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Official Website of Shannon Stoddard; Settle Down Soul

Writer. Author. Thinker. Storyteller. Recommender

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This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body. Walt Whitman

You cannot convince people to love you. This is an absolute rule. No one will ever give you love because you want him or her to give it. Real love moves freely in both directions.

Focusing entirely on your own self will not get you the results you are longing for. Give what you have away and watch God show up and show out for you.

It's only crazy to others until you do it.

We don’t reach the mountaintop from the mountaintop. We start at the bottom and climb up. Blood and sweat and tears is involved. 

Don't surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn't true anymore.

We pay a high price for low living. Keep your values and morals intact.

You don’t have to get a job that makes others feel comfortable about what they perceive as your success. You don’t have to explain what you plan to do with your life. You don’t have to justify your education by demonstrating its financial rewards. Anyone who expects you to do any of those things has no sense of history or economics or science or the arts. You have to be kind. You have to give it all you’ve got. You have to find people who love you truly and love them back with the same truth. That’s all. 

So here we are, just you and me. I'm so happy you found me. Let's get honest, life can beat the crap out of you some days so I decided to create a safe haven of all things that provide comfort. Now I know we don't grow in our comfort zones but we do need rest. We need to feel safe and secure. I will be giving you a daily soothe everyday ( encouragement), I will share books and articles with you, I will recommend certain products that have worked really well for me without breaking the piggy bank. I will share my ugly days and my pretty ones. You, my kind, beautiful, talented, giving friend are not alone. The world needs what you have. Check out my column here.

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Book-The Girls- Instant Bestseller.

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Book- The Reckonings

My latest book, Disrupted is about single mother, Kate McCarthy who is packing up her house in the opening. The company she worked for for 10 years has downsized. Kate ultimately loses her home to foreclosure. Yet, when all seems lost, an opportunity presents itself-a A list celebrity, that is. This is a story of resilience and miracles. 

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True story about the writers experience of sexual assault and justice through different lens. I actually use this book ( essays) and some of it's excerpts in the latest book I am currently writing. My book is suspense fiction with perhaps a ladies book club in the mix of something terrible happening to the main character. The Reckoning is riveting. It will provoke all kinds of emotions. You can find below.

Book- Evvie Drake Starts Over- This story is so funny yet truthful. About a woman who decides to leave her husband without telling him in person ( for reasons you will find out) and the day she finally musters up the courage to leave, he dies in a car accident.

Book- Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is a story about a 30 something quirky loner who talks to herself often to get through her boring existence. Eleanor finally realizes the only way to survive her deep loneliness is to open her heart. Will make you laugh and cry. And desire to be nice to people no matter how different they are than you.

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Book- Wild Game, My mother, Her lover and Me- A daughter’s tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity.


Book- Unraveling Oliver- Chilling and sublimely written. The opening line is "I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her." Nothing quite as scary as someone who has lost their mind and total sense of right and wrong. You can find it here.

Book- She Said-Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey are investigative reporters at the New York Times, where their reporting on women, children and the workplace has changed laws and informed our culture. They share numerous honours for breaking the Harvey Weinstein story, including the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, journalism's highest accolade

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"Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves"

There are times in our lives where we will experience loss. It could be a relationship, a job, a dream, a home, financial loss or even a death. But in those times, is usually when we find our most authentic self. It's in the valley where the wild things grow.

Henry David Thoreau

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