One day changed everything.
In 2012, Hurricane Sandy had somehow traveled far enough up the East Coast to do massive damage in New York and New Jersey, where I lived. While my home was not at all affected, I saw destruction all around me. People’s houses and lives were washed away within hours — the bewilderment and sadness remained after people’s houses and lives were washed away within hours. The collective energy of all of this had me asking if I was spending every day exactly how I wanted to? The answer was a resounding “no”.
I was an 8th grade public school teacher, and I had been teaching for 15 years. Due to the destruction to the infrastructure of New York City, school was canceled, and I received what I now refer to as my “Hurricane Sandy Gift”—a week of solitude and deep thinking.
I used this time to think about all the ways I could use my current skills and expertise to build a business. I loved teaching—and I still love teaching—but I just couldn’t continue working for a public school system that continued to demoralize and devalue teachers daily.
Less than six months later, I launched The Writing Whisperer in February 2013. Then in June I turned in my resignation to my teaching job. I haven’t looked back since.
And I am always encouraging others to create their own journeys of love, truth, and complete bliss.
After leaving the classroom, I wrote my memoir: Breaking the Silence: My Final Forty Days as a Public School Teacher. This book is a love letter to my students, fellow teachers, and the reformed public schools I envision in the future. It’s also a heartfelt message of hope, encouragement, and self-empowerment for those who feel stuck in soul-sucking careers.
People who know me refer to me as ShanLion because of the courage and fearlessness with which I now live my life! My sole mission is to teach and inspire others to dream bigger and bolder than ever before. I believe that if we use our voices to encourage and connect with people who need us most, we make the world a better place.
This passion ignites my mission with The Writing Whisperer, which is to help visionary entrepreneurs become thought leaders, through the use of strategic, branded content, so they can positively impact more people. Every act of business can be an act of love, and we can be profitable by staying true to who we are.
The Values I Live By
Be fully present.
Tell the truth (even when it hurts).
People come first, always.
Kind words change lives.
Love is my religion.
Lead by example.
Collaborate, don’t compete.
Start the day with gratitude.
Learn something new everyday.
My Business Principles
I serve others. I’m generous with the support and time I offer.
My business model is built with integrity.
Building quality relationships is the most important aspect of my brand.
I make a prosperous living which supports all the adventure in my life.
I do the work and detach from the outcome.
I “pay it foward” monthly through business tithing.
The results of my work lead to more work.
I remain balanced and mindful of the amount of work I do in relation to the other aspects of my life.
Content Marketing Manifesto
© 2018 M. Shannon Hernandez