Christie’s thoughts: When my sister and I decided that our first post would share our reason for starting a blog, I found myself thinking about the blog name, Clarified Chaos. I love this term so much because, for me, that is what my life, and now this blog, is really all about. When I became a parent, I felt almost forced into a chaotic journey – a journey filled with sleep deprivation, tantrums, allergies, youth sports, homework, self-esteem, nutrition, work in the home, work outside the home…and the list could go on and on. At some point, however, clarity began to resurface amidst the chaos.
One day, I remembered that in every moment I had the freedom to say to myself, “new moment,” and make a shift. I realized that there was always another opportunity to make meaning of any circumstance for my family and myself. It was up to me to decide whether I would give in to being stuck and overwhelmed, or whether I would choose to think, feel, and act in a way that would bring a bit of clarity to my craziness. Since that day, that is a choice I have embraced so many times, in so many different ways. I am so excited that just a few short weeks ago I had a “new moment” and chose to begin this blog.
In that moment, I thought about the passion I have for reading, researching, and implementing new ideas. I thought about the learning and experimenting I have done that has blessed me personally, my children as individuals, and our family as a whole. I felt excited to consider that some of the setbacks and moments of struggle in my life could be revealed to others to help comfort or aide them as they go through trials of their own. I decided to act on these thoughts and feelings by creating a space to share the fruits of those passions, the lessons from those experiences, and the blessings that I’ve noticed in my and my family’s lives as a result.
It is my ultimate hope that placing more of my time into something that makes me feel inspired, creative, and proud will help me continue to clarify my chaos. I am excited to step into “new moments” and to give you an opportunity to share your own moments with us. Through this process I believe we can create a positive, open, and supportive environment where we can connect, learn, and grow as we all discover and embrace what clarifies our chaos.
Kellie’s thoughts: As I was thinking about what I wanted to share in this post, I came across the quote, “Parenting isn’t a practice. It’s a daily learning experience.” After reading this quote a couple times over, I realized that its message is one of the main reasons I decided to start this blog alongside my sister.
As Christie mentioned, everyday parenting challenges are presented to us frequently in many different forms, often unexpected. In each of these moments, we are faced with a decision about how to react. I’ve found that when I am open to each moment as a new chance, I am able to accept and learn from each decision I make, knowing that in that moment, I did the best I could with the knowledge I had, and that moving forward, I’ll have even more knowledge than I had before. This is where my passion for starting this blog comes in.
I feel passionate that awareness and openness to life is power. From awareness and openness, we gain knowledge that we can carry into our next moments. I am excited to be able to share with you here simplified ideas and fresh perspectives that I hope will carry you into each new moment feeling more confident than before. I believe that as parents, a hand to hold, a positive comment, a little inspiration, or better yet even a laugh, can transform the way we view each moment we are faced with.
In this journey of parenting, I have been blessed by the support around me and I truly feel all parents deserve it. Parenting is hard enough, so if this blog can help provide that support by helping to clarify the chaos in our lives with new tools, skills, or ideas, then we’ve accomplished our goal which is to provide you all with the clarity needed to endure, enjoy and ultimately thrive within the chaos that life as a family provides.