💖 About Shadow N Shine 💖
What is Shadow N Shine you ask? Shadow N Shine is a lifestyle brand with an emphasis in spirituality and basically an extension of who I am. You can find all kinds of crumbs to nibble on here, like a delicious cupcake. When I originally began Shadow N Shine as a blog I wrote about most girly type topics, such as fashion/beauty, travel, dogs, entertainment/pop culture, life in LA, etc. In 2021 though I decided to switch gears a little bit. While those fun and lighthearted lifestyle topics may still make an appearance at times, I have actually decided to steer this website towards more of an outlet for the work I do through YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok in providing intuitive tarot readings for people. So you may see topics pop up occasionally about spirituality, twin flames, crystals, astrology, and more. Shadow N Shine is my main hub and the one stop shop to find not only my services as a tarot reader, but it’s really home for any way to connect with me.
And even if you’re not looking for any of those things, you are still in the right place, and here’s why. In addition to all those lovely lifestyle and spiritual topics I love sharing inspirational stories and advice (which can go hand in hand with life’s journey spiritually), whether it be drawing from my own life, others around me, or other unique outside sources. It’s a part of my passion for simply believing kindness can truly go a long way, caring about people, and letting love lead the way. This is kinda where the name Shadow N Shine comes from. It’s a double meaning. The surface meaning is Shadow (after my dog child, Shadow, you will see a lot of him on here and my socials) and Shine because I love all things glittery and sparkly. Then there’s the deeper meaning. In life, we all go through shadowy, dark, difficult challenges. We all have shadow work to do. But it is in those challenges we can learn to really shine through and make a difference! That is how Shadow N Shine came to be!
💕 About Me 💕
As for me, I literally find myself between residences, once again, as I write this and edit my website. I was born and raised in the Chicagoland area, which I recently returned to in 2021 after spending 15 years in Los Angeles (one of my true soulmates). But after spending almost two years back in the midwest I have truly discovered I am a western girl at heart. While I love LA and it will always have a special place in my heart, I don't feel going back to Cali is where I'm meant to be right now. Honestly I crave the adventure mountains bring. I find myself currently in the process of moving to Colorado, another place my heart definitely has pieces in - more to come on that later.
I live with my fur and feather babies, Shadow (Chihuahua), Waggles, and Ralphie (both parakeets). Prior to Covid-19 flipping the world upside down in 2020 I was a professional dog walker in Los Angeles. I loved and enjoyed that work so much, but once the pandemic hit I lost many of my clients due to them either working from home or losing their jobs. During quarantine was when I transitioned from dog walker to tarot reader online. It’s funny because if you had told me five years ago I would be doing tarot readings for people online I would’ve laughed in your face! Never in a million years did I think I would be in that line of work. It was never something I aspired to do. It (like most spiritual work, since it’s more of a calling) found me and I kinda just fell into it. Since living back in the Chicagoland area I also began doing readings in person at Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa in Crystal Lake. I'm also the social media manager there, so if you check out their social media, the person behind that is - yup, you guessed it - Me! If you're local to the Chicagoland area and are afraid to miss me at Enlightened Balance, don't worry because even after relocating to Colorado I will still be doing evening virtual readings for the store, so feel free to head over to their website and book with me live on Zoom over there!
Music and entertainment is a huge part of my life. Since I was a little girl I’ve always loved singing, dancing, and performing. I guess it’s a “phase” I never grew out of considering I did show choir in high school, was a musical theater major in college, released a pop EP many, many moons ago, and did a plethora of internships within the music industry ranging from record labels to major TV networks. It was an amazing ride and an adventure I do not regret. Nowadays I’m not active in that world anymore. In a sense, I crave a slower-paced, more stable, less chaotic life. But I still crave expressing my creativity. I guess that’s where this website comes in. And speaking of music let’s put this to rest once and for all. It’s not Backstreet Boys and it’s not *NSYNC. It’s 98°, always has been, always will be. Just had to get that off my chest for all my fellow late 90’s/early 00’s pop millennial music nerds out there. (I also may partially be biased from my own past experiences and basically considering them as my big brothers of the music industry, but who’s counting?)
