Nov 16

Coming Home

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chicago_homeChicago has always been my home. I may go away for short periods of time, but I always come back. I never want to have any regrets or ever say…”If I had only done that.” Life is way too short to not take the chance to follow your dreams, and find more. This story will chronicle my adventures, my thoughts, fears, hopes, dreams, successes and failures. I am going to be as open and honest as I possibly can, and I will conceal the true identities of others to be fair to them. Although if you know me well enough, you probably know the people whose paths I have crossed.

I always keep a journal which will help me to keep on track with telling you the stories of my adventures. I love to write so an Instagram or Facebook chronicle is just not the right outlet for me to express myself. Although you can always follow me on Instagram Shellie619 for a photo stream as well.

This is just a quick “hello” to let you know that a LOT more is coming. My first story is going to be what led to my eventual move to Winter Park, CO where I spent the last year of my life before moving back to Chicago on 9/1/16.




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Feb 24


My Thoughts Comments Off on Colorado

Been spending a lot of time in Colorado! Snowboarding is my life!


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May 19

Discover Boating

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Country Music Star Jake Owen is a partner of ours here at Discover Boating. Take a look at what inspires Jake.

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Dec 31

2013 Farewell – Welcome 2014

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2013-14As I reflect upon the past year, I have a swell of emotions that come to the surface. I have laughed (a lot), cried tears of joy, and tears of sorrow and learned more about myself than I could ever imagine. I have realized that I am a lot stronger that I thought I was, mentally, physically and emotionally. I found an amazing job that I truly enjoy, and I am at  peace for the 1st time in a long time.

I have learned that I am a very trusting person – sometimes too much so. I believe in 2nd, 3rd and 4th chances for people, when others would most assuredly give up on someone. I believe in humanity and love. I wear my heart on my sleeve and am not afraid to love. Yes, you risk the chance of getting hurt and getting your heart broken (over and over)…but if you don’t open yourself up to love, you’ll never find it.

I have learned to live in the present and get over the past. If you live your life with anger, hurt and regret, that is what you will always be caught up in. I don’t have time for that or anyone who is set on living their life that way – life is too precious and way too short to live in the darkness. Look at what is in front of you – don’t miss out on something amazing because you are immersed in self-pity and anger. OPEN YOUR EYES – IT’S RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU!

For me, 2014 will be an opportunity to completely open myself up to all the possibilities that life has to offer – no regrets, ever. I am feeling so excited about the New Year and welcome 2014 with open arms, open eyes and an open heart. Thank you 2013 for the lessons in love and in life – I am a stronger person because of you, but I am not sorry to see you go. LOL.

Happy New Year!

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