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Daily Shalagh is otherwise known as everything I think and say and do. Or another home page.

Ignore Your Brain, Feel Your Feels

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Wisdom Lessons | 2 comments

Ignore Your Brain, Feel Your Feels

This week, I had a really bad spell of the feels. I finished up my creativity workshop and instead of feeling that amazing “I did it” feeling, I felt like an impostor. Who was I to think I had anything to say about creativity? And then, why did I put myself in this jeopardy? And PS, this is the same doubt spell I had at the end of my creativity/anxiety sermon I gave at my church. So I rolled around for a day feeling really crappy. Letting all the silly mean stuff rip around in my head. Grieving the marvelous feelings I was supposed to feel in...

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Creativist or Consumerist : Which one are You?

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, The Soapbox | 0 comments

Creativist or Consumerist : Which one are You?

I believe that you are choosing to live your life on one of two paths. You are either living your life as a Creativist or as a Consumerist. And this is how this story and the dawning of my understanding between creativism and consumerism unfolded. I made friends with fellow uber-creative Olivia Sprinkel via Instagram. And I see in her bio she calls herself a creativist. I ask her what’s this? She answers, “Hello! I saw a friend’s Facebook post about Eddie Izzard, an English comedian who asked ‘Are you a capitalist or...

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Why I’m OK Teaching a Creativity Workshop

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018 in Ahas, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Eastern Shore Experiences, Wisdom Lessons | 3 comments

Why I’m OK Teaching a Creativity Workshop

If I had a dime for every time I heard, “Oh Shalagh you are so creative”, I’d at least have five bucks. This became one of those phrases that made me twitch perhaps because I didn’t think of myself as having any kind of creative superpowers which was obvious to them but not to me, until it finally was. I think perhaps what they meant was they wished they knew the secret creative permission spell too. Fast forward to the past several years when I intentionally indulged myself in creative challenges to gain creative confidence. I followed many...

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My Body Myself

Posted by on Nov 7, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Health and Body Wellness, Wisdom Lessons | 2 comments

My Body Myself

I had a not so nice moment with my body in a dressing room recently. I said in this Instagram post, “I went shopping today. Put my body in front of mirrors. It was quite soul crushing. I’m reeling with the hangover of my 52-year-old body.” This mental place of self-hatred is a familiar abode for me. I’ve spent more time in my life disliking my body than liking it. Gladly, I bought clothing afterwards that I liked the way it fit and looked on my body. And that was what I packed for my vacation. I did more shopping while...

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Will You Face the Day with Hope or Dread ?

Posted by on Nov 5, 2018 in Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 1 comment

Will You Face the Day with Hope or Dread ?

It occurred to me this morning that I am either hopeful or I am hopeless at any given moment. Am I dreading my day or looking forward to it? And in that very answer is the truth of my life’s outlook. My perception of who I am and how I have value to add to the world is the key to which state of being I’m in. I am holding my breath this morning to find out how I feel. Our thoughts and feelings are codependent and fickle. We may have a fleeting thought about our “less than” worth and then suddenly our inner child has gone on strike...

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Focus is My New Word of the Year for 2019

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Ahas, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh | 1 comment

Focus is My New Word of the Year for 2019

Last year, I chose the word Trust as my word of the year for 2018. I wanted to trust the world, my process, and myself. But I’ve found that just because I want something to be a certain way doesn’t mean that I am inspired by telling myself it has to be that way. In fact, I’ve found that it can work quite the opposite way for me. If you tell me to do it, I’m not necessarily going to do it. Our inner punks are like that. So the well meant word of the year didn’t inspire me to trust myself anymore. I think I just...

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You May Have Forgotten But You Are Still in Charge

Posted by on Oct 29, 2018 in Daily Shalagh, Midlife Motherhood, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

You May Have Forgotten But You Are Still in Charge

You, Yes, you are in charge of your life. I am adamant about stating that your life is for you to plan. Even if you choose to do what others suggest you do, it’s always been your final choice to make. You are in charge of your own life plus the lives of your small ones. And for the most part, this in charge status also extends to your family’s way of living. You are probably steering your family boat as a Mama. Without this understanding, other people think they’re in charge of you. The kid in the Target who is melting down...

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Waiting for the Grump to Leave so I Could Live

Posted by on Oct 26, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Friendship, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Waiting for the Grump to Leave so I Could Live

This past weekend, we had an impromptu birthday potluck supper at my house. I spent Saturday afternoon exchanging my living room with my dining room and did all the rearranging my heart desired. But it took a good couple of hours for the cleaning and decorating therapy to kick in and cure me of a sour mood I seemed to be in. I wasn’t dreading my birthday, in fact I was looking very forward to all the festivities. I realized the next day that my inner people had held their breath until the grumpy bitch finally packed up her things and left....

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On Gratitude : Part Two

Posted by on Oct 17, 2018 in Ahas, Community, Daily Shalagh, Wisdom Lessons | 2 comments

On Gratitude : Part Two

I was talking on the phone with my husband. He said, “Did you call the gas company?” at the exact same time the gas company truck was driving by my window at 40 miles per hour. I laughed, told him what had just happened, and wondered out loud how often the Universe is trying to let you know stuff that you just aren’t paying attention enough to understand. Gratitude isn’t just for the now, it’s for all the stuff that didn’t but could have happened. I can tell you I’m profoundly grateful for the support I...

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Understanding Mindfulness as Doing vs. Being

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 2 comments

Understanding Mindfulness as Doing vs. Being

Since my therapist had asked me to make two separate lists to discriminate what I “was” from what I “did”, I searched the internet for related articles on Being vs. Doing. And what I found was a truly enlightening article on Mindful.org by Zindel Segal titled “The Difference Between “Being” and “Doing”. This concept shifted my understanding of what I have already been working on in my mindfulness practices. This blog post is my summary of what I read and understood. We have two different mind modes; being and doing. Each has its own value in...

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