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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.

Instead of Dread

Posted by on Aug 20, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Wisdom Lessons | 2 comments

Instead of Dread

We’ve had an unusually busy August and I have one last day to get through in a week-long run of big scary events. And I have been very conscious of fending off the dread. This final busy week included the last three band practices for my son’s band for the performance on the weekend, a fair that happens in my front yard, an out-of-town visitor, a public dance performance for Fiona, and preparation for a speech and art piece display for me. All great events yet there’s the wariness and dread of what you have to do likes to...

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How Instagram Helped Cure Me of Anxiety

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Friendship, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

How Instagram Helped Cure Me of Anxiety

I love to connect with like-minded creative women on Instagram. This format of Social media (also known as a platform) became my preferred online social interaction as I was trying to build an audience for my blog. I very hesitantly joined communities and challenges and slowly started to poke my head out of my fear shell. And I credit Instagram and creativity for curing me of my anxieties. I’d never experienced community and was completely unsure of what it meant and how I was supposed to do it. I just knew that being witnessed by these...

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Choose to Not Choose is Still a Choice

Posted by on Aug 15, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Friendship | 2 comments

Choose to Not Choose is Still a Choice

She rather vehemently insisted that there are no choices. Thank you very little, she understands the concept of “everything is a choice”, just not for her. She’s resigned to that comfortable hell of nothing changes because perhaps it is too overwhelming to consider those other choices. To allow for change would be to admit that had always been a choice perhaps? The march of the musts is way more familiar. And maybe familiar trumps joy? At some cellular level, joy is just another hell. It is painfully unfamiliar. Why want something that...

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Looking For Ease is Hard

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Wisdom Lessons | 2 comments

Looking For Ease is Hard

I am never sure what easy looks like but I know I haven’ t lived it yet. Why have I made life so hard? Because it’s what I knew. When things were hard, there was pain and somehow pain substantiates life. But recently, as I’ve focused on just being here now and doing what I need to do to get done, I’ve found ease and it’s surprisingly easy. I have set myself to goals recently that were progressive. Where the hard work I was avoiding, I’m doing. And it took me by surprise that when I did what I truly knew...

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March of the Musts

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

March of the Musts

From a very small age, we get the notion that things need to be done a certain way, or else. We make up our own logic and rules about the way we need to do our lives with this impending threat looming that if we don’t do it that way, there’ll be consequences. I had some ritual at age 5 where I had to pull up my underwear and jump from the chair to the bed or I wouldn’t be safe from the creatures under my bed. And I am watching me daughter do the same sort of “must be dones” too. I think we forget the original...

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The End of My Icad (index Card a Day) ’18 Challenge

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 in Community, Creative Projects, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Pretty Pictures | 0 comments

The End of My Icad (index Card a Day) ’18 Challenge

All the daily creativity came to a screeching halt nearly a week ago with the last day of July and the 61st card. With the combined 100 day project and this one, I had created every day for 118 days straight. I felt neither overly happy nor sad for the halt. I had fulfilled my challenge to myself. But I must admit that I have felt slightly untethered since then. A feeling that was echoed by at least one other artist who had done the challenge with me. I considered that I could and should replace that daily habit with some other intention. But...

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I Want to Honor Myself

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

I Want to Honor Myself

The word honor suddenly asked to be thought of. What does it mean to me I wondered, to honor myself, my life. To treat myself with reverence and respect unlike my usual lack of respect and general pushing to do. What if I allowed myself to respect and revere and see myself and what I am here to do daily? How would that effect my outlook, my daily doing? I often envy others their perspective. They can see their lives and what they are here for and how beautiful their day is. They capture it in their art and their social media and their words....

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Celebrating 7 Years of Blogging and My Blogaversary

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 in Blogging Along, Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery | 2 comments

Celebrating 7 Years of Blogging and My Blogaversary

When I began my blog 7 years ago, all I knew was that I was creating an opportunity to write. My number one goal was to improve my writing. Little did I realize that I would be forced into becoming a social media maven. Or ignite my creativity and use these benefits to lower my anxieties. I had a lot of learning and growth ahead of me. I also had some tough times as I watched the world of people go do the things they were meant to do and leave me in their wake. When you are online, it’s very hard to not notice that other people are...

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Don’t Let the Tech Be Your Downfall

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Random | 1 comment

Don’t Let the Tech Be Your Downfall

Back in May, I wrote piece bemoaning my forced march to get used to new tech and a new car. You can read that little rant here. My new car definitely still has its drawbacks like the fact that it looks like every other car so that I’ve actually approached other cars thinking they were mine and even opened a door! But it’s clean and has great pick up for a four-cylinder. The new Android Samsung phone is still being paid for and I’m getting used to it. The clear case I bought is turning yellow on the edges probably from skin...

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What if It Was a Given

Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Wisdom Lessons | 4 comments

What if It Was a Given

____Enjoy this repost from October 1st, 2016 which I just happened to reread and thought it seemed a nice thought to remind myself of today. What you need to happen will.________ I was speaking to a very favorite Lady friend of mine about all the things I’m paralyzed to do. Certain I can’t do them for lack of time or technological knowledge, I put off even trying these things while envying everyone else who seems to be able to just trudge onward and get them done. She said she’d heard someone say, “What if you were...

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