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Day 4 ... I am Kind (but not necessarily nice). #mydefinitionofshalagh .  My Mother told me this the other day. Honestly, I abhor the whole Nice Girl thing as it's loaded with compliance and subservience. But I agree that I am Kind. I was acutely aware at the holidays of how much kindness means. I thanked people profusely. And I poured it on thickly promising to continue throughout the year with that intention. .  I am finishing out January by answering the question, "Who the heck do I think I am?" So far, I'm hopeful, a lush, and a cat whisperer. Because what I think is all that really matters. Blog post today sums up my intentions. Link in bio to my blog at Shalavee.com ! .  #taleswithfriends #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #selfie #ontheblog #fionamariepeach #midlifemama #creativemamas #createeveryday
My smile for #decemberreflections2018 . .  I am "simply having a wonderful Christmastime". Really really. Can you see it on my face here in our family selfie before my sister's departure? We had so much fun together! .  #eamonspencerpeach #fionamariepeach #selfie #familytime #taleswithfriends #siblings #christmas @drumsinger @drumsingermichelle
New book for the new year. I got Jen Sincerro's 'You are a Badass' on the suggestion of my therapist Kathleen. Because stuff needs to shift more. . ”Faith is having the audacity to believe in the not-yet seen. It is the muscle you use when you decide to blast outside of your comfort zone and transform your life into something that’s practically unrecognizable to you in your present reality. Faith smothers your fear of the unknown. It allows you to take risks. Faith is the stuff of “leap and the net will appear.” -Jen Sincerro - .  #decemberreflections2018 #faith #jensincerro #taleswithfriends #faith #fionamariepeach #thesassinator
#remembering the little version of Fiona at Christmas on my blog today. Cute pictures of her like this one with witty words written by me from 2014. Follow the link in my profile to my blog .  #decemberreflections2018#writersofig #ontheblog #fionamariepeach #santaslap #taleswithfriends
Best Day of 2018 was this family day spent at Hershey Park. I felt so victorious when we got there on the last day of September. Masterplan for fun activated after a rough start to the school year. Everyone was happy and we each got what we needed. FUN !!! Eamon finally rode on a few rollercoasters with me. Fiona got to drive a car. Mark sat on benches. We had pizza and a movie in the hotel room and swam in a heated pool. And my fave...bumper cars! .  #decemberreflections2018 #familytime #taleswithfriends #fionamariepeach #hersheyparkhappy #caitlinamandagarrett @cait_2.0
-Biggest Challenge of 2018-  Creating the challenges for myself wasn't hard but the gracious receiving of the credit for my accomplishments proved problematic. .  I did the very best with Terri Connellan's @writingquietly Wholehearted Living piece. I muscled through my nerves and was very proud of the results, much thanks to Terri for her patient strength.  But subsequent tasks/risks I put myself to didn't deliver the same results. My Imposter syndrome hijacked my pride. .  I'm still blogging 3 days a week and iG posting daily and instead of planning for 2019, i'm letting holiday creativity and event planning take over. I am being easier overall with myself as I enjoy one precious day at a time. .  #decemberreflections2018 #fionamariepeach #santaslap #gingershavemorefun #taleswithfriends #mywisdomlessons
- Biggest surprise of 2018 - In March we did our taxes and discovered we owed 15K in taxes. Panic ensued. We hustled to refile as an S-corp and refinanced the house just in case. The surprise could have gone badly but turned out well. We are on top of our bills and the business is quickbooks compliant. It's business growing pains but we feel more on top of things than ever before. .  #biggirlpants #fionamariepeach #eamonspencerpeach #kidsofinstagram #growingpains #selfemployed
I had wanted a house as long as I could remember. I was so intent on making my own space inside and outside. Buying this house was that dream come true. But I did not realize it would only become a home when i filled it with the people I love. I am the truest homebody you will ever know and i am fiercely proud of that. .  #decemberreflections2018 #familytime #taleswithfriends #fionamariepeach #eamonspencerpeach #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #homebody
My Best decision of 2018 for #decemberreflections2018  While Hershey Park was so so necessary for all of us that last weekend in September, the best decision was to ask for a little medicinal aid recently in chilling out my anxieties. I feel way more even-headed and present for my kids. And all the moments in between. Feeling more productive, less hyper-critical, and pretty good about this Christmas event I'm about to produce! .  #taleswithfriends #fionamariepeach #anxiety #familytime #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #bestdecisionof2018
My fave photo of 2018 - my dearhearts. My heart and soul are there on that couch.  I am their devoted voyeur. I am seen and invisible. I am necessary and superfluous. I am home. .  #eamonspencerpeach #fionamariepeach #taleswithfriends #decemberreflections2018 #familytime
Patterns for #navigatingthroughnovember  On the blog today, I discuss how it's been Two Weeks since my Emotional Fallout. And two weeks since I chose to medicate my anxiety. I've begun to see how I had been telling myself I was OK but I didn't really believe it. But since then, the meds make me feel smoother now. The static has been quieted. A different perspective on my same old life and I'm so glad to have it.  Link to my brief thoughts since my fallout on my blog at Shalavee.com in my bio. . . .  #navigatingthroughnovember #taleswithfriends #fionamariepeach #eamonspencerpeach #mywisdomlessons #midlifemama #soul_selfie #anxiety #ontheblog #selfie
