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Enrolled and Sharing the Creative Doer Course from Anna Lovind

Posted by on Jul 9, 2020 in Community, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Midlife Motherhood, Self-Discovery | 0 comments

Enrolled and Sharing the Creative Doer Course from Anna Lovind

I am currently enrolled in the Creative Doer course constructed by Anna Lovind to find clarity on the creative project we have been dreaming of doing and the freedom, clarity, and inspiration to proceed. I knew this would be what I needed because her Creative Doer book was one of the most amazing reads, outside of Big Magic, I’ve ever read on the subject of Creativity. Anna’s been with me for over five years supporting me in my creativity journey. In the beginning of my creative journey, I was desperate for wisdom and a plan. I...

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This Joy Today is All I’ve Got

Posted by on Jul 8, 2020 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Family, Midlife Motherhood, Pretty Pictures | 0 comments

This Joy Today is All I’ve Got

Only gratitude brings true joy. An understanding that I am worth this feeling, entitled by my humanity to feel it. Between joy and happiness, I choose joy. The Psychologies magazine says, “Joy is more consistent and is cultivated internally. It comes when you make peace with who you are, why you are and how you are, whereas happiness tends to be externally triggered and is based on other people, things, places, thoughts and events.” I can feel joy and be unhappy. I see the bigger picture. And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the...

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A Published Essay on Lessons in the Time of Lockdown

Posted by on Jul 6, 2020 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Essayist, Writing Life | 3 comments

A Published Essay on Lessons in the Time of Lockdown

Sometimes I need to gift myself opportunities to expand creatively. Whether it’s my 100 Day project or decorating a special event, I do well with having a deadline. And even though I’ve mostly kept myself accountable to writing three times a week for my blog ( a little understandable slacking during our lockdown), it’s been a while since I had an opportunity to write with this sort of impetus.  Julia Barnickle’s Lesson’s during Lockdown collaboration provided a perfect opportunity to write something bigger and...

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My 100 Day Project ’20 : Days 51 – 75

Posted by on Jul 3, 2020 in Creative Projects, Daily Shalagh, She's Crafty | 0 comments

My 100 Day Project ’20 : Days 51 – 75

I am nearly finished my 1oo Day Project for ’20 , my labor of lockdown love titled 100 Days of Shalagh. I have created a mixed media collage daily on a 2 x 4 inch piece of paper. Day 51 Day 52 Day 53 Day 54 Day 55 Day 56 Day 57 Day 58 Day 59 Day 60 Day 61 Day 62 Day 63 Day 64 Day 65 Day 66 Day 67 Day 68 Day 69 Day 70 Dy 71 Day 72 Day 73 Day 74 Day 75 The stunning part of the 100 day project is that when you get to the halfway point, you feel like it’s an amazing milestone for your project. And when you get to three quarters point,...

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Realizations During This Un-busy Season

Posted by on Jul 1, 2020 in Creative Soul Living, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Realizations During This Un-busy Season

Unattached to our auto-busyness, I think we’re realizing that we have a lot more power to choose our lives than we formerly thought. We can live our best lives proactively, thoughtfully, and consciously. You’d think we’d be dancing in the streets for realizing this freedom, but we are all such control freaks that freedom’s a bit of a scary concept. Here’s what I’ve noticed shifting or not in me recently. No matter how much time I have, I never seem to have enough to read. Still. If I put an activity on a...

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My 100 Day Project ’20 : Days 26 – 50

Posted by on Jun 26, 2020 in Creative Projects, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh | 0 comments

My 100 Day Project ’20 : Days 26 – 50

I’ve been rolling along with my 100 day project during this Pandemic of Covid-19. While I’m happy to say, I’m three quarters of the way through, I have neglected to share pictures from the quarter mark to the half way mark. So here’s the #100daysofshalagh, art and collage on tiny cards from day 26 to day 50. Day 26 Day 27 Day 28 Day 29 Day 30 Day 31 Day 32 Day 33 Day 34 Day 35 Day 36 Day 37 Day 38 Day 39 Day 40 Day 41 Day 42 Day 43 Day 44 Day 45 Day 46 Day 47 Day 48 Day 49 Day 50 Click on any picture and you can scroll...

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Grow Through What You Go Through

Posted by on Jun 24, 2020 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Random, Self-Discovery | 0 comments

Grow Through What You Go Through

Grow through what you go through. The best way out is always though. For me, the largest shift happened not because I chose for it to happen But because I stopped stopping it from happening. My story two years ago, The Fear shield comes up. It disallows all the work I’ve done prior to matter. Infantalizing me, ignoring all my efforts, it insists it needs to keep me safe in its way. But I’ve done all of this work i say. I’ve studied and thought and grieved to get here. Let me pass. But there was always an impasse. Until l...

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A Sunday Catch-Up about Me

Posted by on Jun 22, 2020 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Self-Discovery | 0 comments

A Sunday Catch-Up about Me

I’ve found myself a little quieter recently. Not just wanting to write for writing’s sake but to have something to say when I do. Something meaningful to me and to you. It’s not as if I haven’t ceased being busy. The kids are still home even if it has just turned Summer. At least I don’t need to nag my 7 year old to do her work and watch her cry. But there is still a heaviness as we manage their need for socializing. I’m slowly working my way through creatrix and mentor Anna Lovind’s Creative Doer...

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Honestly, Dusting Was Never My Thing and other Truths I’ve Discovered

Posted by on Jun 17, 2020 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh | 1 comment

Honestly, Dusting Was Never My Thing and other Truths I’ve Discovered

There is much to be discovered about yourself when you strip everything away. This Coronacation was a perfect opportunity for learning about me. I am always interested in what I really am made of, what I like, and what I don’t truly care about. I love cooking but only when it’s not mandatory. Forced cooking creativity doesn’t hold the glamour for me. My husband and I don’t have much of a life separate from our kids except to go out to eat. I think that may change in less than five years but it is that way now. My house...

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Struggling With Priorities : Them or Me

Posted by on Jun 8, 2020 in Creative Soul Living, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Struggling With Priorities : Them or Me

The largest part of who I am is needing to have my kids feel safe. In the beginning of our coronacation, I have fussed and hovered like I did when we would take our littles on vacation and I would worry they wouldn’t sleep. I’d be the sleepless one while the kids would pass out happily. They have done well, broken down and cried on and at me. But their feelings have been honored and I feel successful that they feel safe. However, it is exhausting to care for people this hard. Especially dramatic redheaded daughters. Truth is, I can see how we...

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