About Me

I’m a head full of memories that desperately want to tell my tale. I have been a little girl trapped by fear and other people’s power and an adult that has overcome fear and took hold of my own power. I am a Wife and Mother; the best things I ever chose to be, it would fulfil a lifelong wish to add the title “Writer” in the future. My low self-worth, ill health and probably lack of experience and know how stand in my way. There’s something can be done about all but one of those things but there’s no getting around bad health so easily! My blog will be a place to store my memories, the good and the bad, they will be truthfully what I can remember but that doesn’t mean they will be the accurate truth of things. Often the things you don’t remember are just as important as what you do; the things you didn’t see or hear perhaps even more important to the truth of things. I will always tell my version of the truth, I can’t vouch for the information I have been told by others along the way but without their input I wouldn’t be able to tell my story. Memories are like floating balloons, they don’t come in any order and I need help to tie them onto my timeline. They can generate so many questions, where was that, who am I with, why did that happen and so on; sometimes you can get those blanks filled in and sometimes not.

I am an avid reader, fantasy is my favourite genre; seeking escapism from reality, it had to be fantasy! Much mocked and maligned but there’s plenty strength, bravery, justice, heroism, loyalty and hope to be found in epic fantasy novels! A crafter, cook and gardener in the days before my health deteriorated, these days I’m a film buff, webaholic and recipe finder for my husband; the now and future cook. That should be enough about me I think. Want to know more? Ask


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    • Thank you Sherri, i will accept, what a lovely award idea. i may have to wait until next week to sort out my own nominations but i will get there! thank you again, they are such a pleasant way of sharing blogs with others and it’s a glorious feeling to get a nomination!

    • Oh wow! Thank you Victoria. I will of course accept as I feel very honored to have the recognition and encouragement of a fellow blogger. It is however the fourth in my queue to complete so it may be well into next week before i have it posted.

  1. I can’t begin to thank you enough for stopping over and following my humble blog-o-thing! I wish you the very best, not only today but well into the future. Be inspired and please take care.

  2. Thank you following. I took a quick look of your blog, and I like your self-analyzing thoughts. I have been living with my shadows too, and maybe its weird, but i think everybody feels this way, while you choose to blog about it. :-). Best of luck on that, and I am following back.

    • you are right. i don’t think there’s a person born who will be free from their own shadows throughout their life. i am happy to be in a place that i am able to self-analyze without overwhelming pain and by doing so i hope i can help others do the same. thank you for stopping by.

  3. Hi Shelley – thank you for following my blog. I read several of your posts just now. It often seems the most creative individuals come from troubled pasts. Why that is so, I’m not sure. I wish you all good things in the future.
    PS – I love your stackable therapy dogs! lol Every house should have a pair!

      • You might enjoy my website http://www.empowerandbalance.com I’ve got a few pages of stress release tools/energy medicine tools, and guided visualizations on the front page and on the page “more resources”. You click on the button and it leads you to Oronjo where i have my visualizations. There is a donate button and you can just “buy” them for $0, and listen or download them. The descriptions for each focus is written there, but they all included relaxation instruction. Blessings to you for healing. i believe that we are headed to world wide healing that will include indivual healing as well. i grew up with chronic illness so I know how overwhelming it can be.

  4. Hi there!
    Thanks for following. I’m a happy camper now you are joining me as I trip around by RV, plane, car and time machine to the past.
    Comments, compliments, critiques and wisecracks are most welcome.
    You have a great blog. “See” you again soon.
    Which Way Now 101 aka Carol

      • Thank you very much. Happy to have you along. We’re having tacos tonight if you want to climb down and join us. In the meantime, I’ll warn himself to take it steady on corners and with braking. I don’t want you to become airborne!

  5. Hi Shelley, I am so glad you visited my blog.. so that I could discover yours. If only more of us were able to reach a place, as you’ve done, where we can name and honor the dark/shadows of ourselves as honestly and forthrightly as our lighter side. Blessings to you!

