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Blogger of the Moment–Path to the Inner Goddess

I planned about 6 months ago to do a monthly blog about a “WordPresser” I follow so as to get closer to my fellow bloggers and feel more at home in the blogging atmosphere.

It was like a plan to give a virtual hug to the bloggers I couldn’t actually meet face to face.

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But, it buffered maybe a bit too long.

 

New jobs came, an engagement, seasons, holidays, and here I am finally sitting down to do this.

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And wow, does Path to the Inner Goddess have things to teach me.

This post will help you to understand: the soul behind this blog– Path to the Inner Goddess, what her motivations for her blog are, what kind of readers would be interested in her blog, and what blogs she has written mean the most to her.

When I first clicked on a link to The Path to the Inner Goddess, I was welcomed with beautiful photos of candles, delicious looking photos from her recently acquired vegetarian diet…

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and a beautiful photo of the author, Diana Mina.

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She describes herself as “a mother of two, writer, massage therapist and aspiring spiritual counselor”.

Many moons ago, I sent her some questions about her blog and she answered them all beautifully. All text below, other than the bold numbered questions, is from Diana.

1. What motivated you to start a blog– was it a whim, a passion, an outlet, a frustration? Describe that moment when you knew you wanted to start “Path to the Inner Goddess”.

 Well, initially my blog was a poetry blog… This is how I started it. With self expression and wanting to share my poetry. Eventually I went further into my spiritual path and started learning many life lessons which led me to want to share those with others as well. Sharing the power of positive thinking to mold your own reality into a more enjoyable one.
For a long time I’ve had a passion for helping other people see their way out of tough situations or out of thinking that hinders their life. I want to go into the field of spiritual counseling or life coaching.
I like to help others empower themselves. Also, I enjoy sharing changes in my path, such as my newly vegetarian journey and sometimes I’ll throw in other random things that others may relate to.

2. What keeps you writing as a blogger? Why are you still blogging? For yourself, for others, for fun?

My reasons for writing definitely change. Sometimes it’s for fun. To keep my blog updated, also sometimes for myself as an outlet.
But, one of the main reasons [ I still blog] is definitely to help others relate or show others different ways to deal with certain challenges in life.

3. What blog that you have written stands out most to you in your mind and why?

The blog that stands out to me the most is the one where I have written about my journey with my special needs son.
He is now 10 years old. The topic is of course very close to my heart being that he is my child and I want to reach out to other parents that have special needs children, to express that there is much more in our children than what is readily visible. We can’t begin to imagine the greatness they hold within.
“He has such a bright spirit… He has actually taught me the lesson of slowing down sometimes and just enjoying life for what it is. He is always in the moment. With everything that comes with our journey, I am so thankful and grateful for having both my sons as mine in this lifetime. He is here for a wonderful purpose and I am happy that he was born to be so much, including to play the role of my son.”
–Path to the Inner Goddess
There is a second blog post that I really do love as well. I wrote it [ the blog]just wanting to show people the angles from which they can begin to love themselves if they are struggling in that area. That self-worth is permanent when it is built from your own inner qualities.

“Building your esteem on more meaningful things is what makes you still feel awesome and proud even if you’re on house-mom mode, in your pajamas, with your hair looking like the snakes on Medusa’s head… It’s surprising how little you will care for the physical because your sense of self has been built on something greater and permanent. Everyone has something meaningful to contribute to this world.”

–Path to the Inner Goddess

 

 4. What kind of reader would be interested in your blog?

The kind of readers that would be interested in my blog would be the ones that are either on a spiritual path or looking into the spiritual side of things.
Or those who simply wish to stop and take a look  into a deeper perspective of life. Those who are looking for ways to be more positive and increase the love and sense of power within themselves.
 

All in all, my interview with Diana was eye opening. Through her strength in adversity, her willingness to change and grow, and her courage to reach out to a blogger she has never met, I have learned to accept my own journey and the journey of others. We are all in this together.

I hope you take the time to check out her blog as well as check back here for more updates. 🙂 

If you’d like your blog to be featured, I do not charge– I simply want to know your blog better as well as share. 🙂 I cannot promise speed, but hopefully, I can promise a long-distance friendship.

Much love, little homes.

–Thoughtsofhomes

How to Lose a Friend in 3,000 Miles

When I was ten, my family moved 3,000 miles from Pennsylvania to Washington state.

When my mom told me that we were possibly moving to Seattle, I decided against telling anyone my family was leaving.

I had spent the last three years in a small school. I was friendless due to an unfortunate case of social-leprosy…until another girl caught my disease. She reluctantly befriended me– because she really had no other option. She had been a bully to me before– inviting the entire playground but myself to an activity. She was still sort of that way as my friend.

A few days before we moved, my friend was in the car with me and my mom said that it was sweet we could have some time together before my family left. My friend was confused. Then, I told her that, yes, I was actually moving… and not within the county, but 3,000 miles away. She got really quiet, and I don’t really remember her ever talking to me (at least by choice) again, even when my family visited hers several years later.

She didn’t actually know I was coming when I visited, but she didn’t know I was leaving either. So, I guess it was just Karma.

When I found out we were moving, I was really happy. I wanted a better life.

This friend was one of the two friends in my life I ever officially wanted to leave.

With her, I moved 3,000 miles away without telling her.

With the other, I was able to tell that person I wanted to leave, and gave plenty of closure room.

And, I think both took a lot of courage.

I think whether we move or not, we have the ability to create distance.

As a child, my concrete mind couldn’t really fathom a world outside of my situation. So, I used my family’s move to run away from my life. But, as an adult, I was able to move 3,000 miles away– in my mind, and through my life choices.

This second friend lives less than fifteen minutes away from me, but I couldn’t be farther away.

And sometimes we need to do that– to run from the poison apples in our life. There are some fights you can only win by losing– by walking away.

And as I grow older, I know this as a truth more and more. Success isn’t about having the last word or winning the fight, it’s about being happy.

I hope you have the courage to walk away from what  or who you need to. There is happiness on the other side.

Growing Up Got Old Before I Did

One of the things I’ve learned about growing up is that what you think growing up is and what it actually is are two very different things. From birth, we start counting every millimeter we grow, every “chest hair” we find, and start convincing our families at the ripe age of six that we think it’s time for us to start shaving. Well…most of us.

My childhood idol was Peter Pan. He never had to grow up and I liked that. Growing up truly horrified me. It actually made me furious at times. I didn’t like change. I didn’t like the unknown. And I most certainly didn’t want to be an adult. Growing up seemed so far away and I really never thought I would be able to be an adult someday. I just liked school and recess and I didn’t want to do anything else. Even during summer, I would plead to my mom to go to summer school just because I wanted to learn more. I wanted to be a student forever, but adults didn’t really go to school forever. So, I was at a loss for what to do.

At age four in Kindergarten class, I heard the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Everyone in class replied,

“A Doctor!”

“An Astronaut.”

“A Rock star!”

“No. No. No. Dearest, I asked you what you wanted to be, not what you wanted to do.”

Man, do I wish someone had said that to me.

Growing up sucks when you don’t know what you want to do. It sucks even more when you think you know and you find out it’s not what you wanted. Equating “what I wanted to do” with “what I wanted to be” made me feel like I was a failure when “what I wanted to do” didn’t work out.

I had been training since Kindergarten for this! How could I not get this right, right?

I began to realize that the sentence “What do you want to be when you grow up?” was never actually asked to me. People only seemed to care what I did, not who I was. What five-year-olds know that they want to be a lawyer or a teacher? There we go again– “be” a lawyer. I hate how we use the word “be” there.

You see, I find the word “do” as something universal– most people can “do” what other people can “do”. There are exceptions, but “dos” can be shared by many beings and “dos” change. One moment I can do the laundry, the next I can go on a walk– I can “do” lots of things and I change what I am “doing” all the time.

However, “to be”– that is personal and unique. You cannot “be” me and you cannot stop “being” you. You just can’t. You can’t “be” a dog, a flower, a walk on the beach. “Be” is permanent, unchangeable, current– perhaps infinite.

So, why do we ask children to focus on what they do and stress it to the point where we tell them that what they do is as permanent and infinite as who they are? Why don’t we ask kids what they want to be and get answers like,

“Happy.”

“Confident.”

“Trust-worthy.”

“Kind.”

Why don’t we? Really…. Why don’t we?

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