I'm only Human...

Almost three weeks ago I was down on Broadway, lost somewhere between the Honky Tonk lights and the city streets. Crossing over 4th with my mic box in my hand, I was ready for my shift with the band. The first floor of Honky Tonk Central, where we played for hours as the crowd jumped up and down to "Party in the USA." I was doing it, I was living my dream job.

I've never been one to say "no" to people, or to the things that I knew I could help out with, even if that meant I only got 3 to 4 hours of sleep the night before, I'd show up. I've always been one to live my life by the "get up, show up, and never give up" quote. Always reaching for more, creating new goals, or just simply trying to make the day even more awesome than the last. Thats when it happened...

Who the heck do I think I am, walking into an amazing gig without properly warming up, a rockstar or something?! A few hours into my gig I felt the left side of my neck getting extremely tight, then sore, and then all the sudden the words to Wagon Wheel were barely coming out. How was I gonna get through the remainder of this show? Well, by getting back up, showing up, and not giving up, so I finished the gig and thought nothing of it.

A week goes by and my neck is still very tender, now the worry sets in. I go to a local urgent care whom had zero answers for me. So, I head to the ER next where again, zero answers. Now I'm just frustrated and begin to WEB MD my symptoms, take my advice, NEVER WEB MD your symptoms... Like ever!!!!

The next week I hop on a flight back to Michigan to see my doctor and to get some further tests done. Well the results came back, I strained a muscle in my neck. As bad as it TOTALLY sucks, it could have been worse and hey, I'M ONLY HUMAN. Things happen to all of us.

Sometimes we get reminded that we need to slow our roll. Take care of ourselves, and tell ourselves that it's okay to say "no" to things. Especially when you've completely depleted your energy source and your eyes have gone cross-eyed due to a lack of sleep. Just say no. It is so important to take care of ourselves and make sure our own cup is filled up before trying to go out to fill others. Trust me... You'll thank me for that little life hack!

Though I am on 4 weeks of vocal rest, so this stubborn little neck muscle can get back to normal, I am thankful. Set backs only prepare you for an even greater comeback. In the meantime, I have some pretty awesome announcements and events happening that I can't wait to share with you!

Through the ups and the downs of this crazy, adventurous, blessing filled life, THANK YOU for continuing to cheer me on, be in my corner, and follow this journey with me. YOU are the real MVP.

My blessings to you all,

Shantel, Xo

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