About  Me

Hi. I'm Shelly, full-time wife, mom, humanitarian advocate, and writer. For nearly 15 years, I lived abroad with my Eastern European husband and our three children doing church and humanitarian work. A few years ago as our kids were all entering their teens, we decided to return to the States. Overseas, I worked as a volunteer, a classroom teacher, a home-schooling mom, and an administrator for a local international school. Though each experience has led me to the place I am today, I never thought that I would see those years pass by so quickly and end up not being certain about what I wanted to do with my life. People warned me that time flies. In my forties, I've come to believe them. 

Every September, I get a classroom itch, in the winter, I get an urge to join another charity through the most difficult months of the year, come spring, I long to travel to an exotic place, and when the summer graces us with her presence, I want to sit and soak in each lovely ray of sun with my family. My interests seem vast and wide. Unconnected at times, and confusing at others. I struggle with reconciling faith and religion, yet my vocation up until recently was within a church. I love Disney princesses and fairytale stories, but for fun I research about how humans develop, evolve, and interact during different phases of their lives. I listen to both show tunes and country music. 'Nuff said.

I'm far from perfect. I love positivity but tend to let the dark and sad part of this world paralyze me at times. I ask a lot of questions and occasionally contradict myself. But I hope to always be a student of life and human connection to ultimately improve the planet while I'm here. I'm glad you're here too, and that you've found me on the world wide web. If you'd like to keep up with my little corner of the world (to be sung softly–the Connie Smith1966's version), follow me on social media, or my blog at www.TheCreativU.com!