meet shelby (official)

Shelby Spear is a freelance writer, creative storyteller, and speaker who serves women and mothers by creating a safe space to be authentic and vulnerable about the sustaining joys and tender nuances of raising kids and doing life.

Her book, How Are You Feeling, Momma? (You don’t need to say, “I’m fine.”), co-authored with her dear friend, Lisa Leshaw, has received touching and noteworthy reviews from readers and professional reviewers alike.

She has had numerous stories featured in the national publication, Guideposts, and has over 100 featured articles at online publications including Her View From Home, Scary Mommy, Parenting Teens & Tweens, For Every Mom, Love What Matters, and Today. Shelby lives in Ohio with her husband, John, where they reminisce about their three children who no longer live in the nest.

hey, friends (candid and personal)

Here’s the thing. As an empath and Enneagram 2, I’m super sappy and a big-time love enthusiast. In high school, I was voted “most sarcastic” by my senior class and it turns out I’ve stayed really true to form over the years. I’ve been married to my guy for 27 years and am a mom of three amazing 20-something kiddos. My heart carries a deep love for Jesus and storytelling. Most days I muse in rhetorical wonder over what God was thinking when he put me in charge of three humans. Although God’s quick to remind me how capable I am, apparently he sometimes does so while crossing his fingers behind his back. Don’t really blame him.

Now that my husband, John, and I are in a season of empty nest, you can find me spending my days writing and speaking about all the ways motherhood has shaped, transformed, inspired, and aged me.

While John and my children graffiti my soul, all things chocolate melt my heart. Music stirs me like no other, crying fulfills me, laughing heals me, and a love of sports keeps me young. Some of my favorite things in life are books, yoga, cooking, time with family and friends, and a comfy pair of jeans—most notably the stretchy kind. Denim defines me in a bluesy kind of way. Ripped specifically.

I play guitar and am learning piano–my whole fam damily is a musical crew. Hiking, biking, and the concept of running also top my list. I’m also a huge proponent of all things woo woo because modalities like meditation, energy work, and breathwork have been game-changing and transformative. Although I presently live in Ohio, I’ve come to find out that Colorado is one of my spirit animals.