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The Book That I Never Get Tired Of Reading (Nablopomo Day 15)

*This post is Day Fifteen of the January Nablopomo 30-day blogging challenge hosted by BlogHer.

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I simply couldn’t pass up a prompt asking which book I would choose if I had to read just one, year after year.

I read a lot. Books and magazines, websites, fiction and non-fiction, any genre, any time-period. Right now I’m reading The Fifteen Invaluable Laws of Growth, The Power of Positive Thinking, Jitterbug Perfume, Treasure Island and, if you count book studies/devotionals, Jesus Calling and Fingerprints of God. I don’t really watch TV. Who has time for that?!

When it comes to favorites, though, I love great fiction that sucks me in and challenges the way I see the world. If it challenges my spirituality that’s even better. How can I ever have true faith if no one ever questions what I believe, right? If a book teaches me something new about history or current events, geography or science that’s… like the hat trick of book scoring in my world. Anne Rice, Jan Karon, Stephen King, Dan Brown, Barbara Kingsolver and James Mitchner have all written books that have shaped the way I view life and the way I live it. I can only hope to write something a fraction as powerful and insightful and beautiful as some of the prose those amazing authors have published!

I have shelves and boxes full of favorites books that I just can’t seem to part with. They’re like dear friends. How can I send them away?

Having said all of that, there is one book that I love more than all the others. If I was forced to pick just one book to read over and over again it would be One Door Away From Heaven by Dean Koontz.

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Click on the picture to buy the book. It’s not an affiliate link or anything. I just think everyone should read this book.

It’s a fun and exciting read. In typical Koontz style it’s a bit creepy and a bit mysterious. There’s an awesomely lovable dog and a hopeful ending. It’s a fun read. It’s funny. It’s exciting. It’s a page turner. But there are thousands of fun, page-turners out there. This one is special. It makes me wonder how big our world really is. It makes me curious about what’s behind the public face of the people I encounter. It taught me about a school of thought that I had not heard of before reading it and, in learning that such a philosophy existed I became motivated to educate myself further and I feel like I’m a better person for knowing what I now know. Maybe my family is a bit safer because of my knowledge as well. At least, I like to think so. The book encourages me and fills me with hope. It makes me want to be a little bit of a badass with a really big heart. I’ll always be more like Donella on the outside, but perhaps a Spelkenfeld lives in my heart. Again, I like to think so. (Trust me, if you read the book, that sentence will make sense.)

There is a character in the book who is fairly cracked, mentally, that keeps reading the same book over and over to be sure that she gets every tiny tidbit of meaning out of it. I am aware that I’m confessing to doing the same thing but I like to think I’m only a little mentally cracked. I mean, that’s… like… the ONLY book she reads. As I’ve said, that’s not the case with me. Plus I rarely ingest massive amounts of hallucinogenic drugs and tequila on the same day. JUST KIDDING, MOM!

How about you? If you had to read just one book, year after year, what would you choose?

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Wordless Wednesday: Growing Up (Nablopomo Day 14)

*This post is Day Fourteen of the January Nablopomo 30-day blogging challenge hosted by BlogHer.

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Lazy Hippie Mama: In Haiku (Nablopomo Day 13)

*This post is Day Thirteen of the January Nablopomo 30-day blogging challenge hosted by BlogHer.

Sweet Hippie Daughter saw this on the “One Hundred Dollars a Month” Facebook page and has found it endlessly amusing for the past week or so.

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I was trying to think of something a little different for the blog today, having to do with the prompts centering on habits. I decided that since I’ve been in the habit of writing in prose for all this time, perhaps I would take inspiration from “A Winter Haiku.”

Here is the story of me, as portrayed in four verses of Haiku. Hope it gives you a little smile.

I seek to live green.

Sometimes it’s a lot of work.

Then I get lazy.

I seek to be thin.

Lazy eating makes me fat.

I can’t reach my toes.

I seek perfection,

in body, mind and spirit.

I am not there yet.

I am content now,

Knowing that growth continues.

Love this life of mine!

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Live on the wild side! Share the story of you haiku in the comments!

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On Boldness (Nablopomo Day 12)

*This post is Day Twelve of the January Nablopomo 30-day blogging challenge hosted by BlogHer.

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I think, maybe, one of the lessons that I’m being pushed into learning in 2015 is to act boldly. I am not a timid person. I don’t shrink away from things, but neither am I especially assertive. I never have been. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. I don’t want to bring anyone down. I for-sure don’t want to end up in major confrontation with anyone. But there comes a time when the only way to make progress in life is by being bold.

In the Bible, in the book of Acts, it says, “…grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness…” (Acts 4:29)

In context, the disciples of Jesus are praying for the courage to continue to spread the message of Jesus, despite the potential consequences of being thrown in jail or even executed.

Would I be so bold?

I’d like to think so, but the truth is I honestly can’t imagine myself in that circumstance. People in America cry about persecution but the truth is we have no idea what it’s really like. Christians in Syria know persecution. People of faith in Tibet, China, Afghanistan and dozens of other countries know real persecution. By comparison we are living on easy street in America!

