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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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#soul #spirit for #navigatingthroughnovember .  The way the setting sun glows orange-red, the wind plays shushing percussion on the pine trees, the reservoir surface mirrors the sky, and my son is a self-appointed protector of the wooly bear caterpillar on the dirt path to this lookout point. .  I adore this season of the year so much that I ache. My soul says yes to the turning inward. My spirit soars with the hawk above and converses with the murder of crows. Every detail clings to my eyes fighting to stay like the last berries on these barren bushes at the water's edge. .  Hoping you all have a joyous gracious Thanksgiving holiday and your gratitude spills from your heart, your soul, and your eyes and lands where it is needed. .  #taleswithfriends #wonderfull #getoutside #autumn #storyofmyday #tuckahoestatepark #motherearth #mindfulness #connecttonature #bepresent #mywisdomlessons #nature #ordinaryadventures #mywisdomlessons
#navigatingthroughnovember 2:22 - Middle of the afternoon. Grocery store shopping done. Lunch done. All that's left is to color on boxes and pull all your toys out and complain about your brother. .  Her outfit is so electric today! .  Day one of five of no school. Wish me and the kids good luck with that. .  The blog post today is titled The Work and the Waiting. Sometimes we don't think we're going or doing fast enough. But we may find things are evolving even when we take our hands off of the reigns and the whip.  Link to Shalavee.com in my profile. .  #fionamariepeach #gingershavemorefun #toddlersofinstagram #creativemamas #createeveryday #creativemoments #livecreatively #liveauthentic #taleswithfriends
#hands for #navigatingthroughnovember . "When we commit to taking our hands off of changing things and just letting them go instead, work will be done." From my blog post to publish 11/22 titled The Work and the Waiting. .  Sometimes we are in process and that's enough. Sometimes keeping on is good enough. .  #fionamariepeach #taleswithfriends #tomatoes #mywisdomlessons #backyard #thoughtleader #ontheblog
#atnight for #navigatingthroughnovember .  For the past 12 years, I've been tucking people into bed at night. Giving baths, reading books, and brushing teeth. I have perhaps another 5 or 6 years more to go. I am often exhausted  trying to grab a few minutes to myself before I collapse. .  But seeing this boy no longer in need of tucking in. Him stealing a cuddle every now and then. It is all as it should be. I am present, never resentful. All moments are a gift. .  #eamonspencerpeach #bedtime #orangeblanket #beautifulboy #giftofnow #mywisdomlessons #taleswithfriends #emotionalintelligence #hotelbed
A distant memory for #navigatingthroughnovember .  In 2004, I opened my beautiful gift and antiques shop called Bally Eden. "Cottage Comfort Vintage Vogue" was my tagline. .  At the same time, I got pregnant and then had my son in 2005. .  And then the US entered the depression that they denied was one. I refused to take food from my baby's mouth. .  And so in January 2007, we shut my lovely shop down and I came home with my toddler and a dread of being trapped in the house with him. Except, then my next choice was to start writing. .  One of the last souvenirs of my shop-ownership is this tin of Milk bath. Bally Eden had a bath line. Sigh. .  I learned that you need to follow your heart even if that takes you to failure. Not all failure is within your control. Endings lead to beginnings. And retail is murderous. .  #blastfromthepast #memories #mywisdomlessons #ballyeden #taleswithfriends #emotionalintelligence #ubercreative #bathroom #vintage
#open for #navigatingthroughnovember .  A room full of open receptive hearts for my creativity workshop today! They came to hear what I had to say on creativity's help in developing self-trust, decreasing anxiety, and how living your creative life will help the world. .  And then I "forced" them to create authority badges. There was glitter and colored paper and chatter and it was marvelous! I couldn't have asked for a better reception and I gave them a feast for thought! . Swipe from right to left to see some of the participants'' happy faces. .  #uufe #ourcreativeselves #creativityworkshop #eastonmaryland #createeveryday #liveauthentic #leadership #selfleadership #emotionalintelligence #taleswithfriends #art #permission
#green for #navigatingthroughnovember .  I am so #green in this life.  An inverse understanding dawns on me daily.  The older I am, the less I know.  Yet I know that what I know today  is all I need to know today.  And my innocence returns to the simplest of roots  The shoot's faith as it lives the hope  of seeing the sun soon.  And then it will be living it's purpose  For as long as is meant to be. .  #taleswithfriends #emotionalintelligence #liveauthentically #selfleadership #leadership #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity  #perspective #liveonpurpose #selfawareness #personalgrowth #mindfulness #humanity #personaldevelopment  #qrowthmindset #movingforward
This Magic Moment for #navigatingthroughnovember . .  A sleepy sunny Sunday not too long ago.  My beautiful innocent talented children.  My heart sings when I see this picture.  Grateful to my life for leading me here. .  #eamonspencerpeach #fionamariepeach #kidsofinstagram #liveauthentic #creativemama #createeveryday #tinymoments #taleswithfriends #gratitude
