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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, 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.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Exciting News

Starting the year off with some exciting news....
I am delighted to announce that I have accepted a new position as Executive Vice President/Managing Director for the LA offices of FaceTime Strategy. FaceTime Strategy is a full-service technology enabled marketing agency with many large clients. I have the awesome opportunity to be a key spokesperson for FaceTime's Boomer and Senior marketing initiatives.
Several people have contacted me this past week to say they heard from Silverado that I had left the company and were incredulous because of my obvious deeply personal and professional commitment to the company. I am still committed to the success of Silverado and look forward to working with them on special projects in the future. Memory-care is a small but critically important part of the senior lifestyle continuum and Silverado is truly a leader in that field. I was proud to work for them for nearly four years, especially collaborating with Loren Shook and Steve Winner on their award-winning book, "The Silverado Story."
My official start date with FaceTime Strategy is February 1st. Till then, I'm catching up with writing projects and spending quality time with family, friends and pets. Our niece, Lindsey (aka Cupcake), will be here from Seattle next week.
For those of you interested in the latest trends in marketing to Boomers and Seniors, DO NOT MISS the "What's Next Boomer Business Summit" - happening March 28th at Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. Incredible speakers and unparalleled is limited. I will be there again this year to soak up all the wisdom and innovation related to products, services and job opportunities resulting from the societal sea change coming with aging Boomers. The summit is a separate event that is part of the annual American Society on Aging Conference.
HAPPY 2012!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

What's Your Word for 2012?

What's Your Word for 2012?

Hope you will click on this link and read a very special post on my Vibrant Nation blog...
Happy New Year!