Photo by Shannon Paige in Long Beach, California. Image may contain: 1 person, closeup.
I could pick myself apart in a thousand ways…or I could just love and accept myself anyway.

I haven’t worn makeup in 9 months, I’ve got my hair tied back – doesn’t look very sexy or really even good. I’m wearing a 10-year old t-shirt and men’s cut-off 501 Levi shorts, sitting in my room alone thinking about what my life has been  .I’ve been blessed to be a mother♡, a daughter♡, a sister♡…and a woman who is about to turn 55 years old.  This is truly me.

I feel like I’ve been through it all and then some. I’ve come by every one of these silvery white hairs authentically. I have sincerely always done my best at everything I’ve put my mind and heart into. I’ve put others first for forever. I’ve been on the relationship roller-coaster once or twice, and once or twice I’ve chosen love wisely. I’ve been as brave and strong as they come, even when it wasn’t smart or wise. When I’ve been down I’ve been lucky enough to want to get back up and try again anyway.

Following is my favorite #MartinaMcBride song lyrics and my personal theme song. I love to pour my soul out singing it knowing that someday when I’m a really old crone they’ll be playing it while my ashes blow away on wings, winds & waves.

This isn’t meant to be dark, depressing or sad, it’s shared in the present moment of grace, gratitude, and whole-soul truthful authentic beauty.  It’s me.


“You can spend your whole life building
Something from nothin’
One storm can come and blow it all away

You can chase a dream
That seems so out of reach
And you know it might not never come your way

God is great
But sometimes life ain’t good
And when I pray
It doesn’t always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway
I do it anyway

This world’s gone crazy
And it’s hard to believe
That tomorrow will be better than today

You can love someone with all your heart
For all the right reasons
In a moment they can choose to walk away

You can pour your soul out singing
A song you believe in
That tomorrow they’ll forget you ever sang
Yeah, sing it anyway

#anyway “

On wings, winds & waves, I’ll keep doing it anyway.
Love, Shannon

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