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Shannon Hilson (Cat)
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Writer, Creative Consultant, Aspiring Novelist
Writer, Creative Consultant, Aspiring Novelist

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Welp, I'm about beat, but that was lots of fun to watch. I feel really fortunate to have been able to "attend" the weddings of both William and Harry, especially since I still fondly remember watching the wedding of Charles and Diana when I was really little. Maybe one day I'll get to watch George, and Charlotte, and Louis get married too.

Also, while I truly don't want to make this all about Meghan's race, I especially loved seeing a biracial woman join the royal family. I grew up believing that girls like me don't ever get to grow up to be princesses, so getting to see it actually happen meant more to me than I can really even explain. Best reason to stay up past my bedtime ever! #RoyalWedding
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I'm so happy I stayed up for this. Totally worth it. #RoyalWedding ♕♔ 💒
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Lately my focus has totally been on cleaning up my social media feeds. Removing people that depress me, disappoint me, or bore me. Adding people that motivate me, inspire me, or teach me. I already feel the difference.
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Had some wonderful locally grown English peas from our CSA program to shell by hand and use, but not enough to constitute a veggie side dish for three people, so I wanted a special purpose for them. I ultimately decided to add them to a shepherd's pie the other day and let me tell you, homemade shepherd's pie is never a bad decision. #CookingAtHome #CSA #EatYourVeggies
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5/18/18
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Looks rough on the feet, but very pretty. 🌊🐚
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That painting there -- Millet's The Angelus -- is one of my favorites right now, as it makes me think of the head space I'm in these days and all of the things that are positive about it. To begin with, it depicts a couple that not only works together, but prays together, taking a moment to bow their heads for the Angelus at dusk. They're hard-working farmers that work the land, not fancy folks that live easy lives. They work hard for everything they have, but it's a good life they live and it's one they never forget to thank God for.

When I look at that painting, I see the standard I'm aspiring to, both on my own and within the context of my relationship. My ideal life with Seth looks like that life. In fact, I think I've made a decision. Whenever I get around to fixing up my desk area and making it work-friendly again, I think I'd like to buy a framed print or canvas of The Angelus to replace the nondescript print of my mother's that's currently hanging over my desk. At one point, I thought I'd replace it with a piece of my own art, but I think this is much more appropriate for where I'm currently at in my life.
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So #ButcherBox had freaking salmon as an add-on this month. I've been wishing and wishing that they'd start sourcing some seafood, because I just love fish, so I'm really excited to try this! Maybe for #FridayFishDay this week.
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Don't ever let anyone talk you into doing something you don't want to do by going "but it would be easy for you" or "but it's just five minutes of your time" -- especially if they're offering nothing whatsoever in return. It's your five minutes, not theirs.

Plus, minutes have a way of accumulating over time until you're talking about hours, days, or even years wasted instead of spent doing other things you wanted (or maybe even needed) to do. "No" is a glorious word for that reason.
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In other news, I eat eggs now. I also make the fluffiest, tastiest omelets you've ever had in your life. #StrongBreakfastGame
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As always, I forget this page to an extent in that I use it to log into other services a lot, but almost never remember to update it. I always seem to think "oh I was just there a couple weeks ago, so it's not that out of date". Then I come over here for some reason and see I haven't actually posted in months. Even then it's just a couple of things. You don't have to scroll back very far to be reading stuff that's easily a couple of years old, so I'm realizing no one that follows this page has a clue what's going on in my life half the time.

As far as what's new with me, there's not a ton going on, but that's as per usual in the summers. I'm working a lot, as always. People that haven't talked to me in a while always want to know what I've been doing lately from a creative standpoint and I'm sorry to say the answer is still "not much". Copywriting is very much a full-time job for me at this point, but that's hardly a bad thing -- working for yourself and actually being successful at it by any definition. I do a little creative writing here and there -- just not anywhere people can go read it at the moment. I'm also looking into publishing options for some of my creative things for when I feel a little less rusty in that department.

I'm not just working though. I'm also making an effort to find some fun things to do with my spare summer time. Seth and I are taking an online course on the films of Alfred Hitchcock, which has been super fun and enriching so far. We sent in a couple of those DNA test kits from 23andMe and are anxiously awaiting our results (which should be in by the end of the summer). I've been cooking a lot of delicious things. I've been checking out some new TV shows on the weekend. (Holy shit, Twin Peaks! American Gods!) I've been reading a lot as well. That's a pretty kick-ass summer if you're a big nerd like me, so life's not been bad at all. I hope it's been the same for all of you.
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