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My Christmas Gift To Me

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Ahas, Blogging Along, Daily Shalagh, Housewifery | 6 comments

My Christmas Gift To Me

(From Christmas 2013)    PMS, a full moon, and Christmas aren’t a good combo. Even with a whole lot done, I felt incomplete and irritated at everything this past week. Not feeling the ho ho ho in the holiday tone. Here I had a beautiful baby, everything to be grateful for, and I felt resentful. What? I want to judge it and yet I can’t when it may be telling me something needs an adjustment. I’ve been feeling more jazzed than ever to move ahead on my blog. Take the next step. I planned to use all the pictures I’d already taken, enjoy...

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The Work and Waiting

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Blogging Along, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, writing | 4 comments

The Work and Waiting

As a new blogger, I knew I wanted to write and be read. And I wanted it all to happen right now. Happen naturally? Ha! Now, now, now with no waiting. And that tension of not believing I really could do it and wanting it now, served to deflate me instead of inspire me. My submissions were rejected, my site was not glamorous enough, and I just wasn’t narcissistic enough to perpetually fan the flames of fan-ship. Thankfully and eventually, I had enough sense to know this too would pass and I did keep writing because at least I knew...

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Hide and Seek : The Invisible Woman

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Ahas, Blogging Along, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons | 0 comments

Hide and Seek : The Invisible Woman

The process of valuing myself and what I have to offer the world all comes down to visibility and on choosing whether to be seen or whether to stay the invisible woman. Fear of unspoken imagined horrors like public ostracization will keep us from coming out and being our truest selves. We’ll put on “I’m fine” shows for our perceived audience while all the while hoping no one gets wind that we are anything but fine. I am so guilty of that. I’ve written many times about how I felt I was invisible. I couldn’t see myself...

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The Fall Soul Selfie Challenge is Here

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Blogging Along, Daily Shalagh, Friendship | 2 comments

The Fall Soul Selfie Challenge is Here

On May 15th of 2016, I hosted my first Soul Selfie Challenge. As you may already know, I’m all about introspection. And I conceived of the hashtag #Soul_Selfie to house posts that I felt were deeper . And so naturally, next I had to offer up a week-long Instagram challenge to share some deeper thoughts with my community. Except, I was terrified! I direct messaged a group of four people I trusted and asked them if I should host a challenge and their solid advice was to take the Nike approach and “Just Do It”. Bless their supportive...

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Hello to October and My Plans

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Blogging Along, Daily Shalagh, Writing | 3 comments

Hello to October and My Plans

You’ve probably noticed it’s October already. Your calendar and your weather probably gave it away. But the meaning of the season change is personal and relative to each of us. For me it’s a slowing down and an opportunity for deeper work.   Yes, this is the month I got married and the month my husband and two of my very good friends were born in. It’s the weather shift I adore the most from Summer to actual Fall, and consequently I feel most alive in. But it’s also back to school time where I get more...

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Plans and Choices Are Yours to Make

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Ahas, Blogging Along, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons | 0 comments

Plans and Choices Are Yours to Make

When I became a new Mom, I perfected part of my system of finding hope by making plans. I would go to the library and collect books on whatever my questioned subject was. And then I would read and read and read. I’d grab some knowledge tidbit from these books and make a plan to use it. This would give me hope to change the outcome I’d been enduring, (think baby perpetually waking at 3 am or continuing to stand up in crib instead of falling asleep) and get me through the days better by fighting my anxiety with an action plan. My...

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Impatience Makes You Feel You’ve Already Failed

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Blogging Along, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons | 2 comments

Impatience Makes You Feel You’ve Already Failed

Have you ever you read something and thought immediately you needed that to be true for you too? Sooner than Later. My journey through blogging and self-discovery has set me face to face with so many options and ideas on how to be and do. And it would seem that I often did myself an injustice with my impatience. I wanted desperately to change where I was on my journey timeline. I wanted to be successful and self-actualized already! But because I couldn’t, I felt perpetually bad instead. Personally, and professionally, I had set my...

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It’s My Blog and I’ll Write What I Want To

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Ahas, Blogging Along, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons | 2 comments

It’s My Blog and I’ll Write What I Want To

Like so many, I question my own motivations on why and what I’m doing. Is it for me or my friends or my family or my readers that I chose the subjects I write about. I do have moments of self-doubt where I wobble with thoughts of will this be interesting to others or is it just for me? Either you’re doing your living (and your writing) for yourself or you’re trying to people-please. You certainly can entertain others while you are being true to yourself but not the other way around. You can not solely try to make others like...

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The Discontent

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Ahas, Blogging Along, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons | 0 comments

The Discontent

When I’m thinking and writing, it seems everyday in fact, I’m processing what I consider to be a truth and adding to that or changing what I think. My philosophy is always a work in progress and because I live in a slight state of discontent. I have moments of good enough but I am always aware there’s more to know and learn. I don’t accept everything I see and hear. I am always considering not only the validity of what I hear but what it means to me personally. Does that correspond or contradict with what I believe? Is...

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My Sixth Year Blogaversary

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Blogging Along, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons | 4 comments

My Sixth Year Blogaversary

Well, this blogaversary snuck up on me. Kind of like old age and thinning hair, suddenly you may not be rocking them but you own them, like it or not. I have had a blog, been blogging, been a blogger for six years this August. Not as long as some and not as successful as other blogs younger than me. That’s just how it is in the blogosphere, you can see who you’re comparing yourself to and then you have to tell yourself another story. I can say that at this blog has grown me in ways that I didn’t expect in the least. I became a better writer...

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