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Setting the Record Straight About Authenticity

Posted by on Jan 17, 2020 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Wisdom Lessons, writing | 0 comments

Setting the Record Straight About Authenticity

Being authentic, honest, or forthright is still considered a crime in our modern society. It’s understood that if you tell the truth about your background, heritage, or state of mind, you are asking for trouble. You could be judged and shunned for these truths. It’s crazy-talk to be outright honest. Many African Americans “passed” as white and were glad they could. Being “dishonest” saved lives. The Irish weren’t treated any better. If only they could lose their accents. And women would use a male pen name just...

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Mindmapping My Goals for 2020

Posted by on Jan 13, 2020 in Creative Projects, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery | 0 comments

Mindmapping My Goals for 2020

I was feeling inevitably untethered in the first days of the New Year. I had produced an amazing heartfelt soulfulfilling holiday experience. And now it was time to pack it up and move on. I grieved for a little while and then I began to search for a way out. And what I found was a way to creatively look toward the new year: Mindmapping my upcoming year’s goals. In my previous post A Little Post Christmas Blues , I said I’d show my work. Here’s the YouTube video that inspired me to do this. Her name is Taylor, she lives in...

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A Little Post Christmas Blues

Posted by on Jan 8, 2020 in Creative Soul Living, Self-Discovery | 2 comments

A Little Post Christmas Blues

Yesterday, began the first full week back to school after the winter holidays. And I was feeling a sudden bout of post-holiday-partum. We celebrated a beautiful holiday with surplus time spent with family eating sumptuous food. I coordinated the event to end all events, because we are all event planners at Christmas. And now I have to strip it all apart. Dismantle the happiness. And then I have to re-purpose myself. Ack! To find some inspiration, I began to poke around Instagram, clicking on hashtags in curiosity. And I fell upon a woman...

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Quietly Starting off 2020

Posted by on Jan 3, 2020 in Blogging Along, Creative Projects, Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery | 0 comments

Quietly Starting off 2020

I took a lot of lovely pictures during the Holidays but wasn’t compelled to share them. There’s a calm withdrawal from much of what I automatically have done. I want to find a deeper place to draw from. I am yearning for a profounder place of purpose. Authentically sharing what I know I need to and not because I think people will like me for it. All of the changes I’ve made have come from my intuition. I watch people, I listen to what they say that makes sense to me, I incorporate the feeling and the thoughts, and I turn in...

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The Gift of Me to Me

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in Blogging Along, Creative Soul Living, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Self-Discovery | 0 comments

The Gift of Me to Me

The holiday has been holding me hostage, as it does. Asking me to do be do be do be do all those Christmas chores that I find necessary. Buying presents, decorating the tree, sending cards, while all the while keeping up with the regular boring chores that I haven’t enough money to hire out. You know, life plus the Christmas special event planning. And what I realize, as I missed one day of blogging for all of this, is that I am an everyday hero. I show up to the laptop and this community with honesty, integrity, and intention to be...

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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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