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After reading “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes at the end of 2015, I gained the courage to develop this blog.  In the past, I have played with the thought of starting a writing platform however my self-doubt stopped me and my fears of what others would say blocked me.  I had to work on exploring my negative self-talk and begin to challenge them.  Rhimes’ book was the icing on the cake when she encouraged me to say “YES” to what I feared most.

As humans, we have different roles that define us.  A few of mine include being a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, volunteer, therapist and the list goes on.  These roles can produce overwhelming feelings from time to time.  I’m learning that I am not multiple people, but one person with several roles literally taking it day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute.  This blog will provide a light-hearted, witty writing from a therapeutic perspective towards self-evaluation and reflection on this crazy thing called life.  This blog is for the woman who is looking to step up and step out into a balanced life.  Ultimately, my hope is to create a pathway for strides towards a fabulous life for others, myself included.

Shayla is married to her best friend who serves in the US Army and mommy to an adventurous toddler.  During the day, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing psychotherapy in private practice.  My 10 plus years of clinical experience includes the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focus Brief Therapy (SFBT), Trauma Focus-CBT (TFCBT) and actively gaining experience in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).  My hobbies included reading, traveling, family time, crocheting and discussing fashion.

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