Shannon Kaiser's the best-selling author of Find Your Happy, Find Your Happy Daily Mantras, and the forthcoming book Adventures for Your Soul. She appears regularly as a happiness expert on AM Northwest and Huff Post Live, and was named among the “Top 100 Women to Watch in Wellness” by the Mind Body Green.
Shannon's the founder of Playwiththeworld.com, an award-winning self-help and personal development website. She's an author, international life coach, teacher, and inspirational speaker who left her job in advertising several years ago to follow her heart and become a writer.
Her work has been recognized in media outlets such as HuffPost Live, Health Magazine, and Australian Vogue, and she writes for Mind Body Green and the Huffington Post. Everything Shannon does is to help you connect to your true self and unapologetically live your authentic purpose.
Shannon says that fear keeps people from stepping into their authentic self. The pressure that the world puts on us to be what we “should” be is by far the biggest barrier that blocks our happiness.
As she was climbing the corporate ladder in her 20’s, Shannon was completely out of alignment with her self and as a result became depressed and suffered from eating disorders and drug addictions.
“I wasn’t listening to my inner heart. I was letting fear rule every decision.”
She left the corporate world to follow her heart, which led her to writing books.
“You can be happy despite the circumstances in your life”
She recommends a few simple techniques to tune into your heart: recognize the fear, shift it and transform it.
Shannon says you need faith to move forward, which is how she was able to leave the corporate world.
“It was the belief that it will work out”
She’s really big on mantras and uses one herself; “I’m willing to live my life in new ways.”
Shannon has come a long way in the last 6 years, and her “A-HA” moment was when she acknowledged that self-love was not selfish. She advises others to prioritize yourself and take time for your passion, as we’ve been conditioned to always take care of other people.
She says that taking action is the key. When she first left corporate, she moved back home to Portland, Oregon and took part time jobs that would allow her more time to write. She got clear about she wanted with her goals and updated her bucket list, travelling to Paris where she really fell in love with writing.
Shannon tries to let go of the expectations of where she’s suppose to be. When her third book didn’t hit the New York Times bestseller list, she didn’t allow herself to become depressed because she knew she had many other goals to achieve.
“It’s really (about) being in the journey, instead of waiting so much for the destination”
No matter where we are, we have to be compassionate with ourselves.
Her mentors include Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown and Gabrielle Bernstein.
“It’s really important that we find mentors and we find the support of people who are doing it. They’ve been there, and they’re paving the way for us.”
When it comes to mentors, you should ask what you can give, not what you can get from him or her. Don’t do it with the expectation that you’re going to get something back.
“It’s about that process, of being of service and helping”
Shannon starts and ends every day with being energetically aligned with herself.
“The more joy I am living, the more successful I am”
Her new Mind Body Green Course is about how to get unstuck and clear about what you want. She reminds others that choosing happiness is a choice.
Brene Brown interview referenced: “Why Your Critiques Aren’t The Ones Who Count”