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Featured Blogger: Jackie Paulson – Seeking Knowledge & Truth…

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

Featured Blogger: Jackie Paulson - Knowledge and Truthseeker...

If you click on Jackie Paulson’s About Me page, you will see that, amongst her many qualities and the experiences that have shaped her life, she is a mother, traveler, researcher, a Christian, animal lover, avid reader and blogger. Jackie’s background includes work as an investigator, organizer and paralegal. She calls Illinois home, and lives there with daughter, Jorden, and her two cats; Wiley and Dee.

Jackie and I connected through the Daily Post Find a Blog Buddy invite. What stood out when we connected online was her sense of humor, and her passionate belief in the healing powers of faith, friendship and writing. In addition to blogging, she is working on her book of poems and other offline projects. Please give a warm hug to today’s featured blogger in our “Get To Know” series — The one and only Jackie A. Paulson of the PostaDayChallenge2011 blog. :-)

Where did you grow up and why do you blog?
I am a single mother born under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius and Illinois is home to me and my family. The one thing I find true for me that also stands out as a trait of that sign is – “knowledge is power.” I am a lifelong knowledge and truth-seeker and love to read and learn from others.

The reason why I blog is mainly to network and share knowledge with others. My passion is reading and research so this helps me to share what I know. I can read 167 pages of any book in two hours with complete comprehension of what I have read. I was not always a good reader but that all changed once I got married. The reason it changed was because I wanted to “fix” my husband at that time. He was a drinker and so was I. Of course I did not think I had a problem I thought he did. What I did was to get my hands on every self help book at Barnes and Noble bookstores and apply what I learned.

Featured Blogger: Jackie and her daughter Jorden ...

Eventually, I was invited to an AA meeting by a friend and took her up on the offer. I went there to “fix” my husband’s drinking problem. What I found out was that I could not “fix” anyone but “myself.” With time, I changed and quit drinking but my husband did not. The changes I made involved learning to not be a codependent, and live my life married but “detached” from my husband and his drinking.

When our marriage ended, I received “sole custody” of our daughter, Jorden, and raised her the best way I knew how. I did my part by raising her the best way I could; working many jobs to make ends meet, and taking on all the responsibilities of a single parent. She recently turned 17 on Valentine’s Day and is the light of my life. Yes, I am a Proud Mother!

What is most important to you/about you?
What is most important to me is the quest to learn more by reading and seeking the truth, and my daughter.

What motivates you to get out of bed?
I love to get out of bed and clean and organize anything I can get my hands on. I love the internet as a way of seeking knowledge and learning from others. I am a visual type and can read something once and understand the message. I love watching YouTube videos and hearing inspirational messages from different parts of the world. Additionally, I would love to help others in any way I can.

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Tough Times: Seeking Serenity amidst Global Strife…

“Just as the right hand comes to dress the wound on the left hand, we should see another person’s sorrows as our own and come to his or her aid.” Mātā Amritanandamayī Devī

Tough Times: Christchurch Basilica before the earthquake damage... pray for all

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch, New Zealand

The recent horrific earthquake in New Zealand, the Queensland Floods, political unrest across North Africa, and other areas of global concern and strife have left many reeling in despair and fear; so much pain, so much loss… As the shifting winds of change and instability rock our global community, we can offer a prayer, a kind word, assistance, comfort and more to those in need around the world.

In times of strife, many turn to prayer and the Serenity Prayer is one to cherish and share with all. The Serenity Prayer offers comfort and eleven qualities or keywords (see below) that we can live by; reminding us that no matter our differences, our faith, our place of origin, goodwill and prayer extend beyond the words into our everyday lives.  Does this prayer resonate with You?

God, grant us the…
Serenity to accept things we cannot change,
Courage to change the things we can, and the
Wisdom to know the difference
Patience for the things that take time
Appreciation for all that we have, and
Tolerance for those with different struggles
Freedom to live beyond the limitations of our past ways, the
Ability to feel your Love for us and our love for each other and the
Strength to get up and try again even when we feel it is hopeless.

Lately, when I read or watch the news, it seems like Mother Nature’s fury or man’s rage against humanity lays much to waste around the world. These are precarious times; the current upheavals call for sensitivity, compassionate care, our goodwill offers and much wisdom.  As some countries rebuild their infrastructure and others courageously walk towards a democratic process, let’s offer seeds of light, love, a comforting shoulder, and a prayer.

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Featured Blogger: Leslee Hare – All About Enlightenment…

“A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Featured Blogger: Mind's Eye illustration by Leslee Hare...

Featured Blogger: Leslee Hare

The DailyPost Challenge has brought many wonderful bloggers into my life and I was thinking of a way to honor each of them. The Get To Know: Featured Blogger idea felt like the way to share words and visions from the brilliant group of bloggers around me. I promise to bring more to you every week. Stay tuned.  This week, please welcome Leslee Hare, mom, blogger, illustrator, architect, student of enlightenment and more. Leslee is an intuitive artist with a generous heart and she has agreed to share part of her world with us. Thank you Leslee!

Where did you grow up and why do you blog?
I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and have lived in the Atlanta, Georgia area for over 30 years (I started at Georgia Tech in 1980). I practiced architecture until early 2009, when the retail design market and the design/construction industry dried up. I designed shopping mall interiors for 15 years, and my skills were so specialized that I imagined it would take a while to find another position in that field. I always wanted to be an illustrator, so the lay-off was an opportunity to pursue that dream. The challenge invigorated my creativity, and I loved the flexible schedule (I’ve actually just been re-hired back into that world, in a most miraculous way!).

In the spring of 2010, I had some psychic/spiritual experiences that completely blew my mind and changed my path dramatically. I had been meditating and practicing Buddhism for years; suddenly, in April, I learned that I could use my intuition to tap directly into my highest spiritual guidance. It took me several months to adjust to these changes. I completely freaked out at first… I had always been very logical, methodical, and painfully conservative about some things. Suddenly, life became very intuitive and ambiguous. During the process of adjusting, I began writing.

The Mona Lisa via LesLee Hare

Much to my surprise, I began writing about Buddhism. But it wasn’t the Buddhism that I had known. I was re-writing Buddhism, and I resisted it forcefully! I felt I had no place writing about Buddhism because my personal view was pretty unconventional, and this new material appeared even more maverick. Within a month or two, I had a book that was about 150 pages long, so I began looking for a publisher and considering self-publishing. My goal was to get the book’s material to as many people as possible, and make it easily accessible. I realized it could take years to find a publisher, and that if I self-published, that might actually hinder distribution.

Then, one night, my intuition/Guides suggested I go to WordPress. I had only read a few blog posts in my life at that point (this was early January 2011), so I had no idea where to start. I spent about an hour looking at the self-hosted version, mildly freaking out, because it was already 10 pm and my Guides were saying “We want you to be online tonight.” No way!
Finally, I called my friend John, who had a good laugh and sent me to WordPress.com. Whew! Before midnight, I had my first post under my belt. Within a few days, I realized that blogging was a dream come true! I could post that whole book online, and anyone with internet access could read it for free! How incredible! All I needed was time…

“I think anytime you can affect people in general, in a positive way, then you’re a lucky individual.” Sam Elliott

Featured : Namkhyen ... via Leelee

Autism via Leslee Hare...

I realized pretty quickly that I needed two blogs. I dedicated one to the book contents: All About Enlightenment and the other, LesLeeHare blog, to more random, personal, posts. The LesleeHare blog offers a great opportunity for me to share my experiences as a single mom raising an autistic child (he’s 14 now), and my journey living “in the world” according to what I’ve learned spiritually. More on Interview & Twitter Hop below.


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