Welcome. This is not a hair blog.

I get it, the whole curls part of it could definitely mean I'm here to talk about hair, but I'm not. I just happen to have curly hair and my name begins with an "s". My original vision for this blog was to share bits and pieces of my life, kind of like a diary. As I got older, the direction changed to writing about life and how to get over the hurdles it throws at us, from the small stuff to huge, game-changing events to the simple act of enjoying this life we're living. 

My Background

I'm originally from nowhere really. I was born in Columbus, Georgia then proceeded to live in Miami, Florida, Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Atlanta, Georgia and San Antonio, Texas. Atlanta was my home for eight years, and I do mean exactly 8 years. I moved there straight out of high school in August of 2004, started attending Georgia State University, and remained there working, being an "off-and-on" student, experiencing city living realness-including going out drinking, clubbing, working two jobs at once and avoiding bums downtown-until everything went to shit as it often does after an 8-year stint in a city like Atlanta. Not to say I don't love Atlanta. It will always hold a special place in my heart. I moved into my first apartment and became completely independent while living there, purchased my first car there (after a friend totaled my previous car after a night at Compound), learned how people can generally be completely amazing or completely useless, met some great people I still speak to today...and really, truly learned what I did and didn't want to do with my life.

Specifically, I didn't want to be a paralegal forever, living check to check and always being treated like someone less-than, knowing I wanted more for myself and my life.

In August of 2012 (exactly 8 years later), after I was laid off from a final Atlanta law firm, my apartment lease ended and my car broke down...I decided it was time for a change. 

Translation: I moved to where my parents were in my mid-twenties. 

I moved in with them (the first time I'd lived with my parents in 8 years), and remained there for a year and a half until I got back on my feet. I still managed to fit trips to New York and Miami in there, which financially were probably not the best idea. But I needed those trips. I needed them bad. I was stir crazy, missed my friends and missed my trips. Sometimes it's just necessary. "Cueste lo que me cueste." I wouldn't change one trip I made. I also became an Alpha Warrior. I made the terrible decision to drink before that competition, so I did the entire obstacle course hungover. But I made it, dammit. I got my medal.

People say it all the time, but few truly mean it: the only people that always have and always be there for you are your parents. It is what it is. 

So I came to Texas, started working, finally got my car shipped from Atlanta, and probably the most important thing...I started going back to school. 


Today, I am employed in the digital strategy field which I love. Going back to school proved fruitful-I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and am working my way through a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the same school.

I'm the founder of Chai Thirteen Digital, a web, content and social media strategy company; a member of Tech Bloc (San Antonio tech movement) and the Executive VP for the Graduate Business Association at UTSA. 

For the past three years, I've taken solo trips to places I've never been and plan to continue doing so. It's a great chance to escape from the day-to-day without being on anyone's schedule but your own and being able to explore a new place with an open mind.

Basically, I'm living proof that everything can go to shit but if you persevere and keep moving forward, you can literally start over. Even if that means moving halfway across the country.


Let's connect. General inquiries, digital strategy consulting, writing commissions and topic suggestions are welcome.

Email: shannon@sdotcurls.com



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