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The First Our Creative Selves Challenge Begins

Today is the first day of a week-long creativity challenge I am hosting on Instagram running from February 13th through February 19th, 2017. If you have followed along with my creative endeavors since last year, you may remember the September Creative Challenge I gave myself where I made art a non-negotiable. Read the wrap up here. By committing to practicing my creativity daily and posting my results every day in September with the hashtag #mycreativeseptember, I was able to indulge my inner six year-old with enough playtime to trust me again. As many people who had joined me throughout the month wanted a way to continue being creative together, I created the hashtag #ourcreativeselves to continue our creative connection.#ourcreativeselves challenge on Shalavee.com

A hashtag conveniently puts every post that includes that hashtagged word onto one page. So in this case, the creative endeavors of everyone who’s participating will show up on this Our Creative Selves page when they add #ourcreativeselves to their post. This way, we can visit other participants pages and cheer each other on. That is what a challenge is all about. To hold yourself responsible to do something because you said you would and then feel great about it when you follow through and get such lovely feedback from other people. Balm for the creative soul I can tell you.our creative selves on Shalavee.com

The prompts were chosen from a bunch of words thrown into a virtual hat. And the idea is to take inspiration from them or use them as an excuse to do something daring. Any creativity is welcome. It could be writing or knitting or creative spitting if you are so moved. There isn’t such thing as perfect. All creative efforts made are a wondrous joyous thing. It’s all so good.

Thank you dear readers for all of your support in my creative endeavors! Hope you enjoy your week and I’ll keep you posted with my/our progress.

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My Spring Soul Selfie Instagram Challenge

I have been a bit quiet on the keyboard for the past couple days. My brain exhausted and mulling over this past week’s Spring Soul Selfie Instagram challenge I hosted. Which is to say I came up with the hashtag #soul_selfie, created 7 days of prompts, and asked that people join in and post a picture and talk about their interpretation of the words in a deeper more meaningful way. And let me say that the results and participation blew my mind.Join Me For One Week Of Soul Selfies

Kylie's bluebells on Shalavee.com

I was sincerely nervous about leading something. I had mulled it over and knew that I love to dig a little deeper into my soul’s answers and hoped maybe other people might. I only slightly trusted that there were a few people who would join me who liked me and maybe pitied me. The turnout and results far exceeded my expectations.I will bloom Helen's photo

After sending out a private “pep-me-up-please” message to some friends, I dared to claim my intentions and I posted a challenge announcement. And suddenly people were saying “Yes” they would join. This was a seven-day commitment to post daily and read others’ posts but when I built it, they came.babzwrld's window on Shalavee.com

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They shared amazing insights and powerful memories. They shared sadnesses and gratitudes. They shared wonders and grief. And I was possessed by such a feeling of calm. This was exactly where I had wanted to be, reading and sharing and commenting on the marvelous words and thoughts of all these people.Graciel the souls in bloom's horse Oreo on Shalavee.com

Delicia's picture on Shalavee.com

I am immensely grateful that these near 30 lovely people were there for me when I stuck my neck out to do this. By the last day, my soul was filled to the brim. I read and took in their gratitude and just sat with it all quietly for a couple of days.

The things you fear most are in fact those things you really must get done. And once you allow for the first action, it will all fall into place.

I am extremely humbled that these marvelous men and women thought well enough of me to join in and I thoroughly enjoyed and was grateful for everything they offered. So much love goes to those people who validated so many parts of me. I was rendered speechless. Until next challenge.

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

2015, A Year In Review-ish

About to step into the new year and I think, 2015 wasn’t that bad. There were a few promising moments which made it not suck so much. There were a few times when I said, this is really great being me. And there were a few moments when I was painfully aware of our collective humanity. Fiona Marie Peaach in her jammies and green tutu on Shalavee.com

Gift Exchange on Shalaveee.com

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Brazillian ham and bean soup on Shalavee.com

We all have our perspective to wrestle with. Mine is suddenly suspect as I roll into 2016 with a new word and consciousness. But that’s the next post.

26 April Workshop badge on Shalaveee.con

Mosaic butterfly on Shalavee.com

Enjoy 2015’s  beautiful photos which were collected under my daily practice of the ‘year of making’ which I started at the beginning of the year. A great way to collect my pictures every month.

 

At the beach on Shalavee.com

Fiona's Birthday decorations for 2015 on Shalavee.com

 Silouettes in Fionas room on Shalavee.com

This post is about what I’ve captured, those irrefutable moments we shared. This year was lovely. Two year-olds aren’t really lovely and yet, she takes a wonderful photo and leaves you thinking she is… Magic

Lisa's tree on Shalavee.com

 

Peaches on Shalavee.com

26 Oct Mommy and Fiona on Shalavee.com

15 Aug Eamon and Fiona on Shalavee.com

I look at these and think, there was more here than I gave life credit for. And I am grateful again to have lived it.

Steve with Fiona and Eamon on Shalavee.com

Me in my chair with my kids on Shalavee.com

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Dear Sweet October

Breathtaking heartbreaking October, how I love/hate you so. You come in so nonchalantly. I rose to my own yearly challenge of daily posting 31 days in a row and threw in a creative bootcamp on top. creative bootcamp product from Shalavee.com

anniversary flowers on Shalavee.com

Then the family fun began.

in the cornfield on Shalaveecom

mums on Shalavee.com

pretend tractor at Fifer Farms on Shalavee.com

Blades Orchard visit on Shalavee.com

Fiona meets a zebra on Shalavee.com

Fiona's first pony ride on Shalavee.com

We had Family Fall Fun with play places and festivals, a trip to the hospital, a trip to the pumpkin patch, and then Halloween to end it all with a bang. Halloween 2015 on Shalavee.com

Soaking up the air and the sun and the explosion of color and beautiful light before we are herded indoors to huddle around fireplaces and creatively bide our long dark days of Winter. Left only with our photos of our happy light filled days as we consider what else we’ll include next year.

The new living room that we dine in on Shalavee.com

Fiona at breakfast on SHalavee.com

October Dusk on Shalavee.com

In the winter window on Shalavee.com

Napping in my chair on Shalavee.com

Wanna see the whole month of posts? Start here.

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

 

Silent Sunday

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playing with blocks on Shalavee.com

Fiona in her bedroom on Shalavee.com

Making breakfast on Shalavee.com

At the playground on Shalavee.com

 

pushing the babydoll in the swing on Shalavee.com

Shalagh and Fiona on Shalavee.com

Caitlin and Fiona on Shalavee.com

Rob and Fiona nextdoor on Shalavee.com

Silent Sunday.

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

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