Life to Your Soul



Today’s my birthday so I’d like to share 25 things about myself.

1. I love parks and nature in general. There’s nothing like standing next to enormous trees and smelling the fresh air.

2. I love to sing. When I was 3 years old I started singing. My mom realized I had a gift when she heard me singing “Colors of the Wind” in the bathtub.

3. I love to paint and color. Not only is it therapeutic but fun to watch colors cross an empty canvas.

4. I wanted to be a mad scientist when I was younger. Between the ages of 7 and 12 I would make homemade concoctions at home (baking soda and perioxide, dough brains, goop, etc.) My little sister was my guinea pig and sometimes others involuntarily.

5. I once snipped one of my ponytails because I was inspired by Parent Trap’s hair cutting scene. (Of course, I was a professional hair stylist at 7. Who wasn’t?)

6. I walked into a door while staring at my elementary school crush across the hall. That was painful and embarrassing but I got his attention.

7. I won 1st place and $100 for a collage my mom and I made in tribute of Martin Luther King Jr. in a contest.

8. I didn’t know how to smile when I was younger. I had more of a grim smirk than an actual smile. It was rather scary.

9. My prom dress was paid for by a very nice woman I met on the bus. There were two left at David’s Bridal. Her daughter could fit one and she thought I’d fit the other. She was right! I tried it on and got it on my birthday in 2008.

10. I was known for being stiff when I would move in dance and when I would sing. An instructor from a prestigious college, I will not say where, sprained her wrist falling while trying to loosen me up!

11. I dyed my own hair at 17.

12. I almost drowned in a pool when I was about 9. I went too far out and a younger boy brought me back to safety.

13. When asked to sing in front of people I would turn my back to them or tell everyone to close their eyes because I was shy.

14. I was once a girl scout.

15. My name means song and stony place.

16. I made a rap when I was 12 about my name. It was cool. To this day my immediate family remembers the rap.

17. I won my family tickets to go to a beach with my church for singing Yolanda Adam’s “Fragile Heart” during karaoke.

18. I’ve shared the same stage with Fantasia, Talib Kweli, and a host of other celebs.

19. I love landscape photography and to take photos of different scenery.

20. Children motivate and inspire me in many ways. I encourage them to live out their dreams and enjoy their youth.

21. I preached my first sermon at 15. Prayer is the key!

22. I hear music and songs that haven’t been played before.

23. I reached top 40 in the Gospel Music Channel’s Most Powerful Voices competition.

24. I like to eat pasta and savory foods.

25. I have overcome depression, social phobia, and insecurities. I am an overcomer.

Author: Shantel G.

there once was a little girl. who dreamed of impacting the world. but she didn't think she was brave enough. she thought she wasn't strong enough. didn't think she was even beautiful. one day she cried out to God in desperation. she wanted to feel loved and appreciated. God took her under His wings. changed her mindset and set her free from depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide, and low self-esteem. she blossomed into a beautiful, courageous, confident woman. her gifts have opened doors and motivated others. her life never was the same. she is still blooming and I am she!

4 thoughts on “25.

  1. A lovely read! Wish you a very happy birthday. God bless. 🙂

  2. Very nicely written and great shares Shantel.

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