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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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I'm three days into Fiona's preK year and life feels different in a wonderful way. While she's off getting her learning and social needs met, I'm home buckling down to do the work I've been WAITING to do. .  On the blog, a post titled Let Me Tell You Where I am Now. Link in my profile to Shalavee.com. .  And yes indeed, proof is Ithe picture, it'll soon be time again dear friends to do a week of soul searching for my biannual Soul Selfie Challenge. An opportunity to dig a little in your vulnerability zone and let it be seen. Or just get to know some of your IG friends and community a little better. .  The challenge will be held Oct 9 - 15th, hosted by me, and we'll use the hashtag #soul_selfie to connect with one another. Who's in? .  #challenge #community #taleswithfriends #wisdomlessons #leadership #enlightenment #acceptance #emotionalmaturity #selfdevelopment #shalavee #fionamariepeach
#kindness for BreatheSeptember2017  I've been at the receiving end of so much kindness recently. I am boatloads of grateful for all of your birthday wishes. Awesome hospitality and people spoiling me confirms what I already knew. I have great taste in friends and family! .  What have I got going on right now? My blog post tells all. Link in my profile to a snapshot of my brain and current life process/progress. .  #taleswithfriends #lifeblessings #fionamariepeach #bunny #ontheblog #gratitude #friendship #amonthofbirthdaycelebrations
The Birthday Proper - Just thought you should witness this! Our meal at Out of the Fire was amazing only made better by the lending of. A birthday tiara by the owner Amy! .  I am so very grateful to my friends.@warriormiss @sue_in_caroline_co.md @karen.phebus @shantel.matthews.lipboss  for taking me out and to my fellow Virgo Birthday Girl @amanda_courie23  for sharing the festivities and spotlight with me. And taking this Fab picture! Thanks for all your birthday wishes! It's been a better than ever self-celebration! .  #birthday #amonthofbirthdaycelebrations #happy #friendship #taleswithfriends  #gratitude .
The birthday festivities continue. A birthday tradition, a huge bouquet of flowers which I get to arrange. Pretty fragrant toys from the earth just for me. .  Last night, a fabulous dinner out to celebrate two Virgos. Today, a dinner hosted by my sweet mother-in-law Mary. Allow others to join the celebration of your life. It's a gift you give to let them give to you.  #amonthofbirthdaycelebrations #flowers #floralarrangement #florals #taleswithfriends #igflorals #sunflowers #igflorals #flowerstagram  #stilllife
Inside/Outside #breathseptember2017 The season is changing thankfully. The weather begins to be bearable, gorgeous even. Where we were trapped inside in the heat, we're now languishing in breezes outside. .  Inside, I am changed again. Work and play, thought and words moving forward towards a next evolution. Present, witnessing, forgiving, allowing. Breathing new air with a different compassionate me. .  #backyardshennanigans #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity #eamonspencerpeach #fionamariepeach #perspective #liveonpurpose #selfawareness #personalgrowth #mindfulness #humanity #personaldevelopment #emotionalintelligence #leadership #qrowthmindset #movingforward #writerofig #itsmybirthday
#gratitude and a reminder to myself, I am safe. #breatheseptember2017. The anxiety I create is not based on true danger. I am safe. The brain does it's job, you feel like a loser for not "making progress" or "getting it right". But it is all subtrefuge.  In my brief blog post today, I stumbled on some wisdom and inspiration from a long ago admired source and understand (have to truly put it into practice) that the perceived danger of being vulnerable and visible is just your primitive brain, your amygdala doing it's job. Don't mind the man behind the curtain. No hard feelings, just doing his job. Link in profile to my blog at Shalavee.com . .  Only in connecting with our courage to go ahead anyway, do we connect with our confidence and eventually, our purpose. .  On the eve of my 51st Birthday, I am safe and so very grateful to be living this beautifulI life with you my friends here to witness my butterfly #metamorphosis. Thank you . . .#Taleswithfriends #interiors #myhouse #window #emotinalmaturity #wholeheartedness #writersofig #writerslife #courage #fear #fearlessliving #safe