My inveterate truth ,.. I believe in the worth and dignity of all people. To be humane, to be compassionate, to forgive ourselves and our Humanity is love in action. Love is all you need. . . .  #navigatingthroughnovember #taleswithfriends #getoutdoors #fionamariepeach #eamonspencerpeach #mywisdomlessons #midlifemama
Friendship for #navigatingthroughnovember  These two just strolling in the autumn woods yesterday holding hands. Does my soul such good to know they have eachother. .  #eamonspencerpeach #fionamariepeach #siblings #beherenow #mywisdomlessons #midlifemama #mywisdomlessons #autumnal #taleswithfriends #kidsofinstagram #walkinthewoods
Mark asked we if there was anything we had to do today. I said no. He said that's weird. The human doings then had a leisurely breakfast. .  My blog post today pays homage to the hearth keepers, those of us who revere our ability and necessity to tend our home fires. Link to Shalavee.com in my bio. .  #taleswithfriends #holidaymorning #navigatingthroughnovember2018 #ofthemorning #fionamariepeach #momentsathome #ontheblog #navigatingthroughnovember
This happy little soul returned to me today. She's been sick and belligerent for days and days. But she woke up this morning quite early giggling and chittering away. Herself. .  Her joy is infectious. Her hair the color of autumn and robin's breasts. And there was no simpler pleasure or more magical childhood moment than this day, a chance to jump in a leaf pile. .  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. We celebrate the ones we are lucky enough to love and be loved by. And hope for brighter days for those who are in darker places. .  #navigatingthroughnovember2018 #taleswithfriends #fionamariepeach #gingershavemorefun #gingers #mywisdonlessons #midlifemama #navigatingthroughnovember
I felt defenseless against my own fear brain.  I felt mad that the way I wanted things to work out after some big hard earned events, was not the way things turned out.  I felt grief.  I felt angry at myself for putting me in a place where I felt vulnerable.  I felt angry that after all the work I've done, hard long work in therapy and on my own, suddenly it would seem that I had done nothing.  I felt like I needed to shake things up.  So yesterday I publically admitted to some not so good mental stuff, not all.  I want to say yes and lay back and allow all the helping hands to support to hold me up. I feel joyful that I have a community and mad that I can't see me the way you see me.  I feel a bit overwhelmed and burdened by all the offers of support.  I feel the need to clarify, to say I'm good now, I'm on my way to my professional peoples to figure this out. I just need a boost over the edge. It was a spell not an attack.  But in the end, it is how I feel that I paid attention to and brought me to make a next step decision. It's a two steps forward, one step back kinda life.  I had some pretty bad post partum with Eamon 13 years ago and not so bad with Fiona. But it's their mental health that I want to add and model my positive self-esteem to. So I keep on keepin' on. .  #navigatingthroughnovember #taleswithfriends #anxietydoesntgettodrive #beherenow #fionamariepeach #eamonspancerpeach #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie
Ah Halloween! I am a devotee to your fanfare and ritual.  A costume parade at school, pumpkin carving, her dark princess costume (so lovely), our traditional first trick or treat to our neighbors house, and an hour's worth of trick or treating to fill the pumpkin bucket up. We ended the night by watching second Night at the Museum movie. So fun! Swipe right to left to see them all. .  #trickortreat #halloween #fionamariepeach #kidsofinstagram #sassafras #taleswithfriends #midlifemama #creativemamas #storyofmyday #gingershavemorefun
After a ten hour travel day, we returned home last night. Our kids and our cats are all happy to see us. And I'm sitting in my comfy chair breathing in the fresh air coming in and listening to the honks of geese and twittling of birdsong. .  It's good to go away if only to come home and appreciate what you have. .  #homeagain #fionamariepeach #taleswithfriends #beherenow
Selfie perspective. I wrote, "When you believe you are of value, that you can bring perspective and value to the world, it feels good. When you don't, it feels bad.  The pain of the hopeless child is palpable. Yet we continue to treat our inner children in the same way as we perceived our parents did. They must have treated us with disregard and dishonor because we deserved it." I honor myself as hard as I can that Fiona may emulate and understand her inherent worth. .  I'm the most Prolific Blogger You are Not Reading. That's the title of my post today. Follow the link in my profile to find out why at Shalavee.com. .  #taleswithfriends #fionamariepeach #blogger #ontheblog #selfworth #selfdevelopment #selfawareness #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #writersofig #emotionalintelligence #midlifemom
Family fun day at Fifer Farms. There's always a day in mid-October when the kids are off school. And we come here to get our Fall yayas out. Sliding, bouncing, peddling, rolling, and zipping. But Fiona's favorite activity is these water pumps to race the duck down the water pipe flume. She is such a water loving pisces. Do you see her grin? .  #fionamariepeach #fallfun #fiferfarms #easternshoreofmaryland #familyplaydate #storyofmyday #redheads #gingershavemorefun
