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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 50 yrs💟#Soul_Selfie Challenge and #OurCreativeSelves

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{sepia} #icad .  My sister gifted me some turn of century pictures from New England. I love the earnestness of this gal's eyes. So I dressed her up in a flower garden. Live to smell the flowers. .  #icad2017 #creativityfound #createeveryday #collage #taleswithfriends #paper #mixedmedia #ourcreativeselves #acreativepractice #creativelifehappylife #collageartist #collageart #cutandpaste  #analoguecollage #papercraft
{Greetings from} #icad .  Greetings from my clean work bench where all the pieces were used up and put away today. The icad challenge is about to slow to a stop but I have soooo appreciated the opportunity to stretch. I'll be doing a retrospective soon on themes and techniques that emerged. Did I mention I'm putting together a Creativity workshop here on the Eastern Shore. People think I know something so I suppose I'll see if I do. .  #icad2017  #creativityfound #createeveryday #collage #taleswithfriends #paper #mixedmedia #ourcreativeselves #acreativepractice #creativelifehappylife #collageartist #collageart #cutandpaste #analoguecollage #papercraft
I looked up and I could smell the fresh almost lemony scent of this one magnolia blossom hanging low in the air of the porch. A last late but hopeful flower .  I'm reminded today that saying I CAN means HOPE for something to happen. And saying I CAN'T means that it won't and I'll not try and I'll feel hopeless. A flimsy little switch, a slight of mind that keeps even the strongest bravest people helpless. .  Today I just went ahead and did. And decided that all that overwhelm that I usually so contentedly throw at myself could have a seat for a few minutes and stare blankly into space while I made stuff happen and whipped up some hope.  Tell me all the nice things you did for yourself today. What nice words did you say to you today? What did you realize you could do? .  #taleswithfriends #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #magnolia #momentsofstillness #momentslikethese #littlestoriesofmylife #soulful_moments
{mirror} #icad .  My four year old daughter asked me yesterday, what's a doppleganger? Wtf? I explained as best I could. So mirrors have many meanings. This is a weasel doppelganger icad card. .  #icad2017 #creativityfound #createeveryday #collage #taleswithfriends #paper #mixedmedia #ourcreativeselves #acreativepractice #creativelifehappylife #collageartist #collageart #cutandpaste  #analoguecollage #blackandwhite
On my blog today, a reposted favorite, a short post On Being My Own Hero and Impressng Myself. Inspiration is everywhere. Grab it while it's going by. Link in my profile. . "Today I need to do things that make me uncomfortable, that I’m avoiding doing. But I also know that given a chance, they may become things I truly enjoy doing. They may lead me to the edges where I can happily stop and not wonder what else. They may lead me to places I never foresaw going and are my favorite places in the future. They may even lead me to connecting with my new favorite people. I just have to start with impressing myself. And allowing for the little unexpected, un-perfect, and exciting moments to unfold." .  May you find inspiration today for your journey.  #fionamarieprach #shalavee #mywisdomlessons #savouringhappiness #taleswithfriends #slowliving #nothingsordinary #ontheblog
{adjective} #icad .  Maybe #pretty or #busy or #textured . I just started with a piece of tissue paper I didn't really like and grabbed stuff off my work counter. I am reminded to keep going but be simple if that will ensure your completion of the task. Cut, paste, repeat. Done. .  #icad2017 #creativityfound #createeveryday #collage #taleswithfriends #paper #mixedmedia #ourcreativeselves #acreativepractice #creativelifehappylife #collageartist #collageart #cutandpaste
I was compelled to empty and rearrange the contents of my vanity this morning. The act of touching and considering the evidence of your life has a way of giving you your power back when you are uncertain. Or clarifying who you'd like to become. .  I am considering myself today and how I find my way to the most authentic living of my life, living my truest purpose. Inspired by some women I'm finding right here on IG. Much gratitude to this resource of wisdom and friendship. .  #selfie #mirror #vanity #sundaythoughts #organization #soul_selfie #interiors
My heart falls out of my chest at the site of this girl doing this. She is a climber. She is a scrapper. She is a reflection, an inspiration, and she is just getting started.  #fionamariepeach #rockclimber #idlewildpark #eastonmd #redheadsdoitbetter
{swim} #icad .  Bits and pieces of nearly 100 year old music . And my peacock colored ink. Abstract has found me now. .  #icad2017  #creativityfound #createeveryday #collage #taleswithfriends #paper #mixedmedia #ourcreativeselves #acreativepractice #creativelifehappylife #collageartist #collageart #cutandpaste #analoguecollage
{sun} #icad .  Slaving away in the hot sun. Not Today! Feels like 107 degrees outside so, let's go watch a movie instead. Make blueberry muffins perhaps. .  #icad2017 #creativityfound #createeveryday  #collage #taleswithfriends #paper #mixedmedia #ourcreativeselves #acreativepractice #creativelifehappylife #collageartist #collageart #cutandpaste  #analoguecollage
