009: My Birthday Episode!

I am now officially 55 years old.  When considering what I want for my birthday, I decided to make a list. That got me thinking, why don’t we celebrate every day like it’s our birthday?  On this episode of the podcast, I want to share my list of birthday bucket-list items for each day, not just my birthday.

I am taking control of my life and asking for things that I want. In this episode, you will hear how I am taking control in my life. I share a few stories how far I have come in the changes I am making.  I made my birthday bucket-list for every day. I would love to hear what’s on your birthday bucket-list. Email me your list at ShemaneHealthyHappy@gmail.com


You’ll Learn:

  • [01:40] – Have more fun, less heartache.
  • [03:02] – I don’t want to let haters bother me. I share my recent experience with my husband, Ted, Kid Rock, and Sarah Palin in the White House and Oval Office.  We received a lot of hate for this, and I share how it impacted me.
  • [09:13] – I go through several other items on my birthday bucket-list.
  • [09:53] – I would like to be more assertive. In my 20’s, I was a people-pleaser. I share a story with how I have advanced in this area of life.
  • [12:51] – I want to be healthy. My health has to be my priority, every single day.
  • [14:02] – I share an example of taking control of my life.


For more information like I shared with you today, pick up my book, 4 Minutes a Day, Rock ‘n Roll Your Way to Happy: Be Happier, Healthier, More Prosperous, and Life the Life of Your Dreams

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Blog & Weekly Update July 17, 2017

Learning / EducationalI’m officially 55 years old! When I was thinking about what I wanted to have and to do on my birthday to make it special, I wondered why we only wait until our birthdays to do those special things we always wanted to do – to eat cake, go shopping, celebrate with friends, or go on a trip? Why don’t we live every day that way – or most days? Obviously we have things to do in our lives that cannot be avoided, like paying bills and cleaning toilets, but what if we slice out a portion of a few occasional days doing things we enjoy, surrounded by people who uplift us instead of those who bring us down?

I wanted to share a few of my bucket list items for each day, not just my birthday.

Here’s my bucket list of birthday wishes: Watch the video here:

  1. Have more fun, less heart ache.
  2. Be the crazy lady dancing on the beach. We’ve all seen that woman who’s older – my age – with headphones in her ears, most likely playing the music loud, dancing, wearing a bikini – whether or not she should – and why not? She exudes love, laughter and light. We could all use a littler more of those things, can’t we?
  3. Once in a while have a chocolate croissant and coffee for breakfast
  4. Get those good endorphins going every day – work out more and laugh more
  5. Make my health a priority every day! As a former migraine sufferer, and having had a life-threatening illness, I know the importance of having good health.
  6. Take a cooking class
  7. Read more books
  8. Watch less TV
  9. Worry less about what others think about me, haters are gonna hate – give em something to hate about! Be yourself!
  10. Do more yoga (maybe even take yoga teacher training)
  11. Spend more time with people who appreciate and love me, and less time with those who don’t.
  12. Dance in the rain, dance on the beach, dance in the kitchen, dance when no one is watching, dance when everyone is watching!
  13. Be grateful for three things every day
  14. Watch more sunsets and sunrises
  15. Be more assertive: I was born and raised a people pleaser, so this is work-in-progress. Watch this video to see how I recently made a significant breakthrough: https://youtu.be/O0wIyiMU5bA


FitnessOne of the things I wanted to on my birthday was teach a Zumba Fitness class & share my passion for healthy living with others!  The miles of smiles made it all worthwhile!

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As my friend Alvie Shepherd says, “yes you can!” And yes I did – do a headstand on a paddle board with my friend April looking on in disbelief!
Yes I can!

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Yes YOU can do whatever you set your mind to do. There are many examples of people overcoming obstacles, so why not you? Why can’t I do a headstand on a paddleboard at 55 years of age?
What is it that you’ve always wanted to do but hesitated?


Got to celebrate my birthday early with my hubby!

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Had a GNO (Girl’s Night Out) with some friends at a fabulous french restaurant on my birthday!

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My friend April got me this amazing, heartfelt bracelet engraved with the Bible verse Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7

She read my blog about a child I lost, but I always knew would have been named Coco.

Read my blog here: www.ShemaneNugent.Rocks/coco
On the inside of the bracelet, April engraved “Happy Birthday Mom, Love Coco”
I was instantly choked up, and fighting back the tears. Thank you April for such a thoughtful gift!

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I received so many amazing gifts!