Perhaps I can take a step toward being as bold as those courageous souls by approaching a homeless person to talk with them and learn who they really are.

Maybe I can learn to assert myself a little more by standing up for another mom who is getting “the skunk eye” in the supermarket because her child is crying too much or too loudly.

It could be that this is the year I share some of the things I’ve been holding back about on this blog, for fear that I will start too much controversy.

What do you think? How important is it to be bold? Can you be bold and still keep the peace? When has boldness crossed the line into pushiness/bullying? I’d love to hear your ideas!

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This Totally Counts! (Nablopomo Day 11)

*This post is Day Eleven of the January Nablopomo 30-day blogging challenge hosted by BlogHer.

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Just A little Bit… (Nablopomo Day 10)

*This post is Day Ten of the January Nablopomo 30-day blogging challenge hosted by BlogHer.

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The hubs and I all dressed up for the dinner and presentation we attended. So much fun to go out on the arm of this guy!

Told you he’s handsome! I just love going out on this guy’s arm! 

I went to a business event with my Handsome Hippie Hubby this week and one of the speakers said this, “You don’t have to do much to get noticed. Just do a little bit more than others. Be a little bit kinder, a little bit more positive, a little bit healthier, willing to work just a little bit harder. People will notice. It’s inevitable.”

I didn’t think much, at the time about the statement but it stuck with me and the more I consider it the more powerful it gets to me.

I look at my life and I see what a HUGE difference it would make if I was just a little bit more organized, a little more generous to my neighbor, a little more patient with my children, a little more thoughtful about how I spend my money and a little more conscious of what I eat…

You don’t have to do much. Just a little bit could make a huge, huge difference.

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Five Questions That Make This Homeschooling Mama Crazy (Nablopomo Day 9)

*This post is Day Nine of the January Nablopomo 30-day blogging challenge hosted by BlogHer.

5 Questions That Make This Homeschooling Mama Crazy | LazyHippieMama.comI don’t mind when non-homeschoolers ask me questions about our choices. I know that the vast majority are coming from a place of genuinely seeking understanding about a lifestyle they are unfamiliar with. I get it. It’s kind of fun to share and, often, I get ideas from the input of others.  But there are a few questions that make me want to bang my head on my non-existent teacher’s desk in our non-existent classroom. I try to be polite but… seriously…

1) What curriculum do you use?

What I think: Why do you care? Do you even know the difference? What curriculum does your public school kid use? I bet you don’t know! Do you even know what they taught your child in public school today? Who uses just one curriculum, anyway?

What I say: We use Khanacademy.org for math. In other subjects we vary our resources, according to our needs.

2) How many hours a day do you do school?

What I think: How many hours a day does a public school kid actually DO school? Maybe 3? 4? Assuming it’s not a holiday, or a snow day, or the day before a holiday when all the kids are wound up, or the day after a holiday when no one is in the rhythm, or someone’s birthday…

What I say: Some days are longer than others. We focus more on meeting goals than keeping track of hours.

3) Are you confident that your child is where they should be, academically?

What I think: Who came up with the idea that a person of a certain age should know a certain number of facts, anyway? Is every public school kid on the same page, academically? Does no one ever fall behind in one subject or excel in another?

What I say: I’ve seen my daughter really grow and flourish in exciting ways since we started homeschooling.

4) Do you worry about your kids getting into college?

What I think: I have one child who is in training pants at night and one who is still little enough to think that “fart” is the funniest word in the English language. I’m not too worried about college just yet. Are you worried about your public school kid knowing how to think for themselves when they graduate after being taught to conform for 13 years?

What I say: As they get older, there are a number of resources to help them prepare for continuing education if they choose that path.

And MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE QUESTION (directed at my child):

5) Do you know _______ insert random quiz question here ____________? (ie. Who the first 5 presidents are? What 1/3 times 1/8 is? The capitals of all 50 states? The name of the leader of Denmark? What year the cotton gin was invented? The moral of the book “Of Mice and Men?”)

What I think: Do YOU know any of those things?! Do you quiz EVERY child that comes across your path or are you specifically targeting MY child for some reason?

What I say: Baby girl, maybe you could go play with your brother while Mommy talks to this nice man.

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Wish in One Hand, Dream in The Other (Nablopomo Day 8)

*This post is Day Eight of the January Nablopomo 30-day blogging challenge hosted by BlogHer.

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The prompt for today’s Nablopomo challenge is this: Tell us about the habit you wished you had. What stops you from building it into your daily life?

There are so many – too many to count. I have wished that I was more organized, more punctual, better at sending “Thank you” notes and keeping in touch with those I love. I wish I ate healthier food, exercised more, meditated daily. I wish that I was more intentional about being kind to others. I wish that I was better about setting aside time to be fully focused on my children. I wish I was more responsible with my spending.

I imagine my wishes aren’t really much different from any one else’s. I have wished to make changes that I imagine will make me a happier, healthier, more productive person.