As Shadow N Shine suggests from its description, I too have been through my fair share of dark, shadowy moments. One of the darkest moments I’ve experienced happened when I was 13 years old when my dad passed away. He suffered from multiple myeloma, which is bone marrow cancer. He died only two brief months after being diagnosed. There many awful things we all may go through in this broken world, but death, and loss of a loved one (especially a parent) is more devastating than words can express. At this point in my life, I’ve lived more of my life without my dad than with him. But no matter how many years go by it doesn’t lessen that heartbreak. The one thing I do know is in grief you never stop missing that person. It’s a lie that time helps you “get over it.” What time does do is help you learn to live in your new reality without them. Death, loss, and grief are real and scary things. If you ever need someone to talk to you and listen to what you may be going through in this area, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. While I may not have the answers, I definitely understand.
I’m not about to wrap up this “About Me” section on a sad note though! Let’s liven this up a little bit with some simple fun trivia. When I was five years old I went to Disneyland for the very first time. After our trip, I told my parents that when I grew up I wanted to live next door to Mickey Mouse and that is one childhood dream I made come true! I eventually moved to LA and I’m one of those Disney crazy people who was a super proud Disneyland Annual Pass Holder when Disneyland still provided the program prior to the pandemic, with the magnet on the back of my car still to prove it and all. I’m a typical Basic Betty who loves leggings, Uggs, and my Starbucks coffee (preferably a peppermint mocha during the Christmas season). I’m a total girly girl who is a confessed shopaholic, loves the color pink, and obviously glitter. I’m one of those rare unicorns that can love and appreciate both Twilight and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’m a little Christmas crazy and I start counting down to Christmas December 26th every year. My decorations and tree are usually up right around November 1st. Disclaimer: Around the holidays especially, hanging out with me can be like spending time with Buddy the Elf!
I love traveling! I’ve been to 38 out of the 50 states and Canada once when I was ten years old. Whether it is by air or car there is something exhilarating about exploring the world, even if it’s right in your own backyard in your own country. Between November of 2020 to May of 2021 I drove across country a total of three times! I was not about to not see my family for the holidays in 2020, but I also was not comfortable flying because of the pandemic. Instead I drove out to Chicago from LA, then drove back LA, and picked back up and drove back to Chicago again for the actual move. Safe to say my Honda HRV is always up for adventure - next one being to Colorado. There is something magical about a road trip that an airplane just can’t dish up. I’ve done countless cross-country road trips between LA and Chicago over the years (both northern and southern routes). My top three places I would love to visit that I’ve never been to before would be 1. Hawaii 2. Europe 3. Disney World (as a Disneylander, this is an absolute must).
This may not be a popular opinion for everyone who visits my website, but it’s a part of who I am and important to me. I am a Christian, therefore Jesus is the center of my spiritual journey. I call upon his protection and guidance when I do readings as I do believe he is an ascended master. I’m not one to push my beliefs on others and I think everyone is entitled to believe, as they want. So if Jesus isn’t your cup of tea, no worries. I’m not here to preach at you. I’m not one to hide that part of my life and I prefer to be as transparent about that as possible. I focus more so on the connection and relationship with spirit than the rules and regulation that comes with religion. That’s a little on me. I’m sure you’ll know more about me if you hang out and check out some blog posts here or subscribe/follow on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok for some readings, which I hope you do! Finally, I’d just like to add no matter what life throws at you, no matter what obstacles come against you, just remember that you are strong, you are loved, there is no one else in the world just like you, and you can do anything you put your mind to. Keep sparkling, I’m sending you lots of hugs and much love… And always remember, whatever you do…. do it with sparkle! Keep sparkling my friends! ✨