Worry for #moremindfulmoments ... I felt this way by the end of the day yesterday. What began as an "anything is possible" kind of day, became a series of duties performed and a dwindling amount of time to do the very hard things I'm in hope of finishing. I was deflated and dissatisfied. . .  It's me again. Wanting to do the perfect thing and not knowing what I'm doing . Paralysis and perfection and a final feeling of failure. I hate this hamster wheel and I want to be done. . .  So I'm daring myself to do it all differently. Exercise in the afternoon. Give myself a deadline. Type at the library. Get the lesser challenge done to inspire work on the bigger. Anything changed is a change! . .  Wish me luck! .  #fionamariepeach #taleswithfriends #selfdiscovery #emotionalintelligence #selfcompassion #gingershavemorefun
#emotions for #moremindfulmoments .  This is her 'wary of elevator' face. She was so terrified of them as a baby, we had to desensitize her to them during a hotel vacation stay when she was two. .  Living her life with her is an emotional rollercoaster. She's always unsure how to regulate her reactions. She has no concept of when or enough when she's wounded. .  I am more and more aware that feelings can often lead my life script too. I watch as the Feeling & Thought & Action cycle can quickly play out in the wrong direction as feelings are confused as fact. So my pledge is to allow a beat to play out and ask why. Why am I feeling this way or why is that person acting that way? .  Neither fear nor emotions should be allowed to operate my life's elevator. .  #fionamariepeach #emotionalintelligence #selfdevelopment #selfawareness #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #writersofig #unicorn
Music is immensely important to us. And It is who Eamon is.  He is innately a musician. At 13, he is accomplished in piano and bass clarinet and is giving a go of the stand-up bass! .  My son's test scores are through the roof because he's just smart. We don't send him to a private school because of the marvelous music teacher he has now. The man is a gift to every kid whom he has ever taught. .  I encourage you to thank the teachers who make this kind of difference in your kids' lives that you truly appreciate. And the ones that changed your life too. Thank them because it's often a thankless job. . .  #eamonspencerpeach #fionamariepeach #taleswithfriends #musicman #kidsofinstagram #siblings #beherenow #mywisdomlessons
Knowing Myself Will Connect Me to You. That is my truth and the title of today's blog post. "Building self-esteem is like building something from air sometimes. You take it on faith that you need to and that it will work if you keep working it but it's an act of faith." A short sweet read with cute pictures, as always. Link to my blog at Shalavee.com in my profile! .  @bymeeni  I hear Ya' loud and clear  I've got three years on you and my word of the year, "submit", never inspired me to do so. I'm deadly fearful of the rejections and criticisms. I know my writing isn't crap but I don't feel like I'm adult enough or know enough. .  #selfie #fionamariepeach #taleswithfriends #selfdiscovery #selfdevelopment #selfesteem #emotionalintelligence #growthmindset #selfleadership  @drumsinger what I was saying about the little old cat is in this piece
Our weekend vacation hotel had a heated pool! Paid heck trying to get Fiona out! Made it home at 4pm.today and felt the happy perspective shift that one gets after being away for 24 hours! #fionamariepeach #eamonspencerpeach  #familygetaways #holidayinnharrisburgeast #childrenofinstagram #taleswithfriends
Ah Gratitude. I can tell you I'm profoundly grateful for the support I received from my community when the chips were down last week. For @danielleldarling fixing my site when it got eaten by a viagra ad  For my friends @pyellie showing up to celebrate my birthday and my children @whipped_peach for being sweet and healthy and creative. . .  But I'm also grateful for just being here. For not having been taken out of this beautiful world by any of the people I made bad choices with or by the drugs I took. Grateful I am healing from my traumatic childhood and am lucky enough to have a therapist who gets me. For the food in my fridge all of which I didn't grow or pay for. And for the ability to post words I want to say unedited out into the interwebs. .  Thank you life. . . .  #breatheseptember #beherenow #mindfulness #taleswithfriends #fionamariepeach #writersofig #kidsofinstagram
That I love these two souls with all my heart is a no brainer. But the part where they helped me to love me is the unforeseen part of the equation.  #breatheseptember2018  #taleswithfriends #eamonspencerpeach #fionamariepeach# #kidsofinstagram
The beauty I grew from seed. Were I to disparage my gardening skills, I can just gaze on this natural wonder and know my grace. . . "FEEL YOUR TRUTH AND SPREAD IT WIDE". On the blog today, thoughts on how we as women subjagate ourselves and what I do and don't want to model for my wee sassafras gal. Link in my profile to the piece titled A Woman's Worth on Shalavee.com. . .  #breatheseptember2018 #liveyourtruth #ontheblog #togetherwerise #mywisdomlessons #taleswithfriends #fionamariepeach #backyardshennanigans
Going gently into my 52nd year today with a brunch at our favorite diner and a date with a playground for Fiona. Slowly I roll, into this new phase but I am fully prepared to be kinder and gentler to myself. Compassionate for the changes that are happening.  #breatheseptember2018 . .  #fionamariepeach #kidsofinstagram #birthday #storyofmyday #beherenow #overthehill #midlifemama #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie
