Out Loud’s name began one night in my buddy’s place last November. We were whiteboarding things we could do for Fort Smith through our social media. We talked about loving our city Out Loud, and there it was. Out Loud with Shannon. Supporting all things Fort Smith! From that moment, with time permitting, I podcasted […]
There is a reason why we are drawn to create; we would die without it.
It’s the night before my nine- year wedding anniversary and I’m alone in the house we bought together. My husband is in his apartment with our boys, and I’m listening to the sound of the air conditioner as it competes with Arkansas August weather. Nine years ago, it was about 112 degrees with the heat […]
I was a happy-go-lucky teenager until the summer before my senior year. A tragedy hit my family and in order to survive I surrounded myself in an elaborate dissociative cloak of armor, made of peacock feathers. It’s grown with my once tiny frame, like a second skin I became so used to that peeling it […]
On the realest, the most abusive relationship I’ll ever be in is with myself.
The energy in my house, even with five kids in here stays serene and catching glimpses of the kids playing alone is what I’ll miss the most.
Three years ago, this month I saw two little sacs growing inside me. I cried and thought to myself that I could not be happier. On the way to the car after the ultrasound, I remember my husband at the time telling me. “this is your job now. You’re not going back to school or […]
In my usual fashion I pull a rabbit out of a hat at Bookish! These ladies are so patient with me and my ideas, and I am so grateful that they indulged me and allowed me to host ANOTHER podcast in their beautiful home. This particular meeting brought me closer to the direction I want […]
My feelings are all over the place today. I woke up disappointed but managed to make sure that I look better than usual. I didn’t put on makeup but y’all saw the selfies of me in that hat and they do not tell lies. I mean, that filter is a low level filter but that’s […]
When you get married you never make an escape plan as you walk down the aisle with your daddy. You don’t say to yourself, “man if this shit goes south in eight years you better know how to act.” You don’t get married with a plan to switch from a king size bed with breast […]