As we start 2013, together, I become conscious and aware of being present with our lives, and the connection we have with you, our readers. This blog, RaisingMiro.com, has become many things to us over the past 3 years. It has grown, changed, developed it’s unique voice and particular point of view. It has become an intentional vehicle in which we create and connect as community and share our love and gratitude for this connection. It has been a way for us to express our interests, record our learning and share our journeys with you, both large and small.
Many of our blogging friends like to end the calendar year with summary of the year’s achievements, a top 10 list of the best adventures, or sharing the year’s most popular posts. We even did something like that, last year, but as I sit here writing this, several things come to the surface for me:
The calendar year is completely arbitrary. If time is cyclical, who’s to say where a day, month, or even year begin on a circle? Pick a spot and go.. and our human experience always includes perceived beginnings and endings.
With the close of the last cycle of Mayan calendar, I started to explore the deep inner meanings behind linear cycles and how they relate to our personal experiences we call ‘life’.
Get me off this treadmill!!
I realize that through the process of our travels, the most important un-conditioning I’ve needed to do, was to dis-identify with my relationship to measuring my life through my achievements. Oh, I was once a high-achiever. It was the only thing I knew that brought any value to my life.
I was also once a work-alcoholic.
I was once goal oriented breaking down everything I did into measurable tasks. And I measured everything. Was I productive today? What do I have to show for it? Am I closer to my goals? What about creating new goals?
And on and on and on and on… that was a cycle that never really ended and never really gave me a true sense of any satisfaction.
As we began our travels, I had made an intentional decision to shed this way of thinking, this way of being. But it’s not easy. And now as I sit here, thinking about the blog, thinking about our journey as it relates to past present and future, many things come up for me. I sometimes am upset with myself for not writing often enough. Not writing more about this, or that. Not producing the Raising Miro newsletter yet. Not producing a new podcast for you in almost 6 months. Not making enough videos. Not sharing more about my feelings, fears, desires and failures. Taking too long to return emails. But who’s voice is that? That voice of criticism? Is that same voice that used drive my goal oriented life?
…..But what is important, is choosing to live the beautiful life we now have.
I know we are privileged to do so, and am so grateful. I realize that the reason I share what I share with you is because you, our readers have become such an integral part of our experience. I suppose I have always desired the experience of a strong sense of community, and through sharing our journey (both inward and outward) we’ve finally created that with you.
Your emails, facebook messages, and tweets have created that within us. And we are so grateful.
Your words of encouragement have given us the fuel to continue producing everything we produce for you and for us on this blog. And the single most incredible realization I have are your words telling us, over and over that we have touched your lives. I take this as the greatest honor. I never set out to be anyone’s inspiration and yet, you say we are.
But what I wanted to say to you is THANK YOU, for allowing us to be a part of your lives. You have become our inspiration. There are so many people who have touched our lives in so many ways, I wanted to say thank you here, and now. From your letters, words and energy, it’s all about these connections. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you:
Marc, Nanci, Fernanda, Edwin, Daniela, Tiffiny, Linda, Cristin, Garry, Josha, Dayna, Anne, Noah, Tony, Helena, Kaia, Joy, Wendy, Talon, Theodora, Mary, Melisa, Kelly, Sarah, Wendy, Lynda, Katrina, Shannon, Ruth, Lori, Zena, Melissa, Sara, David, Alan, Tara, Cathy, Jennifer, Lorene, Steve, David, Maggie, Gerry, Tiffini, Gary, Kari, Zoe, Toni, Anna, Heather, Bubba, Dixie, Katie, Susanne, Don, Jessica, Stefan, Shara, Gina, Elizabeth, Deborah, Ross, Camille, Evan, Marina, Ellen, Nancy, Seana, Holly, Asha, Dora, Marilu, Rachel, Howard, Elie, Nadine, Cate, Starrwyn, Lisa, Elin, Powell, Percy, Kirsty, Emm, Emma, Edith, Savannah, Catalina, Jann, Lyndsey, Gina, Erika, Vanessa, Leann, Laurie, Eeva, Iris, Linda, Freya, Yvette, Liz, Laurel, Katka, Kathleen, Michelle, Cyrstal, Amanda, Rosanna, Satu, Cheryl, Maria, Berit, Stacey, Kazel, Marlana, Lynn, Arianna, Dina, Donna, Mas, Margarita, Dominika, Manjiri, Ara, Tawha, Paivi, Helen, Celia, Sam, Chip, Nahid, Jeff, Jesse, Barbara, Carl, Carrie, Bill, Phillip, Hardeep, Ariel, Max, Martijn, Roxanne, Lydian, Ahdieh, Grasya, Lisa-Marie, Jeanette, Kristin, Eli, Ronny, Ivan, Sarafina, Travis, Rey, Deb, Jorge, Cheryl, Amy, Maria, Mario, Montse, Larry, Jamie, Christina, Allie, Amanda, Jadwiga
+ So many more!
If your name isn’t here, we assure you that you are still in our hearts and please forgive the oversight.
….what shall we create?
Lainie and her son Miro are living a location independent lifestyle, slow traveling around the globe and living in the present moment. Lainie writes about staying inspired, participating as a global citizen, volunteering, unschooling & natural learning. Lainie and Miro are both following their interests on the road, as the planet has been transformed into their classroom. Often you will hear Lainie say “we are blessed to be accidental world schoolers” and has become and an advocate for “life learning” at any age. Lainie & Miro have taken this philosophy to heart and are producing a series of family & teen oriented retreats in called Project World School.
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