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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.

Soulitude

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in Ahas, Creative Soul Living | 0 comments

Soulitude

It seemed ironic that my prompt of Solitude on my Soul Selfie Instagram Challenge could illicit such a loud and resounding response. Yet, the group there gathered around me are writers in their hearts. And we writers need Solitude to find out our written truths. The word solitude seems elusive though. I can choose so many activities that are just me doing busy housework alone. But my favorite kind of solitude seems more of a reverent, reflective, and creative state. And that’s why I would call it Soulitude. I am actively embodying...

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What I Learned of Late

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 in Ahas, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Wisdom Lessons | 2 comments

What I Learned of Late

I am ruminating on a few lessons this week. Lessons about shame and forgiveness. Lessons on patience and persistence and presence. And lessons on paradox. See, I am a learner. I am always keeping an eye and an ear open for the next lesson. And the only way I can see to have life be worth the hassle is to grab the lessons as they go by, even if they are prickly ones. I learned recently that if something really really bothers you about what some one else said or did, it’s most likely reflective of something in you that you are not so...

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Soul Selfie 2019

Posted by on Dec 9, 2019 in Community, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh | 2 comments

Soul Selfie 2019

We just wrapped up my third Soul Selfie Challenge hosted by me on Instagram. The first time I hosted this was in May of 2016, the second in October of 2017, and then this one was from the 1st to the 7th of December of 2020. I can say I am thrilled and fulfilled as a result of this challenge every time. There were 197 posts and maybe 20 people together for a week acting as a community. The intention behind the challenge was to spend a week exploring prompts in a deeper fashion than we usually do online. And I am always so pleased to have...

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We Are All Event Planners for Christmas

Posted by on Dec 6, 2019 in Ahas, Creative Projects, Homebody, Keeping House and Mind Aligned | 0 comments

We Are All Event Planners for Christmas

If you were told you’d been volunteered as an event planner and decorator for a royal ball, you’d laugh your butt off right? But regular people across the globe will do their best to plan and execute a special event all on their own this month mostly without professional help. And I’m darn proud of all of them for their upcoming efforts. We pull it off, you and me, every year. That once a year special event for which we have to send out a hundred invitations, cater quantities of food, and decorate huge floral centerpieces...

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Gearing Up For the Christmas Crazies

Posted by on Dec 4, 2019 in Creative Projects, Daily Shalagh, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Gearing Up For the Christmas Crazies

The holidays are here. I told my husband last night that I feel like a blender without enough liquid. It groans as it tries to blend the contents and becomes bogged down and then it begins to make a high pitch whirring noise as the blades are spin below the contents. It is the nature of the time of year. This sudden burst of busyness feels a little like September after a hot lazy Summer. You can see it coming but you still feel caught unprepared. Except with the holidays, there’s production value to consider and scheduling snafus...

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Thoughts on Aging and Thankfulness

Posted by on Dec 2, 2019 in Ahas, Creative Soul Living, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Thoughts on Aging and Thankfulness

As I’m sitting about digesting this week, I’ve had a few thoughts and I thought to share them with you. Like, the fun part about getting older is that you begin to realize what makes you happy and what doesn’t. This corresponds with another realization that you are truly the primary person who you owe happiness to. And if you respect this and follow your heart, you can turn your whole life upside down. I’ve discovered that hosting and serving others in a party or dinner sense is what I love to do and who I love to be...

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My Upcoming 2019 Soul Selfie Challenge

Posted by on Nov 29, 2019 in Community, Daily Shalagh, Wisdom Lessons | 2 comments

My Upcoming 2019 Soul Selfie Challenge

On December 1st, 2019, I will be hosting My third Soul Selfie Challenge online on Instagram. What the heck is that, you ask? This is what that is. I am all about the deeper conversations. The ones we have that we say “Wow” during or after. Where we feel we have to take note of what we may have just learned. I am a deep soul explorer and I like to go there, especially in the company of like-minded people. Using the prompts, December 1st -Remember Dec. 2nd – Kindness Dec. 3rd – Soul-Searching Dec. 4th – Solitude Dec. 5th...

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Being Thankful (What Else Would I Write About)

Posted by on Nov 27, 2019 in Daily Shalagh, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Being Thankful (What Else Would I Write About)

The burble and hustle of the holidays are about to spill over the edge of my life. Before I put my head down and belly up to my ” We are All Event Planners ” position, I’d like to pause and tell you the reasons why I do any of this. A few of the numerous things I am grateful for at this time of the year. I am grateful for: The food that I prepare but did not grow. The kindness of the children I birthed. The afternoon sunbeam through my window. The garden dirt I potentially can grow stuff in. The clean water I have to drink....

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Why Does My Self-Interest Waver?

Posted by on Nov 25, 2019 in Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Self-Discovery, writing | 2 comments

Why Does My Self-Interest Waver?

I am wondering what my deal is when it comes to my wavering self-interest. I understand that I prioritize my children and my family above myself. I understand that everything I may do that is a creative endeavor is a risk of showing my authentic self and getting whooped. Fear does a lot of dances around not showing up for yourself. And my bad opinion of egomania is well-established and substantiated which makes me not want to be that way. Except, I’m a writer for goodness sake. I have to find what I think somewhat interesting to begin...

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51% Belief Will Make it Happen

Posted by on Nov 22, 2019 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

51% Belief Will Make it Happen

You will not do what you do not believe you can do. You can hope and wish for change but the spark for creating the change lies in your heart. What you believe is possible. What you believe isn’t won’t happen. You need a 51% belief factor to realize your dream. A knowledge of the future that you can will it so, that the Universe is rooting for you to do this. Otherwise, your lack of belief will only serve to sabotage you. If you find yourself saying “see, I knew it wouldn’t work out” remember this, you believed it into being...

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