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Blog & Weekly Update July 10, 2017

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Educational Tidbits:

LearningThis week I wanted to share a personal story with you. I was born and raised a people-pleaser and I allowed others to take advantage of me and treat me disrespectfully.  Fortunately, my personal growth journey seems to be on a fast-forward track during this past year. One reason is because of candid discussions with my friend April O’Leary, who is a Life Coach. In my new podcast, April and I chat about toxic relationships and playing the victim role rather than taking ownership of our behavior.  Growing up, I remember wanting to be liked and winning the approval of my family and friends.  That mentality ultimately cultivated low self-esteem, jealousy and even depression.  Now, I still struggle with those things, but after loooooooong discussions with April, reading her book, “Ride the Wave” and developing my own tools and techniques for happiness, I’m getting stronger and more confident every day!


Social Snaps:

Social SnapsWe celebrated our nation’s Independence Day not with a barbecue, but inspiring others to give back to those who have fought and are still fighting for us to be free.  Ted and I are on the board of directors for Operation Finally Home – a non-profit organization that provides mortgage-free homes for veterans.
Independence Day 2017

Fun and Family: Kids and Dogs

Cuteness AlertMy dog Happy has a killer instinct and can even climb trees after those darn squirrels!  But he’s afraid of thunder!  Sometimes tough guys need a little TLC too!
Somebody is afraid of thunder.

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008: Journey to Peaceful Living

This Week’s Episode:
On this episode, I’m joined by my friend and business partner, April O’Leary. April wrote Ride the Wave: Journey to Peaceful Living, which is an amazing book. This episode was recorded in April’s car, as she took me to the airport.

In this episode, you will hear April, and I discuss her book. She explains how taking ownership of situations can help us overcome. There is a real danger in having a victim mentality. April got me started on Isagenix, and we also talk about the Isabody Challenge.

Connect with April O’Leary:
Website – http://apriloleary.com

You’ll Learn:
● [01:20] – April explains why she wrote her book, Ride the Wave: Journey to Peaceful Living.
● [02:53] – Shemane explains that none of us get out of life unscathed. April shares how ownership plays a role in overcoming these situations.
● [05:43] – April talks about the danger of a victim mentality.
● [07:30] – We talk about Isagenix and the importance of putting healthy and positive food in our bodies.
● [09:29] – April talks about the Isabody Challenge. She shares her incredible dedication to this challenge.
● [11:16] – April talks about sacrificing and swapping out foods.

For more information like I shared with you today, pick up my book, 4 Minutes a Day, Rock ‘n Roll Your Way to Happy: Be Happier, Healthier, More Prosperous, and Life the Life of Your Dreams

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Blog & Weekly Update July 3, 2017

I’m so glad you’re here! Thanks for taking a few minutes to check out some fun & enlightening videos and posts from last week!

Educational In a couple weeks I’ll be turning 55! Rather than feeling disappointed by the numbers, I’m proud that I’ve been able to overcome significant physical and emotional obstacles in my life and, most importantly, feel better than ever! Unlike women (and men) who are hesitant to disclose their age, I don’t mind. In fact, I feel like I’m in my prime. I’ve learned how to be more assertive and speak my truth without being hurtful. When my husband asks me where I want to go for dinner, I say the exact name of the restaurant, rather than, “I don’t care,” and then sulk because he couldn’t read my mind.

You may find it difficult to believe, but I struggled with self-confidence most of my life. Especially as the wife of a rock star, it was always easier to just go along with whatever Ted wanted. Ultimately, I wound up feeling angry until I learned to voice my opinion. You might say I’m a late bloomer since it’s taken me 54 years to figure out how to do that, but I’m getting stronger and wiser every day!

The trials and tribulations we endure not only fortify us, but these setbacks help us acknowledge the people, places and things with which we want to be surrounded. Honestly, I couldn’t be happier to be (almost) 55! And, I’ll admit, this past year has brought some challenges, but also some amazing changes in my life since I found Isagenix! I feel like it’s the fountain of youth!!

Check out this educational article about staying fit and healthy as you age: http://www.isagenixhealth.net/stay-fit-prime/

And what’s the deal with coconut oil? Is it good or bad for you? Here’s an interesting article by Chalene Johnson: http://www.chalenejohnson.com/nutrition/the-coconut-oil-debate-why-you-should-continue-to-use-coconut-oil/

The weight loss and fitness secret you haven’t heard before! Hint: Be selfish! Here’s a video you may have missed from my Motivational Monday segments with Julie Hays:


It was so exciting to visit the Isagenix World Headquarters in Phoenix, AZ last week with my friend and business partner April O’Leary!

