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-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
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
Play for #navigatingthroughnovember .  Fiona and Daddy have taken to playing the card game War with these teeny tiny cards. I typically say no to playing with her because I have much to do and don't want her expecting anything in the future. But I have to remember that what I do they'll do and I want them to prioritize play in their lives as adults too. So I vow to make sure the holidays are full of games and laughter. Memories of family time is all I really have to give them after they've outgrown the toys Santa has brought them. .  Today on my blog, My Cup is Half Full. Link in my profile to my blog at Shalavee.com. .  I thank @ofearthandstars for giving me focus through the month.  #familytime #mywisdomlessons #taleswithfriends #ontheblog #shalavee
Healing for #navigatingthroughnovember  I am familiar with the healing journey. I have been on it all my life. Today I had the opportunity to be listened to by a wise woman who encouraged me to treat myself more gently and recognize it is enough to be with me, my soul and spirit, without ever having to Do anything. I feel healed when I am heard. Thank you for that @radiantjane . .  #healing #taleswithfriends #inthismoment #beherenow #mindfulness #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #writersofig
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
I will not live by rules.  My own rules included.  Those that limit me and contain me in their fear box. I begin again.  Throw the bonds of doing from my being.  And watch the breath that I breathe.  I am not made of confines but of infinite light. .  #ofthenight #navigatingthroughnovember #taleswithfriends #neon #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie
Thanksgiving morning has been luxurious. As I enjoyed my third cup of coffee and journaled on the couch, the light on my treasures in the other corner cabinet caught my eye. .  This light, this holiday happen every year at around the same time but the feeling isn't as rich as when it's here and I am living it. So here's to being fully present today. To feeling your gratitude for your life and family and home and friends. .  #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #navigatingthroughnovember2018 #taleswithfriends #interiors #stilllife #beherenow #createeveryday #bloggersofig #navigatingthroughnovember
A self-portrait in the midst of my day. I am 100% me all day long. I abhor hypocrisy and the phony "like me" stuff. I need me to like me more than anyone. So here I am, about to eat the yummy lunch I just prepared with my husband. The smudge of waterproof mascara and grey roots beyond need of dying are testament to my just being human today.  And at 4pm, I become Mom again. .  #navigatingthroughnovember2018 #homemaking #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #taleswithfriends #selfdiscovery #emotionalmaturity #selfie #midlifemom #navigatingthroughnovember
This is my friend Annie @annielivingstone She is the most amazing friend. She shows up for me and remembers me when I forget myself. She also takes the best picture ever. This was her attending of my workshop last weekend after which I had the most wicked attack of Imposter syndrome. (Read prior posts.) .  Thank you to Annie and all of the people who show up in my life for me when I vanish from my own sight. I love you and need you and appreciate your witness more than I may ever say. To everyone who supported me recently, I'm OK and always a work in progress. There are ways to hedge my bets on happiness I previously didn't give myself permission to use. .  #taleswithfriends #navigatingthroughnovember #friends #mywisdomlessons #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity
I very strongly believe that every day is an opportunity to start over. Begin where you are and draw a path to hope. You are the only one whose permission you need to have hope. .  My post today is short and sweet one about what actually happened to me that put me into that doubt storm. A link to my blog at Shalavee.com in my profile. .  #navigatingthroughnovember #arthealsthesoul #taleswithfriends #storyofmyday #ontheblog #writersofig #selfdevelopment #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie
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
Struggling this week. Wanted to cry many times. The more I tried to tell myself it was OK, the more I heard the opposite. Shame and worthlessness. Why am I here again? I have done so so much work! .  Could be slightly hormonal but other symptoms (lip biting and stomach aches) are asking me to perhaps concede that I may need to get a little more help beyond therapy. I will be seeing my doctor this week for anxiety meds.  Because, although I have come so very far, and so could have used the help a long time ago, I can only speak to my now. I feel stalled. Maybe I'm addicted to anxiety itself. .  Motion for #navigatingthroughnovember.  Taking down my Halloween decorations today. Doing whatever makes me feel better until I do. #mentalhealthmatters #anxiety #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons #selfdevelopment #beherenow #alifeofintention
