The main objective of my blog is to inspire and be inspired. I love searching and finding inspiration in the simplest of things, in places unexpected and then writing stories about them provoking a chain reaction of inspiration, self-awareness, love, acceptance, spiritual awakening and empowerment! Sometimes those stories can be our very own, that is why I also love sharing my personal stories, experiences, triumphs, challenges, tears and laughter in hope to touching and enriching some one's life for the better.
I believe that something magical and miraculous happens when we share our light with others. It just may very well brighten some one's darkness. I love the way spiritual activist and author Marianne Williamson puts it better. She states that "as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." It is through this personal belief that my monthly feature of And This Month's Interviewee is....emerged! My goal is to feature, every month, an interview in hopes that the underlying story behind it touches and enriches some one's life for the better. We are not alone people, we all intertwine in the mysterious and magical energy of life!
Without further ado this month's beautiful, mysterious, generous and interesting interviewee is...
What is your name & age? Hello, I'm Marie. I am a twenty-one year old female who is just trying to figure out life :)
Are you married? Children? I'm not married. I do have two children who live in the beautiful place called heaven.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in the city of Chicago, but my parents then moved us to the suburbs.
What is the extent of your family? Parents? Any siblings? I am a lucky child, my parents are still married after 27+years. I do have two siblings. I have a brother who is nineteen years old, and a sister who is twenty-three years old. This makes me the middle child (twenty-one).
As a little girl, what did you dream/aspire to be? As a little girl, I changed my career path several times. I wanted to be a taxi driver, because I thought it was so cool to be able to drive everywhere. Then I wanted to work with animals, because I thought I would be able to bring all the animals home with me! Then I wanted to be a dancer, because I thought it would be nice to be noticed by the world, and make alot of money. I was totally not physically fit to have this job. Lol. Once in third grade, I found my path. I had a third grade teacher who realized that I had a speech problem, she gave me the tools and classes that I needed to try and correct it. I still have the same speech problem, but it is less as bad. This made me want to become a teacher. I still have the passion to become a teacher, however I would not mind being a social worker either. I would love to work with children who need someone to help them on the right path.
What were you like when you were a kid? As a kid, I was the good girl. I always did my homework and was always the teacher's pet.
What was your favorite toy, game or pass-time as a child? I loved to play the Sims game as a kid. I would literally sit on the computer for hours trying to beat the game. I wanted to have the biggest house.
How would you describe your childhood memories? I had many different childhood memories that were beautiful. I had many different childhood memories that were not so beautiful. I lived pretty much a simple lifestyle as a child.
Ever had an imaginary friend as a child? If yes, please tell a little about it. Yes, I did have an imaginary friend as a child. My imaginary friend's name was Larry. He was a trouble maker. He would always want me to do the opposite of what was right.
Did you enjoy your high school years? Yes I did enjoy my high school years. I was the teenager who always had someone to back her up in a situation. For example, if I didn't do my homework, I would always have someone to copy off of. :)
Did your dream/aspiration as a child changed in high school? If yes, how so? My dream really didn't change from when I was a child to a teenager (high school years). My dreams from high school years to now, have changed though. I realized that I want more things for myself. I wanted to be able to do life without support from people (others). I want to be able to afford my own things and not have to worry about using my parents line of credit or co-signing. I am currently on this path.
Oooh a trouble-maker imaginary friend! Did Larry ever get you in trouble? Larry has always gotten me into trouble. He would be the one, i would blame for staying up late. He would be the one, who would eat all the cookies in the cookie jar. He would be the one, who would hit my sister or brother.
Looking back, would you say that perhaps Larry was a platform for your good girl side to play bad? Larry was a way for me to deal with having barely any friends. He was a person to escape with.
I am so sorry for the loss of your two children who are now in heaven. It is said that losing a child is the greatest pain one can experience. Any encouraging words you'd like to share that may be of help to other Mothers perhaps sharing the same experience? For anyone who has ever experienced the loss of a child, be strong. i know that it hurts like hell and it feels like the world is falling around behind you. you just need to keep pushing forward. if you would ever like to talk please contact me.
What is the main objective of Listening Rather Than Speaking? the main objective of Listening Rather Then Speaking is just a way for me to write random rants, and random blog post. it just a way for me to keep busy and to express myself.
Where do you get your inspiration from? i mainly get my inspiration from the daily life struggles that i have, or the daily successes that i have, or just plain old life in general.
What goals are you aiming for yourself at the moment? i am currently aiming for more blog followers. i would like to organize a large giveaway to promote my blog along with other blogs. (if you would like to donate to this giveaway contact me; firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you could visit any where in the world, where would you visit and why? if i could visit anywhere in the world, i would like to visit disney land (again). i would like to visit disney land again just to experience some happiness and just to be able to get away.
What is your greatest dream? my greatest dream would to become a social worker or a teacher. along with this i would like to become a foster mom or adopt a few children. this would require me to get a good house (place to live), a good job, and a good stable life.
Bonus question I ask all interviewees: If we lived in a world where money was non-existent and all our commodities and personal necessities were provided to live a healthy and happy life, how would you spend the rest of your living days? i would spend my days in school more, working my brain. i want to be a social worker or a teacher. i would spend more time enjoying life and relaxing.
Marie, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind and willing disposition to share so much of yourself. Your wisdom in your young years is rare. I wish you the best and hope you accomplish all of your dreams! If you'd like to show some love and support and get to know Marie a tad more, by all means do go over and take a peek at Listening Rather Then Speaking and say Hola!