Hey there bliss finder, I’m so happy that you’re here! I’m a big believer in divine relationships, and just know we’re meeting here for some meaningful exchange.
My name is Stefanie. I’m a 30 something East Coast mom of 2, here to help you create a bliss state centered life, and lifestyle.
I started Bliss Lived because I wanted to re-commit to finding the bliss in my life again after many different health challenges with my son; transitions in removing old negative ways of thinking, and the desire to help others, like me, who have experienced similar situations – find the purpose and joy in their lives again. Everyday we can choose to find the positive in life – even when it’s less than the ideal we have pictured in our heads. We just have to choose.
Here you’ll find inspiration, lessons, and support to help you in your spiritual growth journey and personal development path.
I’m a homeschooling mom who believes that we are active co-creators with the universe, goddesses in our own right, and can create any vision we have in our minds. I believe bliss is like a beautiful, warm and delicious pot of soup. There are many ingredients and aspects that play into creating a blissful life – and I go over these step-by-step in my blog posts, videos, courses and other offerings online like my free challenges and daily social media tips.
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Read a little about my motherhood, homeschooling + spiritual journey story here..
| Motherhood |
Almost 10 years ago I was devoted to finally making it in the career world, I was working a marketing job in the city (NY), in a long but satifisfying 9 til 9 and was so happy to have be on track to helping my family who was still in the inner city. About 3-4 months into my dream job, I found out I was pregnant and shortly after had to have an unexpected appendectomy. It was a very scary experience, and I was so anxious about my baby’s health up until he walked and talked that first year – because of all of the meds they gave me for pain!
After the surgery I was put on bed rest, and unfortunately lost my job shortly after. I was devastated and angry. But I also knew on a deep level that I never wanted to depend on a company for my livelihood again. I also knew I had to turn this into a positive experience for the sake of my still fragile health. So I started planning my baby shower..
After the party I decided to try and make some extra cash planning children’s parties by repurposing my own children’s party decor. My strategy went something like this: I purchased high end items for a desert buffet, table decor etc., and then rented it out where I could recoup the costs and eventually make a profit. Here’s one of my tables!
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For the first few years I made my money back and then some but it became obvious it was a business that needed constant attention, and space to store the goods. I didn’t feel like I loved Party planning enough to invest in a rental hall – so I decided to close, and go back to school to pursue my childhood dream of becoming a psychology college professor (I’m an IO psych by trade).
The problem was I had no idea what college teaching *really* involved, or what the climate was like. Eventually, I found out it was not the right path for me – and all the while processing this and freaking out on what to do, we were handed some horrible experiences during at my son’s prek year.
|Enter Homeschooling |
During those 2 years and 2 different school structures (public and private), we had a rude awakening on how learning is viewed in schools, and experiences with things like bullying, that made us disillusioned with the entire system. These experiences also aligned with many of the things I saw in academia. The signs as they say were everywhere.
As a result, we decided to give homeschooling a try. Thinking to ourselves, “we’ve already been through so much, we can never go back to what the universe has shown us will not work for us.” We knew in our hearts it was the right decision and fast forward almost 4 years later.. it was. Although we take homeschooling year by year, we’re very happy with our journey so far.
It was through homeschooling that the spiritual practice of trusting and letting go began for me. In many ways I would not be where I am spiritually if it were not for homeschooling. It has really helped me dig deep in my soul as a parent and person. I had to embrace the unknowns and in the process reconnect with my intuition and gut. This has led to a unique, confidence, growth and empowerment in our family
I hope that if this opportunity is knocking at your door in whatever way it may be manifesting itself – that you’ll answer it.
| My Spiritual Journey |
My spiritual journey began in childhood growing up in a Christian cult. Like most things, I didn’t view it in that way at the time and am very grateful for the connections, experiences and start in my spiritual development it gave me.
Everything on our path has meaning and purpose.