Our ban on flour and sugar went on hold this morning as I just needed a biscuit and gravy fix. The biscuits were so so yummy in my tummy. And somehow, I feel reset and ready for the day and week. Comfort should not be denied. It fixes a bruised soul. .  Homemade for #navigatingthroughnovember #taleswithfriends #buttermilkbiscuits #fromscratch #sundayvibes #beherenow #gratitude #mywisdomlessons #creativemamas #gratitudeweek2018
"The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live" ---Flora Whittmore--- .  It is the projects that we entertain, the ideas we fiddle with, the people we draw closer, and the whispered yeses that we live tomorrow. .  I keep thinking of the song Love is an Open Door from the movie Frozen. Without self-love and compassion, there are no open doors. We can not love others or be of any help to our world until we establish this within ourselves. .  I highly recommend listening to Sas Pethrick's recent chat with Jane Reeves @radiantjane on episode 30 of her amazing podcast Courage and Spice . Loving Kindness is perpetually the key . .  On the blog, a chat about forgiving my body and living with it as it is now. Link in my profile to Shalavee.com. .  #entrance #navigatingthroughnovember #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons #ontheblog #taleswithfriends #selfcompassion #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity
Flying, that feeling of unstoppable superness. Or sinking, hopelessness taking me down to darker depths. On any given day, these feelings are dependent on what I think I am worth today. . "Feeling good and esteeming oneself brings hope. Berating and hating oneself brings dread. " .  On my blog today, a brief contemplation on this subject. Link in my profile to the post on Shalavee.com titled Will You Face the Day with Hope or Dread ? How do you feel most days? . (The only shot I got from my plane trip to and from Nevada.) .  #taleswithfriends #navigatingthroughnovember  #ontheblog #selfdevelopment #writersofig #upupupinthe#upupupintheair #mywisdomlessons
#inbetween ... We saw Le Rêve , the Dream, when we were in Las Vegas. The show was one of the most amazing masterpieces of production and talent I will ever see. Water ballet, acrobatics, dance, gymnastics, a live singer, and a stage that rose and sank underwater in circular sections. Plus lights, water fountains, and flames. .  I came home from my vacation and felt numb. Wasn't sure how to re-engage in my life. I felt suddenly stuck in between all that I'd done before I'd left and all that I still have to do. Unsettling. .  But I kept moving, kept my eyes and ears open to hopeful helpful thoughts. And I seem to be rising again. I'm removing walls, listening to my intuition, and telling myself the truth. I think there needs to be some daily creativity now or else!  #navigatingthroughnovember #createeveryday #lereve #thewynn #lasvegasnevada #ourcreativeselves #mywisdomlessons #
Grabbed another beautiful Fall walk today. Thought about noticing. There are days and months when I feel mindful and present. Devoted and open. .  And then there are times when I'm apparently distracted to a disastrous end. All we can do is amend our noticing policies and our daily operating strategies. Because only compassion and not judgment will move us from that sticky stucky place. .  #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #fallcolors #onmywalk #taleswithfriends #storyofmyday #emotionalintelligence
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
The Fall of my discontent. .  I went shopping today. Put my body in front of mirrors. It was really quite soul crushing.  As much as I know my value to my loved ones and my community, it was all I could do to try on everything I had brought into the dressing room.  So I bought the stuff that looked nice on me. I hope to camouflage myself well. But I'm reeling with a hangover of horror of my 52 year old body.  I'm angry that I can't just love and be OK with it.  I know that as long as we hate ourselves, we are our own oppressors.  Is there only forgiveness in the Fix? .  #keepingitreal #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #taleswithfriends #bodyshame #bodyhatred
Because we both needed some exercise, we walked to the park and had a playtime picnic. I was keenly aware of Fiona's need for mastery. How she kept pushing a little more to see what she could do. Hanging upside down, hooking those feet into the bars. And then was so pleased with herself. .  I admire her for this. She can be fearful in some ways but this monkey bar climbing was fearless stuff. Inspirational . We are always learning from these little ones if we are paying attention. . . On the blog, Thoughts on Mindfulness : Doing vs. Being . An interesting conversation. Link in my profile to my blog at Shalavee.com.  #ontheblog #monkeybars #fionamariepeach #taleswithfriends #moremindfulmoments #mywisdomlessons #
Doing verses being. Con-mind and the Create-mind. I woke up this morning and reviewed my thoughts from yesterday. Theories are forming. Thoughts about switching my brain intentionally to other modes. Uncluttered unfettered thoughts toasting in my mind like the marshmallows on the bonfire last night.
