We had the good fortune of connecting with Shannon D and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shannon, how do you think about risk?
I have been faced with taking risks much of my adult life. Beginning with joining the military and leaving the comforts of a very small and safe community home life in North Dakota. I wanted to see and experience the world. And I certainly did during my tour of duty in the U.S.Navy traveling around the world to the Indian Ocean, Philippines, Guam, and other unique places. Now, I spend my days writing about many of the places and hiking adventures I’ve done and share them in my blog in hopes to inspire others!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My background entails a diversity of experiences, skills, and talents. My military service provided me with a unique skill to be able to adapt and think outside the box in any situation. My experience includes assisting the search and rescue crews in training to save others trapped in mountain terrain and other dangerous conditions. After military life, it was a struggle to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I had a few odd jobs, then I went to trade school to be a paralegal and landed a job with a successful business man in an unusual industry. It was not easy, but the experience I gained helped lead me to what I do now. I worked with him 22 years. In hind sight, I do wish I changed direction sooner and picked up more specific skills and experience that is in demand now and more aligned with my own interests. I am very creative and enjoy motivating others to make decisions or to go after their dreams. I also achieved my goal of getting my Bachelor’s Degree in Business, High Tech Management. So I am grateful for all the challenges I had in my adult life as well as for the accomplishments! My business today consists blogging of which I share inspiring stories of challenging adventures, interesting places, and how to live an active lifestyle. My brand promotes and is all about adventure, outdoors, life, health and happiness!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have spent many years in San Diego, so I definitely have a couple incredible spots where I would take a visiting friend. Since I am an outdoors person, I have several hiking adventures that I would take my friend on so this would fill at least a couple of days. This includes trails such as; Mount Woodson and Potato Chip Rock, Iron Mountain, Annie’s Canyon, and Three Sisters Falls which is in Pine Valley. Then, since I was in the Navy, I definitely would go and tour the USS Midway Museum and pick up a ‘Top Gun’ t-shirt from the gift shop. For those who don’t know, Top Gun was a huge Navy movie made in the 80s starring Tom Cruise. After touring the museum, next stop is Old Town to enjoy a little browsing and of course, a delicious dinner at Old Town Mexican Cafe. Another day is for photographs and coastal scenery! We will be heading over to La Jolla for some seagulls, sea lions, and ocean scenery! The art galleries are amazing and browsing around this charming beach town which will fill another day. The next couple of days might be to cruise on over to Joshua Tree National Park and explore Ryan Mountain and Ryan Ranch, and take a stroll through the Cactus Garden. After a day of exploring, its time to head down to Palm Springs for a day at the spa at LaQuinta Resort and Spa. For dinner, we will enjoy the best ever Mexican cuisine in Southern California. This would be Maracas Cantina in Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs. This would be a week full of outdoor adventure, learning a little history, and enjoying some fine food with a friend! Perfect!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have quite a few special people and bloggers I would like to give a shout out to. But the one of the most supportive and special friend of mine who was always there when you needed him. He always told me to not sweat the small stuff. Live a simple life; simplicity is key. He was a thirty year veteran, Retired Navy Master Chief, and my neighbor from several years ago. We remained friends over the years. Recently, I learned that Ray had passed away, I had not communicated with him for some time; but like true friends, it could be months or years that go by but when you do talk to one another, you pick up where you left off. That is the kind of friend Ray was. He was always positive, he looked at life as a blessing, and valued his family and friends. I will always cherish the time and the conversations with Ray.