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Spring 2018 Soul Selfie Challenge Kicks Off

I subscribe to a few various blogs from people whom I admire and who inspire me. And recently, a fellow blogger and friend Heather, who pens the blog called Thrive in Midlife at Heather Serody.com , wrote how “healing begins the moment we shine a light on (these) shadowy corners and how they instantly become less scary”. That when we allow those places of fear and perhaps shame to be seen by others, suddenly someone else has the courage to claim their fears and shame.

How witnessing each other becomes permission to be human, that is the miracle of community. A gift that we give to ourselves by allowing us to be a part of a group. I am a living testament to how my online community healed parts of me that I needed to heal to raise up my self-esteem. Taking risks of vulnerability within these groups, I found out from total strangers that what I have to give is worthy of love.Spring Soul Selfie Challenge 2018 on Shalavee.com

I extend the same opportunity to anyone who would reach out to become a part of my world. My community and I are doing a one week Instagram challenge starting today, April 30th, called the #Soul_Selfie Challenge. Prompted by soulful words I chose, we’re posting a picture a day on Instagram and telling a little more about ourselves. I’ve hosted 4 previous Soul Selfie Challenges and they are always amazing to participate in.

Find me at ShalaghHogan on Instagram or Shalagh Hogan on Facebook, look for the announcement post, and jump in or watch what happens. Feel free to Direct Message me with any questions too.

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100 Day Challenge and a Spring Soul Selfie Challenge

Back on March 16th, 2018, I announced that I would be participating in this year’s 100 Day Challenge. Because it seemed I’d already done that last Summer thinking the entire time that I’d never be able to commit to anything for that long. The 100 Day Project starts tomorrow on April 3rd and you are all welcome to join this global creativity project with me.

When we commit to our creativity, we commit to being our authentic selves. We build self-trust and end up feeling more involved with a community of like-minded people that at any other time, provided we are sharing our process. It’s been a while and it’s time.

The same goes for my Soul Selfie Challenges. There’s a group of super spectacular awesome women who join in this challenge with me. We explore deeper subjects of self for a week through pre-chosen prompts. This was my blog post wrap-up from last Fall’s Soul Selfie Challenge. We always have such an intense and wonderful time when we join together and bear our old souls.Self-Recovery For the Ones You Love on Shalavee.com

I’d like to announce the dates for the Spring of 2018 Soul Selfie Challenge as April 9th through April 13th. A mere five days of being truthful can clear away some spiritual cobwebs. Definitely consider joining me.

 

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

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

You’ve Never Been Alone

There’s a saying used behind the closed doors of the Anonymous meetings. People with addictions are “terminally unique”. Somehow, the dreadful feeling of isolation and alone-ness is a sort of backward badge of honor giving you full on permission to kill yourself by your addiction of choice. Addictions plays us like puppets; fearful of conceived promise of death by not continuing our addictions, we stage our own deaths inadvertently.

Makes me think of the person who would die of hunger while the man next to him held out a sandwich. We are never alone yet our fear of being so makes it so. We can not conceive of the fact that we are not the only person on the earth who has felt this way. Doesn’t it feel so much better when someone says they know exactly how you feel and they tell you their story and you know you aren’t alone.You've Never Been Alone on Shalavee.com

The trick is, you have to be in the same room with the person telling you the story. If you isolate and never allow yourself to be in the same room with anyone who might have the same problem, you will never know that relief.

I can tell you that you are not alone. But until you feel that for yourself, you will probably always truly deep down inside cling to the concept of being the only one. Belonging is the balm that heals all the wounds of dissociation. A group feels safer than being in the wild on your own. Everyone deserves to come in from the wild to a welcoming community.

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

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

Valuing Our Belonging and Creating Community

Without a sense of belonging and knowing our own value in the world, we see no one there for us. We do not see ourselves within a community simply because we cannot understand how and why they would value us. Further, we’re suspicious of them if they do tout our value. What do they want from us?

Our families may be the only people we interact with and this may be similarly stressful. Yes you have to show up because you’re family but do you really like me for the person I am?

This sense of not belonging in the world, even within one’s own family, is a devastating and debilitating symptom of our dissociated society. Our need to be accepted as ourselves is so primal yet we end up selling ourselves short to find acceptance for the people we are not.

I am summarizing the brilliant work of Brene Brown on vulnerability and courage because I see it as the base for all that ails us. We can not be authentically ourselves so we cannot create. We don’t allow ourselves to create to find our authentic selves. We then must buy our status, our identity in the world causing debting and economic problems. And at the end, all we want is just to be appreciated for who we actually truly are.Valuing Our Belonging and Creating Community on shalavee.com

Our longing to be vulnerable and accepted has us running on a hamster wheel to achieve the Prize of Perfect but when we are appreciated and liked, we find we are alone in this crowd. Our greatest fear of being alone and not belonging to the people we are with has been realized.

Our need to be accepted as ourselves is so primal yet we end up selling ourselves short to find acceptance for the people we are not.

My thought is that if we started with the absolute understanding that everyone was feeling the same way, if we gave grace and acknowledgement to ourselves and others, we’d fast break down our pretend perfection walls. And that in those moments when we were with others being seen for our true selves, we’d never be able to stop the community from happening.Valuing Our Belonging and Creating Community on shalavee.com

As humans, we are hardwired for connection. We are tribal. Trick is to start with the people who truly do get you. And be vulnerable and willing to build from there. I guarantee they’ll show you your value every time you are with them. And you’ll know the meaning of community and its necessity.

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

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

I’m Saying Yes to the 100 Day Project 2018

It was several years ago that I first heard about the 100 Days Project. Instagram is the chosen media outlet to share participants’ progress of this “100 days of making” project and many of my artistic making acquaintances on Instagram were participating. But I definitely remember thinking, “Not I”. There was no way I could commit to something for that long. Until I did last summer.I'm Saying Yes to the 100 Day Project 2018 on shalavee.com

It all started with Our Creative May. Actually it started in April with another project that led into my sponsored May project where myself and other people I knew from Instagram all joined for one month of arting and posting with the #ourcreativeselves hashtag too. And then I took the leap and joined the Icad project in June and July. The index card a day project asks that you art on an index card daily for 60 days straight. At the end, I’d done a 100 days and hadn’t even considered that it was that much.

The great surrender is the process;

showing up day after day is the goal.”

So yes, I am here to announce that I will be willingly participating in the #100DayProject because it is time to rejoin myself in the craft room for some daily collaging . The project launches Tuesday April 3rd, 2018 and will be winding up on July 11th. What I can tell you truthfully is that self-trust is a self-created and extremely necessary commodity. (It would seem I have learned this lesson over and over. There was even an Our Creative September project prior to the May project.) I'm Saying Yes to the 100 Day Project 2018 on shalavee.com

If you are curious about how this free global art project got started, go to www.the100dayproject.org. Artist Ella Luna of the blog The Great Discontent and Lindsay Jean Thomson are the two fabulous women who lead this endeavor. Community and women and self-trust are their priorities as well.

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

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

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