Uncategorized Mar 02, 2022

Most people think happiness will arrive when they:

  • Get promoted.
  • Make X amount of money.
  • Get the perfect home or 2nd Beach home.
  • My icky boss finally retires
  •  get married or divorced
  • its sunnier
  • Covid is over
  • I don't have to work with X anymore
  • This project is complete.
  • My weight is perfect.

Anything on this short list sound familiar?

It's a game we are all playing on some level.

How about this?  Have you ever achieved your goal and enjoyed a moment of joy only to jump into the next goal immediately?

Or, have you simply moved the goal to a higher metric once you are just about to reach it!

I'll be happy when I make X becomes I'll be happy when I make 10x!

I am smiling as I type that. UGH!

What's the solution?

Do you never strive for change and things you want in life?

I have a reminder on my wall that happiness is a choice not something to be pursued.  

As a high performer you'll never get "there" so be happy on the journey.

Don't abolish the...

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Counter intuitive Truth:  Slow Down to be Faster

Uncategorized Mar 02, 2022

Our culture puts a prize on speed and quickness.

In order to get more done, we are told: GO FASTER.

Work harder.

Do More.

You’ve all been there.

Who hasn’t believed in the giant myth that to get more done you simply must put in more hours?

Usually that means less sleep.

Less working out and eating crappy.

Less fun.  Less Play. Less Connection.

It never works.

Or rather, it never works for us. 

It’s obviously not sustainable but you are too busy to notice, right?

It is a recipe for burn out.

You might have been there too.

You might be headed there now.

The first time I was told to slow down to speed up, I was a 38 year old female competing with a bunch of 22-25 year old guys who were faster, taller, bigger, stronger and much younger.

My Lieutenant called me over during my firefighter training and told me that if I wanted to go faster, I would need to be smoother.  To be smoother I needed to slow down.


Did I hear that right?

Speed is...

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Courage inspired by my teen

courage Nov 21, 2021

Learning courage from my teenager


For most of my life, I  thought of myself as courageous.  I became a litigation attorney and practiced in the heavily male dominated field of heavy construction litigation. 

 I became a professional firefighter at age 39 beating out guys in their early 20’s in intense physical training.


This Halloween I learned far more about courage than any previous experience.

The courage to be seen as you. 

To show up exactly as you want.  Wearing what you want regardless of what others my say, think or do.



For Halloween, our son decided he wanted to dress as a French maid. 

Wearing pink.

In a dress.

With a special bodice making the skirt flare out just so.

He wanted to wear it first to a school party and then out in the world trick or treating on Halloween night.


Are you sure you want to wear that?

My stuff coming up loud and clear.

My fears of bullying.

 My fears of physical...

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Not enough Time?


Not enough Time? 


Hey, welcome it, it's Shannon, the creator and founder of Shannonsaid.com and the

creator of sparking insights.

And today I want to share with you something that I hope will spark a really great insight

for you if you have ever found yourself complaining about time.

At the end of the day, you might think you've been busy all day, maybe you said I was busy all

day putting out fires and I don't feel like I got anything done or my to do list is still

massive. Maybe you get up in the morning feeling completely overwhelmed.

You don't know what to do first.

Your in basket and your to do list are completely overwhelming and it feels like

just too much.

And you have this experience that there's just not enough time.

Fantastic. You're in the right place.

I want to share with you something that I hope will really transform your relationship

with Time.

I want to invite you to think of time in a completely different way in order to

experience time in a...

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My Birthday Present to you, Firefighter Style.

Uncategorized Dec 11, 2020

Please take me up on my Birthday gift to you!  Reach out to me at [email protected] and share with me what you might want to explore and some good times that can work for your schedule.

Wishing you the gift of Presence.  And, for a double love choose somebody to give this gift to anytime.  



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How do you keep out more Success & Happiness - The Upper Limit Problem.

Uncategorized Dec 07, 2020

Your personal Glass Ceiling.

Everyone has one.  Social scientists and experts all say we have a "set point" or a level of happiness and success where we are comfortable. 

It doesn't have to do with our current reality. Our set point is developed early in life based on  stories about success and happiness we received and coded into our subconscious from childhood.  We then carry those stories into adulthood.

Often we are not aware of those stories we tell ourselves. 

Unexamined, those stories tend to stay with us as a default setting.   

Your default set point is your glass ceiling or the point where you are comfortable. When you rise  above it, you tend to do things to get back to "normal" or your default setting.  

Think:  self sabotage.

Have you ever had a big win at work, maybe a promotion or getting a big sale only to find yourself worrying about something totally unrelated like politics and feeling the happiness and joy...

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Why an Adult Time Out May be the Answer to Your Current Challenge.


When we are faced with a challenge we have two options:

1.  Go after the challenge


2. Give ourselves and others some Grace.

The photo above is an example of not stepping back into grace but literally pounding on the challenge.

Ever do that?

Resist what is?

Sometimes it is hard to tell whether we should go after a challenge full force or whether we should cut ourselves some slack - also known as grace.  Or, in parenting terms - take an adult time out!

How are you showing up when you hit a challenge?

I would love to hear a current challenge you are handling and what seems to be working and what seems to be not working.

To challenges!



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Radical Gratitude

Challenging times.  

Scary even.

I am learning a new tool to help us in these challenging times.

Radical Gratitude.

The practice of Radical Gratitude or RAD GRAD will help you to feel better.

Life will always throw us challenges and some of those will be painful.

We cannot escape those.  It is part of our shared human experience.

But, suffering is optional.

Gratitude is the emotional state that is scientifically proven to lift your mood, to create feelings of happiness and life satisfaction.

Like life mastery, practicing radical gratitude is not a one and done.  

It is a practice.  

Here are the steps of Radical Gratitude:

  1. Ground yourself in your current Reality.  Accept your current challenge for what it is no matter how painful. Recognizing this is not where we want to be in the future, it is our current reality.  
  2.  Understanding that the world works "for" us not "to" us we know we are getting what we need to evolve to our...
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Ever found yourself at either extreme:

Frenetic, constant busyness, feeling like you are on a gerbil wheel of activity yet never arriving any place you like?




Do you feel bored, listless, unmotivated like you are going through the motions and don’t really care but a part of you wants to?


Me too. 

I think we all have.

So how do we re-orient ourselves toward inner harmony where we feel excited, vibrant, creative and playful?

We all want something different without changing anything.  Yet, we know a change is necessary.

We need a new environment, a change of pace and support of new friends.


The place of harmony we seek is the balance of eudemonic stress and quiet stillness.  This is a place where we feel energized, excited and vibrant without exhaustion.  This is the place where we feel a deep sense of connection to our inner wisdom and confidence.

How can you create this in...

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5 steps to do Your Impossible

How I beat my inner doubter to become a firefighter weeks from my 39th birthday and how to overcome yours.

Part 1 of several.

This is it.  Test day.  I have worked hard to prepare for this day, and I am both terrified and excited.   

I am standing in the gym at station 14 where the first elements of the Firefighter entry physical test are in progress.

The room is small.  It’s a gym where the station 14 firefighters work out while on shift.

Although it is a gym, this is not LA fitness. 

There is No treadmill.

No Stairmaster.

No Elliptical.

Just bars, weights and racks.

The benches scattered about the room show their age with white stuffing visible in the cuts and holes of the thin black vinyl padding.

 There is no bench for this test element, though.

For this test there is a bar with weights totaling 85 lbs and a line drawn on the floor, 4 inches from the wall.


It’s quiet.

You can hear the gentle squeak of gym shoes on wood as our...

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