Desires for #moremindfulmoments  I recognized her truth when she said she didn't cry anymore at this point in midlife. It's not that there's nothing dear to us, it's just that we've been letting go of expectations. They've weighed us down and now we want to fly. .  So it seems to be with desires. They feel frivolous so we buckle down and begin winterizing our souls against them.  Except that's probably crap and another way to defend against the inevitability of disappointment.  So ... .  Desires possess magic And magic is necessary. So I desire an ever-renewed feeling of hope and inner peace for you and I. That our intuitive truths always lead us to better places than fear. And I desire to be OK with just where I am. Amen. .  On the blog today, encouragement to find your flock. Birds of A Feather Flocking together is the post title on Shalavee.com. link in profile. "Hope is there where the flock resides. A place to be seen and heard for just who we are." .  #ontheblogtoday #taleswithfriends #writersofig #asters #emotionalintelligence #beherenow #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie
We met my friend Terry in Baltimore for lunch at a well loved Greek restaurant called Samo's. So fortunate to spend an hour with her as we're both no longer living in Baltimore. . .  I am only partly me without my friends. My dear ones give me such a sense of belonging and love. We are all a reflection of the company we keep. Were we to find ourselves without a roof or food, we would never be cold or hungry with the amazing people in our lives. We only have to ask. . . .  Thoughts for #moremindfulmoments. #taleswithfriends #friendship #bepresent #selfawareness #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons
#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
What's my truth? How do I let it guide me?  The auto-chatter in my head daily is somewhat deafening. And a whole lot of it is crap because fear has a sinister way of making it all sound very very plausible. .  If you stop and stay there and truly listen, you can actually hear your truth. What's true for you is "the truth". It resonates, feels right, feels like relief. .  All the things that I see wrong in my house, on my body, in the world are all reflections and echoes of the unhappiness that was handed down to me. That I internalized. But there was and is nothing more delicate and dear than the inner girl surrounded by those lies. And I need to dig her out. . .  If you are brave enough to live your truth, I'll stand with you inside it. And we'll wait for others to join us. . .  #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons #taleswithfriends #selfleadership #emotionalintegrity #selfdevelopment #beherenow
All we truly have to give is ourselves, our intention, our spirit. In my blog post today titled "A Hard Time Requires Our Humanity", I urge us to be human to ourselves and others. A short sweet sentiment for your day. (Link in my profile to Shalavee.com)  For #breatheseptember2018 's prompt 'Outside' and #quitewriting 's 'Work in Progress' , what you see in my pictures or even what I tell you to know about me is still outside stuff. On the inside, my truth and my true self are in a perpetual transformative process.  The relationship I have with my inner me is precious and evolves. I will not sell myself out by posing for the world. I respect my inner home but sometimes you will be able to catch glimpses of the true me. And we'll sit on the porch and have a drink and a laugh.  Flower Images from my walk yesterday. That's my new kitty friend running to say hi. And one shot of my inner world.  #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons #alifeofintention #taleswithfriends #ontheblog
#believe for #breatheseptember2018 and Words to Inspire for #quietwriting .  I believe in the inherent dignity and worth of all humankind. I am a devoted friend and a champion of hope. .  And I was never more taken aback when I awoke from a dream hearing myself say, " You are your own purpose,  You are your own reason why." .  I struggle with self-belief as if there were a slow leak from a hole somewhere that I can't find to fix. But I'm realizing that to just witness myself is enough and to keep myself in good company. . .  @writingquietly #taleswithfriends #friendship #selfdiscovery #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #writersofig  #analoguecollage