And with all the iconic goodness we can squeeze from this moment, Fiona is off to her first day of PreK. She's a pretty tough and tumble 4 1/2 year old and I've no doubt she'll fair the storm and have some tales to tell. .  #schoolbus #prek #fionamariepeach #aloneathome #toddlersofinstagrem #gingershavemorefun #ithoughtthisdaywouldnevercome
Fun and no fun #breatheseptember2017  On Monday, I had my second and hopefully last round of steroid shots in my ouchy SI joints. My husband drove me over the big bridge into Annapolis. And what should have been a relieving experience turned into a slightly upsetting one with my outgoing nurse badgering me about my blood pressure.  Read my piece on Shalavee.com titled Misunderstand and Misunderstood about the two experiences I had with strangers recently that show how maybe I need to filter my happenings less through my feelings and more through my head. Link to my blog  in my Bio. .  After eating a 700 calorie Baja burrito which made me feel much better, we drove back over the bridge to Grammy's house and found Fiona and Grammy playing football! So so cute! Lifted my soul. .  #fionamariepeach #storytelling #ontheblog #feelings #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity #taleswithfriends #fun
Gladly I remembered to tell my kid that he was creatively inspirational to me because he worked so hard to better his piano practice for himself. Something that some have reflected to and definitely feel about him . .  On my blog post yesterday titled It's My Blog and I'll Write What I Want To, I felt it a eureka and a "duh" moment when I realized that if you do what you do to make yourself happy, others may be made happy too. But if you do what you do to make others happy first, you will never be. .  Being raised to be people pleasers is a hard habit to break for women. And that is exactly the spell I intend to break in my upcoming 51st year. Caring what I think, what makes me happy first. And giving credit to others and myself for this! .  Link to my blog, Shalavee.com , in my profile. .  #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity #ontheblog #eamonspencerpeach #perspective #liveonpurpose #selfawareness #personalgrowth #mindfulness #humanity #personaldevelopment #emotionalintelligence #leadership #qrowthmindset #movingforward #piano
Drink and Joy for #breathesepember2017 .  I get them something I call "blue juice" , a blue raspberry flavored V-8 splash product. Because having blue tongues is so much fun!  #eamonspencerpeach #fionamariepeach  #siblings #silly #creativemama #momentslikethese #childhood  #blue
Today was our monthly women's meet-up. Witnessed by these women!  KarenPhebus was our lovely hostess, her farm was a wonderful walk about after the Marvelous meal her friend Kathy cooked for us!  #joy for #breatheseptember2017  @warriormiss @sue_in_caroline_co.md @annielivingstone @karen.phebus #taleswithfriends #soulgoals #friends #mindfulmeetup  #friends #sundayfunday #amonthofbirthdayfun
Because Weekends should be fun and creative. It's a #tomato #caturday .  #createeveryday #creativism #ourcreativeselves #taleswithfriends #ontheporch #summer #septemberstarts #iseefaces
DISCONTENT, my blog post for today. ...life makes me think... "I live in a slight state of discontent. I have moments of good enough but I am always aware there’s more to know and learn."My life is a work in process, in progress. I am in search of what it means to live creatively and what my community is.". ...Link in my profile to Shalavee.com and this quick read titled Discontent. .  #mybirthdaymonth is off to a good start. Met my friend Theresa for lunch on Kent Island at El Jefe's Mexican restaurant. At this age (51 is mere days away), I've decided that I deserve a month's worth of celebrating!  Let that month begin!  #amonthofbirthdayfun .  #selfdevelopment #taleswithfriends #ontheblog #leadership #friendship #personaldevelopment #selfawareness #question #humanity #creativeliving .
