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I.N.T.E.N.T.I.O.N.A.L Living- "Notice, Nibble"

Hey Ya'll! How was your January? I still can't believe that it is the year 2021! Even though so much has happened in the world, it is a great time to be alive! I sensed a "shift" of some sort on a large scale. Not just a personal shift for me, but I'm sensing what I can only describe as a "cosmic shift". And let me just say, that I'm here for it. I am positioning myself to receive whatever is for me. If you have been reading my blogs, you know that I am focused on I.N.T.E.N.T.I.O.N.A.L Living this year and in the month of January, my focus was on "Imagine". I did a whole blog post about it, so I won't double-back here.

Well this month, my focus is "Notice and Nibble". The "notice" means to learn about or see something for the first time; be mindful of and about what is around you. The "nibble" means to take small bites of things; small steps. I keep a small notebook on me so that when I think of things or hear something in a conversation that I don't know much about, I write it down so that I can go back and do some research on it. I have already had some cool learning experiences so far that I want to share.

So, I think it was in December that I saw a post from a former co-worker of mine talking about a "secret-sister" gift exchange and I decided to partake in the exchange. I did receive some pretty cool gifts from the exchange, and it seemed like I was receiving a package every other day! One of the gifts that was sent to me was a travel set of Burt's Bees products. Now, I've purchased Burt's Bees lip chap a few times because I like the quality of the product, but I never "noticed" or knew where Burt's Bees was located. Well one day when I was applying the Hand Salve (for these dry rough hands), I happened to notice that my hometown of Durham, NC was printed on the back of the tin. Seeing this peaked my interest and I went to the "google machine" to get some information on the Burt's Bees company. Lo and behold, Burt's Bees is headquartered right in the middle of my hometown's downtown! Who knew? Maybe you did, but I didn't until I actually noticed to what was printed on the back of the product that I was using. I found this and the story behind the company so fascinating! The next time I go home, I am definitely going to visit their headquarters.

The next cool thing that I experienced because I took the time to "nibble" was when I wrote down how I wanted to get more information on sewing machine history. When I started doing some research, I found out that the inventor, Garrett Morgan, started his invention career with the sewing machine. Garrett Morgan only had an elementary school education and he taught himself how to repair sewing machines. He later opened his own sewing machine repair shop and then he expanded his business to include his own tailoring shop. He noticed that the sewing needles were scorching woolen fabric so he created a liquid that prevented this occurrence. In case you are wondering, this is the same Garrett Morgan that invented the three-way traffic light!

I decided that I was going to go back to school to complete my requisites to finish my Marriage & Family Counseling licensure. Instead of stressing and being overwhelmed by how much has to be done: figuring out which school I'm going to attend, how am I going to fund my classes, and when will I start- I am going to "nibble" on this process and take small steps to get to where I want to be. This approach has eliminated my stress and any feeling of being overwhelmed.

As this month goes on, I will continue to "notice" and "nibble". Before I go, let me leave you with this. So, for those of you who know about the story of Moses in the bible remember when he saw the burning bush? Well, if he would have just "saw" the bush burning instead of "noticing" the bush burning but not being consumed, he could have missed the message given to him by God. Lesson: Take time to "notice" the world around you, there may be important things you need to see or receive that are just for you!

What are you noticing or nibbling on this month? I would love to hear from you!

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