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Crunchy Christmas House Tour 2016 – 2017

Oh the inferences I had trying to film this video! I had every intention of filming it way before the holiday was over. But then the kids were home. And then it was overcast. And then winter hit and it was overcast all the time. I picked the whole house up one day and was just about to film and then everybody came home.

Here’s the thing, I’ve got a family and a life. I like to separate them and sometimes they can’t be. So here’s the crunchy Christmas House Tour 2017 with me studdering and stumbling and it’s OK. Find it on You Tube here.

Today I actually removed said crunchy Christmas tree. It put up a fight all the way out the door leaving needles and tree bits all through the house and on to the porch. But I’m OK with the mess and the fight as I know it’s the price I pay for the tree that I want.

I do suggest that you replace the tree lights with another light display for the winter. Drape the lights around a mirror or in some twigs in a pot. Our brains need the light source during these long dark winter days.

I hope you have transitioned your holiday hours into happy enough days until the spring comes. And that the sunlight comes, you bask in it.

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Live to Tape Chats Starring Me

Since the end of July, I have been doing live video broadcasts from my Shalavee.com Facebook page here. My thoughts were that I like talking and people like to see people talk so why the heck don’t I start talking online. Subjects have included Burnout, Creativity, and Perfectionism which was the talk the screen froze and I had to finish in another broadcast. Irony is a funny sexy thing. After I am done taping the 10 -12 minute video, the live video goes to “tape” and is held on my page forever more. As of today, I have done 11 (counting the perfectionism one as one) broadcasts. And this is what I’ve learned.

Personal Ahas

  • Anything you devote yourself to regularly you get better at. I was so timid at first that I almost didn’t want people to be watching. Now that I’ve seen myself over and over, I find I’m compelling and interesting.
  • You have to do your thing just for you. It’s a thrill to share it and get other people to watch your progress but it has to be for your happiness.
  • I’m interesting to watch. My personality really comes through and that’s a strength of mine.
  • Keep writing or talking or dancing even if nobody’s watching.

Live to tape chats on Shalavee.com

Technological Ahas

  • Where there’s a will, the way is even simpler than you think. Fish around and find out how things work. That’s how children learn.
  • Essentially the web is now so user freaking friendly and interconnected that you only need to poke at a few buttons and everything you need to accomplish a task such as downloading or sharing is right there.
  • Conversely, when the writer of the article you read on shooting a live Facebook broadcast apparently has an Iphone and you have an Android, you may shoot the video of yourself sideways (twice) because she said the comments would show up on the side instead of below.
  • And you should always test out your technology ahead of time to make sure it all looks good and upright and loud enough.
  • When doing Live Facebook broadcast, disconnect notifications of Facebook during or your phone will lock up and you’ll have to force stop the app. Sigh.
  • If you have bad internet connection with Verizon, suck it up and accept that you will be pixelated and have weak signal until you figure out another provider.

I think you should do anything you consider a possibility twice before you decide if it’s a good fit. So far, I rather like doing these broadcast. In fact last week I had uninstalled and reinstalled Facebook on my phone to rid myself of a glitch, and inadvertently posted live to my personal page. But in making this mistake, I had a few people show up that I was pleased to see were watching me.

I showed up in the wrong place. But I showed up. And so did they so Yay!!!  Look for me every Friday at noon on my Shalavee Facebook page or watch the taped version of my talking head on my YouTube channel here.

Enjoy my taped talk on Perfectionism. And it’s part two too.

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 orPinterest 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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Confidence Video Talk

I am guided by the belief that if I show up and do the work I’m thinking about, I’ll know what to do next. Trying hard to just follow my inspirations and feelings where they lead me and then present them in my best words on my blog. A long time ago it occurred to me, that if I spoke my words out loud to camera, that may mean more to those I’m talking to. But the confidence to be on camera instead of behind it had not been bestowed upon me. Until now.

This has been a long time coming doing more in front of the camera. Ironically, the topic of this first intentional sit down is confidence. Confidence is complicated as it encompasses the concepts of trust and compassion. Do I trust myself to not be making a fool of myself? Do I trust that you’ll be kinder about my appearance than I (wearing the wrong shirt)? I guess I’ll have to take my hands off of it and let you draw your conclusions and inspirations. But you’ll certainly know my aim is true.

Here’s my 8 minute confidence talk. You’ll hear my take on building confidence, self-trust, and at the end you’ll find out what the opposite of judgement is. Thank you for watching and there’s a few links mentioned in the video at the bottom of the post. TURN YOUR VOLUME UP!

Hope you got a satisfying “Aha!” from this post. Below are a few links to some of the resources I mentioned. I’m thinking of going (read decided to go)  to Facebook and to do a live connection video every Friday. Essentially, I won’t have to do downloading to YouTube and people can chat at me while I talk.  And then it will be saved permanently. I’m saying Yes because I’m starting down this video road I’ve so long contemplated.

With Confidence.

Resources and Mentions

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. If you Sign up for my newsletter in the sign up box over there to the right, you’ll receive a first look-see at my Creative Mothers’ Manifesto!  Heartfelt impassioned words on the need for expressing creativity for your soul and being a better mother for it.

Day Of the Dead Art

Just say yes to more pictorial fun for the Halloween Holiday. For this final day, I thought I’d do a little, or large, tribute to the Day of the Dead. What the heck is it you ask? Here’s an official sounding blurb I copied to explain it.

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a bank holiday. The celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2, in connection with the triduum of Allhallowtide: All Hallows’ Eve, Hallowmas, and All Souls’ Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased. And there you go. Let’s look at pictures now, OK?

American Gothic Day of the Dead on Shalavee.com

day of the dead food on Shalavee.com

day of the dead make up on Shalavee.com

day of the dead dearly departed on Shalavee.com

Mark and Me with the Day of the Dead makeup for halloween while I was pregnant with Fiona on Shalavee.com

Surprise! Bet you didn’t expect to see us. Trick or treat.

Eamon's Day of the dead costume for Halloween 2012 on Shalavee.com

And Eamon too!

black and white day of the dead on Shalavee.com

day of the dead recycling costume on Shalavee.com

dolls for day of the dead on Shalavee.com

Martha Stewart style Day of the Dead party on Shalavee.com

Dolan Geiman, Señorita made with vintage collage on Shalavee.com

dias de los meurtos altar on Shalavee.com

day of the dead pumpkin dias de los meurtos altar on Shalavee.com

day of the dead makeup on Shalavee.com

pink day of the dead on Shalavee.com

sugar skull wallpaper on Shalavee.com

The wallpaper? Because someone can and did. Hope you enjoyed the picture parade and I leave you and this month of 31 days straight of posts with a crafty video from a  friend Caroline Gravino and her blog Salsa Pie. Light up magnetic sugar skulls!

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 orPinterest 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.

 

House Decorating Tour : Summer 2014

You know how you decide you’re going to do something and then you keep postponing it. And putting it off. And scheduling it to then reschedule it. Well that was definitely happening with my house decorating tour video shoot. You may or not remember my making this promise in My Decorating Style post.

I, like many, have tons of ideas about how I want to make things better. I focus on what hasn’t happened instead of the overall picture. I know from perfection and this house ain’t it. I’m a tree studier instead of a forest seer. And I was hung up on thinking of all the things I should do before I did this.

But then I went ahead and did this anyway.

It’s here, my walking talking tour of the first floor of my house. I hope that you enjoy my effort, my thoughts, and my voice and that this effort helps me to move on with some decorating projects and letting go of some hangups I have about perfectionism.

Enjoy!

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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