Wednesday, September 4
I've spent the last two years blogging, and I feel like so many things have been discovered along the way. Shannon Heart's was born after a conversation with my husband. I told him about some blogs that I'd discovered at the time that I was so inspired by, and I thought it would be a fun and creative venture for me to pursue. More importantly, I thought it might give me a voice to share things that I love and admire. When I imagined my blog, more than anything, I thought how amazing it would be if I could support independent artisans by getting the word out about their talents and beautiful creations. I've had some background in selling handmade goods on etsy, and I knew what a struggle it was to get the word out about my products. I also knew how many amazingly talented people also were struggling for exposure, and I thought just maybe I could help. If even a little. Along with helping independent artists and designers, my goal was to find companies that supported wonderful charities and causes. I decided that if I built my blog, than I could help the things that I cherish and adore. And so I did.
I spent the last two years trying to build a blog that I felt proud of. I steered clear of drama and negativity, and I focused on my goals: promoting artists, designers, and causes. I built relationships with people that amazed and inspired me. To name a few, I was completely blown away by the the creativity and talents of designers such as Vitrine Designs, Brooklyn Designs, Lisa Leonard, Keltie Leanne and Amy Waltz Designs (to name a few). These are all women who have pursued their passions and followed their hearts and have created jewelry that is inspiring and unique. I felt so proud to share their beautiful talents here on my little blog. I also felt privileged to work with companies like MADIL Fashion, who makes darling custom flip flops and donates a portion of their sales to so many amazing charities. It made me feel like I was making a little difference in the world. I was trying... and maybe it only made a little difference to a small number of people, but it made me feel good.
My blog remained a positive and creative light in my life. Until only recently, I've come to a point in which I felt I needed to take a step back and reflect. I started to notice a lot of drama and negativity in the blog world. I started to see comments on other blogs that were intentionally cruel. I kept turning the other cheek, but I would lose sleep at night. I felt bad for those other bloggers, and I would worry about what people might think or say in my blog comments. And then they started to attack me. I started to get criticized for everything from the length of my skirts, to my weight, and even going to far as to criticize my parenting ability. I know who I am. And I've never felt the need to defend myself. And I will not. But, I also don't feel the need to share my life on the Internet only to be ridiculed and criticized. I get it. I put myself out there and people are completely allowed to voice their opinions. But I have the choice not to listen. And for this moment in my life, I choose not to listen.
I strive to live a positive life. I strive to find peace and comfort and inspiration in life. I strive to be an amazing mother who shows my children that they can make a difference in the world, big or little. Every day I reflect on my favorite quote by Mother Theresa, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” And that's how I've chosen to live my life.
For a moment, I will reflect. Thank you for understanding.
Posted by Shannon Weel at 8:56 PM
Sunday, September 1
After leaving Alaska, the family & I embarked on our roadtrip back to SoCal. Along our path, we came upon the lovely town of Sisters, Oregon. The downtown was absolutely darling, filled with bakeries, shops and tasty restaurants. We stayed at FivePine Lodge, which was one of the neatest places I have ever stayed. There were little private cabins nestled in the pine forest. Along the walk to our cabin, we were captivated by lovely little streams, wildflowers in all colors of the rainbow, and the wonderful smell of fresh pine.
We had such a fun stay at FivePine, and are definitely planning to go back another time and spend more time exploring.
The inside of the cabin was just as beautiful as the grounds. There was a big cozy fireplace, a chess set and my favorite part was the 'Positive Thoughts' book that was filled with notes from the other people who have stayed in this cabin before.
Hope you're having a lovely day! XO.
Wednesday, August 28
During our week long adventure in Alaska, we stopped by a Mushers Camp in Juneau. What is a Mushers Camp you might ask? Maybe you already know, but I didn't know what a Musher was until I went to Alaska. A Musher, in a nutshell, is the driver of a dog sled. And what amazing people they are! And the dogs that pull their sleds are equally so. Our visit to the Mushers Camp to ride on a dog sled was by far my favorite adventure in Alaska. Since it is summer and there wasn't snow on ground, we rode in a cart, but it was still such a thrill.
Our trip to Alaska is now behind us, but the memories I will cherish forever. We are now making our way back to California. As much as I loved cruising in Alaska, I have to say the week long road trip up the coast to get there was my favorite part so far. I'm looking forward to another fun week and lots of adventures during our trip home.
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Monday, August 26
Our first day in Alaska, we visited a spectacular fjord called Tracy Arm. We cruised past icebergs and stunning mountain ranges, ending at the jaw-droppingly gorgeous glacier called Sawyer Glacier.
The next day we visited Haines, Alaska. A darling little village with beautiful views of crystal clear water and forested mountain ranges. Haines is were we spotted our first Bald Eagle. Absolutely amazing to see a Bald Eagle soaring up above. They have such a presence to them.
More pictures to come soon! XO, Shannon
Tuesday, August 20
Departing from The Oregon Coast, we found ourselves in the Oregon wine country. Which was nothing less than extraordinary. The views were spectacular and the people we even more so. We made a pit-stop at a lavender field and garden called Red Ridge, with a charming little winery on site called Durant Vineyards. It was the perfect stop on our road trip. We enjoyed salted caramels and tasty local wines while we strolled the gorgeous property. Perfection in a nutshell. And on we go up the country, next stop Canada.
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// OUTFIT DETAILS //
Top: Wildfox (on sale!)
Sunday, August 18
After our amazing adventures in The Redwoods, we made our way up to the Oregon Coast. Seriously... honestly... magical. If you ever get the opportunity to visit The Oregon Coast, do it! It's gorgeously mystical and jaw-droppingly gorgeous. There are tons of little beach towns filled with kind people, wonderful seafood, and stunning views. We first came to Florence (where these pictures were taken). Florence was postcard perfect. My family and I loved exploring the charming town and tasting fresh produce from the farmer's market. After our afternoon in Florence, we headed up the coast to Yachats. What an amazing town! I could spend a week there with a good book in hand and a lounge chair on the beach. Our final destination for the day was Newport, and it was our favorite stop so far on our family road trip. It was one of those places that makes your soul feels fresh and revived. Imagine: pristine beaches with lighthouses in the distance, people frolicking in the waves, dogs prancing in the sand, and people hand-in-hand enjoying the views. The entire Oregon Coast is a place where dreams are made and discovered. I can't wait to to back. Next, we head inland a bit to the Oregon wine country. XO.
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Jacket: Free People
Top: Free People
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
Friday, August 16
I've been labeled a 'treehugger' a time or two in the past, and I'm proud to accept the title. And there are no better trees to hug than The Redwoods. My family and I have had an amazing time exploring The Redwood Forest. We ventured through the Northern California Redwoods, and continued all the way up to the Oregon Coast. The Redwood Forest is truly a magical place and we were all amazed, captivated and inspired. Happy Friday dear friends! I hope you're having an inspiring day. XO.
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// OUTFIT DETAILS //
Sweater: Free People
Boots: Frye (similar)
Necklace: Virgins Saints & Angels (similar)