So, no surprise perhaps that when you show up for the conversation, you'll find a flock of like-minds. Participating in @writingquietly Terri Connellan's week long challenge and already @genskitchen and I know we could all hang out together (although we'd each need lots of quiet time in between gabfests!) Today's prompt is skills and tools of the creative practice. #quietwriting . .  Of course we all use morning pages and journaling as a writing betterment practice!  Although reading your thoughts often sparks mine, many times I do not find out what I truly think until I'm writing. .  Then a convo on @wisteriawalk 's page about blogging had me wanting to share that my Why for blogging has simply to become better at it. A living resume of my work. Yes Cheryl @the_intrepid_goddess  the why is important! . .  I use Evernote to type my comments here, and often it's mini-blogging. I have a new phone and a new laptop which make it extremely easy to share pictures right to my gallery in Wordpress. And the editorial calender plug-in was a game changer back when. I have been posting three times a week on the blog for many years and once a day on Instagram for several years too. I'm committed to Communicating and community. . .  Today on the blog, the post titled Struggling Not to Drown in the Fear Posing as Overwhelm. I think that may be self-explanitory. Link to my blog at Shalavee.com in my profile. . .  #taleswithfriends #mywisdomlessons #selfdevelopment #beherenow #selfleadership #ontheblog
#contentment for #breatheseptember2018 and Quiet in my life for #quietwriting @writingquietly . .  I almost chortled at the thought of contentment because I am not sure I was raised to know and feel this. The striving, the never enough thoughts are natural. I say to Fiona,"You're never happy unless you're unhappy." But she may have gotten that from me. .  The Quiet I'd like to experience in my life is this contentment I feel I don't have. It's the knowledge of enough. It's the sweet silence of my brain from negative thoughts and the sweet rush of creative flow. .  I talked about Creative Soul Living on my blog (now no longer riddled with Viagra malware) and that, although I came up with this term two years ago, I still feel like I haven't embraced it completely. Link in my profile to my blog at Shalavee.com. . .  #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons #liveauthentically #selfleadership  #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity #perspective #liveonpurpose #selfawareness #personalgrowth #mindfulness #personaldevelopment #emotionalintelligence #growthmindset #movingforward #alifeofintention
Kindness never goes unpaid. And the gal who has many friends will never be poor even when she is broke. .  Today I have immense gratitude for my community who moved in to support me when I need them yesterday. As I have given my support unconditionally, so did they and I am in Awe of the human capacity for compassion. Borrowing it always from you to put back into me. As @radiantjane says in her book on Loving Kindness, "tto create cozy little nooks of okay-ness" within myself.  I wrote a gentle thoughtful blogpost that expresses these thoughts on your aid yesterday and uncovers what I do to avoid vulnerability. Link in my profile to my blog at Shalavee.com. . .  Mrs. Cheesewheat is a stray who lives on our back porch and only let's me pet her. She is beautiful and dear and so cute with the fallen leaf on her head. . .  #breatheseptember2018 #taleswithfriends #catsofinstagram #mindfulness #behe#beherenow #communitycounts #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons
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
There's beauty in the world in the most unlikely places. It's just in how we look at what we see that makes it beautiful. Silk flowers, abandoned car, and mailbox.  Seeing beauty around me today as a reflection of gratitude and hope. I hope you can do the same. .  #breatheseptember2018 #taleswithfriends #onmywalk #ourcreativeselves #vsco #mywisdomlessons
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
