When I was at, “A Night with Oprah” on April 13, she said something which struck a chord with me.  Well, she said a lot of things that I, in my head responded, “Oh yah!” “Amen!” “That’s right!” “Preach!” She shared with us how as a little girl she would speak in front of her church. She knew she loved to do what she does now, even as a child.


Each of us are called and created to do very specific things. Throughout our lives, there is a common thread linking our experiences from childhood into adulthood. If we listen and follow the thread(s), it will usually take us to a place as adults where we spent time as a child. Take a moment, think back… what is your thread?

Of course, in true Shash’s Go-Big or Go-Home style,  I have more than one thread…

As a kid, I played “Business Owner” with my baby sister. We’d have a store or office, own a restaurant, etc. In elementary school, we came up with our own jewelry line (my daughter’s middle name, Shalise, was what we called our line, a combination of Shannon and Lise). We never played we worked at someone’s company, it was always our own. We were the bosses… or gymnasts. HA! πŸ™‚ I was Nadia ComΔƒneci & she was Teodora Ungureanu. Didn’t all children of the ’70s want to be famous Romanian athletes??! Yes, we were also performers!

My other thread… as a kid, I’d share Jesus with people and pray for them. I remember baptizing my sister in our bathtub at least a few dozen times. I had vivid dreams which would come true, taught Sunday school, helped anyone who crossed my path, was a leader among my peers, and was a super-charged Social Butterfly.

As a child, I was an entrepreneurial preacher-girl!

I come by being an entrepreneur honestly. My parents are entrepreneurs. Over the last 40 years of my life, they have started, bought, and sold various businesses. Everything from an architectural/interior design firm to a women’s clothing store, to a property management company, and most recently a restaurant/bakery and catering business. Some have succeeded and some haven’t, but that never stopped them from trying again.

Some say entrepreneurship is hereditary, something built into a person’s DNA. Scientific studies have shown that a parent who is an entrepreneur increases the tendency of their child to become an entrepreneur by about 60%.

Just as my parents have taken risks with new businesses over the years, so have I. A few of them have cost us but I get back up and try again, that is the entrepreneur in me. I’ve always been like that. It’s not that I haven’t “learned my lesson” but because I know… one of these days… it’ll pay off.

I’m like that crazy inventor who tried 1,000 times to make one light bulb work or that man who built a big boat in the middle of the desert. I may do some crazy things that aren’t fully understood by all, but it’s in me to at least try.

Over the last couple of years, life’s had more rough patches than usual but I had an epiphany at the beginning of 2013, I wasn’t going to allow the negative darts to continue to bring me down. I’d had enough, so I said out loud to myself and to others, “THIS IS GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR!”  

My latest adventure ties all of my threads together.

From Speaking in South Africa in front of 2,000 people to Social Sparkle, Engagement & Amplification Opps

I truly feel I am doing what I was called and created to do. I am a Marketplace Leader. Yes, I am married to a preacher-man, which makes me a Pastor’s Wife, I am a fantastic preacher/speaker in my own right. I have a deep desire to see people reach their full potential in all areas of their life! I am also a businesswoman whose latest business venture, SPLASH media engagement, is keeping me on my toes, taking me to new heights, and introducing me to some really awesome people.

I am not one or the other. I am both. I am an entrepreneurial preacher-girl. πŸ™‚

There are a few people and brands I’ve worked with in the past couple of years who really stand out as supportive, encouraging, bright lights, helping me see the way… besides my parents… like, the founders of BlissDom and BlissDom Canada, Alli, Barbara & Paula, they helped me fall deeply in love with social media, this online community and all the awesome it can bring. 

But most of all, without the 110% support I receive from my husband… none of this would even be remotely possible! You won’t go far without a good, solid team behind and beside you, giving you the tools you need and cheering you on!


So raise a glass with me… here’s to a fantastic year!!!


I'm the Cool Mom of 4, Married to the Preacher Man, but at times I'm a little more Sass than Saint!

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  1. Congratulations on putting together a great year for yourself.
    Cheers πŸ™‚

  2. That last shot is my favourite picture of you and Dave πŸ™‚

  3. You gave me goose bumps! Love this post and the clear picture you have of your destiny. I am reaching for my thread and I am so close to unlocking it. I have faith that all in my life is happening the way it is meant to be.

    P.S So jealous you met Oprah! haha

  4. Love this post Shash! And congrats to you and all your success!

  5. Here's to a great year!!!

    So amazing that you got to hear Oprah speak! AND even better that you got to be photographed with her πŸ™‚

  6. Go Shash Go! You are the best! An inspiration and truly an original! Xoxo

  7. here here darling! Wonderful post! We need more people like us who are committed to helping others! Way to go Shannon!

  8. Awesome post as always Shannon. I enjoy reading your deeper posts πŸ™‚ You have a wonderful way with words that truly speak to others.

  9. Congrats and cheers to you mama! Awesome post, great energy πŸ™‚

  10. This is your best post ever! I am thrilled just to read it and be inspired on a Monday morning. What a fun idea as a kid playing entrepreneur. I played teacher or writer/reporter. Great experience meeting Oprah and by the way you look fabulous!!

  11. Good for you! I love how you know who you are and where you are going! You are such an inspiration! {Ps you look hot with Oprah!]

  12. I loved reading this post; thank you so much for sharing it, Shannon! I can't wait to do a little reflecting and find the thread running through my life! πŸ™‚

  13. Wow Shash – reading about your journey is both inspiring and empowering. I will never forget our conversation as you articulated all the value you spread throughout the world – and how it was so easy to package because it was so clear what you are passionate! And the amazing thing was you never even knew. You are leading the way as you follow your dream and your passions. There is an army of supporters right alongside you every step of the way. Keep you eye on that dream and go get it, it's right here waiting for you! Cheers to you Woman! xxoo

  14. Shash you have that super-positive, can-do spirit that makes people want to jump on your train and take the ride. I spotted that from the first moment I met you and I was so impressed that you had just taken it upon yourself to continue 'the bliss'. I had to track you down and say 'hi' and thanks. I'm so excited for you and all of your new ventures esp the ones with your equally positive partner Jennifer Powell. I wish you all the best with whatever you put your mind to. Xoxo

  15. The interesting thing about this post is that one of my most prominent inspirations is the person who runs this very page. Thank you, Shannon, for taking the time to help me develop into the writer and business person I am today. You are an amazing person and I have already begun to pay forward the kindness you have shown me. Congratulations on all your success. It is of no surprise to any of us πŸ˜€

  16. Cheers to that lady. I'm glad you feel like you've found your center. Here's to doing what you love and loving what you do, and to a fantastic 2013!

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