MOCC MOMber of the Month – Mick Gallagher – Venus Rising
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MOCC MOMber of the Month – Mick Gallagher – Venus Rising

Moms of Carbon County (MOCC) would like to acknowledge and show gratitude to our amazing MOMbers every month. It is because of all of you that we are becoming a strong and empowering force amongst each other and within our communities… And what an amazingly beautiful and diverse force at that. With moms of all generations, raising children within all age groups, we are composed of a variety of diverse, empowering, caring group of women.  For the Month of June, we are taking a moment to recognize Mick Gallagher!
Michelle is the founder of Venus Rising ( an exploritative journey that weaves physical movement (Kundalini yoga), the science of sound (mantra), sacred conversation and spirituality into transformative events on and offline. She is a Kundalini Yoga Teacher, author & artist passionate about helping others realize the power of their own intuition and cultivating strong community.
Sophia her daughter(10) is an aspiring wildlife photographer who is currently writing a book about wolves.
What is your full name and where do you live?
Michelle Gallagher – Jim Thorpe, PA.
How many children do you have, and what are their ages?
Sophia 10 years old
What is the hardest part about being a mother/grandmother?
Having to explain other people’s bad behavior/ bullying.
What did you want to do with your life prior to children?
Did your goals/accomplishments change after you had children?
I’ve yet to finish a full screenplay but I did publish two books.
If you had it to do over again, what would you change?
Is there something you wish you were better at doing?
The dishes.
What three words best describe you?
Passionate, creative, hilarious.
What’s your least favorite household chore?
The dishes.
What is your spirit animal?
Pharrell Williams
Do you have any hobbies or talents you would like to share?
I love dance offs.
What charities/community outreach/nonprofits are you passionate about?
I try to give to as many as my personal provisions allow, often I will join local fundraisers, but lately I’m really concerned for the planets water and have been donating a portion of my work to Clean Water Fund.
Tell us one of your funniest stories of motherhood.
I am a terrible liar. Last fall, I received an invitation to a very private, no cell phones allowed, guest list only Katy Perry per-rehearsal show for her recent tour with my daughter. I wanted it to be a surprise but had no idea how to pull it off with a straight face. So I told Sophia that we were going to a celebrity football game. When we stood in line for entrance, my daughter looked at me and said, “Mom, these people don’t look like they are going to a football game”. Once inside, her jaw fell to the floor and she said. “I’m so glad you are a horrible liar!” I laughed so hard in release. It was so hard to pull off! The only photo we have was in the car immediately after with an inflatable eye Sophia caught during the performance. Her words “The eye of our awesome memory!”
Why did you join Moms of Carbon County (MOCC)?
I firmly believe in cultivating loving community especially for women. Too many women think that they have to be in competition with each other, and I’ve been working hard to overcome that false narrative. With Moms of Carbon County, it was a no brainer for me. To have a space, to be held in appreciation and service of each other as Mom’s (however that term fits for you) is brilliant. When I had my daughter, I had just moved here from San Francisco and didn’t know anyone. Seriously, it was lonely and sometimes scary. To have MOCC now is such a blessing and I’m happy to see it grow especially for those who need a shoulder to lean on or teething advice at 1am! I hope other Mom’s in other area’s see what we are doing here and are inspired. Motherhood is a tough job and I’m honored to be here in support of others doing it.

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