Free for #breatheseptember2018 .  Spent the day "Francoising" aka faffing my house for an impromptu birthday potluck tonight. I was feeling kinda grumpy in the beginning of the day honestly. But all the cleaning and flower arranging made me feel more myself. It was my day afterall and now full oof all the lovely attention and food I devoured, I feel free of my worries and grumpiness. . .  #taleswithfriends #flowerarrangement #mywisdomlessons #turning52tomarrow #storyofmynight
#listen for #breatheseptember2018 .  I am listening to whatever my little heart wants to call important. Today I tied together thoughts on boundaries with self-love and compassion. Fortifying and forgiving the soul its humanity leads to more integrity of action and less doubt. Others judgments won't matter when you know who you are. It will be more telling of who they are. . .  On the blog, I was inspired by a newsletter from Susannah Conway to explain my relationship and boundaries around social media. I know why I am here on IG. Connections. Link to my blog at Shalavee.com in profile. . . .  #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons #liveauthentically #selfleadership #leadership #taleswithfriends #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity #perspective #liveonpurpose #selfawareness #personalgrowth #mindfulness #personaldevelopment #emotionalintelligence #growthmindset #movingforward #alifeofintention
#dream for #breatheseptember2018 - Where once my future was behind a closed door, I now see it as a dream through a window. I don't know what it smells like or sounds like but I can almost make out what it could feel like. Hopeful and easy. Authentic and enlightened as I greedily gobble up opportunities and connections. . .  Standing staring it down willing myself through this glass. . .  #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons #liveauthentically #selfleadership #leadership  #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity #perspective #liveonpurpose #selfawareness #personalgrowth #mindfulness #personaldevelopment #emotionalintelligence #growthmindset #movingforward #alifeofintention
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
#move for #breatheseptember2018 . .  The days move on toward the autumnal solstice and my 52nd year on this spinning top we share. I have become much more aware of the light shifting as I've aged. I look forward to certain natural spotlights in my home. Does anyone else stalk their lightbeams? . .  On my blog, i speak about The Year of Doing . You have to actually do the stuff to get it done. But sometimes,"when I went in for the work kill, there was a chorus of cants." So I'd wait it out and then return to prove I could. And I did. Link iin my bio to this quick read at Shalavee.com . . .  #taleswithfriends #getoutside #mywisdomlessons #frontporch #autumniscoming
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
#view from my walk for #breatheseptember2018 --- I have recommitted to 30 minutes of aerobic activity each day. I have less pain, more time, and the weather is about to break. So I chose a walk yesterday morning as opposed to artificial light at the gym. And this little house is always there but this shot caught my eye. There's a hiding factor that feels familiar. . . .  #onmywalk #dentonmaryland #storyofmyday #taleswithfriends #mywisdomlessons #selfdevelopment #beherenow
I've been hungry to get back to yummy self time. The starvation has ceased as I am now stepping back into my space (physically and mentally). I #nourish my self-trust as I show up for me. Revering me-time , quiet space to listen to and explore my thoughts, curiosities, questions, and whims. .  Setting intentions for writing and art, creating ways to keep myself to these tasks. .  I want compassion and kindness to guide my soul goals and fear can watch and concede defeat. . On the blog today, a pretty comprehensive list of ways in which you can create self-trust! Link in my profile to Shalavee.com and the piece entitled Seven  Methods to Help Develop Self-Trust. .  #breatheseptember2018 #createeveryday #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #introvert #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity #perspective #liveonpurpose #selfawareness #personalgrowth #mindfulness #personaldevelopment #innerartist #ourcreativeselves #writersofig #ontheblog
