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To Be at Home at Home

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Alligned, Nestmaker, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

To Be at Home at Home

My rather pregnant friend and I were having lunch last month, she was free of her two year-old and me of my five year-old, and the freedom of having lunch together outside of our houses made us giddy. And I said that sometimes I feel like I’m a different person outside my home. And she agreed she felt that way too. It’s as if I am a prisoner of my house and all that’s wrong with it. The problems that are my problems to solve get topped by chores and meals and there’s no longer any room for me to breathe. Perhaps I...

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Tidy isn’t the Same as Clean

Posted by on Aug 8, 2018 in Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Alligned, Nestmaker | 4 comments

Tidy isn’t the Same as Clean

Look around at my house and most of the time, it is tidy. I try to pick up after the mini tornado creators every day and a half. The feeling I have seeing no clutter beats the chaos I feel when I look around and see stuff everywhere. But there’s still the layer below that that niggles at me. The secret filth that I know is lurking everywhere that I will never conquer. There’s the grease that flies around the kitchen because there’s no exhaust fan in there. It covers the back stairs and the fan and the top of the...

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My Empty Box Method

Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Alligned, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

My Empty Box Method

When I had to shut my business down (See the post about Bally Eden) and bring the contents of my shop home, all my stuff ended up in boxes piled to the ceiling of the garage. I advertised a yard sale and set to work sorting through my stuff. And what I realized yet again, was that your plan needs an empty box or space to sort into. When you have one foot nailed to the ground, it’s an sign that you may need to open up a new space to sort and move you and your thoughts into. So I cleared a corner and placed empty boxes there and began. I...

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How Mrs. Doing was Forced to Have a Seat

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 in Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Alligned, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 2 comments

How Mrs. Doing was Forced to Have a Seat

My old nickname used to be the Energizer Bunny. I like doing. I have valued myself for the amount of doing I get done and that’s the way I’ve coped with my stress (see industrial overfocused). And while it has worked for me that I made it through the holidays feeling pretty proactive and deserving of a few relaxation hours, I have been on a familiar treadmill during January with an obligation to coordinate a fundraising event in addition to my regular parenting band. And so I kept the relentless treadmill running in my head week...

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December 2017 in Pictures

Posted by on Dec 22, 2017 in Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Alligned, Midlife Motherhood, Nest Feathers - Interior Design, Raising Fair Fiona, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

December 2017 in Pictures

Christmas is a force to be reckoned with. It rolls up on you like some sort of stealth vehicle running on joyful intentions with wicked time constraints. Here’s my thus far pictures to prove that we’re moving right along through the season. And my story is that this Christmas, I was more proactive than ever before so that I can be more present when those wrapped presents are being torn asunder.         Enjoy your Holiday Happenings wherever and whoever you...

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The Minutia of Christmas

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Alligned, Little Guy Lessons, Raising Fair Fiona, Wisdom Lessons | 7 comments

The Minutia of Christmas

( From December 2014 ) The sound was a thwap and a roll, hollow plastic bouncing and traveling across the floor. My new Christmas tree balls were this moment’s entertainment. The “ball balls” were being extracted from their big clear box and thrown while I hurried to put my laundry away. Although that’s exactly why I bought those, I underestimated the little monkey’s reasoning skills. Every day is jam-packed with holiday fun. Not unlike any other day in my life, I’ve been cramming the carrying out of Christmas details...

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My Remodeled Pink Dining Room

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Alligned, Nest Feathers - Interior Design, Nestmaker | 2 comments

My Remodeled Pink Dining Room

It was recently brought to my attention that I had never posted the “redecorate the dining room” post. This was a May ’17 project I set myself to completing before hosting a dinner party, taking our green dining room and transforming it into a pink dining room. And I was truly pleased with myself and the results. This room reno cost a little over $200 including awesome rug, paint, and curtains. And is a monument to decorating minimalism and intuition.   At least five years ago, I decided to paint my dining room Chartreuse green. I thought...

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Mending My Body

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Health and Body Wellness, Keeping House and Mind Alligned, Wisdom Lessons | 3 comments

Mending My Body

Before launching into one of his tales, my husband always says,”Stop me if I’ve told you this one before”. Of course you wouldn’t be rude enough to do that. I’m the only one that would. But I do think I have a tendency to hesitate telling you about myself sometimes as if you’ll tire of “that same old story” especially when I’m whining about my body. I’ve found, however, that some stories are worth telling over and over if it allows for others to give themselves permission to help themselves or feel like...

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Let’s Pretend To Know What Happiness Feels Like

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Ahas, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Alligned | 4 comments

Let’s Pretend To Know What Happiness Feels Like

I spent such a huge part of my life feeling dread and misery that in the beginning of this whole life overhaul journey, I had to believe happiness wasn’t some BS made up Disney emotion. And then I had to figure out if I was worth this lovely gift. And when I finally decided that maybe I was, what does happiness feel like for me?   Since childhood, each of us has developed an entire dossier on our own happiness. Some items stem from the musings of a three-year-old, like chocolate for every meal and Daddy and Mommy getting back together. Some...

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The Incomplete, the Ignored, and the Undone

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Alligned, Wisdom Lessons | 5 comments

The Incomplete, the Ignored, and the Undone

There is a lot of incomplete, ignored, and undone tasks hovering over my head. I come across a pile of stuff in my closet or attic or bookshelf and I think , I don’t have the time to deal with this. Then multiply this by 100 and I’m kinda a captive of all the uncompleted piles of stuff. A prisoner of my past, my intentions, and my stuff. Years of living reactively, of not completely cleaning up after myself, and of not knowing what to value has led to a slight hoarding problem. I get it honest from my family. I began my...

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