About Me

Hello friends, it's me Shannon! Welcome to my blog, Living My Life On Purpose.

What can I tell you about me that you don't already know? Well, I started blogging a LONG time ago... I don't even remember who hosted it! I took a break from blogging until I joined a certain social network site. I started blogging there and was actually quite surprised that people were actually reading my ramblings! Then, for certain reasons, I left that social network site and joined Blogger! I started blogging to kind of keep a record of my life. As time went on and I became more familiar with the blogging world, I kind of got addicted to all of the fun things that can be done with a blog! Now, here I sit with hundreds of hits each day, wondering how on earth it evolved so quickly! I mean, there are tons of moms that sit around and blog about their lives... why are people reading me?

Who am I? I am a self-proclaimed crafty mama! I married my soul mate, Mike, in 2006. We have the two most amazingly beautiful daughters, Jaden and Taylor. You might hear about them occasionally here ;o) I am a graphic designer by day and supermom by night. When the kids go to bed, I break out the sewing machine, glue gun, and bottle of wine. Sure, I catch a lot of crap from Mike for my crafty creations and the messes they make (hey, I always clean up after myself... it may just take a day or two), but you should see his movie collection! We all have our obsessions :o)

My girls are my world. They are sweet but LOUD! Jaden is full of drama, yet so sensitive to the feelings of others. Taylor, although still very young, is turning out to be just as nutso (in a great way!) as J! I'm scared to death of the day that they get their heads together to scheme against us! Watch out world! In all seriousness though, they are great kids! They amuse me and inspire me. They have filled my heart with more love than I ever thought it could hold. They make being a mom the best thing I have ever done!

I am born from a very creative family. I grew up in a house full of markers and paper and tape and glitter. My mom has always been so creative and artistic. She has taught me well! She gets it honestly though, seeing as her mom is one of the best paper crafters I know. Even though my dad claims to be artistically-challenged, I credit my sewing abilities to his side. His mom has an amazing sewing ability! I hope all of my creative genes were passed onto my girls!

Life On Purpose actually started out as Shades of Gray. I like to believe that life is not always black and white. In fact, it's usually in those shades of gray that we find the most joy. I changed the title of my blog a couple of years ago after reading the book, Intelligence for Your Life: Powerful Lessons for Personal Growth by John Tesh. He talked about how it is important to live your life on purpose. He believes that people who live optimistic, purpose-driven lives, live longer and are happier. I couldn't agree more, therefore I adopted my new mantra, never let the struggles of life interfere with the pleasures of living. What can I say, I'm a "glass half full" type of girl!

What can you expect from this blog? Me. My life. I may be on cloud nine one day and down in the dumps the next... I've been known to run hot and cold. You'll find everything about me that makes me smile and may even read about what makes me cry. I cook, I bake, I craft, I repurpose, and I LOVE sharing all of it with you! If you don't like it, click the "X" in the upper right-hand corner. If you DO like it, let me know! Either way, thanks for stopping by and enjoy the ride!!

Questions? Comments? Just wanna chat? Email me!