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Musings of a woman who left her corporate career to become a caregiver for elderly parents, wrote a book and found her way back to corporate - with love, instead of fear, leading the way. Now working at my Alma Mater, UC Irvine, as Marketing and Communications Director for the School of Biological Sciences.

Monday, July 15, 2019

That's just cringe...

I love working with Millennials because the ones I know are really great teachers. They have introduced me to words that have caused me to bookmark Urban Dictionary. I recently learned that some people who own Teslas are "bougie." But Teslas are still "fire." Some of my young friends are "lit" after a single watermelon margarita, and always "adorbs." And finally, for me to say "back in the day" is just, well, "cringe" for listeners under 30. LOL!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Staycation's All I Ever Wanted

I have this blog, but it's not always easy to find and then post what I want to share. Will need to figure that out in the future! It's why I haven't posted since January. Where's Wordpress when I need it? Lots of work to do...

This week - after a super busy month of major events and equally major marketing deadlines - I decided it would be good to take a day or two off in addition to Memorial Day. And then I thought maybe that was NOT a good idea. My boss shifted everything by telling me even SHE thought I should take a few days here I am after "staycation day 2" and I'm loving it!

Yesterday was first "time out" - and I decided to stay in jammies till about 3:30 PM. The hubs had to work, so I was still in my jammies when he came home. But an hour before, my cousin and BFF called to ask if I wanted to do happy hour with my very FAVORITE bistro. So YES! I got dressed up and drove over to join her for some good conversation and some GREAT martinis. We solved the problems of the world and then solved some of our own. She followed me home to meet up with Gary who had a lamp for her to buy for her husband to be able to read easily in their bed! It's all good.

I could share a LOT more tonight, but I'm just happy to be back on blogger and able to write a post. Whoa! Could be so SCARY. More next two months! Cheers!

Monday, January 21, 2019

IMAGINE: Back to the Blog

Three weeks into 2019 and every day I have been thinking of my word for this year, IMAGINE. Last night I found myself imagining what it would be like to start blogging again. Today I decided to find out! I actually FOUND my blog here and will see if I can remember how to publish this post.

I chose "imagine" because I turned 67 on the day after Christmas. Unfortunately, on Christmas day at Garner Ranch, I managed to injure my right knee. It was snack time at my sister's home and I was in charge of snacks. So I went over to our house across the compound and packed a couple of grocery bags with cheese, crackers, sour cream, chips and salsa. It was snowing so I decided not to go down the front steps. Instead, I turned right just outside the front door and walked along the covered porch to the three really steep steps at the side of the house. While negotiating the final step, my left knee suddenly buckled and to stop from falling on my face, I managed instantly to maneuver my stiff right down onto the pavement, but it hit hard and something popped in my knee. Pain shot up from my foot to my thigh, but somehow I didn't drop any food. Regaining my balance, I hobbled over to the other house and made the appetizers. But I knew I wasn't in good shape physically.

Over the next few hours, my knee swelled up to the point where I needed my husband, Gary, to practically carry me back to our house. Without any pain pills, I didn't sleep at all. We had to say an early farewell to our family, cutting our holiday visit short by two days. My birthday was celebrated at the ER with a diagnosis of a dislocated knee that had thankfully put itself back together, but left me in pain with a cane for the next 10 days into the new year.

As I sat on the sofa just before New Year's Eve, knee elevated and binge-watching "This is Us," I began reflecting on how many holiday seasons I've spent sad, sick or laid up and out of commission. German measles hit me on Chrismas Eve in 1969. I had the flu at least 10 holiday seasons, including 2017. One year I broke up with a boyfriend and spent the holidays in my room, crying, which made me recall a few awful holidays grieving over the loss of loved ones. And suddenly a voice in my head screamed, "STOP! You're watching too much depressing 'This is Us' and you need to imagine something better happening right now. I grabbed the remote and switched to a college football game.

There aren't as many holiday seasons left in my life now to waste them being injured, sick, lonely or depressed. I'm committed to enjoying the week between Christmas and New Year's Day in joy, peace, health, wealth and love. Imagine that!

Atta girl, Pollyanna. Thoughts are things, so BRING IT!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Radiant Rituals

Here is a link to my latest blog post at Vibrant Nation:

Hope you will read it and LIKE it too!  Thanks....

Sunday, April 15, 2012

My Vibrant Nation Blog

I've been posting a lot on Vibrant Nation where another version of my "Shannon Ingram's Place" blog resides. I hope you will follow me there. Here is a link to Vibrant Nation where you can find my blog post titled "Celebrating the Life of a Lost Love"...

If the link doesn't work, please cut and paste it into your browser!

It's a post about my experience of celebrating the lives of those we have lost. I lost my first husband, Bruce Stewart, 17 years ago this week. Not a day goes by that I do not remember him with great love.

Happy Springtime everyone. Enjoy the opportunity for renewal!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Great News!

I am really thrilled to be working for FaceTime Strategy and delighted to share this media release they sent out today:

Thanks to everyone who supported me in yet another awesome career change....LIFE IS GOOD!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Our Precious Keiki

I saw "The Descendants" yesterday. The film was brilliant, in my humble opinion. It captured the essence of a beautiful, isolated state of the union where the culture and way of life is both historically and culturally complex, given the simplicity of its Polynesian/Hawaiian heritage. Does that sound weird? Well, it is just that...and this film and its predecessor book by Kaui Hart Hemmings resonated with me and I'm sure hundreds of thousands of others who have called the islands of the Hawaiian archipelago their home, even for short periods of time.

Possibly the most amazing aspect of my seeing "The Descendants" yesterday is that my stepson, Cory, and his family and several of their mainland friends are on Oahu this week. Cory and his wife, who is better than a daughter to me, are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary. It's the first time they have been to Hawaii with their children. That's the fun part, because our almost four-year-old daughter is nicknamed "Keiki." She got the nickname from me and my husband, "Granny Shanny and Papa." We do nicknames for everybody....whether they like it or not! Our grandson is "Moose," because he was a HUGE baby. He got this name the day he was born, as did "Keiki." We chose "Keiki" because of her initials...and because for some reason we saw her as a beautiful and beloved Hawaiian child.

So today, I was delighted to find a sweet little video of our little "Keiki" on Facebook, doing an impromptu Haole hula outside the home where she and her family are staying on the North Shore of Oahu. Wow, is all I can say. Forget Madonna, our Keiki is my Super Bowl entertainer! I'm thrilled with her hula home video. Unfortunately I can't post it here because it's only on Facebook; but I am posting an older photo of her at the Lake Mission Viejo Beach near our home, a couple of years ago.