How do you know Joy? It shows.  Our whirlwind daylong beach trip to Ocean City, Maryland in the beginning of August begat sunburns but much joy. #breatheseptember2018 . .  Every day we live and engage in our lives, all that we read, and people that we meet, they all affect us. Change us, make us into who we need to be next. I ponder this on my blog today at Shalavee.com. Link in my profile. . .  #taleswithfriends #eamonspencerpeach #fionamariepeach #oceancitymaryland #beachmemories #ontheblog #writersofig #kidsofinstagram
Listen for #augustbreak2018 / I listened to myself yesterday. Really really listened and what I heard behind and beyond that chattering resistance was Fear. Always. And so I asked what were the words. And my shadow child self said she was afraid she'd fail. And I gave her/myself the compassion I deserved. I assured her this was a possibility but so was achievement. And I felt better. . . . .  #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #taleswithfriends #intuition #emotionalintelligence #selfdevelopment #innerwisdom #eamonspencerpeach #fionamariepeach #playground #martinakstatepark
#comfort for #breatheseptember2018 .  While it's still raining outside, we're snuggling up indoors. Trying to keep the kids off the screens is somewhat difficult. The house smells of the pot of chili cooking. While I make these moments matter with manicures and movies with all piled onto the couch, I'm kinda looking forward to getting back into my brain zone and working out my work next week. And counting down this last week until my birthday. . . .  #taleswithfriends #eamonspencerpeach #fionamariepeach #siblings #beherenow #taleofmyday #kidsofinstagram #weekend #snuggle
Do you have a definition of success or one for enough? I considered what mine are in my blog post today titled With No Definition of Success Or Enough, You’re a Hamster on a Wheel . . . "Having sweet smart healthy independent children feels like success to me...But what of enough? Or will whatever you have always be enough?" . .  Do you feel like your standards need to be lowered? Like you're missing an end point which will sum your efforts up?  A link to my brief and thought provoking blog post at  Shalavee.com in my bio. . . .  #ontheblog #enough #fionamariepeach #taleswithfriends #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons #writersofig #writingmyselfhome
First Day of Kindergarten! (She already has one year of pre-K bus riding under her belt) 💜 😉 💜 I feel relieved and slightly untethered as my children go off to school today. As much as I've been giddy and gleeful at the thought of this day coming, I'm anticipatory that this means I have to buckle down and get serious about my own work. Enter the nerves around visibility and vulnerability..........................So be it. Gonna meditate on some Loving Kindness each day. Swipe right to left to see Fiona get on the bus. . . . . .  #breatheseptember2018  #taleswithfriends #carolinecountymaryland #fionamariepeach #backtoschool #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons
#augustbreak2018  While August threatened to be a suckling vortex of doom (see blog posts on Surviving my speech and having my butt exposed), it ended up going by more quickly than any August ever. Instead of counting how many more hot boring days we would have to endure, it was full of band practice and nailing down my theory on the inverse relationship between creativity and anxiety. It felt satisfying and productive and clandestine.  Thank you to @SusannahConway as always, for creating this place for us to connect and explore our possibilities in our own ways. . . . Today's positive and thoughtful blogpost is titled Proactive Possibilities. What a way to end the month! Link in my profile to my blog at Shalavee.com.  #fionamariepeach #taleswithfriends #catsofinstagram #soul_selfie #ontheblog #mywisdomlessons
#augustbreak2018 Thank you for the opportunity to become family. I have had few opportunities to truly enjoy what that means. I'm grateful for these whackjobs and I'm thankful for all the wonderful friends I have here on IG and FB. Both have given me an immense sense of self. . . .  #fionamariepeach #eamonspencerpeach #dcsubway #familytime #taleswithfriends
She has mastered the Slip N Slide I'd say. Summer fun for a water lover. #slipandslide #fionamariepeach #summerfun #backyardshennanigans
Blue for #augustbreak2018 .  There is no prettier a blue than my sons eyes except maybe the water around the Carribean Islamds. And we're about to be singing the "Soong Summer Blues". Great memories made as a family is what I'm holding on to. . . . .  #fionamariepeach #eamonspencerpeach #creativemama #swimmingpoolsilliness #siblings #solongsummer #justpeachy
Don't be bustin' my bubble ! #backyardshennanigans #fionamariepeach
This light! This girl ! Gorgeous.  Exuberant. Be. Here. Now. #fionamariepeach #eveningswing #downtowndentonmd #taleswithfriends #yesihoppedupthecolorandfionadoesntlikeit
Makes me Laugh for #augustbreak2018 .  My family is very funny. Mark and I made eachother laugh enough to get married. And then we had these kids. As Fozzy Bear would say, Whacka whacka! . . . .  #fionamariepeach #eamonspencerpeach #kidsofinstagram #creativemama #celebratorylunch #panerabread #gingershavemorefun #sundayfunday
Saying good night until next year for Summerfest 2018 in #downtowndentonmd . Thank you @sue_in_caroline_co.md for the magic that you do and are to give us this opportunity to have fun and practice being us. . .  #fionamariepeach with her Daddy watching fireworks and in her dance showcase. Plus on Sue's lap and with my sister @drumsingermichelle wearing a balloon hand hat. #eamonspencerpeach during his 20 (15, oops) minute set at the pub with Quartet Subset. Plus art shots of old buildings and old cars . . . #taleswithfriends #hometownfun #tirednow #bigdayaheadtomorrow Ps tomorrow's my sermon at church. Gotta go meditate.
