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The Artist I Am

Taking off From the Runway

Posted by on Sep 6, 2019 in Ahas, Blogging Along, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, writing, Writing Life | 0 comments

Taking off From the Runway

Seems recently, my brain has made enough room to allow for some actions in directions that I had “always meant” to go, but hadn’t gone yet. Begin the unstuck here.  I had purchased a series of talks on fear which have wallowed in my email box until suddenly recently, I dialed it up and listened.  And then today, I was driving in the car and I remembered I had a link in my browser tabs to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons podcast. And I dialed that up and began to listen to the first episode of season one from 2015. The Universe...

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Listening to My Inner Truth

Posted by on Aug 30, 2019 in Community, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Wisdom Lessons | 1 comment

Listening to My Inner Truth

Our family just went to see Toy Story 4 recently in which Buzz Lightyear learns from Woody that listening to his inner voice will help him make the best life choices. And so throughout the rest of the movie, he’d yank on his pull string and interpret his “inner voice” to guide him. It was brilliant. Call it inner voice or intuition, people tend to get their Intuition mixed up with their Should Managers. I’ve done this repeatedly and it always gets me in trouble. Instead of listening to what will nourish my heart and soul, I make a...

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Every Picture Tells a Story…

Posted by on Aug 26, 2019 in Blogging Along, Creative Soul Living, Pretty Pictures | 2 comments

Every Picture Tells a Story…

And an even better one when the picture is pretty. I have always loved taking pictures. And after I birthed this blog from a need to practice my writing, I soon became aware that I needed to put my own pictures with my words. It made sense. And just as my writing benefited from perpetual practice, so did my pictures. I discovered it wasn’t in the taking of the picture necessarily, although you do need to have something captured on your camera, but in the editing of the pictures. At first, I used my picture program in my computer to pump...

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Wow, It’s My 8th Year Blogaversary

Posted by on Aug 23, 2019 in Blogging Along, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Wisdom Lessons | 4 comments

Wow, It’s My 8th Year Blogaversary

Hard to believe I’ve been writing this blog for 8 years. I didn’t really read blogs or know what they were in 2011. But there was this woman I was trying to befriend and she insisted that, as a writer, I needed to start one. My blog should have a theme and I would gain an audience, a readership. So I went ahead and set up my free WordPress blog in August of 2011. I wanted to call it Chez La Vie, The Home of My Life in French. (Chez La is pronounced just like my name, Shalagh). But that domain was taken by a French restaurant in an...

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My Key Lime Pie Recipe

Posted by on Aug 19, 2019 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, My Joy of Cooking, Raising Fair Fiona | 2 comments

My Key Lime Pie Recipe

After a few decades bringing food to potlucks, you develop your own go-tos to make. In the Summertime, my must bring is Key Lime pie. The recipe is ridiculously simple and the graham cracker pie crust tins make great carrying containers. Key Lime Pie One premade graham cracker pie crust 4 egg yolks and one egg white 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk ¾ cup lime juice Tub of Cool Whip topping Kiwi fruit peeled and sliced The premade crust asks to be painted with egg whites and precooked for 5 minutes at 375 degrees F. Mix egg yolks,...

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Co-creating with my Family

Posted by on Aug 12, 2019 in Community, Creative Projects, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Midlife Motherhood | 2 comments

Co-creating with my Family

You know that I’m all about creativity. I’ve been described as an ambassador to creativity. Putting a slice of yourself into the world is affirming in the most wonderful ways. And I also believe that community creativity is a sure fire way to join people together. My family is regularly subjected to family art projects by me. In the Fall, group pumpkin carving is mandatory. We go out and pick our pumpkins and one night before Halloween, we sit at the kitchen table, draw out our jack-o-lantern faces, scoop out, and carve our...

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What Do You Do All Day Mommy?

Posted by on Aug 9, 2019 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Nestmaker | 0 comments

What Do You Do All Day Mommy?

Fiona says she thinks I need to go and get a job. That way she can get to go to daycare after school and play with her friends longer. I told her I had a job. What do you do all day Mommy? I write and do all those things that take care of my family and keep the house in order. Yeah, that’s not a job. This isn’t just words from a child’s mouth, I know many a male has wondered what we do with all of our “spare” time at home. Truth is that unless you’re a home keeper-upper, you have no idea the massive myriad of details...

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She Said She Truly Loved Herself

Posted by on Aug 7, 2019 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

She Said She Truly Loved Herself

It is an immense joy to talk with women in all sorts of places about their lives. I strike up conversations in stores or online about so many facets of living as a woman and a mother and I always come away feeling like we are searching for the same connection. Our future depends on this. During a visit to my bank recently, I had a candid conversation with a lovely hard working mother of eight children. I spoke about liking myself. She said she not only liked herself, she truly loved herself, and I wondered what that was like. We all start in...

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The Last of the 100 Day Project 2019 : Days 70 through 100

Posted by on Aug 2, 2019 in Creative Projects, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh | 0 comments

The Last of the 100 Day Project 2019 : Days 70 through 100

I wrapped up my second year of participation in the 100 day project in the middle of July, 2019. My last post for the project, Days 36 through 69 for the 100 Day Project 2019, was back in the middle of June ! Summer got ahead of me and I am having fun and making lots of plans for progress on the blog , in my writing, and in claiming my place in the world as an artist. Day 70 for the 100 Day Project 2019Day 71 for the 100 Day Project 2019Day 72 for the 100 Day Project 2019Day 73 for the 100 Day Project 2019Day 74 for the 100 Day Project...

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Hello From the Other Side

Posted by on Jul 26, 2019 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Hello From the Other Side

Sitting on my couch in my bay window bathed in morning light, I just saw a hummingbird hovering outside the window. Midsummer will be buzzing outside soon and the oppressive heat has broken for the moment. I heard the daughter go back to sleep above me in her bedroom. Sigh. I have emerged from an eight month haze full of doubt and listening, healing from a self-inflicted trauma, to a new place. Perhaps it was a period of grief as I let go of ways of mistreating myself that no longer served me. Allowing myself to just Be and See while doing...

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