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The Last of the 100 Day Project 2019 : Days 70 through 100

I wrapped up my second year of participation in the 100 day project in the middle of July, 2019. My last post for the project, Days 36 through 69 for the 100 Day Project 2019, was back in the middle of June !

Summer got ahead of me and I am having fun and making lots of plans for progress on the blog , in my writing, and in claiming my place in the world as an artist.

I am adamant that creativity leads to a better understanding of ourselves and how we fit into the world. Our anxieties want to run us down and out but when we allow ourselves to create, especially on a regular and consistent basis, we create a loop of self-trust that makes us fuller more complete people.

Thank you so much for following along with me during my project. I felt the encouragement and enthusiasm of my audience and it makes all the difference to stay the course when you know that people are invested in you. I hope you’ll join me next April, 2020 for my next 100 Days of Shalagh.

Go HERE to see the first two weeks of the 100 Days of Shalagh 2019.

Go HERE to see days 19 through 35 of the 100 Days of Shalagh 2019.

Go HERE to see days 36 through 69 of the 100 Days of Shalagh 2019 aka my 100 day project.

Go HERE for a definition and the home of the project. Or search the #100DayProject hashtag on social media.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

Hello From the Other Side

Sitting on my couch in my bay window bathed in morning light, I just saw a hummingbird hovering outside the window. Midsummer will be buzzing outside soon and the oppressive heat has broken for the moment. I heard the daughter go back to sleep above me in her bedroom. Sigh.

I have emerged from an eight month haze full of doubt and listening, healing from a self-inflicted trauma, to a new place. Perhaps it was a period of grief as I let go of ways of mistreating myself that no longer served me. Allowing myself to just Be and See while doing only that which I wanted to do has created a sense of safety.

Hello from the other side on Shalavee.com

I am very concertedly focusing on seeing what everyone else values in me and valuing it too. Connecting to others and appreciating them as they appreciate me is such a natural action, so easy that I wonder what took me so long.

Yes, part of this is the gift of medication to calm the whiny anxiety buzz in my brain. And part of this is letting go of beliefs that no longer serve me. Listening to the logic of humanity, kindness, and self-compassion and making changes that serve these purposes.

Hello from the other side on Shalavee.com

We all must go at our own pace for our own purposes. And honoring this has been my goal. And suddenly I find myself in a place of choice and “Can Do” that I do not remember being in before. It’s slightly terrifying and very powerful listening to your self as a kind and strong parent.

So I will continue to place Shoulds in a box to stew in their own toxic juices. And I ask every day, “What do I want to do?”. What feels like hope and joy and fun. Then let me go do that.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

Permission to Be Me

It is truly hard to claim yourself. What do you like and who do you believe yourself to be are two of an intricate network of questions for which the answers represent you. Except we are so inundated with facts on who we are supposed to be a that by the time we are old enough to have the power to define ourselves, we’ve all but forgotten who we are.

“You can be anything you want to be” is such a ridiculous statement, we think. I’m supposed to be all these other things.

I keep thinking that I need focus on who I see myself as. To actively engage in a process where I define myself to me and the world. For years, I have had the intention of delving into my journals and blog posts to get to know and appreciate myself better. Am I doing that? Not.

Except, self-love is giving yourself permission to be you. And if you don’t know you, how do you know where you end and others begin? Or what makes you happy? Or what you’re good at? All your decisions are driven by the answers to these questions. Or they’re not. And you’ll feel lost if you are choosing life choices based on other people’s expectations of you.

permission to be me on Shalavee.com

So I am again setting myself to seeing myself in my writing by reading my words. I want to hear what excites me again. I want to know what my priorities. Like an archaeological expedition, I want to rediscover myself and find out what parts of that need to be fleshed out. What flames need to be fanned into a bonfire that I can tend and share. Thinking that my daily art effort will now be redirected to this project and we’ll see where it takes me.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

My Garden Party Looked Like This

As you may, or may not, remember, I overhauled my garden this Spring. It took me many days and weeding out over 30 wheelbarrows of weeds before I won my garden from those weeds.

My Garden Party Looked Like This on Shalavee.com

I had given up on the garden and my power over it. I kept saying I couldn’t possibly… And then I decided to change that to I could and I would as weather permitted. And I began because there’s no finishing until there’s a beginning. One nice day at a time.

My Garden Party Looked Like This on Shalavee.com

I am far from done but I have taken my garden back to ground zero. And that was an occasion worth celebrating. I chose June 30th (’19) as the date to host a Garden party. And our ladies gathering group eagerly said yes. But as we got closer, I knew the weather was going to be ridiculously hot. So I decided our party location would be the newly cooled garage instead.

My Garden Party Looked Like This on Shalavee.com

Remember, my husband has an event lighting company, On You Mark Lighting Design and Equipment, LLC . I know what toys I have at my disposal to play with and chose a chandelier and Fete lights. I cleaned out the garage further an reused an old table and a 4 x 8 board for our table. Bought a wickedly discounted tablecloth at Kohl’s and gathered all my linens and props and began to play.

My Garden Party Looked Like This on Shalavee.com

I ordered flower bunches from my florist and gathered Queen Anne’s lace and made one big arrangement and filled enough canning jars with bouquets for everyone to take one home.

My Garden Party Looked Like This on Shalavee.com

The menu was a Vietnamese noodle salad, a Rose sangria, cucumber limemade, and a key lime pie. Everyone brought wine and a few appetizers and other deserts and we happily spent hours talking, eating, drinking, and strolling the garden.

My Garden Party Looked Like This on Shalavee.com

I love seeing people feel special when they are at a party. To feel privileged and pampered is a wonderful feeling and that’s what I aim to achieve with every party I throw. Plus my garage and my garden have never looked so great! Plus I get the depth of conversation I crave. We celebrate people’s successes and we listen to their concerns. The validation of our humanness is worth all of the effort we can make.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

A Summer Morning Walk in Denton

Missed posting this morning bright and early because the Garden Party happened. I took a long walk as the weather had broken and other than the fact that my feet hurt, it was a glorious walk.

a summer morning walk in Denton on Shalavee.com
a summer morning walk in Denton on Shalavee.com
a summer morning walk in Denton on Shalavee.com
a summer morning walk in Denton on Shalavee.com

All the cottages in town looked proud and festive. The dappling of the Summer light through the trees was so enticing. And in the cacophony of cicada and cricket song from the trees to the meadow, I heard the lullaby of lazy days to come.

a summer morning walk in Denton on Shalavee.com
a summer morning walk in Denton on Shalavee.com
Crabapple tree
a summer morning walk in Denton on Shalavee.com

I owe you a garden and garden party post and now that I have time to do that, I’ll do that.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

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