💜Younger me💜  At 45, this woman decided she wanted a baby. And proof, there was a baby at 46. That woman knows to embrace the hard stuff grows you in the best ways. Vulnerability and risk have made me stronger. And having to learn to be compassionate for Fiona has taught me to be so for myself. . . . .  #augustbreak2018 #fionamariepeach #wholeheartedliving #taleswithfriends #selfdiscovery #liveauthentic #mywisdomlessons
How Instagram's community witnessed me and helped banish my anxieties, today on my blog. Being vulnerable gifted me with myself again. "I’d never experienced community and was completely unsure of what it meant and how I was supposed to do it. I just knew that being witnessed by these wonder women from inside their hearts was the greatest gift ever. I watched and I listened as they showed me what vulnerability looked like and what it gives you. And my intuition told me that, despite what everyone said about social media, there was something really good going on here." A brief and empowering read. Follow the link in my profile to Shalavee.com. . . . .  #inreallife #augustbreak2018 #trendrebels #fionamariepeach #wholeheartedliving #taleswithfriends #selfdiscovery #ontheblog #liveauthentic #mywisdomlessons #communityrocks
Looking for Ease is Hard.... A brief blogpost today, "I am never sure what easy looks like but I know I haven’ t lived it yet. Why have I made life so hard? Because it’s what I knew. When things were hard, there was pain and somehow pain substantiates life. But recently, as I’ve focused on just being here now and doing what I need to do to get done, I’ve found ease and it’s surprisingly easy.  I have set myself to goals recently that were progressive. Where the hard work I was avoiding, I’m doing. And it took me by surprise that when I did what I truly knew needed to get done, I felt like I had more time and less to do. And that is just weird." .  Can you relate? Follow the link in my profile to the full blogpost st Shalavee.com . . . . .  #eamonspencerpeach #taleswithfriends #augustbreak2018 #liveauthentic #fionamariepeach #beachdays #ontheblog #blogger #writerofig #selfdiscovery #soulgoals #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie
In August last year, we took an impromptu trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania by way of our friend's party in Westminster, Maryland. It was so much fun to be out exploring with my family. Two nights in a hotel meant no housework for me or cooking! And barreling down the beautiful green undulating byways of that landscape always does my heart good after living among the flat fields of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. . . . .  #eamonspencerpeach #taleswithfriends #augustbreak2018 #liveauthentic #fionamariepeach #goofygoofertons #familytime #roadtripmemories
Evening light for #augustbreak2018 . On the porch after a thunderstorm. Summer magic moments. Our Real life. Rocking chairs and cell phones. . . . .  #fionamariepeach #eamonspencerpeach #summerstories #taleswithfriends #eveninglight #frontporch #kidsofinstagram
'Happiness is' for #augustbreak2018 ... These kids had a marvelous wave jumping surf crashing sunburning time at the beach yesterday. And my friend Theresa and I agreed that ithis was why we were there. Our happiness is their happiness. Fiona threw a fit when we were leaving. She wanted more fun! . . .  #taleswithfriends #oceancitymaryland #fionamariepeach #eamonspencerpeach #beachlove #wednedsdaysatthebeach #summerfun
5 Things About Me for #augustbreak2018 - 🐘 I weep when I see elephants. To know their habitats are being encroached on. And that these gentle creatures feel angry, their story is tragic and common. 🎨 Other than some watercolor painting of my cherry tree in my backyard when I was a kid, I don't paint artistically. I did however make money in college housepainting. 🚣 I fell out of a rowboat at a young age and nearly drowned. Although I eventually learned how to swim, sadly, I did not empower my son to swim. But Fiona is taking lessons this week! 📽 I was a television and film major in college (mass communication degrees are very different now). For a long time, I wanted to make films. Instead, I've ended up being a storyteller with pictures. 🤹🤹 If you'd have asked me in college if I was going to have kids, I'd have had my doubts. But our capacity for shift and change is amazing. I am a mom, something I am reverent about, and I may even be doing a decent job of it. . . . . .  #emotionalmaturity #soul_selfie #selfdiscovery #mywisdomlessons #taleswithfriends #blogger #perspective #writersofig #selfdevelopment #fionamariepeach #swimminglessons #arthealsthesoul .
