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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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The Trivia Fundraiser Design

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Creative Projects, Daily Shalagh, Eastern Shore Experiences, Friendship, Gathering My Lessons, Visual Me | 0 comments

The Trivia Fundraiser Design

Our Fellowship fundraiser this year happened in the middle of February (since when does February get so busy?).  But the Trivia night activity had me stumped and grumped for a visual theme for a trivia fundraiser. I like to make one big visual statement with each event. The anchor applique for the Anchors Away fundraiser last year. The huge bandana for the Hoe Down fundraiser. But this theme had no visuals for me to work with, other than heads with gears. So I just went with colorful and cheesy. I had to have the silver tinsel curtains,...

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We Gather to Feel Hope

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Ahas, Blogging Along, Daily Shalagh, Friendship, Gathering My Lessons | 3 comments

We Gather to Feel Hope

As she poured us some of her white sangria, our hostess Annie admitted that she was compelled to organize our Saturday night gathering since she wasn’t a participant in the Women’s March that afternoon. I hadn’t traveled to Washington either and so the six of us, all Moms, sat and shared our feelings and concerns. And I felt grateful to be able to gather and share my fears and doubts with these women. It was validating and affirming and necessary. And as each of us had brought a nibble and a sweet, our opinions and stories...

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What You Must Think of Me

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Friendship, Gathering My Lessons | 6 comments

What You Must Think of Me

  It would be impossible not to consider what others think of me. Were I not a writer, you couldn’t prove I care. But I must care a little to want you to read what I’ve written. Or is it possible to be thankful that others approve but not base your own value on what others think. That has been a problem my entire life. Until now. Surely I can come off to some as a bit pompous and a loopy, talking about all this touchy feely stuff. Liberal spoutings of a girl who refuses to see what the world really is. But I submit that every...

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Your Worth and Your Community

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Friendship, Gathering My Lessons | 2 comments

Your Worth and Your Community

It keeps coming up in my life, the importance of community to me. Aside from the understanding of community’s importance to our survival, where many hands guarantee we will eat and sleep safely under shelters, community is a place to find our own personal worth. That my gift to my community, however small, is still very important. My efforts are never without impact or purpose. It’s only in valuing this that the circle is completed. That the community itself is a life force, an entity that holds the people within, each with their...

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Our 15th Wedding Anniversary

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Daily Shalagh, Friendship | 2 comments

Our 15th Wedding Anniversary

Dear Bubby, Happy wedding anniversary! It’s been such a fast ride here. Where did the time go? My kind compassionate handsome do-good man. When we met, we were well aware of what a bad marriage decision looked like. And we knew this was a good one. We have two cute smart kids and careers that are absolute reflections of our talents and passions. We are a home. And I’m happy to be here. You and I created a place where we are free to be us, and where our children feel safe. It’s old and leaky sometimes but it’s comfy. I...

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Wisdom from Sam Wheatley : Learning Our “Fitting In” Lessons

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Friendship, Gathering My Lessons, Little Guy Lessons | 2 comments

Wisdom from Sam Wheatley : Learning Our “Fitting In” Lessons

A very wise friend of mine Samantha Wheatley, has just become a life coach and her newsletters always offer me something good to think about. Last week’s thought gift was about “fitting in” and how the people we meet that we are most comfortable with are the ones who aren’t trying to be anything other than themselves. A powerful lesson to teach our children by example. Learning to just be ourselves and stop seeking others approval. Here’s the excerpt from her amazing newsletter. ”Children are so often presented with...

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How I Make Your Triumphs into My Losses

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Friendship, Gathering My Lessons | 0 comments

How I Make Your Triumphs into My Losses

I feel bad about the way I’ve treated you. You are such a good friend but I have a guilty secret. Sometimes I put you up on a pedestal and then use your accomplishments to feel bad about myself. I want to celebrate with you and feel like your equal, but I just end up feeling inferior. And I feel that I’ve put a great big blockage into our relationship. Remember when you announced that amazing break you had last year? I know you worked hard to get it and I was immediately conflicted between wanting to celebrate with you and wanting...

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Summer ’16 Continues

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Daily Shalagh, Friendship, Random, The Good Mother | 0 comments

Summer ’16 Continues

We’ve been at this Summer thing for about a month and a week. And thankfully it has felt less laborious as previous Summers. I have better self-esteem than I used to so I’m not rushing to see all the bad things about to befall me. These things will or won’t befall me but at least we can have a plan and some fun in the meantime. I’ve enjoyed the lazier feeling of the mornings. Children have played together quite nicely which, with their age difference, seems miraculous. Fiona screams about everything all the time anyway...

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The Daydream of More

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Friendship, Gathering My Lessons | 9 comments

The Daydream of More

My favorite daydreams are the ones where I have more money and more time to pursue all the things that make me happy. I hire landscapers to redo my garden and I build a master suite off the back of my house overlooking my waterfront view after I pay $10,000 for the tree removal crew to take down the large dead tree that’s blocking my view. And then put my new desk facing my water view in my newly decorated master suite and get to writing all that stuff I never have the right place or time to write. Because I now have a live-in Nanny...

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