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Some of the Isagenix executives even came to Ted’s concert! Here we are backstage:

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This is absolutely adorable! Watch how a stray dog walks on stage during a live symphony performance! I’ll bet s/he found a new home after this! http://boingboing.net/2017/06/30/stray-dog-joins-orchestra-on-s.html

If you’ve never heard my podcasts before, check out my favorite interview with Dr. Kapil Gupta about becoming MindLESS, not mindFUL. It changed my life. http://thisrockinlife.libsyn.com/rss

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Blog & Weekly Update June 26, 2017

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I hope you’re doing well! Here are a few educational and enlightening videos and posts from last week that are fun, educational, and make you want to eat cake!

Educational Tidbits:

LearningMore than 220,000 people watched my Facebook Live video about Women & Self-Defense, so I put it on Youtube. These simple tips could save your life!

Social Snaps:

Social SnapsMotivation Monday! How can you have your cake and eat it too, without gaining weight?  I watch what I eat, but I love to eat & I don’t deny myself an occasional treat! Here’s my secret:

And here’s a Facebook Live on Finding Joy:

Fun and Family: Kids and Dogs

Sadie & Butterflies!Cuteness Alert

Sadie & Butterflies!

Health & Fitness

Health & FitnessIf you haven’t tried Hot Yoga I highly recommend it.  This was the temperature at the END of class, after the room cooled off.
temperature at the END of class

Wise Words To Live By:

Motivational QuoteWork Hard

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Weekly Update June 20, 2017

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Last week was filled with highs and lows.  An attack by an American, on American soil, at Americans was shocking.  It caused my husband to finally take my advice about backing down the tone.  Maybe we should all try to get along a little better. Read my blog Words Matter here: http://shemanenugent.rocks/words-matter

And it we celebrated Father’s Day too! Check out my blog about my dad: http://shemanenugent.rocks/not-just-father-dad

Educational Tidbits:

LearningMy Friends

My friends and business partners April O’Leary and Danielle Russo Slugh did an HOUR-Long Facebook Live about the Super Food products that have changed our lives.

While in Florida, I was able to fit in a beach walk and yoga on the pier: https://www.instagram.com/p/BVSWOSehJ7v/?taken-by=shemanenugent

Social Snaps:

Social SnapsLove these girls! Not only are we best friends, but business partners as well!  We’re having fun, staying healthy and changing people’s lives.  If you want to do the same, maybe you’re ready to start putting yourself first, maybe you want more energy, maybe you want to lose weight and get in shape, join us!

Check out www.shemanenugent.rocks/opportunity

Healthy Living: Looks Good, Tastes Better!


Seriously one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten! Salmon with gnocchi, spinach and cream sauce at Gratzi in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Salmon with gnocchi, spinach and cream sauce!

Fun and Family: Kids and Dogs

More dog pics!! It’s so relaxing to go boating and when I get to bring my dogs, it’s even better!Cuteness Alert

My Dogg Saddie

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Not Just a Father – A Dad

It’s easy to be a father, but being a dad is about men who are present in their children’s lives. I remember looking into the stands and seeing my dad at my gymnastics meets, track meets, basketball games, volleyball games, motorcross races and swim meets. In fact, he even attended many of my practices too. It meant so much to this little girl to know that her dad was just beyond the locker room door, waiting to take me home. Once in a while he’d allow me to have a special treat after grueling two-hour practices: an ice cream sandwich!

When I wanted to end my competitive swimming career, my dad encouraged me to continue one more year. He could see something in me that I couldn’t: potential. I stuck with it and the following year became a state champion swimmer!

No matter what activity I was interested in, he was there to show me love and support. He even built a balance beam in our backyard so I could practice gymnastics! Sadly, my dream of becoming an Olympian fizzled.

Instead, I was in the marching band, became a cheerleader, and of course, I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my big brother, Guy, who was a champion motocross racer. It was pouring rain during one of the races and the track was a sloppy mess. I took a spill around a corner and struggled to get my motorcycle out of the mud and upright again. My dad was there to help!

Thank-you Dad, for always being there for me and showing me how to be a parent. Your constant presence in my life, through good times and bad, has given me the confidence to try new things and challenge myself to be the best I can be. Because of you, I strived to be at all my son’s childhood activities. Anytime I questioned whether or not driving five hours to watch Rocco’s basketball games or swim meets, I remember the feeling I had when I knew you were there sitting in the stands. And on a few occasions, I took Rocco to get an ice cream sandwich, too.

