I've always been a curious and enthusiastic learner, passionate seeker and a hopeful dreamer. As a kid, you'd most often find me with my face in a book unless I was out riding my bike, dancing & singing (sometimes roller skating) in the basement to my parents old 45's, walking the trails and creeks behind my neighborhood or playing dress up and make believe with my friends. Information, music, imagining and movement has a meditative, comforting and soothing effect on my soul. That and being with the people I love, people I am learning from or listening too.
In between then and up to a few years ago, I sort of lost sight of who I really was and how much impact the gifts I had been given naturally could have on the world. Way back in my younger days I believe I could have benefitted from an intervention. I was very lost and substances ruled my life. As I understand addiction and its impact on the brain now, I believe in my early 20's I was a good candidate for an intervention and treatment (rehab). I held my own intervention.... marriage, which I thought would change everything. I began to change but didn't fully change until, "the boy who saved my life," was conceived. That stopped everything and shifted my heart, soul and body in ways I'd never been moved before. Becoming a mother changed me to my core.
Addiction held our family hostage for generations and kept me silent and my gifts, passion and creativity hidden for a lot of years. I kept trying to find what was missing though. I kept searching for what made me feel real, made me feel like my true self. I kept seeking. Seeking answers, seeking comfort, seeking happiness, seeking love. I played the game of life, the one we've been told to play. Sometimes I played well and sometimes not so well but I persevered with an unshakeable faith that things would always get better, feel better. Beautiful things came to be on that journey, like my children, new friendships, new and delightful experiences. And brutal, painful things happened as well, the loss of important people in my life including both of my parents, loss of relationships I treasured and addiction flared up with a vengeance in one of my children. Now, he says we saved each other lives. True. I also got very sick with an auto immune disease which pushed me down hard and long enough to have to really listen and pay attention to what my body, my spirit and my heart needed me to do to get well, be free and feel solid good. Both dark and light shaped who I am today.
Most recently, I've been on a journey of self discovery and healing that I feel truly began about 7 years ago just a few days before our family lost someone we loved deeply, my son's closest friend, his "brother" of 16 years. I remember the day vividly. It was summer, I was standing, holding an ice cream cone in my hand, huddled up with my daughters at the beach and listening to the free music live playing when a feeling came over me and ran through my body and I heard and felt very clearly "everything is going to change." The loss that occurred about a week later changed me on a cellular level. I feel like it was the beginning of a deep spiritual awakening, an invitation to transformation, a call to love in a way that I couldn't even understand or describe at the time. Things got extremely messy and hard over those next seven years and my heart broke open in a unimaginable ways but we have emerged stronger as a family and more deeply connected to ourselves and God/Spirit/The Universe, whatever you choose to call the force of love that guides and protects us.
Fortunately, during that time wise guides and teachers began to show up and walk with me and then The Path of Devotion found me, just when I needed it most. On this path the world opened up in a whole new and refreshing way and I learned how to live true to my soul, in love and devotion. Deep wounds were healed and I finally felt whole and not alone. I learned how to design and create a life that felt on purpose, full of meaning and devoted to love. The journey inspired my sobriety and the clear decision to live a life free of alcohol. I love my life in a way I never imagined because of the way I feel in my body, mind and spirit without the lens of alcohol. I feel like its been on of the best silver linings of our family war with addiction.
I am passionate about self discovery, self mastery and living true to yourself and your divine nature. I am devoted to helping people discover their unique way of being in the world, uncovering and amplifying their gifts, healing old wounds and trauma and accessing the power within so that they can live their most authentic, self driven lives. I feel Divinely lucky to be called to this work. I know my purpose and I am living it. I have chosen a legacy.
Now I am whoever I am called to be each day, sometimes I am a storyteller and I write, sometimes I am a guide and pathfinder for others on their sacred journey. Sometimes I feel like a heart doctor, going in, looking for wounds, repairing the damage, alchemizing pain into gold with precision and unconditional love. I've been called a healer by some of my clients.
Some days I am an Interventionist helping families confront addiction and get on the path of recovery. There are days I am an activist speaking out for wellness, harmony and the greater good in the realm of addiction and recovery.
I am also a motivational, inspirational speaker for groups big and small, young and old. I speak about love, about authenticity, how to create more love in your life, to lead with your heart, how to make your dreams come true, how to get to know your true self, how be healthy in mind, body and spirit, how to heal your deepest wounds and how to create a life you love.
I guide and show young men and women how to make self informed choices about where, what and who they want to be, how to hear their truest call, uncover their unique gifts and make choices that feel satisfying and meaningful which in turn attract the most fulfilling opportunities and relationships. I help them design roadmaps for their lives. I walk with them during the biggest transitions.
Some days I teach body wisdom, meditation and the mind, body, spirit connection or lead healing & wellness retreats in nature or exotic places. I guide people through deep transformation. I guide people during big life transitions.
I am a passionate activist for families impacted by addiction. I draw on my own experience as a mother, daughter, granddaughter, spouse and friend to create the conditions for love, healing and empowerment for families and communities
When it comes to fostering love and happiness I don't mess around. And I like to hug and dance a lot. Welcome to my lovefest. I am glad you are here. Much Love, Shelly