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Gathering My Lessons

I am constantly learning from my life. Someone special to me said that I could glean a lesson even from a recipe.

Which is what I did in my post, When The Recipes Must Go.

I call them Ahas. I can also stand on a Soapbox every once in a while.

And I learn some pretty big stuff from some little people in my life. The good and the bad and

the happy and the sad. My friendships are very important to me. The past holds some wisdom yet to be learned.

And my husband’s lessons are occasionally shared by his voice here. I may repeat myself, but guaranteed,

I’ll get you to think about life just a little differently.

Re-establishing Trust With You is the Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Do

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons | 3 comments

Re-establishing Trust With You is the Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Do

Re-establishing trust with you is the most important thing you’ll ever do It takes witchcraft to conjure items from nowhere and that’s exactly what it feels like when you’re attempting to manifest a feeling you’ve truly never felt before like happiness and self-confidence. Being OK with me was hidden in secret magical fairy tale dimension that I’d only read about in make-believe or self-help books. The concept of self-esteem was so foreign, it seemed something someone made up to be cruel to people like me. But...

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Connecting the Parts

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons | 0 comments

Connecting the Parts

Last Summer, I agreed with the small girl inside me that she needed my help to heal. And together, we acknowledged her needs and demands to be allowed to create and play. I participated in creative challenge after creative challenge until reestablished trust with my inner child around the need for play.My adult and child parts were beginning to reconnect. I have felt a need to heal another part of myself recently. She was the teen me who was so daring, took chances, and showed the world what she was made of. She was intoxicating and...

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Let Me Tell You Where I am Now

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, The Good Mother | 3 comments

Let Me Tell You Where I am Now

Let me tell you where I am now. I’m sitting in my craft room. My laptop is in front of me and I’m perusing my journal trying to grab on to something of interest to write about. I’m good with the writing as long as I’m interested in the subject. In an hour, Fiona will descend the yellow school bus stairs for only the second time. Her Pre-K year has begun. Let me tell you what Pre-K means to me I was a new blogger when I got pregnant with her. So the blog and my writing talents have been worked on and developed parallel...

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Understanding Fear with the Help of Rhonda Britten

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons | 0 comments

Understanding Fear with the Help of Rhonda Britten

I have long been a big fan of Rhonda Britten, one of the life coaches from the Starting Over television series on TLC 15 years ago or so. You can Read about the trick I learned from her co-coach Iyanla Vanzandt in this post titled How To Change Your Life : Feel As If the Thing Has Happened. I recently searched for Ms. Britten and found her amazing work continues inside the Fearless Living Institute where she has a life coach training course as well. I promptly signed up for her emails and requested her book titled Change Your Life in 30 Days...

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Misunderstand and Misunderstood

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, Random | 2 comments

Misunderstand and Misunderstood

Fact is, anytime we are out in the world, we have the possibility to encounter people. People who can be as wonderful as they are annoying. A chance to be misunderstood and misunderstand one another. A chance to experience the joy of human gifts of compassion as well as the same chance to create conflict. I had two negative experiences in this world recently. But it was also pointed out to me that I am a knee jerk to feelings kinda person instead of considering the facts and circumstances and then deciding kinda person. Mostly, what happens...

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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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The Relationship Trust Fund

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons | 0 comments

The Relationship Trust Fund

A picture of the cover of a book called the Speed of Trust came up in my IG feed recently called the Speed of Trust. After reading a synopsis of the book , I was reminded that all affairs of the soul eventually find their way into “better ways to do business” books. And while trust is indeed an essential element in every relationship, personal or professional, the development of a trust fund within us for ourselves is often forgotten. I spoke of the importance of making trust deposits here and building up trust funds with your family,...

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Ceasing the Knee-Jerk and Making Mental Room to Move On To

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons | 0 comments

Ceasing the Knee-Jerk and Making Mental Room to Move On To

We get very comfortable with the way we manage our lives. We think, “This is how things are and this is what I do.” And this can go on way beyond the life management effectiveness expiration date. Wayyyyy beyond. Like that time I was unhappily married and stayed married. Or those jobs that I kept even though I was miserable. But even our day-to-day functioning can be outdated and we’d have no clue. We are what we do everyday. And for a very long time, I did things based on fear. I did what I did because I was afraid of running out or...

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Generations of Chaos

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons | 2 comments

Generations of Chaos

My chaotic roots realization hit me the other day in the way that matter of fact becomes outrageous in a moment of consideration. Chaos has always been a way of life for both my husband’s and my family because they knew it well. Our Great-Grandfathers, grandfathers, and fathers were alcoholics. It just was the way it was. Some of them recovered and some did not. What you get as a result of not knowing when the alcoholic will be drunk and rage and disturb the family’s peace, is a perpetual state of panic and chaos. You get to...

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