In college, I became agnostic and didn’t have any kind of spiritual practice aside an occasional prayer until I became a mom in 2008. Before that I had a stint of being displaced after I graduated college which really had me question where was God in everything. In college I had briefly read the Secret and about manifesting and the universe but it was all very woo-woo to me and the only thing I really remembered was the title of the book.
Fast forward a few years later and the concept and the teachings would change my world view drastically. But I’m mentioning this here to illustrate, that life can sometimes be a real circle and you will revisit things and see things in a different light even after having some contact with it.
After my children were born and up until the first 2 years into homeschooling, we gave Christianity a try but it was just not a good fit. For the past 2 years I’ve been on a journey to expand my consciousness and am finally feeling that I’ve found my place in the spiritual world, by simply being a spiritual being.
I love learning about new cultures, religions, esoteric texts, quantum physics, Buddhism, yoga and so much more. There are truths in all paths and I’m resonating the most with integrating what goes well with my soul, as well as getting to know who I really am.
Mindfulness, Goddess Traditions, and Pagan holidays are becoming a big part of my motherhood journey and I’m so excited to speak more about these topics and help others interested in integrating more of this here.
For those of you unfamiliar with Homeschooling or Interested in it here is some brief info. Feel Free to follow our Homeschooling Channel and Page Learning + Lore for more information on it.
What IS Homeschooling?
Homeschooling is an educational movement where parents are going back to educating their children at home. In many ways this is the way it *used to be done* before public schooling was introduced, to satisfy the need of needing more workers in the workforce during industrialism. Its also the natural rhythm of learning we do as mothers, the moment our babes enter the world. For some reason we’ve bought into the idea that this intuitive and natural method needs to stop at some point and the government or *someone else* can raise and teach our children better that we can. Doesn’t that sound unreal to you?
Many factors influence why families homeschool such as, religious, health (food allergies, disabilities), bullying, giftedness, educational beliefs – and also just realizing the amazing results and journey that this approach provides. If you’re curious about how homeschooling works and the history of it – I highly recommend the documentaries Agenda & Indoctrination, as well as any books by John Taylor Gatto – retired NYC public school teacher. As well as any articles by Peter Gray Boston professor and researcher whose written extensively on this topic on Psychology Today.
What Kind of Homeschoolers Are you?
We’re Ecclectic & *Intuitive* homeschoolers, which means we borrow from many different educational philosophies and approaches, and intuitively follow what we think our children need to focus on or may need by observing their longitudinal learning rhythms. We take home learning year by year for this very same reason and our open to letting our children become active decision makers in their learning journey, which may mean they may want to try a coop, public or private school in the future. We aim for a collaborative and positive relationship.
I believe in looking for intellectual readiness or interest, but also guiding myself spiritually on when I should pursue something or wait by taking cues from my child on what I feel is best for them and their abilities as a parent. Some of the educational philosophies I like to be guided by are:
– Charlotte Mason + Living Books. Character building and the importance of having good habits. Getting out into nature to explore and pay attention to the divine timing of things and learn intuitively how nature and animals work.
– Unschooling. Children are intelligent, and HUGELY in tune with what they want to learn and need. I love to be an active facilitator for my pod. I also love teaching them to be open to feedback or areas that they might not particularly like but they might enjoy by just keeping an open mind. We create curriculum for interest areas, or modify it according to my children’s learning styles.
– Classical. I absolutely love diving deep into classic novels and poetry from yester year rich in history, and a unique advanced vocabulary and prose. My children love the stories of adventure where children are given *so* much responsibility and succeed in pursuing their dreams even at a young age.
-Project/Interest/Play Based Learning. Both of my children have their very own YouTube Channels and Brands. They love sharing their interests, passion projects and knowledge/expertise, even at their young age – which also really gets to show them how projects start, work, and what goes involved in producing content or information. You can find them at:
@raythemantaray : Instagram
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In growth + bliss – Stefanie