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The Artist I Am

Permission to Be Me

Posted by on Jul 17, 2019 in Creative Projects, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery, writing | 0 comments

Permission to Be Me

It is truly hard to claim yourself. What do you like and who do you believe yourself to be are two of an intricate network of questions for which the answers represent you. Except we are so inundated with facts on who we are supposed to be a that by the time we are old enough to have the power to define ourselves, we’ve all but forgotten who we are. “You can be anything you want to be” is such a ridiculous statement, we think. I’m supposed to be all these other things. I keep thinking that I need focus on who I see myself as. To...

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My Garden Party Looked Like This

Posted by on Jul 3, 2019 in Creative Projects, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh | 2 comments

My Garden Party Looked Like This

As you may, or may not, remember, I overhauled my garden this Spring. It took me many days and weeding out over 30 wheelbarrows of weeds before I won my garden from those weeds. I had given up on the garden and my power over it. I kept saying I couldn’t possibly… And then I decided to change that to I could and I would as weather permitted. And I began because there’s no finishing until there’s a beginning. One nice day at a time. I am far from done but I have taken my garden back to ground zero. And that was an...

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A Summer Morning Walk in Denton

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019 in Daily Shalagh, How Does My Garden Grow, Pretty Pictures | 2 comments

A Summer Morning Walk in Denton

Missed posting this morning bright and early because the Garden Party happened. I took a long walk as the weather had broken and other than the fact that my feet hurt, it was a glorious walk. All the cottages in town looked proud and festive. The dappling of the Summer light through the trees was so enticing. And in the cacophony of cicada and cricket song from the trees to the meadow, I heard the lullaby of lazy days to come. Crabapple tree I owe you a garden and garden party post and now that I have time to do that, I’ll do that. And...

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Courting Myself and Remembering My Parts

Posted by on Jun 26, 2019 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery | 4 comments

Courting Myself and Remembering My Parts

Yesterday and Today, I did what I said I was going to do. I attended three classes so far in an effort to take all of the classes I can in a week. This is part of a bigger plan to turn back the clock to the point before I felt fat and old and scared. My coping mechanisms to drink more wine isn’t working. And essentially, my son told me calling myself old was getting old. As I was in the exrcise class feeling my knees scream doing squats, I remembered that I had made a declaration some months ago before school let out. My intention was...

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A Bump in My Summer Road

Posted by on Jun 24, 2019 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Wisdom Lessons | 3 comments

A Bump in My Summer Road

I need to share a little bump in my road that happened at the end of the school year that I had to recover from. On top of having all the end of year concerts and recitals and parties, a mix-up at the pharmacy led to an unintentional cold turkey off of my new anxiety meds. This was something my doctor said Do Not Do. When I became weepy and had a constant stomach ache, I knew something was wrong. I’d been taking the wrong prescription and since I never have my contacts in yet when I take my medicines, it was a while before it got...

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Days 36 through 69 for the 100 Day Project 2019

Posted by on Jun 14, 2019 in Creative Projects, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh | 0 comments

Days 36 through 69 for the 100 Day Project 2019

My 100 day project continues into June with about a month remaining. I have mostly kept up with creating everyday save a few days where I had to produce a couple of pieces at a time to catch up. But I didn’t mind. I am glad for the excuse to get into my craft room and create more. Because that’s what this project is about. An excuse to create. The project is deceptively more than this however. The continued creativity becomes a way trust that I can show up for myself. This is a lesson I continue to need to learn. To trust that I...

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A Walk in the Woods for a Little Forest Bathing

Posted by on May 20, 2019 in Creative Soul Living, Health and Body Wellness | 1 comment

A Walk in the Woods for a Little Forest Bathing

Walking the Cross Island Trail on Kent Island here on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, USA, is an escape walk for me. Even with the whooshing of the nearby highway, I go just 100 feet down the asphalt pathway and suddenly I’m surrounded by tall trees and wondrous birdsong. I went forest bathing, or Shinrin-yoku, today and the Nature Therapy is always necessary. I chose to go East this time instead of West. And I enjoyed the change of the feel of the forest and the water views. Old dark stumps crouching on the woods floor felt like cat...

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Days 19 Through 35 for the 100 Day Project 2019

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Creative Projects, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Pretty Pictures | 0 comments

Days 19 Through 35 for the 100 Day Project 2019

This year is my second one participating in the 100 Day project. If you weren’t around in 2018, you can go HERE to see what I did. This project is an amazing way to prove to yourself how important your creativity is to you. And how you are trustworthy and worth showing up for yourself for 3 plus months in a row. Day 19 100 Day project 2019Day 20 100 Day project 2019Day 21 100 Day project 2019Day 22 100 Day project 2019Day 23 100 Day project 2019Day 26 100 Day project 2019Day 27 100 Day project 2019Day 28 100 Day project 2019Dy 29 100...

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100 Day Project 2019 : Weeks One and Two through Day 18

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Creative Projects, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Pretty Pictures | 0 comments

100 Day Project 2019 : Weeks One and Two through Day 18

Rolling right along with my 100 day challenge for 2019. Resigning to the activity, finding the habitual in my daily to accomodate it. Having some fun.

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Waiting for Creating

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh | 0 comments

Waiting for Creating

For a very long time, I had no permission to be myself. Seems silly considering there wasn’t anyone threatening my life if I created. But it felt like a NO No. A hidden shame. An act of treason and insanity. Artists are crazy. You can only create if you have some sort of degree in art. You can’t make money doing it. You will be stoned to death if they find out what you are thinking. These messages are deeply rooted in our history. We’re kept in check by fear of authenticity and failure. Our parents want us to be pragmatic...

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