Welcome to Peggy McAloon’s Hope

Share the Inspiration of Undying Hope
Share the Inspiration of Undying Hope from Peggy McAloon’s Blog

Sharing Hope With the World

Hello, my name is Peggy McAloon. I’m an author, watercolor artist, retired Commercial Credit trainer, speaker, and conservationist. I am also a wife, mother, grandmother, and caregiver to two rescue dogs. I live a life now filled with hope, and I want to share that with you.

Welcome to my blog.

I am currently working on the third book in the “Lessons from Fiori” series and a mystery about a young reporter living in a lake cottage in Minnesota.

Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals and Missing are both available in Ebook and paperback.

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I had one simple goal in mind when I wrote the “Lessons from Fiori” series, and that was to inspire kids to be kind, a lesson taught by my grandfather, and to empower them to stand up to bullying and abuse. I suffered both as a child and remember what it’s like to feel hopeless in a world you can’t control.

A traumatic brain injury in the 1970’s taught me about the absolute terror of living in a world that offers no hope.

I have abandoned my previous website, http://peggymcaloon.com to bring you this new one.

My first blog started out as a parenting site on the tougher issues of parenting kids who are hurting or in trouble. My readers made it quite clear that there are very limited resources which offer the “Hope” that is so critical to our survival and success when faced with the social injustices many of our children face.

I wrote Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals and Missing for kids 9+. One of the benefits of being an author is hearing from your fans. I’ve heard from many women who were abused as kids who have read the first book in this series and commented to me they found healing in Elle’s story. I intended to give hope to kids, but I’m delighted so many moms have found that too.

I’ve also struggled with a traumatic brain injury. The doctors told me I would never work again. I believed them for five long years. They stole every ounce of hope I’d ever had from me. When I became suicidal, I also became angry. I decided to stop listening to the experts and find a way to regain my life so I could raise my two little boys. I created my own hope in the shadow of everyone’s lack of faith in me and in any higher power who might be able to direct my recovery. I talk about my recovery in one of my blog posts.

Today I travel, write, paint, and enjoy life. I’m retired from a lucrative position in the field of commercial credit.

Now it’s time for me to share the hope and courage it took me to make it through every bump in this road we call life. Walk with me on the path to renewed hope and lasting success!

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Hope is critical to our success in life.

My life has been a progression of both challenges and successes.

I will not tell you the path has been easy. It was often extremely difficult. At times, I wanted to give up and stop trying.

This website is devoted to those of you who have stumbled like me along life’s path. There are no absolute or perfect answers to anything.

The best we can do in this life is to believe in ourselves and share the inspiration we have found in the hope it will help others.

There were never any grandiose goals in my life. Mother demanded that our lives revolve around the activities at church. Religion was not just a primary activity for our family. It was a way of life. It provided a solid foundation of faith and hope as I endured childhood abuse. I loved to sit in our family pew at church and gaze up at the intricate stained glass windows that adorned the sanctuary. The glow of the morning sun through those windows glazed the congregation with streams of vibrant color. The colorful scene filled my very essence with assurances that the light would always shine down and protect me.

Hope is Found in Your Dreams

Heart of Europe Sept 2011 124As I grew and began to study the history of the world, I decided I wanted to someday travel to view some of the grand cathedrals of the world. The magic of the Sistine Chapel and the works of Michelangelo and Raphael overwhelmed my senses as I gazed at the pictures in our history books.  I dreamed of personally experiencing the wonders of the finest buildings ever erected to worship God. I believed in Guardian Angels and I had experienced miracles of faith. I was filled with hope that the dream would someday come true.

That dream brings me to this day. I am standing in one of the most awe-inspiring cathedrals ever created. I can feel God in the very core of my soul, as I stand and drink in the colors. It is inconceivable that a mere mortal could ever create the colors in stained glass that bombard my senses here.

There are greens that are so dark they very nearly dissolve into black at their core. ThoseFall Deck incredibly dark greens filter into soft yellow tones as I gaze through the window. Every imaginable hue of yellow ochre and orange pigments glows in the rays of the rising sun. The horizon itself is ablaze with a crimson color so brilliant that I am forced to avert my eyes. It is impossible to describe the array of colors that are etched across my field of vision. The hope of a brand new day that will bring me closer to my dreams is fresh and vibrant in my new awakening.

New Awakening

I am humbled as I realize that I have achieved a major dream in life. I read the travel brochures constantly and believed my journey would start in Rome. I now suddenly understand that I just needed to open my mind and heart to my surroundings. The ultimate moment of goal achievement is here today, on the shores of a Wisconsin lake in God’s resplendent Cathedral of Nature.

 It is bewildering to me that I have never understood before this moment that the most spectacular of the houses of worship would be in the very landscape the Creator placed for me to discover. Perhaps being older isn’t such a bad thing. I have grown through the years and have come to respect so many things I took for granted throughout my life.

Hope Can Be Found in our Simple Surroundings

Fall in Wisconsin is an astounding spectacle of changing hues. The transmutation of colorsEnd of Mississippi 2014 014 in the maple, birch, and oak trees explode against a backdrop of stately pines and limestone cliffs. The rising sun provides another rich palette of crimson and gold, which reflect from the dancing surface of the quiet waves shimmering across the surface of the lake.

 It is at this moment that I hear the first shot. I feel as if I have been catapulted from my serene worship of creation and into the confusion of man’s innate ability to change the very essence of the air that I breathe.

The distant honking grows louder as I stare at the bay. I know as I watch the first Canadian goose emerge high above the treetops on the opposite shore that I will begin counting the birds.

