soxcetera episode one

January 19, 2016 | 141 Comments

a picture from the knees down of a girl wearing rainbow striped socks

I have a brand new knitting podcast on YouTube as of… nowish.

Don’t ask why the community calls it podcasting when technically it’s video blogging (vlogging). While faulty, it’s also completely adorable. Most things about knitting are.

If you dig into the recesses of the Shannon part of your brain, you’ll remember that 5 years ago I had a makeup channel on YouTube for about 16 seconds. But I could never bring myself to apply makeup on-camera with my shaky, amateur hands. And application techniques were what people want to see. That and how to use Lanacane anti-chafing ointment as a foundation primer. That episode got over to 11,000 views!

I feel like this knitting podcast will stick. I love knitting, I don’t feel like an impostor in the community, talking about it gets my heart humming, and I almost always have something on my needles. Being part of a community makes me a better so-and-so. I’ve gained gobs of skills since joining my knitting club two years ago. I’m taking an improv class and learning how to be a more open, playful human. I just finished up a short story course that sharpened my writing game.

Learning is sparkly. Doing it with a community is downright radiant.

See you on the Tube!

my year with female authors

December 30, 2015 | 27 Comments

In 2014, Anne Thériault challenged men to read more books by women.

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You’re projecting. Don’t be a dick.

October 30, 2015 | 22 Comments

The day before my first drink, Sally Bodenhammer snuck a flask into the girls’ locker room and passed it around. I stayed outside the circle, peeling off my sweaty gym strip, watching. Someone tried to hand the flask back to me. I shook my head. Shocker, Sally sneered.

Mrs. Felk was my favourite teacher. The thought of her walking into the locker room mid-guzzle was enough to keep my lips off that flask.

continue reading… You’re projecting. Don’t be a dick.

Headspace is my New Favourite App

July 30, 2015 | 23 Comments

I tried meditation about six years ago after reading The Mindful Way Through Depression. But it felt clunky, I decided I was a meditation dud, and gave up.

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building my racial stamina

June 30, 2015 | 21 Comments

I often think about leaving social media. It takes up too much of my time, but it also holds intrinsic value that I can’t find elsewhere.

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Wear What Makes You Feel Great

May 7, 2015 | 20 Comments

Dear Friends Who Wear Clothes,

Wear what makes you feel great. Period the end no more talking.

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Mobile, Content

March 30, 2015 | 26 Comments

I’ve been living in an RV with my husband, 12 year-old daughter, and two not-small dogs for 17 days.

continue reading… Mobile, Content

The Fishers Hit the Road

March 13, 2015 | 25 Comments

Hi! Remember me? I’ve got big news.

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Blog Tour 2014

September 6, 2014 | 19 Comments

I met Brooke this past May in a West Vancouver livingroom packed with real talk, confessions, pizza, Dug the dog, and my very own collection of the most badassest vulvas.

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Suicide: When Reaching Out Isn’t Enough

August 12, 2014 | 50 Comments

Potential triggers with talk of depression and suicide.

My friend Shauna took her own life this week. Another friend, Stacey, texted me from the funeral with this plea: “Please make me a promise if life gets hard or you need to talk, you always call. We can’t go through this again.”

And then came the news of Robin Williams.

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All I Can Do Is Show Up

July 31, 2014 | 27 Comments

What is it about taking up space that makes us feel sheepish?

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An Open Letter To Anyone Wondering WTF

July 22, 2014 | 30 Comments

Two days ago, an essay I wrote about my experience with family estrangement was published on xoJane.

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I Have Tourette Syndrome (Guest Post)

June 10, 2014 | 50 Comments

In honour of Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month, my beautiful friend Annelie chose Truthfully to share her experience of being diagnosed with Tourette’s almost a year ago at age 38. Celebrate her courage and vulnerability with me. I love you and I’m crazy proud of you, my sweet friend.

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G Day: Sisterhood, Celebration and Power

May 9, 2014 | 17 Comments

I’m fairly certain my family didn’t teach me that masturbation is wrong, because I remember being six years old (maybe?) when my mom caught me under the coffee table in the living room exploring myself.

All she said was, “Shannon, that’s something we do in private.” I’m guessing my self-love shame started around the same time church entered my life. The negative messages I received about masturbation were packed with shame and followed me into adulthood. continue reading… G Day: Sisterhood, Celebration and Power

Oh Hai Fear. I’ll Be Over Here Writing Anyway.

May 2, 2014 | 43 Comments

“If you wait for inspiration to write, you’re a waiter not a writer.”

That ditty was in my Twitter feed this morning. I tweaked the original, and I think my version flows better. Take THAT, Dan Poynter.

I’ve had this tape playing in my head for the last few months and I can’t find the off switch. I’m starting to realize there is no off switch for fear. Fear is one of my permanent passengers. And while that might not ever stop being hard, it’ll be a hell of a lot easier when I stop letting it drive. So, this is me thanking fear, sending it back to its passenger seat, and taking back the wheel.

continue reading… Oh Hai Fear. I’ll Be Over Here Writing Anyway.

I’ll Remember You When I Have An IMDB Profile Page (Maybe)

April 10, 2014 | 23 Comments

I applied to a two-year acting program with the following essay. They called me today to pick up an audition script tomorrow, so they must not have hated it.

Rejecting “Sensible” Routes

I’ve always been too afraid to admit with any seriousness that I’m drawn to acting. When I imagine saying it out loud, I picture it going over with equal impact as, “Some day I’d like to ride unicorns!” But I’m tired of being afraid. Tired of letting fear steer my life.

continue reading… I’ll Remember You When I Have An IMDB Profile Page (Maybe)

Ponies are the Answer for Kids With Needle Phobias

January 29, 2014 | 22 Comments

I haven’t been updating partly because having a domain makes me feel like every entry needs to be A Thing About A Thing. I don’t have many Things to say.

Sometimes I just want to ramble on for the purpose of documenting my life in the presence of my fallible memory.

So here you have it:

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DivaCup Prize Pack Giveaway

October 31, 2013 | 184 Comments

*This giveaway is now closed.*

After using Lunapads for six years, in 2006 I found enough courage to say toodle-oo to tampons and purchased my first DivaCup.

It was love at first insert. Okay, that’s not the complete truth—there was definitely an adjustment period (badum bum). But, as with any good relationship, it was worth taking the time to find out if we were a good match. Seven years and two DivaCups later, the only thing I’d change is hopping on the Diva train much sooner.

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Blissdom 2013: Be the Kindness

October 25, 2013 | 52 Comments

“Your job for the next two days is to be kind.” And whoosh went my heart!

Those were Jennifer Powell’s instructions to the Blissdom Community Leaders at the pre-conference meeting. Blissdom has been my heart conference since attending last year, and when I heard those words, I remembered why.

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Speaking at Dare Conference on Courage and Vulnerability

October 13, 2013 | 24 Comments

A year ago I was in a low down place. I believed I was failing at everything and openly talked about it here. I was on the brink of leaving my nine-year teaching career to start a business. A friend shared with Steve that blogging about my stuff maybe wasn’t so great for client relations.

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