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Books That Don’t Help

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons | 2 comments

Books That Don’t Help

  (If you’d like to listen to me read this post, there’s an audio recording at the bottom of the post. Scroll down and Just press play and Soundcloud will do the rest) Is it that I’m too pragmatic or my expectations are too high? Because I believe that if you’re going to make the effort to write a book or create anything that you want people to buy or buy into, you need to make sure it will in fact help them and not just you. Books need to have a little more purpose for the money they ask. There’s a book up...

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Judge Not Lest Ye’ Be Judged

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons | 2 comments

Judge Not Lest Ye’ Be Judged

Opinions are like noses, everyone has one. And you know of course, that makes everyone capable of being Judgy Judgertons right? But judgements are actually necessary. We judge if that old lady really is feeble enough to need a hand opening the store door and whether or not the pain we are currently having requires a 911 call for an ambulance. We’ve been taught that judging others is bad. But even if  I choose to refrain from judging you, this probably won’t stop you from judging me. You will do what you will do. And so will...

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Garden Grief

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

Garden Grief

I told my husband this morning that I’m beside myself with frustration and grief from the garden shrub and tree flowering that got screwed up with our early warm spell and freeze this March. There was no umbrella of blossoms on the weeping cherry tree. There are three blooms on the wisteria. And the beautiful tulip magnolia tree next door just sprouted leaves without flowers. I am grieving for the Spring that got stolen. It happens every year. The wisteria gets interrupted. The hydrangea bushes were taken back down to the ground as were...

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Just Because You’re Afraid Doesn’t Mean You’re Not Brave

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons | 2 comments

Just Because You’re Afraid Doesn’t Mean You’re Not Brave

Fiona was inconsolable with her self-pity after her recent round of shots. I thought she needed them for Pre-K but it seems we got them a year earlier than necessary. They’re done now. And those band-aids that I couldn’t remove from her thighs for days were proof that she wasn’t brave. Don’t even suggest it to her because she’ll begin to cry and tell you she wasn’t. Still isn’t. In preparation for the day at the doctor’s office, I had read her a few books on going to the doctor’s and she...

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A Real Day

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons | 2 comments

A Real Day

I lived another real day. Nothing “exciting” like a grocery store run. Just waiting on a service man, cleaning up a pee puddle or two from a stubborn 4-year-old daughter. Stasis. Stillness. Stupid brain. Wishing I’d grabbed those few valuable moments of peace when she was sulking and half-naked in her room upstairs. But instead, I just wasted a half hour looking for that perfect rug online again. The waiting has gotten me so much more than I’d credit it for. The waiting has made me catch up and slow down with my real purpose....

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Let Me Take You to Frumpytown

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons | 0 comments

Let Me Take You to Frumpytown

Cold and rainy, now snowy day. I just wanted to put on my old ugly fleece coat. The one I was surprised to find in the closet since it was from when I was pregnant, has a busted belt loop, and possibly a paint splotch on it. But it’s like wearing a blanket on a wet cold dreary day even if it’s a definite decision to be frumpy. I made the opposite decision yesterday when I decided to not go out looking and feeling frump-a-liscious. I heated up the curling iron and put on some make-up darn it. It’s not about what I think...

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Soul Goals

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons | 2 comments

Soul Goals

I recently arranged and hosted a Mastermind Meet-up with a group of women who I admire and respect. The purpose of this meeting was to gather to inspire and enlighten each other. And beyond talk of random politics and religion, because how cool is it that we women can do that without conflict, we spoke of what our goals for ourselves may be. Well, I threw mine down on the table and offered everyone an opportunity to consider what their soul goals may be. My friend and women’s intuitive coach Samantha Wheatley uses this phrase soul goal...

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Universal Message

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons | 1 comment

Universal Message

The universe gave me a message this week that I mattered. Not intimidating like God speaking to me, but just a general nudge from my more intimate universe that I am rocking my life in good ways. We matter. You’ve heard this and blown this off a million times. But those who grab it and put it inside themselves, those people are the one who feel entitled to ask for the changes the world needs to see. It’s a matter of allowing, coercing, and getting ourselves to see how we matter and agree with the rest of the world on this matter...

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The Soul Buffer Zone

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons | 4 comments

The Soul Buffer Zone

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it would be like to have a “soul buffer zone”. Having been raised codependent and since having children, my boundaries are a little wiggly. And the thought of having space around me that I keep myself safe within is really appealing to me. In fact it’s downright necessary if I’m ever going to make my life the zen experience I long for. The idea is that there’s a mental space between you and the outer world. And you intentionally maintain that by not letting people make...

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Craving the Shift

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Ahas, Gathering My Lessons | 1 comment

Craving the Shift

Oh how I crave the shift. I want to see my world as all possibilities, untangled with preconceived can’ts. I want to see my children as cherubs and my career as chosen, doable, and successful. To come home to my body and my house and see them for the fabulousness they contain. And each day passes by me as I await the shift. From the wickedly talented recently deceased (ovarian cancer at my age) memoirist and author Amy Krause Rosenthal via her book Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, “RETURNING TO LIFE AFTER BEING DEAD When I am...

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