Author: Shalagh Hogan

  • My Worth as a Woman and Mother

    My Worth as a Woman and Mother

    ” Wow ”, I said, “How do you find all that time to read”, I ask. She says, “Well, I don’t have children to take care of. When I did, I didn’t have time to read either.” Validation there for the taking. Women are the best supporters and the worst critics. My Mom was a woman […]

  • First Two Weeks of Our Creative March 2020

    First Two Weeks of Our Creative March 2020

    (I am republishing this piece from two years ago, March ’20, because the theme to this creative challenge is still pertinent to us today. In all of these posts I am reminded that we need to continue to value our creative contributions.) As I explained thoroughly in this post, A Creativity Challenge for March 2020, […]

  • Finding a Way to Be the Most Me I Can Be

    Finding a Way to Be the Most Me I Can Be

    I’ve strayed off the path to myself. I’ve been an impostor for a long time. Maybe it began when I was a kid and I was told to be quieter and not draw attention to myself. Maybe that’s why I’m drawn to writing what I feel so honestly; so that I may rediscover my truer […]

  • The Last Post of an Era

    The Last Post of an Era

    If you have been a reader of my blog for a little while, you may know that a renovation has been imminent. An ongoing process that has lasted five years in which I was terrified and hopeful that I would finally have a beautiful new site. And that wish is about to be realized. What […]

  • The Not Enoughs

    The Not Enoughs

    I visited my therapist today and we spoke a lot about “The Not Enoughs”. I have a very intimate long-running relationship with them. And they show up a lot in my life and claim jurisdiction on everything from the way I feel about my body to my creative work. Perpetually harassing me with their proclaimed […]

  • Joy is my Word of the Year for 2021

    Joy is my Word of the Year for 2021

    I realize that I have not declared my word of the year for 2021. Even before the ball dropped for this year, I knew it was going to be Joy. We had so much distress and sadness in 2020 that I just knew Joy was all I wanted to focus on. The Psychologies magazine said, […]

  • Go Gently into May

    Go Gently into May

    After such an expanse of worry and weather, it’s so nice to find myself sitting outside with a warm breeze blowing, kinda sleepy, and wondering what I should write about. There’s boat motors humming in the river at the end of our property. The weeping willow is rustling in a very satisfactory way. And a […]

  • My Now Normal and What’s to Come

    My Now Normal and What’s to Come

    I’m perhaps a little stunned that this year is feeling so much more normal. The flower garden is growing and asking me for the attention that usually overwhelms me as we head into May, the super busy month. I’d like to have gotten more done before the heat wave hit but I’m hoping for some […]

  • Raising Children with an Abundant Mindset

    Raising Children with an Abundant Mindset

    “You see the world with what you carry in your heart.” “People who were raised on love see the world differently than those who see the world from survival.” It has occurred to me that I was raised with a crushing sense of scarcity. A historical hangover from generations of struggle, oppression, and depression. I […]

  • 100 Days of Shalagh 2021 : Days 61 through 80

    100 Days of Shalagh 2021 : Days 61 through 80

    I am officially 80 percent complete with this year’s 100 Day Project. It started much earlier this Pandemic afflicted year and I appreciated that immensely. I was given a reason to be purposeful and remember how wonderful creating daily feels. And I won’t be dragging my art supplies off to my vacation unless I want […]