Skin for #augustbreak2018 -  A day out with my girl Fiona and we got her nails done. Hot pink with light pink sparkles on top. She has the most creamy white skin and thick fingernails. I like to act the part of the grandma sometimes and spoil her. I also warn her not to not push her luck and keep asking me for stuff! . . .  My post today is about honoring myself. It goes without says that I want to teach my daughter to honor herself as well (without making her bratty). Link to my blog at Shalavee.com in my profile. . .  #ladyglittersparkle #meandfi #fionamariepeach #taleswithfriends #gingers #storyofmyday #ontheblog
Eamon's impromptu quartet is practicing in my livingroom. I asked if the drums could stay until next practice. She was having a blast just using her hands to drum but don't tell their owner. .  Meanwhile, my art challenges are done and while I am kinda glad I don't have to do anything arty because ..."have to" ... ,  I have to admit I am feeling slightly untethered. I am working on editing my bigger piece but ...that was arting for 118 days straight. I guess it's as weird to stop a habit as it is to start one. Need a moment to decide what to slip in in its place. . . . .  #fionamariepeach #taleswithfriends #ourcreativeselves  #littledrummergirl #gingershavemorefun #childrenofinstagram #creativityrules
School for her "friends". Followed by their naptime. So sweet.  #fionamariepeach #kidsofinstagram #taleswithfriends #summertimefuntime #novideogameplayingbrotheraround
We dropped Eamon off at his Maryland Leadership camp today after a lovely brunch with @cait_cris and @fabianzcm . Fiona could fit in the dormroom wardrobe. Hoping for an amazing week of fun and inspiration for him and a blessed week of only-childness for Fiona. #fionamariepeach #dormroom #siblings @mlwexperience
They do as we do, not as we say. . .  A conversation today in the blog about ditching my "When I Lose the Weight" clothing. I am mortified and embarrassed by the lack of self-acceptance and sheer self-bullying that is our American Female birthright. And not for the first time I am putting myself in this brief blogpost. Link to Shalavee.com in my profile. . .  #fionamariepeach #taleswithfriends #gingerdaughter #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #sassafras #ontheblog
A perfectly lovely Summer day spent in the backyard. A breeze that has interrupted the stiflingly hot weather. A hydrangea that has finally bloomed. A pillow bed on the picnic table. Grilling fresh food. New sand in the sandbox. And tomato plants and children that are growing so fast! . . .. .  #backyardblooms #backyardshennanigans #taleswithfriends #fionamariepeach #beherenow #creativemamas #mywisdomlessons
When they are obnoxious to oneanother all day getting on my nerves and then I happen to catch that one righteous moment when they are being cute.  Friday Night Movie and Family Night! . .  #taleswithfriends #eamonspencerpeach #fionamariepeach #siblings #familytime #mywisdomlessons #creativemamas
We all had a Lovely Father's Day! A visit from our adopted girl Caitlin @cait_cris and her handsome husband @fabianzcm . Fresh yummy food , a chocolate cake , card games, and a concert. Quality Family time! #fionamariepeach #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #ourcreativeselves #ourcreativejune
I am currently the sleepover chaperone of all this cuteness. I almost have tears in my eyes, they're so bossy and dear. #downtowndentonmd #fionamariepeach #sassafrasandfriend #lastdayofprek
New chairs, new daughter, new life essentially. 20 years ago a very dark chapter of my life was ending. I was in a very bad marriage. 'It Was (Only) Emotional Abuse' is the title of my blogpost published yesterday on Shalavee.com. .  I used to play the  emotional abuse down. At least I wasn't physically abused I'd think. But I can tell you, in many ways it's worse. Wears you down, makes you thinner inside. Follow the link in my profile to my blog for the very short thoughtful post and a dose of empowerment. .  #fionamariepeach #writersofig #ontheblog #taleswithfriends #emotionalintegrity #emotionalabuse #selfdevelopment #selfawareness #ourcreativejune
Mirrored for #manifestingthroughmay with @Ofearthandstars . .  This is Fiona. This is Fiona reading. For real. This morning she got up and her brain was ready for the next place. We are her mirrors. Her parents, her teachers, her friends, and her community. Let's tell her how competent and smart she is first before we gush about her beauty.  She's clever enough to know we ecourage what we value. . . .  #taleswithfriends #mywisdomlessons #fionamariepeach #reading  #liveauthentically #selfleadership #leadership  #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity  #perspective #movingforward #alifeofintention #ofquietmoments