  6. I just happened to see your name on my “Liked” list and appreciate you taking a peek at my blogs. I LOVIN yours! I wish my life had been to this point “Fairly Intact” but…..”Such is Life”….I did write my story and is now out on Amazon.com & Barnes & Noble called: “Addicted To Dimes” as it starts as me as a little girl that endured childhood trauma, gambling & alcohol addiction, recovery, living with Bipolar, and Life Today in Recovery.

    I now Advocate by writing and blogging on all these issues to help others who suffer have a “Voice to be Heard” without Stigma or Shame. I’m a New Fan, and will be back Often! 🙂
    God Bless,
    Author Catherine Lyon 🙂

    • Hello Catherine, so glad you are enjoying my blog. i am only where i am now with the never ending support of those closest to me. they have given me the support i needed ove the years to allow myself to figure things out and get to this comfortable place. i am amazed by the place you have managed to get to. wonderfult to see you so dedicated to helping & supporting others, really great recovery tools and help to maintain that! important work! i have a lot of reading back through to do! best wishes, shelley

  7. Hi Shelley! Thank you for visiting and following my blog! I can fully understand some of what you feel. I’m now following your blog as well. I haven’t had the opportunity to go through it all yet, but I will be soon enough. I look forward to getting to know you well. Take care and have a good night. Lily.

    • Thank you Lily, i appreciate your understanding. i too haven’t had the time to fully read back through your blog, i’m struggling to get any time online as i’m having trouble with very low energy levels and falling asleep a LOT! i am feeling a bit better now but have such abusy couple of weeks that i’m back at square one, with all energy burnt off, by the time i have time to myself!

  8. Hello you are the first one I have seen to use curry in your green soup, besides myself . Very cool. I almost forgot why I came by in the first place. It was to thank you for the follow.. I started reading your soup post and need to read more. I love to cook. It is also my trade and has served me well as in monetary needs. I think the day to day pressures on the job has caused me to loose sight of my passion to cook. This has bee a reminder to me to return to my first love. Mind set helps moving forward much easier. Thank you and I hope to read more from you . nick

    • Hi Nick, it is an uncommon notion to curry up green veg, works so well though! very cool indeed. it was my grandfather first made this for me and i’ve put my own slant on it since then but i have never seen it made or served anywhere else. i also love to cook, it used to be my domain in the home, but i’m not able to cook by myself anymore so it’s something i do with my husband. It’s nice though even together mistakes are made! like forgetting to add important ingredients! maybe a case of too many cooks! either way it’s the only way i can get to cook so it will have to suffice! as much as i enjoy it i would not choose it as a career! i can well imagine the pressures and stresses. we cook to please our own tastes but you have to do it to please your consumers and we all know you can’t please all of the people all of the time! i am very happy to have reminded you of why you love what you do and i hope you are able to find more joy in it! best wishes, shelley

  9. Lemme start by saying that I am sorry about the response delay. Thank you very much for stopping by my plot of cyber real estate and for the follow. It certainly sounds like you have a rather rich tale to share and I’m grateful for the chance to see the world through your eyes.

    • Thank you so much for the comment. you have nothing to appologise for! my own delay in responding is in itself a sign of how life sometimes keeps us too busy to get everything done in a timely fashion! you are welcome for the follow, interesting blog, and i’m very happy to have your following me! best wishes, shelley

  10. I came by yesterday to thank you for the follow. As I read a few of your posts I came across one in particular that caught my eye. It was a recipe for a green soup. Cooking has been my trade for many years, so any time I see a recipe I read them. Maybe to some that would be strange or boring. For me I can always learn new things to improve my skills. You got my attention. You are the first person I heard of that uses curry and cumin in their green soup. Besides me. Anyway,thanks again for your follow and I hope to read more from you soon.nick

    • Hi Nick, i’m sorry for my late reply. Thank you for both comments, much appreciated. i have had such little time online that i am struggling to get everything done. i’m answering a small batch of comments at a time before i need to rest up! sucks! i am in no way unhappy about receiving wonderful feedback but comments have been coming in faster than i am able to answer them and i do answer each one, it would be wrong not to. anyway i am so glad you liked my green soup recipe and even happier to find another person using similar curry spices in theirs! it’s unusual but oh so tasty! i hope to pick up more inspiration from you!

      • I thank you for your reply. No worries you’re not late, you’re right on time. The point being you choose to answer each one personally . Most excellent ! It is one of the unfortunate by products of the internet age. Everything moving so fast and in such large quantity the intimacy of the one on one is lost. We humans need that interaction. For me if it a longer wait for replays or less replays to pitch Each one I will answer personally why? Because we are people not numbers.thanks again. And good luck with your dilemma. You can work it out.nick

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  12. Thank you for visiting and following my blog “Eyes to Heart.” Good to have you on board. … I’ve been reading excerpts from your blog, noting your symptoms though you never actually say, as far as I can tell, what you’re coping with. Some of your symptoms sound quite close to my own ~ I’ve been managing adrenal fatigue for the past few years. This is debilitating in its own way and has severely cramped my style, limiting what I can do on a daily basis. Perhaps, if I were to be more positive about it I’d say it has simplified my life tremendously. I’ve been dealing with this since my late 40s and it’s been a lesson in self-awareness to be sure. It has meant hundreds of hours in the therapist’s chair and the discovery that post-traumatic stress disorder (associated with early childhood issues ~ the shadows, I guess) is the root cause of my malaise. Things are getting progressively better. Still, everything takes time. I only mention this so you know you are not alone in your struggles, whatever their source for you. Be well, Dorothy 🙂

  13. Hello!
    I look forward to really diving into your blog. Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministries. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st because the “just shall live by his faith.” — Sebastian

  14. Heya thank you for following my blog! You have a very inspiring site, I admire your honest and relatable writing style. Looking forward to reading more! 🙂 x

  15. Hi there,

    Thanks so much for the blog follow. It has led me to your blog, which I am now following.

    I am looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    Happy blogging!


  16. A few days ago, you subscribed to my blog. Thank you ever so much! Writing has always been a great outlet for me, expressing the joys and the wounds of the past and the hopes for the future. I think in that way, we have a lot in common.

  17. Hi my name is brooke and i really enjoyed reading your blog. Hopefully when you get a chance you can check out mine

  18. Hello. restlessjo recommended your blog so here I am! seems to me you’re already a writer 😉 by creating your blog you’ve taken a big step and that is much the reason I started my own blog. I too aspire to be a writer but also feel that I already (and have been for much of my life) am one. It is my hope that it makes me a little extra income for when I retire (in hopefully 5-6 years). I’m going to go check out your blog some more but I like your intro post very much. Nice to meet you!!

  19. I would like to say I love your blog and the wonderful and beautiful things you share as well as the inspiration and smiles you bring in doing so! Thank you for being you and I hope even if you do not accept awards you will accept the sentiment expressed as I honor you with one. There is no prize that comes with the award other than my appreciation and being grateful you are part of our world and making a difference by sharing in such a positive way…
    I have posted the award and link to it here I hope you will accept it or at least the sentiment behind it! http://artisticlyxpressedthoughts.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/awards-and-shared-gifts/

    With love,

  20. Hi, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award! For details, please visit my blogs! Spread the love, cheers 🙂

  21. Thanks for stopping by my blog, “Runaway Rakhanar.” I take it you’re a friend of Shaun’s, too? If you need any help with getting that dream of writing off the ground and into flight, I’m always glad to help. I used to be a literary agent, so I know the ropes.

  22. I want to thank you for following “A Way With Words.” My joy in writing is made more complete as people read what I’ve written.

    While I primarily post on faith and mental illness, I’m known to dabble in other subjects, stories, and even the occasional poem. If you have any requests, let me know.

    I pray you are blessed in your life and in your writing, as you are a blessing to others.

    Tony Roberts

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