My name is Shannon and I’m a nonconformist. Four years ago, I gleefully (if somewhat naively) exited the worlds of entrepreneurship, BYOB, make your own schedule, and draft your own dress code- for an opportunity to pursue the world of law. Enter a whole new world- one that awards tradition, conformity, predictability, self-sacrifice, and repetition. The reward? Money.Power.Influence… Well certainly more money, power, and influence than I ever gained just by being me. So began my journey in pursuit of these rewards- things that previously held little weight in my big picture. I became a faceless black (or blue or gray) suit. I purchased a pair of red stilettos for my first court appearance. These became my power shoe- my proverbial red cape. They reminded me that I wasn’t just a Superwoman. I was SuperLawyer, SuperMom, SuperFriend, SuperVolunteer, SuperNeighbor- the list goes on and on. Then one day I realized that I was still super miserable.
I’m in a happy space now- and that has everything to do with me redefining what that red stiletto meant to me. Oh, I still feel powerful when I put them on. However, that power rests in my ability to choose NOT to be “super” anything. That doesn’t mean that I have settled for mediocrity. It means I have discovered that my greatest gift is the ability to autonomously decide what makes me my best me. That said, each step of my journey has included a lesson (or five or six)- and maybe the things shared here will be helpful along your journey to defining what your power shoe means to you.