Horizon... for #manifestingthroughmay  @ofearthandstars .  Do you see the future in the now? Glimpse the wonder and beauty that is these children. That was us and our promise that we senselessly fight every day with our fear and our doubts? .  I am gripped by the understanding that whatever I do, she will emulate. I'll put the doubt and the crazy in her if I live it. What I want to see is both of us rising together. .  HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO YOU ALL TODAY! BECAUSE MOTHERING YOURSELF  IS HARD WORK TOO! . .  #beherenow #bepresent #fionamariepeach #taleswithfriends #backyardshennanigans #thegreatoutdoors #hose #liveauthentic #alifeofintention  #mothersday
🌱Day 3 for the #soul_selfie Challenge🌱 .  I keep asking my husband if he's being gentle with my son. I walk up to him and look him in the eye and ask, "Are you being gentle?" Because as parents, we tend to be as hard on our children as we are on ourselves. .  Driving ourselves and our children without compassion doesn't serve our world well. This practice just reinforces the cycle. I want my children to be compassionate and have humanity left in them when they reach a place where they can help the world heal. .  Go gently into your day please! .  #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons #taleswihfriends #backyardshennenigans #familymoments  #tomatogarden #eamonspencerpeach #fionamariepeach #familytime #getoutside #gentle #storyofmyday #childrenofinstagram
🎂Secret Wish 🎂 for #aprillove2018 .  My secret (or not so secret) wish is that this boy, who just turned into a man yesterday, lives a happy fulfilling life. That he honors his gifts and knows his blessings each day. .  Happy 13th Birthday Eamon! .  #eamonspencerpeach #fionamariepeach #birthdaydinner #taleswithfriends #creativemamas #kidsofinstagram #liveauthentic  #beherenow #wherehasthetimegone
🌈Rainbow🌈 for #aprillove2018 .  Fiona drew me a rainbow bee day before  yesterday.  I am regularly gifted with her art. Ain't it grand? .  On the blog, I talk about first two weeks of the 100 day project. Link in my profile to my blog at Shalavee. .  #createeveryday #creativityfound #creativemama #bee #kidsart #fionamariepeach #ontheblog
📖 Inspiring book for #aprillove2018📖 .  Second year in a row I used a Shutterfly coupon to make a 20 page family picture book for the $8 shipping cost. Quite the design challenge yet so satisfying to use all those pictures from the past year. .  As for books read which changed me, I included those in my wholehearted living piece on Terri Connellan's @writingquietly  blog. Do find that series and have a read. My piece was published  at the end of March and titled Gathering my Lessons. .  #creativityfound #liveauthentic #taleswithfriends #creativehappylife #creativemama#alifeofintention #theartofslowliving #bedeeplyrooted #bepresent #collectivelycreate #cultivatewhatmatters #embracingaslowerlife #everydaymagic #fionamariepeach #eamonspencerpeach
Went to the park. Had a picnic and practiced roller skating. Then to my doctor's appointment. Possible ear infection. Upper sinuses still spewing nastiness. But ... How cute is my kid when she's not being obstinate! .  #fionamariepeach #taleswithfriends #gingershavemorefun #playground
🦊Note to self🦊 #aprillove2018 .  Get out, people watch, clean a drawer out, eat a treat, write a page in your journal, and tickle somebody.  All guaranteed to shift and lighten your mood at least for a short time. Until you can see your way round your mood to master your balance again. Or make an appointment with your talking doctor. .  #taleswithfriends #kidsofinstagram #gratitude #beherenow #mindfulness #storyofmyday #fionamariepeach #redheadshavemorefun #tuckahoestatepark #tirepark
Day 4 #aprillove2018 - the smile of a happy child. Easter Fiona. Too hoppy! Haredy, hare, hare. . .👯🐰👯🐰👯 Who's in for my third Spring Soul Selfie Challenge ? It will run Monday April 30th thru Sunday May 6th. I've pushed it back to allow for April Love. .  My Soul Selfie Challenge is a seven day word prompted group event which allows us to go a little deeper,  open up our souls, and let it all tumble out. We always really enjoy the extra truth it gifts us. Check out the tag #soul_selfie to see what has come before and if you are shy, you can always follow along. .  And I've got the 💯 Days Challenge going too. Check out my sketch-a-day for the next three months ! .  #fionamariepeach #gingershavemorefun #smile #happykid #bunnyears #kidsofinstagram #taleswithfriends #instachallenge #createeveryday #justturnedfive #momat46 #mydaughterwillbethedeathofme .