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Words Matter

An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” said Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan after an American citizen woke up one morning and decided he wanted to shoot Republican congressmen because of their conservative beliefs. It’s bad enough that we have to go to war to fight Isis and people who hate the fact that we are free to say and do (within reason) what we want, whenever we want.

Words Matter Ted & ShemaneWe all say things we regret. I know I do, and my husband has been a perpetrator of verbiage that was hateful and toxic. For years, I warned him that his scathing rhetoric would get him in trouble. It did. He was investigated by the Secret Service for saying terribly unkind things about our former president, although what he said was clearly misunderstood. He’s passionate. But the passion, I warned, could be more effective without the childish name-calling. He finally agreed, and he explains everything in an apology on Facebook.

The First Amendment does not and should not ever include violence. As Americans, we have always set an example for the rest of the world. We should watch our tone, however, and not demonize each other through bombastic verbiage. This week’s tragedy caused my husband to alter his stance and he credited me as his reason for the drastic change. My persistence paid off.

During a time when the nation is turmoil fighting over basic beliefs and principles like health care, abortion and jobs, we had an opportunity to bring the two opposing sides together in a simple charity baseball game. Republican congressmen against the Democrats. It was a time where oppositional views were put aside so that regardless of who you route for, everyone would win.

As a Zumba fitness instructor, I see all walks of humanity in my classes; men, women and children of all races, faiths and political views. I am a conservative, Christian woman, but when Barack Obama was first elected, I remember seeing a few t-shirts with ‘Obama’ written boldly across the front of them, on people in my classes, but it never mattered. I welcome each and every person into my class.

There is a time to argue and a time to dance.

The Congressional baseball game raised millions of dollars for charitable causes. Liberals and Conservatives came together and cheered each other. The winning Democrats even handed over their trophy to the Republicans for Rep. Steve Scalise until he recovers. And for a split second, Nancy Pelosi actually agreed with Speaker Paul Ryan. Now that’s progress.

I’m not a celebrity like my husband is, but even I’ve been misquoted in an interview. One newspaper reporter printed that I said, “I hated writing my book”. What I really said was, “I loved writing the book”. With so many online bloggers and so-called journalists, the facts can be distorted. Wikipedia actually printed that I had two children, and I would know, I only gave birth to one. We need to be careful not to believe everything we read and hear.

An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” Paul Ryan

Let’s come together as Americans regardless of the color of our skin or our political beliefs. We all bleed red. Wouldn’t it be nice to see less mud-slinging in political debates and elections, and in our news? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all just dance?

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Hi there!

I thought you might be interested in update of some things I’ve been doing recently and other social media I’ve discovered that have made me laugh, cry, or are educational.  To help save you time, I’ll wrap it up in a super cute package delivered to your in box each week (mostly.  I might skip a week here & there)

Making Fitness Fun: Teaching Zumba Fitness

Social SnapsIt was so much fun to teach a Zumba fitness (& I do mean fitness!!) class this week at the Naples Family Fitness Center.  Instructors teach differently.  As the developer of Zumba in the Circuit, I am naturally inclined to infuse a lot of fitness into my dance routines. My goal is to make sure my students have a great workout. Also, I realized that some people feel they are uncoordinated and actually fearful of walking into a dance/fitness class.  By adding squats and lunges periodically, I know my students will be getting a good workout – which is mainly why they want to attend!  It’s also FUN!!  My goal is to make you sweat and smile!

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Naples Family Fitness

Educational Tidbits: It’s Time for Ticks!

LearningIt’s Tick Time!  Check out the Facebook Live video I did about Lyme disease. Many times this goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Recognize the symptoms before it’s too late!

Click Here To Watch The Video

Ted was recently bit by a tick and he had some terrible flu-like symptoms. Fortunately we caught it in time. Learn what to do if you get bit.

Ted’s Story
Lyme Epidemic Clock is Tick-Tick-Ticking

Healthy Living: Looks Good, Tastes Better!


A delicious snack or meal can be the easiest! I love this Caprese Salad with avocado!

Fun and Family: Kids and Dogs

My grandson Finn celebrated his 5th birthday! Isn’t he adorable?Cuteness Alert


My dog Sadie just LOVES to carry things around. This log was almost as big as her!

My dog Sadie

Motivational Quote

Motivational QuoteYou can’t always please everyone so you may as well please yourself!

You can’t always please everyone so you may as well please yourself!

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