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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.

Driving Through the Doubt Storm

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in Creative Soul Living, Pretty Pictures, Wisdom Lessons | 4 comments

Driving Through the Doubt Storm

Through the work of the magnificent Sas Pethrick, I received a huge aha about myself recently. I took her quiz on my self-doubt archetype and, BAM, I was exposed. I do have a tough time believing I can do the hard things. I do believe I need someone’s help for everything or it’s impossible. And I know that I am very vulnerable to any criticism. I do procrastinate to avoid proving how unqualified I am at being an adult. She said I was an Innocent archetype. And she was spot on. While I am optimistic, loyal, and spontaneous, I...

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Join my Second Creativity Workshop Happening in November 2018

Posted by on Oct 19, 2018 in Community, Creative Projects, Creative Soul Living, Eastern Shore Experiences, Wisdom Lessons | 2 comments

Join my Second Creativity Workshop Happening in November 2018

Last year in November of 2017, I conducted my first Creativity Workshop. My passion on the subject of creativity comes from my experience of uncovering my authentic self by respecting my inner creative needs. This was a very rewarding and enlightening experience for me and my attendees. And this year, on November 10, I’m conducting the workshop again. The first Creativity Workshop wrap-up post can be found here. The people who came all recognized the importance of creativity in our lives but it was as if we all needed to hear this from...

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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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Birds of a Feather Flocking Together

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in Community, Daily Shalagh, Wisdom Lessons | 4 comments

Birds of a Feather Flocking Together

I am sitting back listening to the birds singing their final Fall goodbyes. Accompanied by the crickets, I hear the bird song and then the response echo. Maybe they’re looking for a last fling before they fly off to warmer places? And I am suddenly reminded of the way we all go in search for familiar people. Our flocks are out there waiting for us to find them. We are birds of a feather flocking together in many ways that count. Hope is there where the flock resides. A place to be seen and heard for just who we are. It feels like family...

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Listen Gently and Intently

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 4 comments

Listen Gently and Intently

Autumn is knocking so gently on my door. And I’m listening to its rhythm. It asks, let in the air. It says a clean slate awaits. Forgiveness is in the cooling air. Turn in and listen. I am listening to myself so very hard. Not to the chattering of do’s and don’ts but to the real words behind the fret and worry. What truly am I asking. And I wait for the truth of my answer. My fear comes forward. And I wait compassionately patiently to hear it out for these are the child’s worries. The shadow people’s words. I...

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Loving Those Fears Right Out of My Head

Posted by on Oct 8, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Loving Those Fears Right Out of My Head

Self-development is a very exciting yet solitary process. It comes in spurts, things catch my brain and I instinctively know I need to follow the breadcrumbs to find the answer to “how will this help me to understand myself better”. That is my process and this week I heard a story about self-love and boundaries calling me in. I have often felt a rawness when in relation to others. And that would be due to my lack of knowing where they stop and I begin. In a recent Instagram post, Elizabeth Gilbert talks about how she’s noticed many...

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Value the Heck out of Our Good Educators

Posted by on Oct 5, 2018 in Creative Soul Living, Little Guy Lessons, Midlife Motherhood, Son Shine | 0 comments

Value the Heck out of Our Good Educators

We have our kid enrolled in a public school. He’s a super smart kid, scores ridiculously high on those school standardized tests, and we’d absolutely go into debt to pay for a private school if it was the right thing. But he’s a musician and the music program at his school is marvelous. The reason the school’s music program is so very good is because of one teacher. One amazing dedicated inspirational teacher. He’s the guy who was a music nerd in school just like my kid. He’s turned Eamon and his classmates...

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The Evil Organizer/Date Planner

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh | 0 comments

The Evil Organizer/Date Planner

I have a love/hate relationship with my Virgoan tendencies. While I do love to have things orderly and organized, it can often be a double-edged sword. Because not having things uber-organized can make me feel like a loser. The tale of my love/hate relationship with my evil organizer/date planner follows. For two years for my birthday I bought myself the Get To Work Book. It’s a bit pricey for a calendar and organizational book but the author Elise Joy is lovely and an artist and I thought it would be just the thing to get myself more...

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Knowing Myself Will Connect Me To You

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 2 comments

Knowing Myself Will Connect Me To You

It continuously occurs to me that the better I know myself, the better I can understand my value to the world and to you whoever you might be. When I connect with me I can connect with you. And becoming myself is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I envy those people (all except the narcissists) for knowing what they are and the strengths that they bring to what they do in their lives. What a gift to have such confidence in what you are, your strengths, your gifts, and your purpose. No, not everyone has this. Some, like me,...

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