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Switching Sites!

I’ve been debating for some time whether or not to stick around here on This Blind Mouse. I have really enjoyed having this blog, but as I am evolving as a person and stepping into new seasons of life, I think it’s time that I start fresh.

To that end, I’ve moved to WholeHeartBlog.com!

I’m really excited about this move and I hope that if you enjoyed following me here, you’ll keep following me at Whole Heart!

Thanks so much for tagging along with me!

 

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Christianity, Family, General

About Vision

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I’ve been working on  a few different projects over the past several months,  and as I research more about these projects – and about entrepreneurship in general – one of the common threads I am finding is that I am often being asked to define the vision that I have for my life and my business pursuits. The reason for this is pretty simple. If you don’t know where you want to go, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll ever get there.

One of my favorite Bible verses comes from Proverbs 29, in which we are told, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” – Proverbs 29:18.

From a Biblical standpoint, I think that “vision” probably refers more to the big picture of putting God and others first in our lives. But it’s also true that not having vision causes us to wander along in life – sometimes ending up in great circumstances and sometimes not.

So I thought I’d spend a few minutes typing out my vision.

Firstly, I want whatever I do with my life to be God-glorifying. Since childhood, it’s been on my heart to please God and although I don’t always make the right decisions or do the right things – the intention is always there. I’ve always been a person with various ideas, ambitions, and interests, but I think I am starting to understand which of my ambitions and interests God wants me to use to serve others.

Secondly, I am a huge family person. It’s always been a dream of mine to be a stay/work at home mom. It took us a long time to get pregnant and finally make my dream of becoming a mom come true, and now I am working on the “stay at home” part. In fact, I’d love it if both my husband and I could work from home and be with our son and any other children we have, full time. As someone with a background in education, I know I would enjoy homeschooling and have been looking into starting a homeschool co-op. I’m sure that many people have the desire to work from home – it’s a very appealing thought!

If I were able to work from home and be on my own time, I’d love to get involved in various volunteer activities. I’d like to work with CASA, an organization that helps to advocate for foster children. I’d like to become a foster parent and have the time to spend with the children I am fostering. I’d love to spend time in hospitals with babies who need simply to be held and cuddled. If you can’t tell, I love children!

The final part of my vision is all about location. For years, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of living on a beach. I’m not sure yet about which beach – I’d love to explore the West Coast and certain islands – but I am always watching HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt, Island Life, Caribbean Life, and Mexico Life, because I love envisioning what it could be like to live near the water. The ocean is my happy place and I don’t think I could survive without it!

As I’ve thought through the things I’d really like in life, I’ve found that I am not as interested in wealth as I am in time freedom. Sure, it’s necessary to have money, but I only want to have as much as is needed to gain the freedom of my time. If I love what I do and where I live, I don’t even mind not retiring.

There’ve been a lot of things that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and when 2017 started I told myself that this would be the year that I’d lay the foundation for those things. I’m really proud of myself for keeping my word, it is so easy for me to get sidetracked and the execution of my ideas is something I have always struggled with. I am hoping that the work I am putting in now will help me to be able to live into my vision in the future.

What’s your vision?

Family

An Update on Chocobo!

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It’s been a while since I’ve done any sort of update on Baby Chocobo! The last time I posted about him was when he was nine months! He’s nineteen months now, has grown a lot, and we are so proud of him. Here’s what he’s been up to lately:

Social/Emotional

His temperament is relatively relaxed. He throws maybe one tantrum per day, but he’s always quick to get over it. He loves music and dancing, and he loves to make noise! This boy will bang any two things together as he screams in delight! He’s pretty easy to amuse and he loves going to school and seeing his friends each day – there’s one friend in particular that he talks about all the time at home! He’s pretty observant, so it can be hard to sneak things past him, and he’s always getting into things on account of his curiosity.

Language

We can tell that he understands a lot of what we are saying to him. His receptive language is pretty good. His expressive language is also developing well. He’s saying about 45 words now that he uses consistently. He also loves to imitate different animals – his favorites are dogs, cats, monkeys, bears, birds, and lions.

Motor Skills

Our son is really strong. I’ve seen him carry things like textbooks and full bottles of laundry detergent clear across the room. He can move certain pieces of furniture and when he is thrashing about in one of those temper tantrums I mentioned earlier, it almost takes two people to restrain him! He started walking at nine months and really took off from there. He is running, climbing, jumping, throwing, kicking, dancing, and enjoys “wrestling” with his daddy. I think it’s safe to say that he’ll probably be involved in some sort of physical extracurricular activities as he gets older.

What’s Up Next…

Since birth, our son has slept in our bed. Now that he is getting closer to two years old, I am starting to slowly transition him to sleeping in his own room. He’s got his toddler bed (a crib turned day-bed) set up and I’ve started putting him in there for naps. Another big change on the horizon will be weaning.

I still nurse our boy (mostly at night) and although I’m not rushing him to quit, I know that it’ll soon be time to end this stage of his care. I enjoy nursing, and although I’m looking forward to having my body back, I know I’m going to miss it! It’s hard to believe he’s getting so old!

All told, I love being a mom. Despite our struggle with infertility, I was never able to imagine a life without children, and I’m so grateful that I get to experience these things.

Health and Fitness, Hobbies

My First Challenge Group!

