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Shalagh Hogan

shalaghhogan

💟Writer and Blogger at Shalavee.com💟Soulful and Uber creative💟Mom of a 12 and 4 yr old at 51 yrs💟#Soul_Selfie Challenge and #OurCreativeSelves

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#hope and #surrender for #savouringjanuary2018 and #gentlejanuary2018 .  Yesterday, my gal Latoya reminded me that I do have a destiny awaiting me. The one where I write a book titled Permission to Hope. The "I don't know how's" will waylay me. The "I don't have time yet" will distract me. But in the end, that book will be written. When I surrender to it. And I've a feeling it will be simple, wise, and we'll received .  #taleswithfriends #downtowndentonmd #writersofig #soul_selfie #selfleadership #liveintentionally #liveauthentic #creativemamas #beherenow #bepresent #growthmindset #emotionalmaturity
#blurred and #breathe for #savouringjanuary2018 and #gentlejanuary2018  We tell ourselves all sorts of nifty convoluted stories about time. We use time to punish and time to reward. But the definition is but a blurred slurred truth. .  Now is indeed all we have. A finite amount of nows make a life. And all we ever need to do is stop, step outside, and breathe to remember, this is where our power, ease, and hope lies. .  One foot in front of the other. One breath after another. That's where we begin. And end.  On the blog I submit that our ability to change does not depend on our willpower. "Somehow, we need to grab ahold of the concept that we are all undeniably worth our own mercy and we then begin again. The nobility of beginning again is fathomless. And the wonder of our own faulted humanity is held by everyone, especially the person who's holding your hand when you decide you are worth the effort." Link to Shalavee.com I my profile. .  #ontheblog #taleswithfriends #selfdiscovery #selfworth #leadership #selfleadership #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity  #perspective #liveonpurpose #selfawareness #personalgrowth #mindfulness #humanity #personaldevelopment #emotionalintelligence #growthmindset
#surrender and #smile  for #savouringjanuary2018 and #gentlejanuary2018 .  It's Sunday, the sun came out, so I surrendered to my girl's need to play on a playground. And since they don't let her climb the rockwall during school hours, I let her climb on the forbidden equipment. She was pretty pleased with herself and her smile reflects that. .  #storyofmyday #sundaystory #cultivatewhatmatters #taleswithfriends #fionamariepeach #playground #liveunscripted #embracingslowerlife #beherenow #slowliving #liveauthentic #tinymoments #nothingsordinary #toddlersofig #blessings #creativemamas
In my hand and #grateful for #savouringjanuary2018 and ##gentlejanuary2018 .  Well yes that's a phone in my hand taking my selfie. And yes, that's my new coat! I headed into Target for a birthday party present and this caught my eye. I look chic ne c'est pas? .  It's intermittently cold these days and I have been feeling dumpy ergo snazzy coat! Grateful for the $10 coupon in my wallet and for being able to spend the other $30 without worrying about what bill won't get paid. Because there was a time not so long ago when I didn't feel secure. We just didn't have enough. .  On Shalavee.com, a post on how We All Feel This Way. After I expressed my reticence about claiming to know stuff when I'm still a work in progress, my friend told me that we all feel this way. We all feel doubt about our validity. And this struck me as such a profound truth, I thought I should share my thoughts in case you needed the reassurance too! .  Link to my blog in my profile and the piece called We All Feel This Way. .  #selfie #newcoat #thisiswhat51lookslike #taleswithfriends #mywisdomlessons #interiors #throughthelookingglass #ontheblog #theartofslowliving #beherenow
My Quiet Wish for #savouringjanuary2018 and #gentlejanuary2018 .  Hope. Always I wish for hope. For others, for myself. The place where there is a possibility nay a inevitability of a difference, a better outcome coming. .  A hope for an unwavering belief that we as women, as humans, deserve better and that every effort to make this a reality are worth it. .  #liveauthentically #selfleadership #morningstar #hope #leadership #taleswithfriends #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity  #perspective #liveonpurpose #selfawareness #personalgrowth #mindfulness #humanity #personaldevelopment #emotionalintelligence #growthmindset #movingforward #alifeofintention #ofquietmoments .
