Explore & Play is TWO!


On May 10th, 2011 I held the very first Explore & Play Class and Coaching Hour, Overcoming Overwhelm.

Since that time I’ve taught two dozen different classes and coached dozens of people through at least as many issues during the live calls.

When I started them, I wasn’t sure how they would go.

Would I . . . → keep reading

What can you say?

After the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon this afternoon, I’m having a hard time thinking about anything else.

It’s shocking and sad. At least two people have died, and more than 100 were injured.

There are many questions yet to be answered. I don’t know what to say to any of . . . → keep reading

Ease Doesn’t Always Mean Easy

Trilliums Blooming on the Ridge Trail in Forest Park, Portland, Oregon by Shannon Wilkinson

It isn’t necessarily easy to let yourself have ease.

And, having ease doesn’t necessarily mean something will be easy.

I was raised to be a scrappy bootstrapper. If it doesn’t require tenacity, elbow grease and baling twine, it doesn’t really count. (I know, I know, I’ve also shared with you how I’m reluctant to do . . . → keep reading

Acting on a Whim

Rainbow over the St. Johns Bridge in Portland Oregon

Tuesday morning I was in tears. It wasn’t the first time over the last couple of days.

I was overjoyed and overwhelmed with emotion by the response to my giving back on my birthday offer. Nearly 50 generous people joined in, named their price for Boring Change, and contributed to the pot for Kiva lending.

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Pay What You Wish for Boring Change

Shannon Wilkinson can't help smiling!

If you follow the Perception Studios Facebook page or are on my list, you already know how I’m giving back for my birthday. If not*, then you missed a big announcement.

See, I had lots of fun things planned over the weekend to celebrate my St. Patrick’s Day birthday, but it still felt like something . . . → keep reading

Lies You Tell Yourself


And by you, I mean me.

And by lies, I mean I don’t have time, I’m too busy, I can’t, That may be okay for other people but not for me.

I have long dreamt of starting each day leisurely. Taking my time to breathe and stretch myself out of bed, relax with a cup . . . → keep reading



Today I decided to do a number of things.

I decided to sign-up for the Foot Traffic Flat Marathon on the 4th of July, for the specific purpose of improving my finish time enough that I better my chances of actually running the Boston Marathon, not just qualifying for it.*

That wasn’t the biggest decision. . . . → keep reading

Tell a Fairy Tale (to yourself)

Shannon Wilkinson's such a secret princess she needs a sign (and a tiara)

Look back over the last day or two. How many stories have you told yourself?

You’ve probably told yourself stories about why things are the way they are, why you can or can’t do something, why you or more likely someone else has responded in a particular way.

We fill our lives with story.

These . . . → keep reading

There Doesn’t Always Need to be a Problem


Sometimes I get concerned that my work appears too problem-oriented. That it’s about fixing the problem, getting unstuck, changing a bad habit.

It isn’t.

It’s about bringing more ease, more fun, more of what you really want. It’s about being more you. Peeling away the protections you no longer need, embracing your superpowers, creating the . . . → keep reading

I Don’t Like It


While on a trail run recently, I ran past loads of people with dogs.

Most people had their dogs on leash, as required by law, and most of those that didn’t, held their dogs as I ran past.

I appreciate that so much.

One thing I’ve learned from running the last couple of years is . . . → keep reading