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Wrap-Up of the Month-Long October Post-athon 2016

And so again, my October month-long marathon post-athon of posting everyday is coming to an abrupt end. As usual, I’m here to tell you again why I did it and what I got out of it. Because that’s how these wrap up things work. See the previous years’ 2015 here, 2014 here, and here is the intro to the first time in 2013.

Like many, I can get to telling myself lies about how I don’t have enough. Time is the biggest resource I can convince myself I’m lacking although it’s really fear of success I’m feeling. So this self-imposed torture/yearly practice of posting every day of October pretty much dispels that lie, short and sweet. I manage to post every loving day, keep my kids and my house fairly tidy, and do other stuff like creativity challenges and have a social life too.Wrap up for the October Post-athon 2016 on Shalavee.com

There’s a Jewish parable, a tale I’ve spoken of before in last years wrap-up, where the man complains about having too much mayhem in his house. So his rabbi tells him to bring in the chickens. Then the goat. Then the cows. And finally, he tells the man to go ahead and move them all out. And then asks him how things are now. He says great. It’s all about creating the perspective. ( See the story here. )

I am amazed that I get away with this every year. That the amount of subjects and creativity keeps coming out of me endlessly seems miraculous. But then creativity flourishes within confines. So I have just about shown myself again how much of a super woman I am and how I can pull off anything I put my mind to.Wrap up for the October Post-athon 2016 on Shalavee.com

So here’s to another month of Sundays gone by and a Happy Halloween to end my month-long gauntlet on. Let it be Spooktacular and Funny Fun Fun!!!

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The Last Three Days of My Souls Selfie Challenge

My Souls Selfie Challenge just finished up. A week of prompts with the intention of sparking a little more thought about what we are and think and feel. It was a little less scary for me this time because I knew the people joining me wanted me to do this again. And I’m always glad to oblige people when they want to do soul-work.

When you add many people’s energies and soul thoughts into a collective pot, you certainly have a meatier stew to chew. Read and see the first three posts here. Here are Thursday/Nostalgia, Friday/Trust, Saturday/Weight-wait, and Sunday’s/Night posts. If you are on Instagram, you only need to tap the hashtag #Soul_Selfie and you can see the whole page of marvelous posts devoted to introspection and self-love.

 

💚Day 4 🌸 #Nostalgia 🌸 #Soul_selfie challenge💚 As a Mom, I don’t dwell in nostalgia. Remembering my children’s life moments doesn’t choke me up too much. Because I know I was there. When i’m behind the camera, I’m plugged in to our now. . . I am a “Be Here Now” kinda gal and when I see a picture, I remember being happy and present then and don’t feel sad to have left the moment behind. I know lots of parents who go right for the parenting regret mode. These lovely little ones are of me but not mine. I am always letting go. . . Perhaps it’s the promise of other joys to come that has me looking to the future and not back at the past. I aspire to create many moments to remember fondly. And to never regret my choices is to be confident that I’m creating a past that I’m proud of and need not rethink. I may be slightly full of shite here but mostly i’m truthful. . Joining @rae_ritchie_ today for her #ExperienceOctober2016 challenge with this prompt. And will merge again with her the day after tomorrow for her Night prompt. #taleswithfriends #Soul_selfie #challenge #FionaMariePeach #EamonSpencerPeach #siblings #kidsofInstagram

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💚Day 5 💚 Trust 💚 #Soul_selfie 💚For me, trust has to start with self-trust. Having spent years making decisions that weren’t in my self-interest, I’ve recultivated a trust relationship with me, the girl who’d given up on me, who knew I’d let her down and had stopped trying to believe. I had to prove I was trustworthy one action at a time and reform that lost bond with me. . . Healing my mistrust of others, the isolation and suspicion in being alone, that is also self-created when I’ve kept my vulnerability to myself. If I put on a false face to gain other people’s acceptance, how can anyone be trusted when they like the inauthentic me I keep giving them ? Playing a game of I make you like me keeps us from trusting yet we are worth the company and trust we crave! . I trust myself now. It was little steps of kept self-promises, peeks of the real me to strangers on IG, and I came to see that I was reliable and pretty cool. And for these efforts, my anxieties have decreased immensely as I am the real me telling the truth to myself and checking for my happiness all the time now. #challenge #taleswithfriends ##trust #liveauthentically #writer #selftrust

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💚DAY 6 🌟WEIGHT/WAIT🌟 #Soul_selfie 💚 At 50, my clothing is two sizes larger than In my twenties, Yes, the fluctuations in my weight are natural, a chronical of a woman’s life. Bit it’s been a torturous road to finally know this, . . When I get mad at myself for being old and human, I can be mean about my body image. I can call myself defective, fat, less than. I go to blows with the ideal American Barbie doll ideal. But my daughter will hear every whisper, So I hope I speak of being healthy in front of her, not deformity. . . I am not a number. I am the beautiful reflection of my thoughts and values. Most days, my worth lies in the quality of my character. In the wit and charm I have earned from my life. . . I fought to lose weight this year.The first time in a long time I’d tried. These last 10 pounda are stubborn. They are my fears manifested. The visual layers of ” I’m afraid I can’t ” added on, obessed upon until they look real. . . So i declare this next time I choose again to try to lose these last 10 pounds, I’ll pick a starting date and make a food plan, hedge my bets. It’s not personal, it’s science. Hoping that being a kind but determined parent to myself will be the final factor that brings me back to the me I want to be. A me that is not defective, just in need of a tune up. #taleswithfriends #weight #challenge #liveauthentic #truth #bodyimage #selfimage #vulnerability #women #collage #Papercrafting

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🌕 Day 7 🌕 #Night 🌕 #Soul_selfie 🌕 The night is regenerative restorative magic. Quiet, crickets, contemplative. It is the space and time to discover what I am, what I think. . . It is the next phase of life, the inner keeping of my soul. The stop, redirect, purposeful action of being 50. It’s a book read and understood. It’s a journal page filled with quandary. Night is the quiet contemplation of what’s to come and the relinquishment of what will never be. . If only I didn’t pass out so quickly, exhaustion of the motherhood that recreated me, night might not be a forgetten friend. Head bobbing for sleep, clinging to the quiet private gold time. Ah the memories of glory days passed pubbing and laughing. But for tonight, I am all the possibilities of just being me now! . . This last day I rejoin @rae_ritchie_ and her #ExperienceOctober2016 challenge crew for the prompt of Night. Tag your posts with both hashtags and see who’s joined in. . As Carol Burnett sang in my childhood, “I’m So glad we’ve had this time together just to have a laugh and sing a song.” My thanks to everyone who participated and encouraged me and others to dig a little deeper and take a look at what’s there. We are real people with real needs, concerns, and joys. I always want to hear what makes you you. “So long.” #soul_selfie #taleswithfriends #moon #selfdiscovery #liveauthentic #challenge

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So ends my second Soul Selfie Instagram photo challenge. I’m left feeling full and happy with the connections we’ve made, the inner work that we put ourselves to. We’ve nudged and budged, listened and inspired eachother as a community is apt to do and I am certain we’ll do it again. Word is, I’m thinking about February. So perhaps February, May, and October are all good months to clear out our inner cobwebs, own our stuff, and move along.

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The Fall Soul Selfie Challenge : The First Three Days

Back in May, I dared to lead my very first Soul Selfie photo challenge on Instagram because I wanted to give a voice to people to hear what they needed to say to themselves. It was a great success and I promised all the participants that I would do it again in the fall. So here I am doing this once again with the amazing group of people on Instagram that I call friends.

Fall colors

🌸Day One – Work🌸 #Soul_selfie 🌸 Sadly, in Amerca, work often means you take a job you hate for the health insurance coverage you’ll receive. It’s betting you’ll get sick. It’s a fear mindset. So talk of doing work that is soul satisfying,s sounds like you’re banana nut bread bonkers. Surely that won’t pay the bills and the health insurance so what’s the point. That definition of work is sad. . My work is to heal my heart, raise my children, and be a better writer. I’m unpaid but this is soul satisfying work. However, I do think you can do both paid and soul work in your life but you have to be clever about how to balance your happiness . And on the other hand, as Elizabeth Gilbert spoke of in her book Big Magic, it’s mean to put the complete burden of paying the bills on your creative inner child. It will crush her. When I am brave enough, I hope to get paid to write. My inner girl’s been safe but if I don’t show her off, she’ll think I’m saying she’s not good enough. The time for this is coming too just as time came for having my children (last one born at age 46) and for my healing (all of my 40’s). I feared all of this work and yet it’s been amazing work! What is your definition of work? Join me this week for the #Soul_selfie challenge. One week of digging a little deeper, telling a little more truth, and being a little more vulnerable. I guarantee it will change you just a little.Tag me @shalaghhogan and include the hashtag #Soul_selfie ! #work #truth #taleswithfriends #liveauthentically #creativemamas

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💚Day 2 : #Soul_selfie – Play💚 My inner little girl has been held back from her freedom to play for so long, she’s begun to misbehave and have little fits. She’s been told there’s more important things in need of doing and she needs to suck it up. When I deny my creativity yet again, I can feel her tantrum brewing. . . But this past September, I committed to allowing time to creatively play with art every day. Essentially, I committed to being a better parent to her. And my oh my, how this has shifted me. In one month’s time, I am finally calling myself an artist. I have made art everyday until playing has become a given. Until my creative expression became non-negotiable. Until my inner child trusted me again. . . Play every day in every way you can. Your inner child will celebrate you for it and she’ll trust you again. And you’ll finally get to be the good guy. #truth #taleswithfriends #liveauthentically #creativemamas #play #playground #creative #creativechallenge

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💚Day 3💚 Decide 💚 #Soul_selfie challenge💚 My decisions to marry a second time, have my children with my elderly eggs, and buy a house (that I’ll never be happy enough with or move out of most likely) are inextricably who I’ve become. Purposes I’ve chosen courageously and selfishly. . . But I just turned 50…my next season asks the ultimate question “What am I doing here on earth?” How to decide what my purpose is, that’s the one thing that haunts me. To get it right. . . While part of me knows I’ll have to work to find the answer, the other part keeps hoping for an epiphany or for someone else to tell me. And most of me knows I’m a little scatterbrained. . . Yet the person I am needs to make a difference in a noble fashion. I am purposeful by nature and intentional about following a compass of fearlessness and truthfulness. If Fear Pushes and Vision Pulls, in the middle is this decision waiting for the chance to gallop out of the gate in passionate pursuit of that purpose. And perhaps the decision has already been made, I just need to open my eyes to see it. . . #truth #taleswithfriends #liveauthentically #creativemamas #purpose #decide

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When I see all of these amazing people joining in to the challenge, I know that there is a need for us to all create a safe place for our words to be heard. Instagram has been that for me like no other place. And even after I’ve healed so many of the things that need healing, I hope I will always find respite and a place to feel out my feelings here.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter orPinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

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A Wrap Up of Our Creative September and a New Beginning

It all started with a creative week in August. I pulled out my pastels I’d always been intending to use and did a little dabbling. And a light went off in my head. Why couldn’t I put myself to a month of creativity straight, ask to be accountable to my online tribe and at the end I’d have a creative habit! Well let me tell you, I have a whole lot more than that. I have proof of Our Creative September!

Shannon's collage on the wrap up for our creative September on Shalavee.com

Shannon Faris-Parnell

Right as I was announcing that I was about to launch My creativity challenge September, I had a lovely lady as me if she could join in. Sure I said, thinking this would be cool to have company. And then another woman asked to join. Of course I said, do you think we need a hashtag?