#monochrome and #drink for #savouringjanuary2018 and #gentlejanuary2018 .  We could use to drink in more sunlight and more water in these cold dry winter months. Bright sun today to perk up my brain. And intentional hydration is happening here and now. What's up in your part of the world? .  #bepresent #createeveryday #ourcreativeselves #taleswithfriends #water #winter #theartofslowliving #bedeeplyrooted #bepresent #collectivelycreate #cultivatewhatmatters #embracingaslowerlife #everydaymagic #exploretocreate #feelfreefeed #flashesofdelight #everythingissacred #nothingisordinary #thehappynow
#enjoy and #ifeel for #savouringjanuaty2018 and #gentlejanuary2018 .  It is this time when there's nothing better to do than do and be me that I enjoy. I feel joyful that my holiday duties are done. My children are gone to school and I can relish the solitude sitting in my chair introverting to my heart's content. .  I do not feel anxious or overwhelmed, just present and satisfied. I've still time to edit and write before mine liebchens return home. Because when I am with them, I want them to feel important as I do right now. .  My blog post came easily in this mode. Titled, People They Come and They Go on Shalavee.com . We each need to respect the change each of us needs to make which sometimes takes people away from us. .  #beherenow #fionamariepeach #ontheblog #livethelittlethings #creativemama #momlife #becreative #theartofslowliving #soul_selfie #writersofig #taleswithfriends #liveauthentically #ubercreative #blogger
#old and #trees for #gentlejanuary2018 and #savouringjanuary2018 . "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." And old women have babies graduating college when they'll be 70. .  Taking a walk at dusk to get exercise and get out of the house. I love seeing the old sycamores backlit by sunsets. .  #fionamariepeach #dusk #outandabout #downtowndentonmd #taleswithfriends #winter #gingershavemorefun #sycamore #oldtree #creativemamas #becreative #theartofslowliving #seeksimplicity #momlife #postthepeople
#beauty and #ifeel for #gentlejanuary2018 and SavouringJanuary2018 . .  It was a forced march to put away the rest of the Christmas decorations today. My lovely paper village which adorns my parlor mantel is a bit ragged now. When I moved the board it was taped to to this window spot and the sun shone in through it, it was a thing of beauty. Mark says "what about foam core?" I said unless foam core crafting is as cool, pretty, and popular as paper crafting, No thanks. It has outlived itself but I feel sad. .  Fiona felt sad to see her art and "toys" aka decorations go into the boxes. I know that the void will be filled with something new. The energy will be replaced. As we need to clear our minds and our spaces to focus on new goals and possibilities. Saying goodbye to Christmas today. .  #papercrafting #christmascleanup #creativemamas #ubercreative #ourcreativeselves  #theartofslowliving #bedeeplyrooted #bepresent #collectivelycreate #cultivatewhatmatters #embracingaslowerlife #everydaymagic #exploretocreate #feelfreefeed #flashesofdelight #everythingissacred #thehappynow .
Smooth and Lunch for #savouringjanuary2018 and #gentlejanuary2018 .  So many snow days trapped inside last week, we ran away from home and visited our favorite BBQ joint for a comfort food lunch. Yummy sauced pulled pork, fresh cut french fries, smooth rich delicious cream of crab soup, and the Star Wars toys in my purse. .  Somehow, we all still like each other. My pants don't like me so much anymore but my kids still do. And joy, we have another three day weekend! .  #januarydays #storyofmyday #taleswithfriends #family #eamonspencerpeach #bbq #creamofcrabsoup #comfortfood #creativemama #feedermom
I want #joy for #savouringjanuary2018 and #gentlejanuary2018 .  I want Joy to fill my days. I want to laugh with everyone I see, be grateful for my every breath, and dance without care in my barefeet.  I want Joy to be my flavor, my favor, and my map.  I want my joy to tickle my soul and deliciously dawn on my brain saying Oh! There you are! Come in, I knew you'd come.  I want Joy to paint my life's walls with the most beautiful rainbow murals that spread themselves to others' walls and then gush out their doors.  And when your joy runs out, I want you to borrow a cup of mine and then we'll laugh and laugh and remember the day we met and knew our joy for one another was there before we knew our names. .  #iamwriting #poetry #nativecreative #creativemamas #taleswithfriends #caturday #fireplece #personalgrowth  #alifeofintention #ofquietmoments #joy #pursuehappiness #community #comfort #relaxinandmaxin #mindfulness
Mirror and Be for #gentlejanuary2018 and #savouringjanuary2018 . "Believe it or not, I'm walking on air  I never thought I could be so free-ee-ee  Flying away on a wing and a prayer,  Who could it be?  Believe it or not, it's just me." .  The lyrics to a show from my childhood called the Greatest American Hero. I adored the show and the song. I always endeavor to be my own hero. What can I do to make me proud of me? I write! But the mirror is here... . "Through the relationships and community I have developed online through this blogging journey, I gave myself my next image reflection. I saw my beauty not my broken. And the invisible me began to appear in my self-mirror." .  Words for a piece I'm writing for a fellow blogger who I met here online. An opportunity to sew together my story of healing. And today ON THE BLOG, a insightful look at how I seem to have shifted from I Can't to I Can. You will find something of interest in this piece I am certain. .  Link is in my bio to the piece titled My Recent Shift from I Can't to I Can at Shalavee.com. .  #mywisdomlessons #community #calmversation #beherenow #taleswithfriends #soul_selfie #selfleadership #emotionalmaturity #selfie #writersofig #hero #ontheblog
#thoughts and I Miss for #gentlejanuary2018 and #savouringjanuary2018 .  Trick is, I'm not missing anything. Everything I need is here under my roof. It always has been. Christmas used to be bittersweet when I was a child. I remember the heaviness of the let down afterwards. Perhaps because the promise of unconditional family love was never going to be in my stocking. Or a sense of belonging to the people I was with. .  But today, I have that in spades. Thoughts of what I CAN do would never be possible without those I belong to. My husband, my children, my friends, and my faraway family here on IG. I am delighted to feel that there's a corner I turned, this year is my runway. I'm looking forward to it. Blog posts are churning and are published every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on Shalavee.com. Because blogging enables me to belong to myself and the world simultaneously. .  #iamwriting #writersofig #taleswithfriends #family #fatherhood #fionamariepeach #beherenow #slowliving #liveauthentic #tinymoments #nothingsordinary #toddlersofig #blessings #creativemamas #blogger #soul_selfie
Nature and Cold for #SavouringJanuary2018 and #gentlejanuary2018 .  When the wind swirls the dusty snow in funnels on the fields and then rolls it over the road like dry ice, you are certain you are meek and powerless against nature. .  Our cold snap was slightly scary. I worried for all the beasties out there unequipped for the hypothermia I'd surely experience. But the sun has risen today, there is no wind chill, and I can finally haul my Christmas tree out on the front porch and strip it's crunchy body of the lights. Be done with that, move on to the next. .  Today on my blog, I focus on the January moments of deciding what I want to get from this year and what I want to aim for in this next. Pictures of the new dishwasher installation and box made into castle. Link in my profile to Shalavee.com. .  #easternshoreofmaryland #farmfields #winter #taleswithfriends #cultivatewhatmatters #embracingaslowerlife #everydaymagic #exploretocreate #feelfreefeed #flashesofdelight #everythingissacred #livethoughtfully #thenativecreative #quietchaotics #calmversation #distractionsandinspirations #dreamersanddoers #getoutside #beherenow #soul_selfie
I won't and listen for #SavouringJanuary2018 and #gentlejanuary2018  If you listen to her, she knows she can do anything. She can play instruments and dance. She will be a facepainter. And sell lemonade. .  I used to be a Daredevil . For a short time, I sang in a band in college but my fears and I have fought an epic battle. I won't be pragmatic with her. I refuse to tell her she can't. She can times 10. .  Her Daddy showed her how to pluck an E, an F, and G on that guitar she got for Christmas. She was proudly showing me. She says she has a way to go. (Bonnie Raitt started at 8). We could all use a little more listening to ourselves and a little less stopping before we start. .  #fionamariepeach #creativelife #creativemamas #guitar #bonnieraittlookout #taleswithfriends #empowerment #parenting #storyofmylife #almost5 #gingershavemorefun #selfdiscovery #slowliving #beherenow
#warmth for #gentlejanuary2018 and #nourish for #savouringjanuary2018  So much love and gratitude to our neighbors for including us in their Ukrainian Christmas dinner tradition! I am glad to be welcomed into your family , to be fed by your amazing food, and thrilled to meet your interesting friends.( I've a Cuban themed party to stage in a month and needed to know I was headed in the right direction.) .  Delicious and highly entertaining! Thank you Chef @steve_konopelski and Rob @rwgriff for your gracious hosting and generous hearts. Am humbled and grateful for your kindnessess and inclusion. .  #friends #taleswithfriends #dining #tradition #slowliving #beherenow cultivatewhatmatters #embracingaslowerlife #everydaymagic #livethoughtfully #thenativecreative #quietchaotics #calmversation #distractionsandinspirations