The Anonymous groups have a term, "terminally unique". This feeling allows people to slowly kill themselves from their fear of being alone  Here's the thing:  you've never been alone. Alone is a construct of fear and your survival rests on our connection and community. I could not eat or put on awesome deodorant without other people making these items. .  On my blog at Shalavee.com today, a post titled You've Never Been Alone. Link in my profile to a short and enlightening handful of truths that may change your view today. M -W -F posts and Friday announcing my participation in the 100 Day Project starting April 3rd. Oop, there it is. .  #fionamariepeach #ontheblogtoday #selfdiscovery #alifeofintention #theartofslowliving #bedeeplyrooted #bepresent #collectivelycreate #cultivatewhatmatters #embracingaslowerlife #everydaymagic #exploretocreate #feelfreefeed #talrswithfriends #shalavee #mywisdomlessons #emotionalmaturity
A little bit of magic and warm sun on our faces. The broken swing has been fixed. Hallelujah! .  Family time , movies and fabulous food. And reminders from the Universe that I matter in many more ways than I credit myself. .  #fionamariepeach #swinging #taleswithfriends #justturned5 #sundaythoughts #familytime❤️ #gingershavemorefun #downtowndentonmd #weekendstories #writersofog
This morning chair #familyselfie . Document your days. Happy Friday Y'all!  Pizza and family movie night. We'll be watching Dr. Doolittle, the one with Eddie Murphy. Yayyyy.  #eamonspencerpeach #fionamariepeach #talrswithfriends #creativemama #createeveryday #kidsofinstagram
Double picture face! But they spent 12 minutes together making a teeny tiny snowman. The snow they cancelled school for is all but gone. And there's only Friday before they're off again!  #taleswithfriends #fionamariepeach #eamonspencerpeach #minysnowman #snowman⛄ #offschool #driveway
Weekend wandering found us beside our river checking out our new welcome center and capturing Pokemon gyms. Eating earned ice cream and assembling Moana Lego sets. Slow and present. I love it this way. .  My intention to be here for my kids, to create memories of us is number one. To my own detriment, I forget myself. So these past few days, I'm meditating on what it means to be me. What my moment, my work, my story, and my purposeful intention is now. .  And, for those of you who have been my friend for a couple years, it's time for a Spring Soul Selfie Challenge don't you think? Details to follow. .  #eamonspencerpeach #fionamariepeach #choptankriver #wharvesofchoptank #beherenow #personaldevelopment #emotionalintelligence #growthmindset #movingforward #alifeofintention #ofquietmoments #nothingisordinary #thehappynow #liveunscripted #pursuepretty #searchwandercollect #seekthesimplicity #thatsdarling #theslowdowncollective #becomingwild #taleswithfriends #soul_selfie
"You know you're driving, right?" I say to the young woman who's husband isn't on board with her plans. Because I believe women are the bosses of the domestic bliss. .  Yet sometimes I'm overwhelmed and forget. My kids bully me and I'm over all the responsibility I've given myself. I feel weak. I think I'm not as strong as I'm pretending to be. They rely on me to be but maybe I'm not. .  The truth is I'm stronger and wiser than I will probably ever know. And yes, I can not do/fix/make it all. But I can always reset my inner strength by turning my love back inward. Having compassion, realigning, and be present, I regain my life force. .  And also, it's more than ok for these people I adore to know I'm human. That they may allow their humanity to hang out when necessary. .  #turnthelensonself #taleswithfriends #liveauthentically #beherenow #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #fionamariepeach #eamonspencerpeach #creativemamas
Fiona's birthday party was a smashing success! We all had fun, ate well, and she played with her cousin all day long. . ❤🍾🌴Success!!!🌴🍾❤ .  #fionamariepeach #birthday #sundayfunday #gingershavemorefun #fifthbirthday #taleswithfriends #moanaparty
This week is coming to a close. We had some fun moments. Laughing, listening. Being. .  We had some tough moments. The kind when you wonder if you are "doing it right" and "whose kid is this". And then it's as if nothing happened the next morning. .  My boys both got operated on with great results. And I am feeling like I kicked some writing butt. .  Little girl will be 5 in less than two weeks and party planning is about to take up my brain space again. .  On the blog, Self Creation by Avoidance of Who You Think You'll Become. Or is that just me? Link in my profile to my surprisingly inciteful blog at Shalavee.com . .  #taleswithfriends #mywisdomlessons #interiors #ecclectic #embracingaslowerlife #everydaymagic  #disgustinglycute #fionamariepeach #daddydaughtermoments #gingershavemorefun
A blog post out of the air yesterday on how we as women are doing ourselves harm without help. An excerpt I kinda dig follows. Find a link to my blog, Shalavee.com, in my profile and look for Apples vs. Oranges : My Worth as a Mother and a Woman . "I fear that we’ve accepted and embodied all the perfectionistic self-hate causing crap from Suburban Disney subplots that we are now our own perfect persecutors and jailers. Who needs to keep the woman down when she does such a good job of it herself? Add some extra nasty anger/shame/guilt wars between working and staying home Moms and sit back and watch the fairer females make jackasses of themselves depleting their and their daughter’s power all for the prize of pretty, wealthy, and skinny." .  #feminism #modernwomen #fionamariepeach #taleswithfriends #bloggers #ontheblog #selfleadership #liveauthentic #writerofig #empowerment #perspective #liveonpyrpose #personaldevelopment #emotionalmaturity #mywisdomlessons

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