#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 / A book as a door : words from a wise woman working magic in my soul.  I told my therapist I do not have any down time to read. Truth for Summer as moments are grabbed and winged. But my intention for Fall is to dive again into myself. . .  @radiantjane Jane Reeves, an Instagram acquaintance, wrote this book A Heart of Gold: Lessons on the Path of Loving Kindness. She, like many of the women I have the privilege of knowing on IG, is on a similar journey as I am. And her words in the intro are familiar. "I've been on a spiritual healing path from a very young age. It is who I am and what I do each day." Her practice of loving kindness seems the exact book I need right now to open the door to the next place I need to be. I'm hopeful and grateful. And proud to support her journey as I travel mine. . . .  My post yesterday To Be at Home at Home speaks to my longing to be at ease not only when I'm in my house, not overwhelmed by the zillion things I should do, but also at peace within the walls of my soul. Link to my blog at Shalavee.com in my profile. . . .  #taleswithfriends #community #ontheblog #blogger #instagramfriendships #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons #emotionalmaturity #selfdevelopment #hope #aheartofgoldbook
Pamper Yourself for #augustbreak2018 . I have become good at timely pedicure and hair repairs. But when days get overwhelming, too busy and too much, I find myself craving alone time. Retreat time. Simply sitting and writing a blog post to find out what I think makes me happy. Time to create in my craft room is luxurious and necessary to reset. Non-negotiable for me is taking time to listen to inner me and Be. . . .  #outdoors #storyofmyday #gratitude #writersofig #beherenow #createeveryday #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons #taleswithfriends #selfdiscovery
In the Distance for #augustbreak2018 .  Yesterday I met with Meg and Francie, the keepers and coordinators for the Retreat House in Hillsboro, Md. They are so lovely and we booked a date for me to conduct another Creativity Workshop there in November. . .  The house was built on the grounds of the old church and graveyard. A quick reminder to get it done before you die?This was an action I've had on my To Do list since March. It feels so good to have it planned now. Momentum instead of dread. Lovely people to share my passions with. . .  On the blog today, a post titled Having My Butt Exposed, a summary of how I had my butt exposed both literally and figuratively this past week. And how that is exactly how I need to keep doing it. . . .  #taleswithfriends #liveauthentic #beherenow #hillsboromd #manefestation #creativityfound #ambassadorofcreativity #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons
💜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
Longing for #augustbreak2018. Even in the middle of my 100 day project, I was longing to see all of these displayed. So today they've been mounted in preparation to take my show on the road. Because here's proof, "I did it". And on Sunday, I'm delivering a speech on the inverse affects of intentional creativity and anxiety. Feels good to commit to one's creativity, to devote oneself wholeheartedly to what you think is an act of self-respect. . . . .  #arthealsthesoul #creativechallenge #createdaily #taleswithfriends #pencil #pastels #ourcreativeselves #selfdiscovery #emotionalintelligence #100daysofshalagh #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie
LOVE IS ... The way I feel about my life, myself, my grace, and my chance to rechoose how I want it to feel and look like. Love is a gift you give compassionately to yourself. It is creativity and community and a clean kitchen. Amen. . . . .  #augustbreak2018 #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons #taleswithfriends #selfie #grace #liveauthentic #createeveryday #selfdevelopment #personalgrowth #liveonpurpose #selfawareness #emotionalintelligence
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
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 .