Hope in Dedication

I learned as a small child that geese mate forever. Unlike man, they choose only one mateCanadian Goose & Baby for a lifetime. As I watch the V-shaped formation of birds fly over my rooftop, I count 15 birds. I am convinced that the hunter has taken down one of the group, leaving one bird alone and one goose down along the lakeshore near the river opening.

How many times in life do we feel like the solitary goose?  How many times do we feel so totally alone that we don’t know where we will find the strength to just get through the next few minutes?  I have always counted the geese as they make their migratory way north in the spring and back south in the fall. Somehow I understand that the formations in liquid flight will contain an unequal number of birds.

Each time I count the birds, a part of my soul weeps for the solitary bird which flies just slightly behind and off a perfect V-shaped flight formation. I can identify with the bird that flies alone, because it is how I have felt so often during my life. It is devastating to feel that kind of total alienation from love and comfort.

Hope in Life

My goal is is to help you walk the path of life with hope. No one should ever feel totally alone. The real message here is that others have walked a path very similar to yours. We aren’t alone on this journey. We find hope and courage in each other’s stories. My goal is to bring you to the Peggy McAloon Blog anytime you feel hopeless for some encouragement and inspiration.

Peggy McAloon's world has included child abuse, bullying, and disability and yet she continues to find hope.
Peggy McAloon invites you to join her on the road to hope.

Walk with me!

15 thoughts on “Welcome to Peggy McAloon’s Hope

  1. Your page/site has reminded me of something that I hold very close to my heart, and say very often…as much to myself as to others…Hope springs eternal 😉 <3

    Thanks for the inward Smile 😉
    Thinking of you…Mary (Reiki Pillows )

    • Peggy M McAloon

      Grandmother used to say that all the time Mary. She was quickest to say those words when she saw me trying to do something again when I had failed the first time. I find it nearly miraculous how the tiny bits of encouragement and hope we were given as small children constantly rise up in our conscious minds when the road becomes rocky. Every child needs someone like you and grandma to urge them on to success! Hope does spring eternal as it has for generations.

  2. What a neat site. I love it!

    • Peggy McAloon

      Thank you, Gail. I’ve been working so hard with Christina Hills and her Website Creation Workshop. I tired of having someone else control the site and charge me for every little change made. It’s a great way to make money for those who do it though. I prefer to control my own site and feel fairly positive about all I’ve learned so far.

  3. Wendy Dittmann

    At least as good as the professional site – and having control is so so important.
    Sending HOPE your way.

    • Peggy McAloon

      Thanks, Wendy. It was a long process as I started taking the class, life happened, and I’m finally getting back to it. It’s definitely been a journey!

  4. Annetta Fore

    Your site is wonderful, I will be joining you regularly on this journey…..Love what I am reading and seeing! HOPE is such a beautiful thing.

    • Peggy McAloon

      I quite agree, Annetta! This journey I’m on has required multiple reaffirmations of both faith and hope. I’m convinced the world contains an infinite storehouse of both if we only recognize it.

  5. Thank-you for your deeply moving posts. My dreams and efforts to get my site moving have been seriously challenged over the past weeks.
    I am so close to giving up on the dreams I started out with when I joined the WCW with CH. It feels as if I think I understand a concept… the one tiny error and the whole thing is back to mass comfusion in my mind. I simply can not let my blood pressure go out of control again.
    I served with Witness for Peace in Colombia, South America about ten years ago. I can not get the images of the displaced people out of my mind. On returning home my dream was to build a site where i might accomplish a two-fold goal. I thought as a therapist I could offer workshops/ecourses. With some of the money raised I could then help build a school for displaced families.
    Fast forward to now. I simply can not separate the “hype” from the reality of what it will take to get a “real blog/site that can be used to find my dream. It seem that one set of training only leads to the need for more training.
    I talked to my husband (who shares my dream) about selling our house and donating the money to our dream. We would live our final years in poverty but we could give some of the families a chance at meeting basic necessities.
    Sorry this has gotten so long. It has been a tough day. The people at WCW have reached out but I don’t think they can understand my situation. Your words held hope that another person could understand my pain.

    • Peggy McAloon

      Your dedication to the people of Colombia is extraordinary. I am so proud of you for dedicating yourself to make a difference for so many who do not enjoy the same advantages we have. Take the time to sit back and look at what you really want to accomplish. Everyone wants to create something magical when they build a website, but simple can accomplish just as much as something with dozens of bells and whistles. Your goal is worthy of taking a deep breath and sitting back to look at what you truly want to accomplish. I struggle with short-term memory issues from an old brain injury and I know how easy it would be to stop. The thing that keeps me going is the lesson my grandfather taught me of the “I Can.” http://peggyshope4u.com/grandfathers-hope-can/ This is what I remember when I want to give up. Time and time again, the heaviest challenges in this life have lifted me up to enjoy incredible advances in both my personal life and in my career. If you can help even one person get an education in Colombia, you will have achieved something most people will never experience. Go simple with the website and get it up. Your passion for these people needs to be shared with the world. Bring those people’s stories alive in the hearts of everyone who finds your website. Go back to the site and create a simple one-page blog. Tell the stories and set up a paypal.me site that you give at the end of each post so others can make donations to help make your dreams come true. I know You Can do it! Between the two of us, we have enough hope to help the kids who need us the most.

  6. I blog quite often and I seriously appreciate your information. This article has really peaked my interest.
    I am going to book mark your blog and keep checking for new information about once per week.
    I opted in for your RSS feed too.

    • Peggy McAloon

      Thank you for following, Sharon.

  7. Hmm it looks like your site ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just
    sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your
    blog. I too am an aspiring blog writer but
    I’m still new to everything. Do you have any suggestions for
    inexperienced blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.

  8. i enjoy the read, keep-up the good work

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