we all win!


I used to define life in terms of what else could go wrong and what now?  I’d encountered so much darkness on this journey, that I just knew I had a red bullseye on my butt.  Until August 2016, when I made my way to Puerto Rico to recreate my life after spending two complete years in the abyss with suicidal depression, surviving a couple attempts. As I began my journey towards my bachelor’s degree with a concentration in child and adolescent development, I weaned off 11 psychotropic medications and began to face instead of numbing my demons.  I was absolutely terrified each time I perused my syllabuses at the beginning of every term, feeling I can’t do this repeatedly, constantly doubting my ability to successfully navigate academia whilst integrating all facets of self. There were six people that were instrumental to my academic success.  Two of them were my SNHU advisors.  Both Michele and Erin, what I perceive to be above and beyond to support me, oft times helping to assuage my doubts and fears, planting seeds of hope in my psyche. In the 2 years I traveled from my associates to my bachelors I learned how deep my desire to be of service was and how strong my fortitude. 

The honor of my successful education belongs not just to me but to these 6 warriors as well.  I want to, with a grateful heart acknowledge my incredible support system.  Erin Clarke, Michele Dietrich, Dad, Paulo, Niki and Paula…


For believing in me even when my step faltered.  Thank you for your unconditional support, and for worrying about me in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.  This academic excellence “summa cum laude” belongs to all of us, and to every single at-risk adolescent I can help with my journey.

We rise together!  
My new default question for the last year, has been and will continue to be...
What else is possible?

Published by: Shanti Shaharazade

Told to write it all down, I do, finally. It took me from 1991 to now, to surrender to Universe/God/dess (insert name of choice) and to embrace this path with my soul wide open. I love sharing all of my journey with young people to demonstrate that it is possible to choose the light constantly even when face to face with your own darkness. I've used a variety of tools to shed ego's protective barriers like onion layers. I am determined to share the journey, tools and encouragement, being the change I want in the world. If something resonates, touches you, please share, it could do the same for another. Also feel free to share your thoughts, opinions or to voice your disagreement, all points of view are welcome and appreciated, at worst we can agree to disagree. Thank you for stopping by!!! Sat Nam

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