Shannon's collage on the wrap up for our creative September on Shalavee.com

Shannon Faris-Parnell

What transpired after that was pure pagic as a small group of us gathered encouragement and inspiration from each other, creating daily under the hashtag #OurCreativeSeptember. So unexpected, so yummy, so community.

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Tracy’s Pottery

tracys-pottery on Our Ceative September on Shalavee.com

Tracy’s pottery

As each week went by and I did my round-ups, I spoke of what it was that I had gotten out of the challenge thus far. The first week, this is what I said,”In making the practice non-negotiable, you begin to build a trust with yourself. Anxieties stand down and make room for you to express and devote to yourself through your challenge.” I began to be less critical and more open to what might happen.

Wrap up of Our Creative September on Shalavee.com

Jax Blunt

Wrap up of Our Creative September on Shalavee.com

Jax Blunt

Week two, I was astonished at the change.”This daily arting endeavor is changing me. I knew it would. I just had to commit to allowing for it to change me. I used to use creativity as a thing to torture my inner child with mean “No you can’t go out and play until you eat your broccoli” kinda stuff. And my inner child was kept from her one true love, seeing what she could make. And then being proud of herself.”

latoya-burton from Our Creative September wrap up on Shalavee.com

latoyaburton_musing.
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GATEWAYS
(to same path ~ many quests)

all seeking the same thing.
choosing different storylines to get there.
speaking different spells to create the experience.
all seeking the same thing.
all have a vision
a dream
all seeking the same thing
all on a mission to find the happiness + love we came here to remember

be wonderful

LaToya

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Fi Cooper

 

Wrap up for Our Creative September on Shalavee.com

Fi Cooper

Week three brought a larger ease to my everyday.”Having moved through the cloud of resistance, I am now stepping into create mode very quickly. As a given now, I don’t have to grapple with “if”. As for the when of the creating, I try to think and not think about it. Like if you talk about going to a movie too much, you’ll talk yourself right out of going. The creativity needs to be both slightly spontaneous and slightly planned.”

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Latoya Burton

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Lynzelle

As if these weren’t lessons enough, I also got the gift of camaraderie and company from all the other women who joined in. We had a ceramicist, collage artists, watercolorists, scrapbookers, and sketch artists. I developed a newfound confidence in my pastel work and started a mix medium series of watercolored encyclopedia pages with pasteled bugs that seems to be a community favorite. We were all finding our strides and our self pride and that was the Magic.

 

Our Creative September wrap up on Shalavee.com

Ilana Kapp

 

Our Creative September wrap up on Shalavee.com

Ilana Kapp

So we’ve decided to continue our daily creative efforts together with a new hashtag of #OurCreativeSelves on Instagram . If you were to search that tag there, you’d see what we’ve been up to and you could take an opportunity to cheer us on and be inspired. We’d like that.

Idylewild park bed on wrap up of our creative September on Shalavee.com

Shalagh Hogan

I thank all my fellow creatives and everyone who cheered us on during our month of making. We’ll continue onward in our heroic creative journeys knowing you get what it means.

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The Last Week of Art for Our Creative September

My official Our Creative September wrap up will be posting on Tuesday October 4th, with art from everyone. But I thought perhaps it would be nice to show you my art that came from this last week and make this a mostly pictures Sunday.

Daddy longlegs in Mexico City on Shalavee.com

Grasshopper on the river Thames on Shalavee.com

Pastel butterfly in collage garden on Shalavee.com

Butterfly thank you notes on Shalavee.com

Idylewild garden bed on Shalavee.com

Remember, this month there’s a post every day. 31 days straight of posts on Shalavee! So I encourage you to sign up for my blog to be emailed to you so you don’t miss anything along the way. And on Instagram, I’m continuing creating every day under the hashtag #ourcreativeselves .

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter orPinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

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