Family Life Balance
by Sara Bogan on February 23rd, 2017

Red light 
Homeless man
I stiffen
Don't make eye contact
Think, just get a job
So much judgement

Christmas morning
Stocking filled with gift cards to McD's
Hubby said, for the homeless

Red light
Homeless man
I smile 
Eyes meet
Beautiful grin
‚ÄčNo judgement
Just love
Love is so much easier

by Sara Bogan on October 29th, 2013

My mom always finds the greatest books. She gave my daughter Sparrow Road,  by Sheila O'Connor, for her 11th birthday. It's about a young girl who spends the summer in a community that used to be an orphanage and is now an artist's retreat. I don't want to give anything away because I highly recommend this beautiful book. But, there is a sentence in there that talks about Sparrow Road being "a place for peace and dreams." It stuck with me when I read it and I immediately thought how important it is that we all have that place.

The next week my friend took me to see her new lake property and as soon as I saw it, those words jumped in my heart...yes...she found her "place for peace and dreams." And, I'm so happy for her!

I realize, of course, we all can't have our own lake house. But, we can all find that space where we find "shelter from the storms," where we can escape from the distractions of the world and we can lose ourselves (or find ourselves) in the quiet.

I have another friend who lives in an amazing neighborhood with the most beautiful, natural walking trails I've ever seen. I imagine that is her place for peace and dreams.

I love the path in my neighborhood so every morning I take a walk around the pond to clear the clutter, enjoy the peace, and dream a bit. My backyard is also a place for this...especially in the mornings after the kids are in school and the sun is just touching the flowers and drying the grass.

Where is your place? It doesn't have to be big and it doesn't have to be fancy. Just a small corner of the earth where you can feel the power of the universe. Happy dreaming!

by Sara Bogan on October 24th, 2013

The journey continues with this amazing group of beautiful friends. Some participated in a Personal Renewal Group four years ago, and some just a year ago. But, we've come together because each of us was craving the connection again with like-minded women; wanting to explore self-care in more depth, looking forward to the monthly commitment and giving ourselves permission to create this space. So, here we are. PRG 2.0!

The first Personal Renewal Group was based on Renee Trudeau's book, The Mother's Guide to Self-Renewal. And, when her newest book came out, Nurturing the Soul of Your Family I knew it was the perfect book to help us continue our quest for self-care.

If you haven't found your tribe yet, that group of women where you don't have to pretend to be someone else, where you can have deep heart to heart discussions rather than superficial surface-level conversations, then I encourage you to find a local Personal Renewal Group or start one of your own. The friendships gained and the growth we have all experienced have been profound. So much so, that we couldn't wait to get together again!

So here's to another amazing year of self-growth, connection and love!

Note: I'll be starting a new Personal Renewal Group (for newbies) next fall. So, please let me know if you'd like to be added to the mailing list.