meet shelby (official)

Shelby is passionate about being a vessel for impacting and transforming the lives of mommas through vulnerable storytelling, compassionate listening, and insightful encouragement. Through her personal experiences as a mom of three kids in their 20s and her learned expertise, Shelby feels tremendous joy in inspiring and empowering moms to believe in their worth and embrace their authentic selves as they experience the tender nuances of raising children.

With her relatable, candid, and compassionate personality, Shelby meets mommas where they’re at as a trusted friend who guides and encourages them to heal from their past, shift their mindset, and thrive in their role. She does this by equipping mommas with spiritual insight, practical tools, motivational practices, and actionable strategies to help them take control of their thinking so they can live a fulfilling, enjoyable, and meaningful 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, recently won the 2020 Publisher’s Weekly Book Life Prize as the finalist in the Inspirational/Spiritual category.

Shelby has numerous stories featured in the national publication, Guideposts. She also has over 150 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 28 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.