On blogging intentionally and parenting purposefully
By Featured Blogger Tina Santiago-Rodriguez Updated Friday May 16, 2014 - 5:34pm

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"Just because the culture around you says your family needs to live in such-and-such a way, doesn't mean you have to. Isn't that liberating?" -- Tsh Oxenreider

I've recently been inspired by my fellow mom and 'blissmaker,' Martine De Luna, to finally start reading my copy of Notes From a Blue Bike, a book that was written by Tsh Oxenreider, one of my (and Martine's) inspirations when it comes to inspired, meaningful, intentional living.

The quote at the beginning of this post -- taken from the book's Prologue -- really struck me, especially since I've been trying lately to find a 'balance' of sorts in my life as a work-at-home homeschooling mom of three (sans household help).

To be perfectly honest with you, so far it hasn't been an easy thing to do.

Many times I've found myself staring helplessly at the piles of unfolded (though clean!) laundry in our living area (it's not exactly a room), the piles of toys, books and other knicknacks that need sorting, organizing and de-cluttering, and my seemingly endless to-do list of things to do.

I've also found myself wondering, "What should I do first? Am I giving the kids enough time and attention? Will there ever be a 'balance' in everything I need to do?"

Small but valuable lives

I'm thankful that Martine wrote a post lately about leading a 'small but valuable life,' after reading through Tsh's book. It helped remind me about why I've chosen the life I'm living now - one that mostly revolves around being at home with my family, especially with my young children.

Let me quote a few lines from Martine's post that really resonated with me, and, perhaps, might even resonate with you too:

"If I never have exciting events to cover as a blogger - that's OK. If I will spend my life immersed in housework, child-rearing, homeschooling, homebased working, coworking, ‘bliss-finding,' then I know my ‘eyes will sharpen their focus on the little things in life," as Tsh says in Chapter 41, ‘The Daily Liturgy.'

"I'm looking forward to more of this ‘small but valuable life.' If I only get to impact a few, but they are the right few, then I would be grateful."

Blogging with intention, parenting with purpose

After reading Martine's post, and the first few chapters of Tsh's book, I am reminded once again of my desire to be an intentional, inspirational blogger - but more than that, I desire to be a purposeful, "present-when-it-really-counts-the-most," passionate parent.

I want my kids to be blessed by my presence - by my being "all there" for them when I need to be. I want my blog posts to bless others - to help others live a fuller, richer life even as I myself am still on the journey towards it.

This is what I'm working on now. This is what I hope to achieve. I know that God will help me achieve all of this - as long as I let Him lead the way.

What about you, dear reader? What are your thoughts about blogging - even if you're not a blogger? How about parenting - what are your suggestions for being a more ‘purposeful' parent? Leave a comment and let me know, or send me a tweet @tinasrodriguez! 

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