#water and #now for #savouringjanuary2018 and #gentlejanuary2018 . (Swipe from right to left to view all 5 pics) Eastern seabord of US got some snow this week. I had two days off of full time mother and housewife gog of Christmas before schools closed again. And simultaneously, I killed my dishwasher. The third appliance to die for the  holiday. Snow removal and appliance purchasing (third dishwasher we've owned in under five years) are what happened today. .  Tonight, a special dinner next door hosted annually by our neighbors. And I get to escape tomorrow for our mindful meet-up group luncheon and our discussion topic of self-improvement. Prosecco and pecan bars are my offering. And some much needed Mommy time. .  In case you missed it, my blog post on Shalavee.com is about my word of the year : Trust. I had no intention of doing a word. This one assaulted me. Link in my profile. .  Stay warm and stay cool in your respective climates! .  #taleswithfriends #eamonspencerpeach #fionamariepeach #family #snowdays #dishwasherdeath #creativemamas #liveauthentic #slowliving #beherenow #motherhood #snowbound #easternshoreofmaryland #downtowndentonmd
#believe and #move for #savouringjanuary2018 and #gentlejanuary2018 . . .  I believe that what I believe  Will move me on.  And what I don't believe  Will keep me here. . . .  This amazing calendar arrived right before Christmas filled with the art of my very talented IG friend Christel Schönemann @crushed_ini .  Because I believe in her too. .  #taleswithfriends #mywisdomlessons #liveauthentically #selfleadership #leadership #friendship #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity  #perspective #liveonpurpose #selfawareness #personalgrowth #mindfulness  #personaldevelopment #emotionalintelligence #qrowthmindset #movingforward #alifeofintention #ofquietmoments #creativemamas
#dream and #outside for #savouringjanuary2018 and #gentlejanuary2018 .  Sometimes my brain drags. My sight gets bleary, my potential gets weary. Then I wish for an injection of hope. .  Make my hope dose from crisp sunny spring air, new music, and happy love hormones shot straight into my heart. .  Infuse it with the shivered pleasure of unproductive guilt-free time spent wandering and looking and laughing at my day and then shoot that straight into my bloodstream. .  Throw in a giddy grand dose of naughty and a plate full of buttery cinnamon raisin toast and place these between the old and new layers of my skin. And let it happen when I'm not looking. .  Add to all of that a courageous jolt of myself at 15 so I can feel what my potential can be again. I want to be jazzed about my time here on Earth. I want to feel deeply what is meant for me, my purpose bubbling up under my skin straight through to fuel my soul. I want to be outrageous, offensive, and large.  And sprinkle all that with the wafting Good Will from a chuckle of friends sharing a truth between themselves in a lunchtime parking lot, the proof that nothing has ever been a waste of time. And then I will know. Then I will know. . #iamwriting #creativewriter #taleswithfriends #selfdiscoveryjourney #emotionalstorytelling #slowlived #soul_selfie #mywissomlessons #calmversation #iamhertribe #beherenow #personalgrowth #liveonpurpose #growthmindset
#ilove #comfort food for #savouringjanuary2018 and #gentlejanuary2018 .  I had a final appointment to conclude my sinus surgery progress. The hour long journey takes me over the Chesapeake Bay bridge and right past the Life Pho Vietnamese restaurant in Pasadena, Maryland. Phone is comfort food. A big bowl of rich broth with crunchy and spicy and chewy stuff going on. Delicious and special. .  Yesterday, I was alone without my children for the first time in ten days perhaps. I went grocery shopping and exercised and then whipped up two blog posts. Because it was my recent IG posts that we're proof I'm still writing even when I'm not. So I polished and posted those posts on Shalavee.com. Link in my profile. .  #pho #vietnamesefood #lifepho #comfortfood #blogger #selfleadership #liveauthentic #creativemamas #livecreatively #createeveryday #taleswithfriends #slowliving #mindfulliving #beherenow #mywisdomlessons
The view in my house for #savouringjanuary2018 and #gentlejanuary2018 .  This was several days ago looking into my kitchen. The recycling had already been taken yet a pile awaited the shuffle into the very frigid garage. .  And having depleted my grocery supply, I did a fruits and veggies shop (a woman at the store exclaimed that all she wanted was a salad!). And I went ahead and made pots of both turkey chili and beef stew for New Year's Eve nosh. They were made with such love that they're just delicious.  Instead of feeling like I have to rush to usher my crispy tree out to the curb and clean my house to within an inch of my life, I am of a stealth mind instead. That's how I got through the holidays so deftly as well.  You keep putting one foot in front of the other. You don't rush off to the future or the meaning of life with or without this task done. You hold a steady gaze on what you need and need to do to receive that gift and continue. Because you do get there eventually, don't you? .  Playing the overwhelm card never served my happier self, only my anxious self. Emotional maturity means you step back and renovate your ways one moment and one thought choice at a time. So this is me rechoosing my process. Sure my house is a filthy mess but who cares? We are having fun! .  #taleswithfriends #selftrust #selfdiscovery #emotionalintelligence #creative #createeveryday #selfleadership #alifeofintention #theartofslowliving #bedeeplyrooted #bepresent #collectivelycreate #cultivatewhatmatters #embracingaslowerlife #everydaymagic

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