Spacious Grace ... for #augustbreak2018 ...my view out of my creative perch window. I feel cozy here in my craft room with room and a view to dream out into the distance and let my soul expand. This is how I am training to feel inside myself too. Give myself room to grow out into the world. Watch my seasons slowly go by . . . . .  #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #ourcreativeselves #creativemamas #createeveryday #emotionalintelligence #writersofig
Day 2 of #augustbreak2018 -  I thought all day about what "ground" meant to me. I went to grounded, the qualities of life that allow me to feel grounded . I got away from the house, had lunch with a dear friend, went to the YMCA, and saw people I know. But it's my return to and being with my family at the end of any day, here in this dining room having dinner, that makes me feel my most me. Mommy, cook, and Fiona's handmaiden. I am grounded here and fly out from here to the other places. . . .  #storyofmyday #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #interiors #taleswithfriends #emotionalintelligence #beherenow #creative #creativemamas
Morning light for August Break 2018.  Chessie has become very affectionate especially when she gets her morning laptime. Move that journal offa my lap lady! . .  And this week marks the 7th year Blogaversary for Shalavee.com. Brief thoughts on my quiet but authentic blog, follow my link in my profile.  #augustbreak2018 #catsofinstagram #taleswithfriends #inmychair #mystoryfortoday #ontheblog #mywisdomlessons
Working hard at editing an important piece for me. The actual formation of words to describe my theory of the inverse relationship between creativity and anxiety. I've volunteered to give my thoughts as a speech at my UU church. And once I've stated  it, I'll have stated it. Stepping up to claim my beliefs and my truths. Action brings courage. . . . .  #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons #liveauthentically #selfleadership #leadership  #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity  #perspective #liveonpurpose #selfawareness #personalgrowth #mindfulness #personaldevelopment #emotionalintelligence #growthmindset #movingforward #alifeofintention
I am an Uber Creative. But you knew that. On the blog today, I talk about living life as an uber creative, how I confused this with my overcompensation technique, and how I believe you just need to indulge your creativity just for you. Link in my bio to the article called 'Life as an Uber Creative' on my blog Shalavee.com . . . .  This was a card sent recently to an IG friend! .  #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons #ontheblog #ubercreative #collageartist #cutandpaste #collageartist #connections
My Lady rose. She is my beacon of garden hope. I have broken the slumbering spell of the garden and there's renewed hope here for me and my dirt. And Action creates Courage. . . .  #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons #liveauthentically #selfleadership #leadership  #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity  #perspective #liveonpurpose #selfawareness #personalgrowth #mindfulness #personaldevelopment #rose #emotionalintelligence #growthmindset #movingforward #alifeofintention #ontheblog
Even though I look busy, I may be stalling in the things I think I should be doing.Today on the blog , I'm sharing my story of being stuck and I'm asking you to witness my compassionate forgiveness. Today post is called the Stuck.  Monday's post, inspired by a podcast by @gabrielletreanor  was titled Shifting from Should to Could. Link to these short thoughtful posts in my profile. . . .  #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons #liveauthentically #selfleadership #leadership  #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity  #perspective #liveonpurpose #selfawareness #personalgrowth #mindfulness #personaldevelopment #emotionalintelligence #growthmindset #movingforward #alifeofintention #ontheblog
A Tale of Two Spinachs. Did you ever expect something and then rather awkwardly discover it wasn't that way at all. That your assumptions had perhaps even held you cack from something you could have been enjoying all along? . .  Our friend Drew has a  story about Spinach salad . On my blog, I recount the story and the lesson. Link in my profile to this short read on Shalavee.com. . .  #mywisdomlessons #ontheblog #writersofig #spinach #liveauthentic #taleswithfriends #thestorieswetell
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
I am increasingly aware that the cruelest casualty of my fear is the hope it thieves from my soul. My blog post today is about my fighting for my garden hope. I have long been hopeless about my garden that once gave me such pleasure. The hopelessness shows up everywhere when change is unacceptable. Link to my blog at Shalavee.com in my profile! .  #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons #liveauthentically #selfleadership #leadership  #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity  #perspective #liveonpurpose #selfawareness #personalgrowth #mindfulness #personaldevelopment #ontheblog#emotionalintelligence #growthmindset #movingforward #alifeofintention
