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What Will I Get Up To This Year?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2019 in Blogging Along, Creative Projects, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh | 0 comments

What Will I Get Up To This Year?

Now that I have addressed the majority of my anxiety by taking the step to ask for pharmaceutical assistance from my doctor (he actually warned me not to quit after I was feeling better and I laughed at him and said,”You don’t know me. I’m the first one to admit I have this problem all over social media. I’m good for life now”), I realized that I can again start from here and do anything I want to do. Armed with my Word of the Year, Focus, I can don my sparkly cape and head off in the direction that feels the best for me....

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In the Process : No Worry, Scurry, or Hurry

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Midlife Motherhood | 2 comments

In the Process : No Worry, Scurry, or Hurry

The after holiday time finds me happily languishing in the process of life instead of the results. There is no hurry, worry, or scurry.

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A Date with My Husband and A Visit to the City

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Random | 2 comments

A Date with My Husband and A Visit to the City

Mark and I had an opportunity to steal away for a lunch date this weekend. Our son was at a reunion for a Summer Leadership Workshop Camp at UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County) and our daughter was still hanging out after a sleepover with her surrogate sister. We miss our hometown and our old neighborhood of Hampden in Baltimore. And I randomly opened my phone on Google Maps and saw a restaurant calling itself a “trucksteraunt’ and I was done. I got to ride up through my city along the Jones Falls, an old river under the...

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Remembering My Intention for Connection

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in Ahas, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh | 0 comments

Remembering My Intention for Connection

As many of you know, I stumbled this year. I tripped over my expectations of what I should feel and should be doing. I fell on my face and got caught in a spiral of self-doubt. Luckily, I’ve had enough practice at self-care to jump in quickly and take care of me. This spell took me for a three-day grief ride so I decided to call on the big guns. I’ve been on anti-anxiety meds for over a month now and it has made an immense difference in the quality of life. I have never felt this OK. Even though I couldn’t hear the exact...

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Let It Be Well

Posted by on Dec 31, 2018 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh | 7 comments

Let It Be Well

As I write this, it is New Year’s Adam. More visiting with relatives scheduled, German potato to make, and getting presents packed and children readied. And yet, there is a feeling of “all is well” with me. I honestly can not remember the last time I felt so calm and happy knowing that all is as it should be. I can remember, as if a bad dream, the general feeling of unease that I needed to keep watch, to fix, to guard against, and to keep up the busyness against the doom. The anxiety pervaded every day in every way. And my Present to...

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The Minutia of Christmas

Posted by on Dec 26, 2018 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Little Guy Lessons, Raising Fair Fiona, Wisdom Lessons | 7 comments

The Minutia of Christmas

( From December 2014 and last year, I adore this look back ) The sound was a thwap and a roll, hollow plastic bouncing and traveling across the floor. My new Christmas tree balls were this moment’s entertainment. The “ball balls” were being extracted from their big clear box and thrown while I hurried to put my laundry away. Although that’s exactly why I bought those, I underestimated the little monkey’s reasoning skills. Every day is jam-packed with holiday fun. Not unlike any other day in my life, I’ve been cramming...

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We Are All Event Planners for Christmas

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Ahas, Creative Projects, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Nestmaker | 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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A Poem Prayer for Ease

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Creative Soul Living, Self-Discovery, writing, Writing Life | 1 comment

A Poem Prayer for Ease

I chatter at it and Batter at it and still it is not fixed. The ages old self-diatribe I am not enough, I am not enough   I tell everyone, I’m OK, I’m fine But in my mind there’s a line And I’m on the wrong side.   The impossibility of moving on Tethered to a ghost. I trust no one, even myself And so I remain lost   I crave the ease The easy squeeze that will fill my future full Of gratitude and tenderness of purposed hours filled.   I write at night with all my sight that I might win this fight.   And If you enjoyed...

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Yes You Have Too Much To Do

Posted by on Nov 21, 2018 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Nestmaker | 0 comments

Yes You Have Too Much To Do

Yes you have too much to do. Or should I say, I have too much I think I can do. The emails are piling up. There are stacks of unread magazines. There are outdated frozen soups in the freezer. And there are items in my closet that just don’t fit me well. There are dust bunnies with bad attitudes under our beds. And there were more important tasks than these looming in my future too. As long as I’m still terrified of doing what I’m already putting off, then all those tasks get pushed back further because I have a priority...

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Creativist or Consumerist : Which one are You?

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, The Soapbox | 0 comments

Creativist or Consumerist : Which one are You?

I believe that you are choosing to live your life on one of two paths. You are either living your life as a Creativist or as a Consumerist. And this is how this story and the dawning of my understanding between creativism and consumerism unfolded. I made friends with fellow uber-creative Olivia Sprinkel via Instagram. And I see in her bio she calls herself a creativist. I ask her what’s this? She answers, “Hello! I saw a friend’s Facebook post about Eddie Izzard, an English comedian who asked ‘Are you a capitalist or...

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