Welcome and thank you for wanting to learn more about me and ‘mynewfavoriteday’. I am so honored and grateful that you are spending some time here and it is my great hope that you will like your experience enough to comment, subscribe, like and share ‘mynewfavoriteday’ on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and wherever else you think someone might enjoy some inspiration and motivation.
Why I started ‘mynewfavoriteday.’
My name is Shannon Pruitt and I am a childhood surviving, divorced, IVF success story, working, co-parenting mother of 3 amazing children. My twins, my first babies were born 12 weeks premature. While my children are now 11 years old, my son, Q, has thrived while our daughter, E, has had a much more difficult journey. She is considered special needs as of September 2012 was diagnosed with a rare genetic syndrome called Angelman Syndrome, and so as she grows, so do we as individuals and as family. How to help her, how to celebrate our differences while allowing ourselves to cope with the challenges that we never knew to expect. In July 2013, we added a special soul to our tribe, Miss M. She completed what has become our unique and changing definition of family. So while much of this blog is based on our experiences (good and not-so-good), it is also based on how we must not let ourselves become victims of our circumstances but rather advocate in our own lives.
My first post.
After being in a bit of a self-imposed emotional isolation for about 18 months, 6 months ago an ordinary moment in our living room became extra-ordinary and I thought perhaps sharing these stories of hope and inspiration can help and motivate others going through similar circumstances. So that night, with my nerves on fire, I created my first post for ‘mynewfavoriteday,’ and what I found out from so many of you was that these emotions and feelings were not unique to us or our circumstances, but rather permeated all of your personal experiences through your relationships and situations with parents, conception, siblings, IVF, prematurity, parenting, children, special needs, terminal illness, and everyday stress. It became very clear that we are all united by common emotions of love, fear, hope, faith, sadness, happiness, strength, and joy and most importantly, we are all doing the best we can, how we can. We all need one another and if we can remember to find the little nuggets of inspiration and motivation we can try to make each day ‘ournewfavoriteday.’
A little bit about me and who I am.
In my professional life I am a marketer; however, ‘mynewfavoriteday,’ was not born of entertainment or marketing but rather as a pathway to help myself and others as we try to define who we are as parents, family members, spouses, friends, colleagues and people. For me, as I continually aspire to define and redefine who I am, I am evolving, but as I do, I hold a core set of beliefs. So, here, rather than tell you who “I am”, I can tell you what I believe. I believe in treating others as I want to be treated. I believe that if you tell me something to be true, you mean what you say and it is true. I like to believe the best in people and I aspire to believe I can do better. And I believe in never judging a book by its cover. Every cover is different, and no matter what your cover looks like, you never know how someone’s book is written. Like mine. From the outside, you might never know what truly makes me who I am or what I believe. This blog explores the pages on the inside of my book. My vulnerabilities, fears, happiness, and all my triggers through the lens of being grateful for all the amazing blessings I know I have received but sometimes forget in the challenges of daily life.
Where I am from and have been:
I am from a small town in Oregon called Ashland (yes, we did have electricity and running water). After I graduated high school I went to off to college at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon for my BA in Japanese (yes, I am a Duck fan, Quack Quack). At 23 I was off to Tokyo for 2 years where I taught English and then came back to get my MBA at the University of Oregon. After landing my first corporate job, I was off to the big city, the one and only, New York City, where I lived for 4 1/2 years before coming back to Los Angeles where I now call home. As you will sometimes see in this blog, I am still a small town country girl at heart but I know how to survive in this big world so I hope we will travel together wherever the future takes us, and you will stick along for the ride!
Causes I love.
The Angelman Syndrome Foundation, Quinn’s Cocoa $4 the Cure, Help Feed the FrontLine LA Fighting Covid-19, March of Dimes, Make a Wish, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Tiny Miracles, Habitat for Humanity, and pretty much anything to do with helping children!
What I like. Outside of the obvious family and friends, I like.
Wine, travel, cooking, good food, strategic thinking, smart people (even if we don’t agree), rainbows, magical thinking, reading, writing, technology, being active, singing outloud to anyone who will listen and tolerate me, laughing, walking, windstorms, twilight (not the books although I did like those as well), fashion and shopping, magazines (yes, the ones printed on paper), watching movies, popcorn, and soft sheets on my bed, compassionate people and learning.
Would love to talk about.
If you are interested in guest blogging, guest column and writing, motivational speaking, advocacy, PR or other opportunities I would love to talk further and please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks again for dropping by. I hope you will come back, subscribe, comment, share, and/or just hang out and be inspired and motivated to make each day for yourself or someone else ‘anewfavoriteday.’ By being here, you have certainly helped to make it mine.