My post today on my blog Shalavee is on the lessons I've learned from Shame. That sometimes the hardest moments can give you the biggest gifts. An excerpt : "I’d asked for this. I wasn’t worth it. I wasn’t worth loving without hurting, being appreciated for my talents, or worthy of being paid the price of human decency. Except that in each circumstance, I was also not the one acting abhorrent." Surviving these moments has made me who I am and I am not ashamed of them or of myself in their wake. I'm proud. .  Link in my profile to my blog and my honest recollections on how I still rise above what doesn't take me down. .  #taleswithfriends #ontheblog #writerslife #writingtoheal #selfdevelopment #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons #shame
{ charm bracelet} #icad .  My five loves I would always wear a reminder of. The love of the earth, myself in process, my husband and my love, my daughter the Pisces, and my son the musician. .  #icad2017  #creativityfound #createeveryday #collage #taleswithfriends #paper #mixedmedia #ourcreativeselves #acreativepractice #creativelifehappylife #collageartist #collageart #cutandpaste
{Intersection} #icad .  I am fascinated and obsessed by color. And I yearn to live at the intersection of art / the visual and words/thoughts. They equally demand my brain's attention. .  #icad2017 #creativityfound #createeveryday #collage #taleswithfriends #paper #mixedmedia #ourcreativeselves #acreativepractice #creativelifehappylife #collageartist #collageart #cutandpaste
Standing in the way of my success. I'm very successful at that. Successful Avoidance of Success is the title and the subject of my blog post today detailing how I go about making that happen. Link in my profile. .  Recouperating from my SI joint injections yesterday. Writing, thinking, and planning our next mini vacation. The beach was nice and is now just a memory and some tan lines. .  #ontheblog #ocean #vacation #ocmaryland #familytime #taleswithfriends #avoidance #success
My Summer has been nice yet an underlying theme of self-care has been occupying my mind. I followed the breadcrumbs to find some better doctors. And today, I'm getting an injection in my owey SI joint. .  Grateful to these new doctors and their kindnesses. Looking forward to feeling less pain . Looking forward to feeling Hope. .  It's so important for my inner girl to know I love her and will take of her. Self care starts there knowing that. Next month is my sinus surgery. That'll be a little scarier.  #zinnias #selfcare #mywisdomlessons #taleswithfriends #hope
{love and Layers} #icad .  Discovering that sometimes love is letting go and flowing. It's being intentional about not listening to the chattering little critical voices that would rip any esteem I have to shreds. .  Instead, today I am opting to show up and make Intuition art, do chores, and feel contented. Love can be easy if you let it. Life probably can to. .  #icad2017  #creativityfound #createeveryday #collage #taleswithfriends #paper #mixedmedia #ourcreativeselves #acreativepractice #creativelifehappylife #collageartist #collageart #cutandpaste #colorlove #texturelove #ephemera
Our lives are as good as we perceive them to be. But if my plate is always half empty, I'm trapped in a perpetual state of displeasure. My perception is creating my reality. .  From my blog post today titled, You're Living the Good Life if You Think You Are : "But honestly, life is filled with houses full of inanimate objects and people wrapped up in their own perceived outcomes. We are the ones pumping meaning into our everyday and interaction. What if we had faith the outcome was going to be good? Then we’d manifest it as such. " .  Intentionally focusing today on what is good, nay great and hoping to ignore the rest. Tuna salad on Pumpernickel rye toast with summer vegetable salad. And Snapple peach ice tea.off camera. .  #focus #liveintentionally #tunasalad #whatsonmyplateandinmyhead #shalavee #ontheblog taleswithfriends #manifestation #mywisdomlessons #onmyplate
An overall happy report from our vacation crew. This little playing put put was so cute. She was removing a rock from the caveman's face. And one hole or two later, she broke down crying. .  Almost home to say hello to our kitties and resume our lives. Hope everyone else had a lovely weekend too. .  #familyvacation #oldprogolf #ocmaryland #fionamariepeach #taleswithfriends
I May Already Be Living the Good Life That I Always Wanted, exclaims the title of my blog post yesterday (link in my bio). I am often aware of my subconscious complaining but things are going pretty damn well if I had the proper perspective. .  Me and my kids are enjoying our Summer Vacation at this moment. This is not something I got to enjoy as a child. Hotel tv watching and fantastic pool with water slide are what we're gifting our children's childhoods. That they may feel abundance and gratitude as they look back on their lives. .  #30daysofwhatmattersmost  is these happy family memories . And I am not only giving them to my children, I'm giving them to myself as well. .  #taleswithfriends #mywisdomlessons  #familyvacation #ocmaryland #holidayinnexpress #fionamariepeach
Our family vacation is off to a lovely start. Pool time and hanging out on our balcony chatting. And tv time for kids. .  Shaking the etch-a-sketch with the family at the ocean . Perspective is precious. .  #familyvacation #oceancitymd #taleswithfriends #mywisdomlessons
And the sun begins setting on our first day at the beach. This was followed by a spectacular storm we watched on our balcony with lighting that went sideways! #vacation #familyvacation #ocmd  #taleswithfriend #july #familyvacation

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