A Brief History of La Shayne
Lately, I’ve been sharing photos of my home, especially our new waterfall and stream and pond, on social media. And each time I do, I’ve noticed myself wanting to tell where I’ve been, to emphasize the difference. So I’m going to share just a little, and not go into too much depth, because I don’t want to reactivate the vibration of where I’ve been or reinforce the notion that one must suffer in order to succeed. I want to demonstrate the potential in all of us.
Let me start by saying I would not change a single thing about my past, because every jigsaw puzzle piece of my life has led me to where I am today, and I wouldn’t trade where I am today for anything.
So, briefly, I was raised in poverty with a mother I adored and a step father who was physically, emotionally and sexually abusive. I got pregnant at 15, dropped out of school, got a judge to issue a court order allowing me to marry the baby’s father, and escaped my home.
From there, I started to create my own life. Things got off to a rocky start. For a long time I still thought of myself as poor, so I remained that way. But my love of writing never waned, and I knew it was my calling. Soon I was earning a decent living, working from home while raising my five girls. The marriage wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad. I remained until my youngest daughter graduated and went off to college. Then, after lots of therapy, and months studying the Law of Attraction and learning from both the importance of my own happiness and well-being, I left the marriage and for the first time in my life, lived as a self sufficient, independent adult in charge of her own life.
And then there was a fire that gutted my home, and burned every possession. A final cleansing of the past, I guess.
From then on, there was no stopping me. My practice of calmness, positive focus, and deep, consistent gratitude, ensured that I was in sync with my higher self more often than not. So I was constantly being led in the right direction. (It only takes being in tune with spirit, and being awake to the signs.)
I found and married the love of my life. I became an independent author with her own business. I put together a brilliant team, mostly consisting of my daughters, and now, here I am, with thriving business, a beautiful home, a blue pond and a waterfall in my backyard, living the life of my dreams. I am so happy, so blissfully happy in my life.
But here’s the key. I was blissfully happy in my life before the income increased, before the water feature was in my backyard. I was blissfully happy in my life even after the fire gutted it. Only a few days post fire, I sat with Lance, back when we were just dating, and told him it was odd to realize how very happy I was, at a time like this. But it was true. I was doing what I loved for a living, I was building my life the way I wanted it, and I was falling in love.
And the Point is?
Happiness and gratitude come first. If they become your default setting, then your life will soon be filled with more and more things to be happy about and grateful for.
So there’s a little bit of my story. I tell it not to justify where I am by whining about where I’ve been. I tell it to inspire others to get on the path of joy and appreciation, and follow it all the way to the life of your dreams.
Find all the joy you can, right where you are.
Count your blessings every single day.
Change the things that bug you into things that give you joy, and bit by bit, all the rest will fall into place.
Enjoy the journey!