What stops me is simply a lack of motivation.  I know how to lose weight and get healthier. If I ate less and exercised more the pounds would melt away and my body would get stronger. It always amuses me a bit how many books have been written on that topic. It’s not that difficult. More celery + less pizza = skinnier me. But, apparently, until now, my wish for yummy pizza has outweighed my wish for a flat tummy. (Pun totally intended) I can say the same thing about any of those other goals. I know HOW to achieve those goals but it would seem that when it came down to it I just lacked the motivation to do what needed to be done.

I have excuses. I’m terribly busy. I have bad knees. It’s hard to budget when unexpected expenses pop up.

They’re legitimate and true. They’re still excuses.

The truth is, when something is truly and honestly super-duper important to me AND dear to my heart I find a way to do it and making it a habit is virtually effortless. I write every day because I LOVE to write and I am absolutely blown away by the mere idea that someone would pay me to do this. I read to my children every single night because it’s a treasured time spent with each of them doing something that I think will be an immense benefit to them. Do I always FEEL like writing at 5am or reading stories after a 20 hour stretch of the madness of life? Pfffbttt!  No! But I (usually) do it anyway because it’s that important to me. Keeping my house dust free? A lovely thought. A nice wish. Not a priority.

Tonight I have a date with Handsome Hippie Hubby. I’m super excited about this time together because it’s not just a regular “dinner and a movie” kind of date. We are going to an event called “Dream Night.” It’s just exactly what it sounds like: People dress in their most fabulous clothes and share an extraordinary dinner together and then hear the stories of folks who have achieved their own personal goals, despite (because of?) whatever crazy adversity life threw at them because they had a powerful dream. The whole idea is that if you have a dream – not just a WISH but a DREAM – and you surround yourself with the dream and you submerge yourself in the dream and you cling to the dream day in and day out NO MATTER WHAT the necessary habits to make your dream come true WILL form in your life. There’s no doubt about it.

I feel like one of the best things that ever happened to me was meeting a man who understands the power of a great dream. He has taught me to dream big and with boldness and faith and, together, we get to experience the joy of our dreams coming true. And, you know, every now and then a wish gets granted as well. So, maybe someday, I’ll be thin and fit and my house will be clean after all. You never know!

What big, bold things do you dream of? I’d love to hear about it!

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Wordless Wednesday – “Crash” (Nablopomo Day 7)

*This post is Day Seven of the January Nablopomo 30-day blogging challenge hosted by BlogHer.

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I Failed To Break The Habit of “Random Writing” (Nablopomo Day 6)

*This post is Day Six of the January Nablopomo 30-day blogging challenge hosted by BlogHer.

Here's a picture of my son that I'm sharing for no reason other than that I think it's adorable.

Here’s a picture of my son that I’m sharing for no reason other than that I think it’s adorable.

I tried, quite diligently, for about a year, to get in the habit of writing to a niche. I decided this was a homesteading/homeschooling blog and that was that and I wasn’t going to write about anything else in this space. I shared a few of my favorite homesteady-type recipes because it seems like all of the bloggers I know who have 987 million views per day are food bloggers. I wrote about the various resources we use to help our children continue to learn and grow. It was all very “professional.”

I sort of hated it.

It was fine for a while. I had a lot to say about homesteading/homeschooling. After all, it’s how we live. Every day provides “blog fodder.” But then I started finding myself writing what had already been written. You can do a Google search for “deep litter method” and find thousands of posts about how to set up your chicken coop using that method. You don’t need my views on the subject. Meanwhile, I had all of these other things I wanted to say! I wanted to ask your opinion about an idea I had regarding last week’s sermon at church. I wanted to tell you about the humbling generosity I witnessed at the supermarket. I wanted to write about the amusing things my children said.

But I couldn’t write about that because this wasn’t the appropriate space. This was a homeschooling and homesteading site.

The whole process stopped being fun. I wrote less and less. What I wrote felt dry and uninspiring to me.

I was writing some fun articles for OTHER sites. I was rocking out the best fiction that I’ve ever written in my life. I was working twice as many hours as a writer than I was in my “day job,” but I was beginning to consider dropping my blog. Readership was down. It was becoming work and, Lord knows, I did not need another job.

And here is one of my daughter. She's a keeper, too.

And here is one of my daughter. She’s a keeper, too.

Then I realized one day that I had let someone else define my space. Someone had told me that THEY had become successful by writing in a specific niche. This blog had already achieved a moderate level of success. Why did I feel the need to compare myself to them and do what they did? What can I say? I’m flawed.

So it was that I made the full-circle journey from writing about whatever crossed my mind to writing for a niche back to writing about… well… OK. I don’t share EVERY thought that comes across my mind. Trust me. It’s for the best. I suppose that you could say I tried to break the habit of random writing and failed but, you know, I’m OK with that. I ended up with a blog that is, once again, becoming what it was when I loved it most: One woman’s journey to save the planet, promote world peace and raise productive citizens. That means I often write about homesteading and homeschooling because that’s a huge part of our journey. Some days, though, it might include my thoughts on fracking or why we should be kind to the downtrodden or something to make you giggle because it’s hard to wage war while laughing.

I so hope that you’ll stick around for the journey! The presence of others is what has made it so joyful so far! And if there is anything you’d ever, specifically, like me to write about just leave a comment here or on Facebook or drop me at email and I’ll see what I can do.

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