Living life grounded in love is a lot like the evolution of a butterfly; it’s encapsulating, disguised, fragile, beautiful, emerging, fleeting, complex, and sometimes limited.
Shannon M. O’Regan is my name. Please call me SMO. I am experienced at many things, have opinions on even more, and am someone who possesses a panache for transparent honesty. I chronically wish my boobs and booty were two sizes smaller and periodically resent the increasing gray hair on my head.
I’m a non-fiction essayist, that emerged out of personal tragedy and was first captured in the blog iteration, Papillon D’amour (Butterfly of Love in French). I write about love, life, the complexities of both — then and now. I’m also working on my first manuscript. I am a photographer, taking my curious artistic eye and creative story telling to a new level through the camera lens. Together through my words and photographs, I explore where, when, and how love is present, absent, thriving, disillusioned, fractured, whole, or empty in all areas of life by integrating my personal experience and observations. I break it down, turn it around, put it upside down and reassemble it. Pretty much the same way I do with my life.
I am a passionate advocate for grief and addiction recovery, derived out of happenings in my own life, and I regularly speak in public on these topics.
Every story creates a picture. Every picture tells a story. I do both.
I am SMO: Cool Human * Essayist * Photographer * Speaker