#navigatingthroughnovember - Forever Grateful For these alliances with women who I admire and trust and am understanding I'm in need of to help me understand myself. .  The Mindful Meet-up that I started in the Spring has blossomed into an entity larger than any of us. We are discovering our own strength and wisdom as well as how we can allow and ask for the support we need. That is still kinda mind blowing. Thanks @sue_in_caroline_co.md @amanda_courie23 @annielivingstone @karen.phebus @warriormiss and Anne Jacobs @nursecoach_shantel  Meanwhile, on the blog, I republished a perennial favorite titled Kindergarten Homework and today's piece is about how we encourage self-respect for our kids. And I say that is the same as how we do so for ourselves. If we are actively parenting, we must model what we want to see. .  Link in my profile to my blog post at Shalavee.com titled "Does 'Self-respecting' Describe the Parent and Self-parent You Are?" .  #gratitudeweek2017 #ontheblog #taleswithfriends #friendship #selfesteem #selfdiscovery #selfleadership #community #gratitude #liveauthentic #mywisdomlessons
#attire for #navigatingthroughnovember .  I came across these pear tree leaves donned in their Rastafari colors. From nature to nature.Truth and freedom are always yours. . "Funny thing is when you start feeling happy alone, everyone wants to be with you." ....Rastafari proverb.... .  #nature #getoutside #onmywalk #autumnal #fallfoliage #rastafari #taleswithfriends #leadership #liveauthentic
#lessonlearned for #navigatingthroughnovember .  If you visit my blog (link everpresent in my profile), you would see my byline is Gathering My Lessons Daily .I'm a big believer in lessons. Always on alert for them so that I may share them as I process. And here's one I learned recently that got a loud resounding AHA! .  Resentment and Forgiveness : when you find it hard to let go of something that happened and the hard feelings you have towards someone, it goes deeper. This is you being mad at yourself for being vulnerable. For not holding up your boundaries and preventing the hurt from happening. Your inner child was shamed or injured and she's mad because she was and you didn't keep her safe.  I have had a few stalled resentments of recent and I just couldn't figure my way around them until this. So while I continue to fortify my boundaries and learn how to trust me to keep me safe in the future, I am working on releasing my anger and forgiving everyone's humanity. .  On the blog, a renovated perennial titled Kindergarten Homework dedicated to Mrs. Kistler who is Fiona's pre-K yeacher and 8 years ago, was Eamon's Kindergarten teacher. .  #createeveryday #fionamariepeach #watercolor #creativemamas #ourcreativeselves #soul_selfie #mywisdomlessons #ontheblog #selfleadership #liveauthentic #gingersofig #playtime #emotionalmaturity #emotionalintelligence #taleswithfriends
#intransit for Navigating through November . .  Having this girl at the riper age of 46 is definitely been challenging and exhausting. This was a selfie atop a fire engine as we rode around ontop during an event to benefit her school. Climbing up there was Exhausting. But the ride was rather envigorating. I think that describes my journey with the fair Miss Fiona to a T. .  Today I'm hosting a cookout for my husband's company. But first, my own time writing and IG! Happy Weekend Ya'll! .  #toddlersofinstagram #gingershavemorefun #fionamariepeach #getoutside #taleswithfriends
.#Tactile for #navigatingthroughnovember .  In the forest everything begs to be touched and stomped and poked. Look at this! Do you smell that? Listen, do you hear it? And we collected leaves and petted lichen and mushrooms and crunched the leaves and sticks like we had purpose! .  I had a little epiphany recently about compassion and a four year old named Fiona identifying herself by her pain and not her beauty and strength. Read the post here at http://shalavee.com/feeling-your-pain-versus-being-your-pain/ . Or follow the link in my profile. .  #community #taleswithdriends #ontheblog#inthewoods #getoutside
#aromatic for #navigatingthroughnovember .  I am positively obsessed with this candle. It is from a library themed collection which is no longer being carried by Barnes and Nobles. It's the Ralph Waldo Emerson scent. Earthy! It is cedar and smoke and cinnamon and maybe orange rind. And I just can't get enough of it at this time of the year! I went online and ordered two for the season for me! .  I was feeling a little grumbly, dreadful, and weird yesterday evening. I realized this morning, although I'd gotten a good writing fix in, it was my art child inside who needed to get some creative play on. So I redecorated my space for the Fall/ pre-Thanksgiving vibe and I feel so much better. I lit my candle and made a mulled wine drink with lite cranberry juice, apple cider, and the last of the Malbec. .  My brown shag rug's in place and I lit the pilot for the gas fireplace 🔥🍷🕯. I guess we always know what we need to feel cared for. It takes such patience and intention to make those self care choices happen. . "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you into something else is the greatest accomplishment." -Ralph Waldo Emerson- .  #cornucopia #candle #paddywax #taleswithfriends #trendrebels #interiors #fridayfaffing #onthebar #beyourself #mywisdomlessons #ralphwaldoemerson
