Who am I?

I laughed out loud when I read that someone described me as a “good conversationalist” (that is an understatement). I will talk to you till you are blue (trust me you will turn blue waaaayy before I do). I am an endurance talker who also scores in the loudness category. I have what my family refers to as “outbursts” concerning any subject that I feel passionately about.  When I was younger, it used to make me so mad when people would say I had a hot temper/quick temper/redhead temper (how’s that for a walking contradiction?). Telling me that I can’t do something is a sure guarantee that I will.

I grew up in a way most people today would say was slightly unconventional. My family is scattered across the country. We have some gypsy in our blood or as we refer to it-itchy feet. We traveled a lot when I was younger. I had seen most of the west coast and southwest including Nevada and  western Texas by the time I was 5. I find it hard to call just one place home.

My family tree is very large with many branches, forks and twists. Not even I can keep them all straight (example-I was 17 before I figured out that my Grandma Judy and my Grandma Jewel were the same person). I grew up hunting, fishing and trapping. PETA would crucify me if they ever caught up with me.  We were taught survival skills and things that most people only see in frontier/old western movies. I can’t believe there are people in this world who don’t know how to provide for themselves or survive if the grocery store no longer existed. There were lots of periods that we were not “well off” but I wouldn’t trade the education that I gained for the world.

On the other hand, I love animals and wild life. I have rescued and raised many orphans both domestic and wild. I also tend to drag rocks home……hey rocks need love too.

I probably grew up too fast. I have been told on too many occasions to count that I have an old soul. I have heard it from wise old crones, sooth sayers, friends, family and acquaintances.  My hands look like the hands of an eighty year old and they have since I was a child.

I believe that your life is what you make it. I believe you can accomplish anything with hard work; as long as that anything does not include forcing others to change. I believe in karma and that some things are just meant to be. I do not believe that there is only one path leading to God or salvation. We are on this earth to learn….one way or another.  I prefer to learn from my mistakes and try to do so at every opportunity given.  

When I started this project I discovered that I am not very good at writing about myself. Writing about my life, friends, family and experiences seem to come easily. But to just type “about me” left me blank. I must have deleted a million characters on this page before I made progress. Simple biography statistics stuck me with writers block…….where I came from, what I believe in and how I feel seems to spring forth easily. So I asked my family and friends to put in their two cents.

Thank you to all my family and friends for all of your beautiful words. I am so proud to be seen thru your eyes. And I have to say that I am so happy to discover that I can be short, skinny and strong all at the same time.

So without further ado:

Shannon according to the people who know her the best:

Adventurous. Animated.  Artistic. Beautiful. Brave. Creative. Complex. Conscientious. Daughter. Dependable. Engaging. Energetic. Entertaining. Firecracker. Fantastic. Fun. Free Spirited. Factual. Friendly. Fun loving. Frisky. Frugal. Granddaughter. Gregarious. Giggly. Goofy. Good conversationalist. Honest. Helpful. Hardworking. Informed. Independent. Intelligent.  INSATIABLE CURIOSITY.   Kinda sneaky at times. Loyal.  Mesmerizing.Mother.Niece. Nice. Naughty. Knowledgeable. Outgoing.  Outspoken. Positive. Quite hard-headed. Refreshing. Resourceful. Short. Skinny. Strong. Spirited. Survivor. Stunning. Sincere. Thrifty. Tired. Talented. Well spoken.Explosive in good ways and sometimes not so good ways. Very well mannered when need be.  Very good mommy and caregiver.  If I had to bet on someone making a dream come true it would be you. You are without fear and keep charging ahead. True to your sign……Aries…..Scattered, in an organized sort of way…….Loyal, in an intense and precise manner……Organized, in a scattered sort of way……Wildly messy painter.  Once a friend always a friend, Once an enemy always an enemy. LOVE OF THE OUTDOORS, AND EVERYTHING IN THE OUTDOORS.  BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMAN, WITH THE INNER STRENGTH TO OVERCOME, OR LEARN TO LIVE WITH, OBSTACLES AND HEARTACHE.  A WONDERFUL MOTHER TO THAT LITTLE GIRL WHO IS A DUPLICATE OF HERSELF.

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