Responsibility & Disability

“I want to live in a world where we don’t have such low expectations of disabled people that we are congratulated for getting out of bed and remembering our own names in the morning. I want to live in a world where we value genuine achievement for disabled people.” – Stella Young, Disability Advocate

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Top 10 Tips for 21 Day Fix Travel

Travel_21DFI have been doing research on traveling with the 21 Day Fix for a challenger of mine because that’s how this coach rolls. Lots of great information is out there, but I know my friends and (hopefully) my challengers pretty well. So this information is Shannon-style.

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Dear Parents of Disabled Kids – Let’s Start Forgiving More

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Last year my son Finley and I had a frustrating interaction with a woman at our local pool. He was in his wheelchair and her daughter was pointing and kid-whispering (you know – talking freaking loud in a breathy voice) to her about why …Continue Reading

Home Gym for a Normal Girl

Home Gym for a Normal Girl

When I first started working out regularly back in August I did so in front of my TV in the living room. It was fine, but I was dragging free weights and resistance bands out daily and then making sure no one else needed the space. I felt like it just wasn’t meant for me. I also …Continue Reading

Celebrating OI! A Year of Reflection

Celebrating OI! A Year of Reflection

At the end of each year we mark the highs, the accomplishments, and the good times in a number of ways. From Facebook “top 10” lists to jars filled with memories of the year. Reflecting is a way to pack up these four seasons and move on. For families with disabilities, this is not …Continue Reading

Meal Planning for Disneyland: CHURRO WARS!

Meal Planning for Disneyland: CHURRO WARS!

Our family leaves for Disneyland and Legoland on Sunday BRIGHT and EARLY. I should not say bright, really. Its going to be 4am when we leave our house so let’s say DARK and EARLY. I am ever so excited! Our kids loved visiting Disney during Christmastime a couple of years back and now we’re adding …Continue Reading

The Theory of Goodness

The Theory of Goodness

I’ve been thinking about health a lot lately. It has become a huge part of my life – keeping my body and mind healthy. My friend Nakeia is one of the wisest and coolest women I know and recently over lunch we were discussing how people put trash in their mouths and in their minds …Continue Reading

Strength Lesson: Create a Vision

Strength Lesson: Create a Vision

For my first “Tough Girl” interview I talked with my mom, Terry Diane. My original tough girl. Mom can drive me crazy like no other and I know I have the same effect back at her. But we are connected with a fierce intensity as well. I’m a mama’s girl for better or worse. She …Continue Reading

My tough self

This year I decided to become a badass. Like a total boss who could handle just about anything. To be fair, I have spent a good portion of my time on the planet trying to be a strong girl. The daughter of a bad ass, I came by it pretty naturally, but life got interesting …Continue Reading

Neutral Fall Mantle

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Tough girls have got to decorate too, y’all! I don’t know about you people, but I like to shop my house constantly to create new pretty combinations. These damn built-ins were the best/worst idea I’ve ever had. I could spend (and do) hours just moving …Continue Reading