I am really excited about having joined the Beachbody team and having hosted my first free challenge group! Finding the discipline to push myself through a workout routine has always been hard for me, so being the coach of this challenge group really helped to hold me accountable and build up the discipline I need to achieve the results that I want!

Before starting my own challenge group, I joined in on another coach’s group just to see how it was done. Her group was amazing and I hope that I did at least half as well as her!

My group was a multi-program group, which basically means that each participant was free to choose whatever regimen they felt they would best benefit from. This could be as hardcore as “complete the 21 Day Fix” program, or as simple as “drink water every day!” My role as a coach was simply to motivate, encourage, and hold each participant accountable during the journey. I posted little blurbs each morning that (I hope) were inspirational, and every Sunday I checked in with each participant personally to make sure that they were doing okay and to see if there was anything I could be doing to better serve them.

For my workouts, I decided to do Flat Abs Fix with Autumn Calabrese for the first 11 days. After that, I switched over to Shaun Week – which took me a few extra days to complete because we were busy moving! I used Beachbody on Demand to complete my workouts, which is an excellent resource in which one may find all kinds of workouts for all kinds of people. It is amazing!

It felt good to get into a challenging workout habit. I was also drinking Shakeology during my challenge group and enjoyed the extra boost of energy in the mornings after drinking it.

While I did see some physical results over the past three weeks of the challenge, the best result for me was the return of my ability to breathe normally, and the development of longer endurance.

If you were a regular reader here before my short hiatus, you already know about the medical issues I faced after giving birth. Being hospitalized with a blood clot was not fun, but it gave me a taste of what life could be like in the future if I don’t take care of my body now.

I spent a year and a half looking in on Beachbody and feeling skeptical about it before deciding to join. What I love about Beachbody is that it doesn’t make empty promises of quick weight loss or fitness solutions. There aren’t any easy fixes. Beachbody recognizes that health and fitness take work, are a way of life, and that fitness goals are more easily achieved when one has a support group that offers accountability and inspiration.

I’m excited not only to be on my own health journey, but to be able to help others on theirs as well!

Keep in touch with me and follow my progress here on the blog, on the Facebook Group TeamAdvance, or on Instagram @teamadvance_ !

And if you’re looking for any support or accountability, I’d love to serve you in that way!

Let’s do it together 🙂

General, Hobbies

Ch-ch-changes!

Whenever I have a little downtime, I have been reading and note-taking as much as possible about how to get started down a path toward entrepreneurship. Honestly, I’m kind of a late bloomer. So many of my family and friends have already started accomplishing their business goals, and although I have long had business goals I never considered myself “business-minded” enough to be able to actually make something work. Better late than never, though, and I promised myself that 2017 would be the year to make stuff happen. So I am going to make stuff happen. 

That’s going to mean some changes for this blog, though! And I’m not entirely sure what that will look like, just yet. So, until I figure it all out – I will be taking a short break from blogging. 

I love Thisblindmouse and have had it for 5 years! But it’s mostly been a hobby blog – meaning that I’ve kept up with it as a hobby and not as anything that helps me to accomplish professional goals. I am unsure of whether to simply transition it, or to start completely fresh with a new blog all together. We’ll see. 

I don’t expect this to be a long break, maybe just 2 or 3 months  (which – lately – seems like the amount of time I’ve been taking between posts, anyway!) But I have been doing a lot of brainstorming and am ready to start taking steps in the direction that I want to go. 

Many Thanks to anyone who has ever kept up with me, here. And hopefully we’ll remain cyber buddies regardless of what’s next for Thisblindmouse! 

Ta-ta for now! 

Hobbies

Baby Steps

In my last post, I talked about wanting to share my nature photography with others – and I am happy to be able to say that I finally set up an instagram for my photos and their accompanying anecdotes. 

It’s a small thing, but it’s also a big thing. I am not generally such a transparent person, and I have decided to be more transparent in sharing my photos and what they mean to me. I am also proud of myself for just  doing it, instead of only thinking about doing it and analyzing it to death. 

So, if you follow me here but also have an instagram – check me out @thiswholeearth! 

I look forward to crossing many of my other goals off my list this year, as well! 

Hobbies

A year of execution 


At the risk of seeming like someone who only does things because they are trendy, I want to share the fact that I really enjoy photography. I always have, in fact. My mom bought me a Polaroid camera when I was younger and I used to love taking pictures that printed out immediately (though the film was expensive so I tried not to waste shots). My mom has always believed that I would one day become a photo journalist, and who knows? Maybe I still could. 

Now that everyone seems to be into photography, it’s hard for me to be openly interested in it without feeling like I’m just buying into the hype. One things that sets me apart from most people I know, though, is that I am less interested in photographing people and more interested in photographing still life, landscapes, or scenes of nature. 

There is something so peacefully profound, to me, about photographs in which an inanimate object or a part of nature is at the forefront. 

One of my goals for 2017 is to start taking myself more seriously in terms of setting out to execute the various ideas that I have been holding onto. I have a wonderful imagination and am quite ambitious, but find it hard to get ideas from being a lightbulb over my head and into reality. 

I’d love to start a small photography business in which I can share my love of nature and still life with whoever crosses my path. This year, I won’t just daydream about it, I am going to do it.