MINDING THE THINGS THAT MATTER - A self portrait and Yetti tracks. And what I found out was her attempt at writing "too many". . "Too many minds" says the Samurai master (Ken Watanabe) to his prisoner (Tom Cruise) in the Last Samurai. The idea that meditation and mindfulness will have you see the things that are truly important. A quiet mind brings focus. .  The chatter of our monkey minds is accepted background noise. We roll along half listening, getting our chores checked off. A deeper more purposeful life will have us Minding The Things That Matter. Those things could be issues of sell-trust which I wrote about yesterday on my blog (link in profile). That is a very important one for me. World Peace and a compassionate society starts with us and how we do to ourselves. What matters to you? .  Too many things to mind which really don't matter distracts us from the real growth and transcendence. And this process takes a while so I'm committing to a month of minding what matters to me most. .  Preview : The next Soul Selfie Challenge will be Oct 9th - 15th and a tribute to the Library I love. And I'm starting a month of Birthday celebrating so... .  #fionamariepeach #taleswithfriends #soul_selfie #leadership #emotionalmaturity #writersofig #bloggers #toddlersofinstagram #gingershavemorefun #creativemamas #createeveryday #perspective #liveonpurpose #selfawareness #personalgrowth #mindfulness #humanity #personaldevelopment #emotionalintelligence #leadership #qrowthmindset #movingforward
I consider the importance of self-trust on my blog post today. In every relationship we create, personal and professional, there is a trust fund. Yet we dismiss our own need to trust ourselves. . "I am slowly coming to understand that my inner child has every reason to never trust me again. But that this trust is essential to my happiness and to find more purpose and create more meaningful work. She has to believe that I will keep her safe and not ignore her needs. That is how the trust fund begins to form with anyone as well as yourself. That showing self-compassion instead of employing judgement is the next step to this growing up process." .  Oh this growth thing takes so long and requires so much work. And guess what? Me and you are sooooo worth it.  Link to my blog in my profile and the piece titled The Relationship Trust Fund and my thoughts on the very next chapter of me that I need to rewrite. .  #fionamariepeach #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity #ontheblog  #perspective #liveonpurpose #selfawareness #personalgrowth #mindfulness #humanity #personaldevelopment #emotionalintelligence #leadership #qrowthmindset #movingforward #taleswithfriends
I walked my girl to daycare this morning. The breeze was cool and warm. The sun a little hot but pleasant.  Multiple mushroom groupings of different sorts made wish I knew more about mushrooms.  The scent of wild blooming clemetis heavy in the air while the cicadas and crickets fervently play their last symphony.  And then, the almost imperceptible sound of the one dry leaf being raked across the blacktopped street by the breeze. The first sound of Fall.  #writersofig #writer #stillmoments #nothingsordinary #taleswithfriends #dreamcreatestrive #withintheordinary #ourcreativeselves #createeveryday #creativemamas
From the Estern Shore of Maryland, Happy Labor Day! A Summer's last hurrah. We entertained family yesterday. I made ribs and panzanella salad and this brownie shortcake I love to make. Taking it easy today. . .  As my soul recovery journey continues, on my blog post today, I consider its unfolding this far. . . "We are what we do everyday. And for a very long time, I did things based on fear. I did what I did because I was afraid of running out ... I kept on thinking the same sad thoughts about what little I deserved so I never updated my expectations and thus my life’s actions." . "All the “can’t” thoughts that make me feel oogy lapping up onto the shore of my psyche like toxic waste. Until I refused to acknowledge them as valid. And then I told myself to stop the cycle. I sat and held my breath and refused to play. And eventually, after this weird space of stubborn almost quiet, it was quiet." .  I am not through. I'll always be updating myself, my process, my daily doings, my philosophy. But I have made more space and freedom in which to do this. Read my post titled Ceasing the Knee-Jerk and Making Mental Room to Move On To . Link in profile to my Blog at Shalavee.com .  #dessert #laborday #easternshoreofmaryland #downtowndentonmd #ontheblog #taleswithfriends #selfdevelopment #writerslife #emotionalstorytelling #emotionalmaturity #vintagelinens
Fire Pit Nite - Creative children do interesting things while the fire's burning. Family sillyness too.  #taleswithfriends #fionamariepeach #sundayfunday #backyardshennanigans
Grab those moments. Scoop them up and stuff them into your pockets, into your heart. Greedy handfuls of love and devotion and laughter are yours and mine for the remembering. .  #septemberstarts #family #fionamariepeach #eamonspencerpeach #siblings #taleswithfriends #siblings #wholehearted
It feels a bit like Fall here at the park. All is quiet. Dogs are being walked. Faraway crows are cawing conversations. Fiona rode her bike with one training wheel. Then she got bored. A sweet boy has decided to join us. All is well. #taleswithfriends  #fionamariepeach #martinakstatepark #fall #inthewoods  #fridaymood #creativelife
--August was-- #augustbreak2017 .  I entered into the month in the midst of a healing journey. I had to resign myself to a surgery, to the fear of that surgery, to the healing, and to having a seat. All of which gifted me with a quiet shift into my now. I crossed a bridge somehow. .  I wrote a piece on the blog yesterday called Letting Go of the People I Thought I Might Be. When the stuff you have accumulated no longer reflects who you are now. A link to my short post on Shalavee.com in my profile. .  Always grateful for the company that this challenge offers. Thank you all and @susannahconway for this. .  #inthewoods #naturelovers #bridge #taleswithfriends #nothingsordinary #fionamariepeach #runwildmychild #thismamaloves #kidsoftheoutdoors #childrenseemagic #dreamcreatestrive #withintheordinary

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