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Gathering My Lessons

I am constantly learning from my life. Someone special to me said that I could glean a lesson even from a recipe.

Which is what I did in my post, When The Recipes Must Go.

I call them Ahas. I can also stand on a Soapbox every once in a while.

And I learn some pretty big stuff from some little people in my life. The good and the bad and

the happy and the sad. My friendships are very important to me. The past holds some wisdom yet to be learned.

And my husband’s lessons are occasionally shared by his voice here. I may repeat myself, but guaranteed,

I’ll get you to think about life just a little differently.

Make the Space and See What Happens

Posted by on Apr 16, 2021 in Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Make the Space and See What Happens

I’ve been doing a lot of clearing in my life this past year. Being trapped at home makes the clutter become a little more annoying. And so I began to load out stuff. I got replacement stuff where necessary. And I also had a look at how cluttered my schedule was. And I relinquished roles and tasks that I had been bearing for a long time and no longer served me. The fun thing is that when you make space in your life, you can recreate your surroundings and you can recreate yourself. If everything’s important, nothing’s...

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Creativity Couldn’t Cure Me

Posted by on Apr 13, 2021 in Creative Soul Living, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Creativity Couldn’t Cure Me

I’m known as an ambassador to creativity. I firmly believe in the soul altering powers of honoring and co-creation with your muse. I also really wanted to believe that creativity was the way out of my anxiety. But as hard as I tried, I just couldn’t quell my anxieties with my creativity. That’s a simplified version of the long and painful anxiety filled process. I wanted to Fix myself with my creativity. I thought if only I could begin making art on a regular basis, I would increase my self-trust and esteem enough to shove...

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Today I am Grateful For …

Posted by on Apr 9, 2021 in Daily Shalagh, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Today I am Grateful For …

Here’s how you prove that your life is pretty good. You get grateful. Instead of choosing to complain, you stop and you find something that you are grateful for. Today I am grateful for… The little one eyed cat who has delighted and comforted us for the past year. Who knew one soul could bring such levity to life? My new expensive vacuum. The birdsong and the smell of the flowers! The federal aid money. The business returning to Mark’s company as people begin to plan their weddings. Hope. Friends who show me who I really am....

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Gardening of Your Soul

Posted by on Apr 6, 2021 in Creative Soul Living, How Does My Garden Grow, Self-Discovery | 2 comments

Gardening of Your Soul

Kneeling on a chair cushion yesterday jamming dirt under my nails as I pulled weeds from my brick walkway, I had one of those garden/life analogies. While the grass clumps came out rather easily sometimes leaving a worm suddenly homeless, the dandelions dared me to yank them. Their tap roots going deeply down between those bricks threatening to leave some of themselves behind. I have worked hard to recover myself and unwind my inner bits from my childhood traumas. I’ve been in counseling a good portion of my life and credit that for the...

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Chosen and Unchosen Changes

Posted by on Mar 30, 2021 in Ahas, Family, Homebody | 0 comments

Chosen and Unchosen Changes

I’ve noticed how I feel differently about my life as we pass the one year anniversary of the beginning of the pandemic of 2020. I feel a lot calmer. How did that happen? Because changes happened, both by choice and by time. I found myself saying no to a string of requests for my time recently. While I made this choice to say no, it has been the time I have spent not doing much of what I used to do that showed me that this is the way I really want to live. I don’t want to rush around anymore feeling overwhelmed with obligations and...

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What if You Find Yourself in a Hole?

Posted by on Mar 23, 2021 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Random | 1 comment

What if You Find Yourself in a Hole?

Say you find yourself in a hole? You have been in the hole your entire life but you just never looked up. But one person then another person told you to look up. And now you know you’re in a hole. There are several choices you can make. If you are actually slightly mentally imbalanced, you can convince yourself that that was some kind of dream and those people are crazy, not you. And then you can continue to live in the hole and forget you ever saw you were in a hole. You can become obsessed with the fact that you have just realized you...

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I Have a Hard Time Believing

Posted by on Mar 19, 2021 in Creative Soul Living, Health and Body Wellness, Self-Discovery | 2 comments

I Have a Hard Time Believing

I have a hard time believing. Raised by anxious agnostics with low self-esteem and a Depression mindset of scarcity who betrayed me, I have a hard time believing. In January, I started a dietary and awareness adjustment program called Noom. It’s a great program because it comes from a psychological perspective, which I love. The first question they ask and want you to answer “yes” to is, “Do you believe you can lose this weight?”. When I read that question last November, I knew I would change nothing during the holidays. But in January,...

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International Women’s Day 2021 : Seeing Ourselves as Valuable

Posted by on Mar 5, 2021 in Community, Daily Shalagh, Essayist, The Soapbox | 8 comments

International Women’s Day 2021 : Seeing Ourselves as Valuable

The theme for 2021’s International Women’s Day, which falls on Monday March 8th, is #ChoosetoChallenge .While the global pandemic over the past year has challenged all of us in ways we’d never have wished on anyone, it has also brought to light some woeful discrepancies in gender equality. I have issue with the dismissal and disrespect for Stay-at-home Moms who became the majority this past year. In the middle of spending months constantly caretaking and worrying about three demanding humans this past year, I acknowledged I...

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Change Nothing and Nothing Changes

Posted by on Mar 2, 2021 in Creative Soul Living, Health and Body Wellness, Self-Discovery | 2 comments

Change Nothing and Nothing Changes

What did you choose to do this morning. Your morning routing, is it set as something you just do without thinking? Do you like it or do you sometimes wish there was change. What about your evenings? Are you a person who stays up or sleeps? Do you eat crap at nighttime and wish you didn’t? Do you intentionally talk to loved ones, exercise, drink water, or read daily? How much of what each of us does is rote habit? Wasn’t a habit once a choice that you repeated? And if this is true, what could you change in your life that would make...

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How Do We Begin to Consider Ourselves Heroes ?

Posted by on Feb 19, 2021 in Family, Midlife Motherhood, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

How Do We Begin to Consider Ourselves Heroes ?

I was doing the dishes this morning and it struck me that any woman that gives herself credit for her thoughts and talents is my hero. I have struggled for so long with not only figuring out what I think, but then owning those thoughts out loud. The weight of knowing yourself in and of itself, seems so heavy. Perfectionism is just another form of the fear of being seen. My daughter is currently experiencing this with math. She’s exclaiming her lack of competency and breaks down in tears if she gets things wrong. I think, where is this...

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