#wellness for #naigatingthroughnovember .  My wellness was all I was focused on this past Summer. Pain and propensity for infection had me going to a dozen appointments in those three months. I say, you need to keep following the bread crumbs to your own health and recovery. .  The sinus surgery hasn't quite healed and last month, I got an infection after a cold. Ok.Whatevs.  And this Monday I go get a procedure done to hopefully finally alleviate me from the SI joint pain completely. There are more options. .  Sometimes wellness seems so intangible. Sometimes you do and you do and you expect for it all to be better. And it isn't. That seems harder than anything but I just keep on keeping on. .  We are worthy of hope. We are worthy of care. And sometimes that just takes a while. .  Hugs to all of you who need to begin on your wellness plans. I get it. .  #zinnias #brickpatio #backyard #healing #taleswithfriends #mywisdomlessons #nothingsordinary #liveauthentic #writersofig
#golden for #navigatingthroughnovember . .  And the golden warm days of Hotumn give over to the toe chilling dreary days of November. For every season there is a reason. .  Today I have committed to being more visible. On my blog, a post about committing to being seen by me and by you called Hide and Seek : the Invisible Woman. A 100 day project to show up and tell my story on my blog Facebook page. Not at all as easy as showing up here in IG but I do that daily as a commitment to myself so let me expand. Link in my profile to my blog at Shalavee.com . .  #taleswithfriends #sunflower #downtowndentonmaryland #documentyourdays #nothingsordinary #stillmoments #autumn #sunflower #outside #onmywalk #ontheblog
#coziness for #navigatingthroughnovember . .  My boys are upstairs sleeping off their red-eye flight from California. Cozy in their beds the heat pump kicking in now. .  I played with the spoils from their adventures. And all is right with the world again. .  I published a piece on the blog yesterday titled A Choice Between Perfectionism and Doing Your Best. I was a human doing once. Now sometimes just making an effort towards something, the walk I'm about to take and this IG post, is enough done. It feels like solid living my life, hope in action. .  Link in my profile to my blog at Shalavee where telling the truth to myself is always my aim. .  #taleswithfeiends #mywisdomlessons #createeveryday #creativemamas #ourcreativeselves #cultivatewhatmatters #embracingaslowerlife #everydaymagic #exploretocreate #feelfreefeed #flashesofdelight #everythingissacred #nothingisordinary #thehappynow #liveunscripted #pursuepretty
#intention for #navigatingthroughnovember - .  I have been working hard to clarify and delineate my goals and my intentions and my passions etc. And I've recently nailed my intention. .  An intention is worded in the present tense. It is inspirational and proactive encompassing your feeling towards how you want to live with the ultimate responsibility being yours. .  It is also immensely freeing. Mine allows me to choose projects I want that benefit me as well as others in varying levels. Here it is: "I am connecting with and seeing myself more as I engage in conversations with like-minded people, telling and listening to our stories and lending permission to others to tell their stories too." .  It's all there for me. I am doing my heart work and artwork. I am publishing, blogging, guestblogging, chatting online and off, and perhaps participating in podcasts. If it fits into these parameters, it's golden. .  #liveauthentically #selfleadership #leadership #taleswithfriends #soul_selfie #selfdevelopment #emotionalmaturity  #perspective #liveonpurpose #selfawareness #personalgrowth #mindfulness #humanity #personaldevelopment #emotionalintelligence #qrowthmindset #movingforward #mywisdomlessons #fionamariepeach .
😹 What I'm Listening to Right Now🐱 for #navigatingthroughnovember  At the park in the woods with Fiona, I hear the crows cawing, an occasional woodpecker tapping, and my four year-old daughter making up a song about hope and compassion and stars and truth. .  #martinakstatepark #autumn #fall #getoutdoors #taleswithfriends #fionamariepeach
🎶 Day 4  of #navigatingthroughnovember🎶  To watch my son's #incandescent piano performance of Dave Brubeck's Take Five at his Summer Recital, or even to be priveleged to hear him practice at home, is to be elevated to another plane of pure pleasure. .  Eamon is away attending a wedding this weekend and I didn't realize how much I missed him and his piano playing until I watched a couple of these videos. I am so so so lucky to have his talented self in my life. It's all him btw. .  #eamonspencerpeach #takefive #piano #davebrubeck #recital #kidsofinstagram #gratitude #taleswithfriends #talent
Day 3 of #navigatingthroughnovember  It's a powerful poisonous #potion we make ourselves drink when we reject our truths, belittle our passions, and bully our inner fair maidens into hiding. Our oppression has become self-administered. .  We live our curses, our condemnations in the quiet chaos of our own minds. Until we don't. .  I'm busy pouring out that poisonous potion. And wrangling all the joy I can from my every day before I have no more days to squander.  Today on my blog, I discuss Breaking the Pattern of the Body Fix and ditching the self-hatred. .  Link to Shalavee.com (pronounced Chez La Vie) in my profile. .  #ontheblog #taleswithfriends #mywisdomlessons #soul_selfie #costumes #selfie #trickortreat

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