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What Do You Truly Believe About You?

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, The Soapbox | 0 comments

What Do You Truly Believe About You?

In the bathroom moments ago, I was thinking about what I was going to be doing today. And what are the possibilities (endless). And suddenly I was aware of what I think of my capabilities. Am I the sort of person who can restructure her life to make more important projects happen? Like writing a book? Hold the answer because that instant is when the magic, or the damnation sentencing happens. What you believe is what happens. Mostly. What we believe in ourselves is what we will create. I ask you, what do you believe about yourself? What do...

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Edit Your Story and Persist with Faith Like Cinderella

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, Self-Discovery, The Soapbox, Used To Be | 2 comments

Edit Your Story and Persist with Faith Like Cinderella

The story that is our life, up to a certain point, is written and told by others. We do not choose our parents or where we are born or the social status we are born into. Nor do we have control over who keeps us alive and what they teach us as littles. Our lives are a given in many ways and at least we can be grateful for our chance to exist. But then the story becomes ours to tell.  Cinderella was loved and wanted when she was born. But bad things can happen to nice people. And the reverse is also true. We can be born into chaos...

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On Thought Leadership and Cyber Love

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Daily Shalagh, The Soapbox, Used To Be | 0 comments

On Thought Leadership and Cyber Love

I fell down a cyber hole the other day and landed on an article written by a gentleman named Paul Jarvis, about how you can become a thought leader by just declaring yourself one. If you say you are, you are. Those who say it better can charge more. I was a little like “Well Yeah” and a little like “Oh No”. Because I’ve been thinking that I might actually consider myself a thought leader one day if I ever wrangled my thoughts in a comprehensive way to put them out there for people. I detest how the charm of the internet also seems so...

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Visibility and Vulnerability

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, Self-Discovery, The Soapbox | 0 comments

Visibility and Vulnerability

As a person who has an online presence and blog, I’ve taken and watched these workshops led by the leading successors in the field of online leadership. Online marketing guru Seth Godin knows what it takes to succeed online and it’s formulaic. I took notes, screenshots, and saved it all in my head. But there’s always something missing for me and it’s been bugging me. Why can some people just roll on and demand the attention and achieve the success unapologetically while the rest of us have our feet stuck in the mud and our mouths...

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My Fear of the Pain and Fearing the Pain Would Stay

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, The Soapbox | 2 comments

My Fear of the Pain and Fearing the Pain Would Stay

There was a lot of physical pain and fear taking up space in my house this year. Both me and my cat were experiencing our own pain and fear nightmares at the beginning of the Summer. And I’ve since really understood how the feeling of pain can manifest into a more fearful outlook on the world. And mess you up. This Summer was to be the Summer that I took care of myself. I swore in the beginning to follow through with all the procedures I needed to fix the problems with my SI joints and my sinuses as best I could. It took me all Summer...

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Living the Freelance Family Life

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, The Soapbox | 2 comments

Living the Freelance Family Life

My freelance family life is a little unconventional. When my husband’s full-time job disappeared less than 10 years ago, he went freelance. And this is still not an understood way of life. The days of trusting the corporation to take care of the family through pensions and retirement are long gone, vanished with the unions and plowed down by corporate trading less than 30 years ago. Yet freelancers are still regarded as oddballs without a 9 – 5 lifestyle. Freelance means that my husband has multiple sources of income. He accepts jobs...

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Perspective Saves You From Feeling Sucky and Unlucky

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, The Soapbox | 0 comments

Perspective Saves You From Feeling Sucky and Unlucky

During the first week of school, Eamon’s teacher told the class that Bullies don’t know, or care,  that you are very important to someone in your life. You are just not too important to the bully, who in turn wishes those people in his/her life who supposedly love him/her would act like it. It’s your perspective of your worth that can stop the bully from coming after you. You matter whether you recognize it or not. People are mean to one another. Empathy and compassion are missing in many places, in many people. And...

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The Opposite of Scarcity is Enough

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, The Soapbox | 2 comments

The Opposite of Scarcity is Enough

I can hear myself saying more more more, not enough. The house is never clean enough, fixed enough, or redecorated enough. My body is not thin or young or tan enough. My efforts to succeed as a writer, blogger, online maker are not ever enough. And so every day I come up short and scared. If I am not enough, I am plain afraid you’ll find out. I have lived my life at a deficit for years. All of those thoughts have been real and gone through my head. The standards by which I am comparing myself to are randomly based on an American ideal....

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Addiction Pimps Out Your Anxieties to Feed its Need

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, The Soapbox | 2 comments

Addiction Pimps Out Your Anxieties to Feed its Need

Fear, anxiety, and addiction work together in a hooker and pimp relationship. In order to quell the fear of death or abandonment, an addiction was created to cope. Not the truth necessarily but our primitive brains think it is. The addiction is then an alleviation of the fear of something that isn’t true. Often the substance or act releases the calming hormones called dopamine in our brains that we are also addicted to releasing. So addiction relies on anxiety to amp up the fear trigger and give it a reason to feed. Fear’s lie is...

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Unethical Electrical Supply : A Horror Story

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Daily Shalagh, Eastern Shore Experiences, Gathering My Lessons, The Soapbox | 2 comments

Unethical Electrical Supply : A Horror Story

At the beginning of the year, I say to Mark,” We got this notice in the mail about switching to an ethical electrical supplier. What do you think?” He says, “Well it’ll cost a little more. It’s up to you.” I say, “Well it seems a good idea let me just do it and be willing to pay a little more.” How I wished my husband hadn’t been so easygoing that day. That he’d been a cheapskate and said for me to forget being ethical this time around. But he didn’t proclaim “change is bad” like any other control freaking out...

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