, perhaps?

Are there studies that link your physical space with your functioning capacity? Is there a psychic/spiritual link to the neatness and order that exists in your foundation? There must be!

How the hell do I get started with organizing this basement disaster? How do I fill a new website with fun and interesting content this week?

It’s almost 2pm. I can only work until about 6pm. Panic is rising. I’m going to make a cup of tea, have a little piece of homemade brownie and turn to my 100 unopened emails from other blogs I follow for inspiration.

How do any of you keep motivated?