Haley McManigal

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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?

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...