Haley McManigal

Hi there, I’m Haley, a middle-aged-momma to Lukas, Laney, and wife to Dan. We live in northeast Knoxville with our boston terrier Ali and cat Maxi. I was born and raised in east Tennessee and I love Knoxville and the Smoky Mountains so much, I can’t imagine living anywhere else! I am happiest when I’m reading, writing, exploring, and making things. When I’m not here, you’ll find me sharing my thoughts about creativity and facing fear on my blog.

Knoxville Architecture & Design – Want to Learn More?

I started jogging in January, on my lunch breaks, at the gym above my office in the old Tyson School Building on the corner of Neyland Drive and Cumberland Avenue. I had been mostly...

The First Birthday Blues

Since the moment my son was born, I've had this strange, otherworldly feeling like I can't believe he's real. I catch myself gazing at him wondering how the heck I was ever so lucky...

How Meditation Changed My Life (and Can Change Yours Too)

Some women inhabit their bodies on a regular basis. They're in touch with their physicality and they move through the world aware of themselves and the space they inhabit. Not me. I live in my head,...

5 Things I’ve Done as a Mother that I Swore I’d Never Do

When you're growing up as an adolescent girl and young adult, there are certain things that are so embarrassing and/or repulsive to you that you swear silently and ferociously to yourself that you will...

Why Slowing Down and Doing LESS Will Eventually Become MORE

I've noticed something special about my husband since he became a dad 7.5 months ago:  when he does things with and for our son, he does them with great care and attention.  He doesn't just...
Haley's Birth Story | Knoxville Moms Blog

What To Do When Your Husband Passes Out During Your Epidural: A Birth Story

I felt more like a 16-year-old girl, green and innocent and afraid, than the 36-year-old woman who sat in the hospital bed. I saw shadows of the boy that my 40-year-old husband had once...
What Pumping and Dumping Taught Me About Gratitude

What Pumping and Dumping Taught Me About Gratitude

I reeeaaallly wanted to have a glass of wine the other night. But since I'm breastfeeding, this is not just a matter of going to the store to pick up a bottle. Breast milk...