However you found me, I am most grateful.  As a girl, I walked a  zig-zag path to self-acceptance, living with a visible chronic illness since age 3, and hiding from almost any spotlight shining my direction.

And now, I have stepped into my visibility and voice.

As a woman, I have been fortunate to speak on many stages, including TEDxMIA, Arthritis Today and The Raw Beauty Project, among others. I strive to be a beacon and role model for anyone who is struggling to overcome their blocks — physical or mental, self-imposed or external — whatever is slowing you down.  I will help you learn to discover the beauty in your “flaws”.

Thank you for joining me on this journey!

Shelly at TEDxMIA, September 2011

Shelly at TEDxMIA, September 2011