Hey! I’m Shannon Randol, sometimes I ramble.
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day because NOTHING beats a bagel with cream cheese and a hot cup of coffee…except maybe a phat slice of banana bread on the side. It’s normal for me to bust out in song or dance when the mood strikes, sometimes I dance with my dogs and other times I show off my rap skills.
My dream is one day I’ll become an author and make a difference. I truly believe in leaving it better than you found it. Every year I sleep out on the streets of Los Angeles to help raise funding for homeless youth.
This past year I launched a mini-series podcast called Someone Like You to spread awareness about who our homeless youth are, give it a listen here.
Originally from Buffalo, New York, and then a few places in between. After moving out of The Empire State I lived in Florida, Virginia, Texas, and California. I don’t regret all the moving, it’s made me versatile and unafraid to change my surroundings and routine. I’ll never be stuck anywhere.
I used to think the constant uprooting contributed to my struggle with belonging, but it was mostly fueled by never feeling accepted by my family for who I was deep down. Square peg, round hole.
The loneliness I felt was deafening and I filled that hole by striving for perfection, personally and professionally because I believed there must be something wrong with me if my own family doesn’t like me, and just maybe if I was the best and made something of myself, they would love me.
Eventually, basing my worth on the opinions of others caught up to me, not liking yourself takes a toll and I didn’t realize I didn’t like myself until a friend suggested I read Daring Greatly.
Brene Brown says:
“True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.”
Shit hit me hard, so I made a promise to myself to make myself and my happiness MY priority. This blog is my journey back to loving me, with the hope it’ll help someone else struggling.
Life is hard but it doesn’t have to be lonely.
Start with these three blogs: