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Fiona’s Fourth Birthday Bash

Today was Fiona’s fourth birthday party and it was a complete success, by her standards and mine. Yes, she got enough Frozen themed party paraphernalia and stuff to satisfy all Frozen itches for a decade. And I got to bask in the knowledge that me and my daughter matter to all these lovely people.birthday flowers on Shalavee.comFiona's 4th party on Shalaee.com

Fiona and Emma at the party on Shalavee.com

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The reason I go to such efforts to decorate and to heap yummy food on my kitchen table is a tribute to the love that these people have for and show me and my family. My gratitude runs very deeply. I am almost speechless but then, not quite, right?Frozen Birthday party cake by Steve Konapelski on Shalaee.com

Fiona and Emma at the party on Shalavee.com

Fiona and Emma at the party on Shalavee.com

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Aunts and Uncles, real and respected, grandmothers, cousins, neighbors, friends, and kin came to celebrate my miraculous daughter’s birth four years ago. And in a puff and a whoosh, it’s all done. Only a dirty kitchen, drooping streamers, and falling balloons to tell the tale. But we’ll remember this fondly for many years. Another year passed and another successful party.

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They Do Not Have a Plan for You, You Do

There are several issues that I could holler from the rooftops about. The importance of these issues has become abundantly clear for me as I continue to write and speak about what I’m thinking and working on. One of these bones I’ll chew on til my dying day concerns the power we have but ignore to make out lives better.

I spent too many years giving my power away to anyone who wanted it. Nothing I lived seemed to be my choice. My bosses, my ex-boyfriends, and my ex-husband were all the masters of my destiny and my resulting misery. I was not. Until that moment when I realized that I had chosen them to be mean to myself. To treat me the way I felt about myself : badly. And after the grief of this realization subsided, I was truly free.They don't have ou do on Shalavee.coma plan, y

They” do not have a plan for you. You need to make a plan for you. Your plan can include whomever and whatever you’d like until you don’t like it anymore. But it will always be your plan, your choice. And the sooner you know that it’s all your journey to navigate, the sooner you get to choose the directions and the upgrades you want to make to your life’s vehicle for the journey. Your destination is always Now.

Everyone’s journey is completely different. It’s so unfair to compare them. And the work you do to mend yourself and reach your goals may not be linear. I have jumped around and studied and learned from anything and anyone that struck my fancy. I followed my intuition and my curiosity to heal my inner child. I spoke my most sincere fears to my therapist and she offered me what she had. I built and bridged gaps in my knowledge of myself until I began to know I had truly begun to rebuild my understanding of me and the life I wanted to be living instead.They don't have ou do on Shalavee.coma plan, you do on Shalavee.com

This is a puzzle that is so worth the effort. Just as your knowledge continues to grow and can never be taken from you, the work you invest in you is yours to benefit from as long as you live, and even longer if you’ve left your thoughts written down. Yes, there are some people who don’t want to be accountable for themselves but I think life is really boring without this work. I am thrilled to work on me and share and glean from other people in my community that spreads throughout the world.

The puzzle that is a happier life worth living is yours to put together. There is no right way. And you can’t find the instructions or the approval for it online. It is both freeing and terrifying to know this is now yours to conduct and compose. There are internal intangibles that you need to grab with faith from within. And then you just need to begin. I’ll be here if you need a cheerleader or a bit of inspiration.

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Do You Think or Do You Feel : Trusting Your Intuition

I thought today about following my heart. I’ve listened more to myself when I have a day where there’s multiple choices which challenge me to listen honestly to my needs. For a long time, I have been led by what I think I should do and not what I really wanted to do. I suppose I had a problem trusting my inner child to tell me when I, acting as the adult, thought I knew better. Her wise little voice is my intuition. And there has been a conflict on whose voice I needed to be listening to.

While I was out recently running errands, I had a bunch of need to do’s and could do’s which were likely capped off by hunger. I was very wary of truly listening to myself and yet I knew it was necessary to allow my inner child and my wisdom to tell me what I really needed to have happen and in what order. I felt my doubt as I handed over the moment by moment decision-making to my inner gal to prioritize me a little more over the tasks.  But when I followed her suggestions, I developed a little more trust in myself. Do You Think or Do You Feel : Trusting Your Intuition on Shalavee.com

Does that seem weird? That I have never given myself that much credit or responsibility to make choices that I trust? Because so often my decisions have been made by the anxieties that my decisions and myself remained untrustworthy. The anxieties indicated that my decisions were being made for reasons outside myself or my truest happiness. For the approval of others perhaps? And so anxieties created decisions that were not aligned with my truest happiness and thus unreliable.

If I can’t trust that I’ll take care of me and my needs and making myself happy, I just can’t trust myself. Because ain’t nobody in this world, not my Mama or my husband even, that has the power to give me happiness. That starts inside me asking what will make me happiest today? And when I notice the little sparks of wonder about the world that I may like to explore, I am taking very special notice. They are the guideposts.Do You Think or Do You Feel : Trusting Your Intuition on Shalavee.com

I believe my Myers Briggs personality type was and still is an ENFP; Extroversion (equally Introversion)+ Intuition +Feeling + Perceiving. I’m described as “enthusiastic, imaginative, creative, warm, future-oriented, individualistic, insightful, caring, optimistic, possibility focused, open, novelty seeking, spontaneous, and playful.” These sound like a lot of them are my inner child’s strengths. It would behoove me to trust her and my intuition and let myself be guided to all the fun and inspiring projects in my future that I obviously need to look forward to. My inner adult can be a real Debbie downer apparently.

Funny because letting my intuition guide me was never something I thought I wasn’t doing. Now I’m going to be super mindful to stop and listen to any and all the thoughts that mention true happiness and trust. These are what I need to hear. My journal writing has given me this  insight and it was always free of charge. All this work so that I can trust I’m free and safe to be just me.


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