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
Earth for #manifestingthroughmay with @Ofearthandstars . .  We are all stewards of the earth we occupy. Our school bus driver swerved to avoid crushing this mama turtle hellbent on laying her eggs on the other side of the street. (I discovered today she's a Northern Red-bellied Cooter.) We escorted her to my backyard which is above the river too but there's a retaining wall she can't climb. Hoping she layed her eggs in the woods. And yesterday, in pouring down rain, we saw people helping with a turtle near the highway.  It's the turtle's world, we're just encroaching on it I think. . . .  #taleswithfriends #mywisdomlessons #turtle #redbelliedcooter #chesapeakebay #wetlands #easternshoreofmaryland  #liveauthentically #selfleadership #leadership  #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity  #perspective #movingforward #alifeofintention #ofquietmoments
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
Local for #manifestingthroughmay with @Ofearthandstars . .  Met with my meet-up gals this morning at Nich's for coffee. Just lovely to hang and talk with my friends on a beautiful Saturday morning. And it's right around the corner so I dragged them all back to my house for a little more time catching up with them. Yayyy for local coffee shops @nichscoffeeshop , local roasted coffee @riseupcoffee and in real life friends @karen.phebus @warriormiss @annielivingstone . . . .  #taleswithfriends #mywisdomlessons #liveauthentically #selfleadership #leadership  #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity  #perspective #movingforward #alifeofintention #ofquietmoments #backyardblooms
Essentials for #manifestingthroughmay with @Ofearthandstars . .  This rose bloom and the cloud filled sky. I did not know how much I needed them until I see them again. May moments I am certainly savoring. . . .  #taleswithfriends #mywisdomlessons #liveauthentically #selfleadership #leadership #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity  #perspective #movingforward #alifeofintention #ofquietmoments #backyardblooms
Soul Medecine for #manifestingthroughmay .  When I think of what causes my soul to hurt, this little girl can be one major source of pain. I know she's super cute but her stompy tantrums over perceived slights are not. If you fall down the hole, it can be exhausting. .  We had a field trip to a local zoo yesterday. Getting out of the house and being outside is delicious. And in the end, she enjoyed herself. I was only slightly traumatized. .  I am enjoying today alone however. That all day aloneness where I get to write and think and connect with myself, my body, and my tribe as I see fit.  I must do my best to regroup and regenerate because she'll be getting off the bus after 4, ready or not. .  And PS, the Soul Selfie Challenge was lovely and restorative and I'm aiming to host an Our Creative Selves Challenge in June. Thank @lauraleerussel as it was her idea. I'm already creating daily so why should I have all thes fun? .  #taleswithfriends #community #mywisdomlessons #liveauthentically #selfleadership #leadership  #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity  #perspective #liveonpurpose #selfawareness #personalgrowth #mindfulness #humanity #personaldevelopment #emotionalintelligence #growthmindset #movingforward #alifeofintention #ofquietmoments
[ Honor ] Spring #soul_selfie Challenge '18 .  After many years of denying me, my choice has finally become to honor my needs, my inklings, my curiosity, and to use my talents. I honor my true nature and my inner child by exercising my need to connect, to play, and to say what I need to say. That was, and is, my impetuous behind hosting these  Soul Selfie challenges and the Our Creative Selves ones. To hand the authenticity aha to others as well as make new friends and reconnect with old ones. .  Thank you to everyone for your sincere vulnerability and enthusiastic participation in my Soul Selfie Challenge. I enjoy this so much and I am honored to have you join me and witness this special event. Join me in October for the next Soul Selfie Challenge. .  #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons  #liveauthentically #selfleadership #leadership  #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity  #perspective #liveonpurpose #selfawareness #personalgrowth #mindfulness #personaldevelopment #emotionalintelligence #growthmindset #movingforward #alifeofintention
How do you frame what is happening at the time? Sometimes you have to just wait and see what it will mean. .  Bad news and good news, making decisions and keeping on keeping on. That what's going on here. .  Oh and grumpyy March winds and impending doom weather. . 🌱❤🍀🐣Happy Spring🐣🍀❤🌱 .  #taleswithfriends #yellow #firehydrant #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #alifeofintention #theartofslowliving #bedeeplyrooted #bepresent #collectivelycreate #cultivatewhatmatters #embracingaslowerlife #everydaymagic #exploretocreate #feelfreefeed #flashesofdelight #everythingissacred #nothingisordinary #thehappynow #liveunscripted #pursuepretty

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