An Open Letter to the Non-Feminist

Dear Non-Feminist,

Do you agree that men and women should be allowed to apply for the same job and that the one most qualified should get the job? Do you believe that equal work should result in equal pay regardless of the person's race, religion, or gender?

Well then, you are a feminist.

No need to burn bras, drink cups filled with the tears of men, or scream woman power while flashing genitalia. 

A woman's place is in the house (yes, and the senate too).

An Open Letter to the Non-Feminist

One Word 2016 (+ other malarkey)

    Vera means "truth," but I should have been named "stubborn." For instance, the moment something trends, I renounce it. I am not hipster, but pop culture repulses me, except T. Swift, and she was once on my s*** list. One tradition I despise is New Year Resolutions. Once upon a time, I once believed in "new year, new me" mentality, yet after picking up a fresh journal, writing for 2 days, and then forgetting about it repeatedly for many years, a Resolution just felt like setting up for failure. 

    The newest trend is "one word" for the New Year. Put that word on a piece of paper and tape it to your desk, laminate it and put it in the shower, make it your phone background, the password to facebook and e-mail, spell it in your alphabet soup.

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5 Great Podcasts to Listen to in 2016

It's 2016. The majority of people in the United States own smart devices that have the ability to stream podcasts (the podcast app, overcast, cloudsound, etc). For those who are still on the search for quality podcasts to listen to, I bring you my favorites from 2015 that are continuing in 2016.

Top Podcasts of 2016

1) Being Boss: a conversational show with Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson discussing what it takes to run a business, raise a family, and being a good person, while also being Boss.

2) Start Up: a podcast about building a company from the start up phase to sustainable business phase. The production quality of Start Up is the best out of any on this list. If you are inspired by entrepreneurs with a love of all things silicone valley, Start Up will turn you on.

3) The Portfolio Life: a hit or miss podcast about business, writing, blogging, and life by Jeff Goins.

4) The Life Coach School: free life coaching sessions provided by Brooke Castillo

5) The School of Greatness: inspirational, empowering 5min - 1hr talks by Lewis Howes

The Simplest Smoothie Recipe

Food doesn't have to be complicated to be delicious & healthy.


Blueberry Peanut Butter Almond Milk Simple Breakfast Smoothie


  • Frozen blueberries
  • Peanut butter
  • Original unsweetened Almond milk

Pulse until all peanut butter blended in.

Add a large smoothie straw and enjoy! This smoothie is chock full of antioxidants, protein, and calcium. This smoothie will have you smiling for hours. Just be sure to check your pearly whites before smiling at the world as the blueberry skin is notorious for getting stuck between teeth and in gum lines.

Stay healthy my friends,
Vera Lou Shaw

How To Create a Capsule Wardrobe

What is a capsule wardrobe?

For me it means clothes that fit, make me feel sexybeautiful, and comfortable in my skin. I don't have to deliberate over my outfits because everything looks good and there aren't too many choices. I love every. single. piece. I never look at my closet and think I don't have anything to wear even though I'm starting at rows of clothes.

What a capsule wardrobe is not:

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The First Interview (+ The First Personal Post)

As I grow older and (hopefully) wiser, I don't want to forget the naïveté of a beginner's mindset. 

"If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few." -Shunryu Suzuki
Are your options limited or limitless?

Are your options limited or limitless?


Beginner's Mind

As a nursing student, I'd take notes in journals, random pieces of note paper, various word docs, and the "notes" app. First, I would see a problem in the world, next, brainstorm ways that I could fix it once I was a real nurse, and then, lose that piece of paper \ file \ app. Now that I am "a real nurse," I don't know what I wanted to fix.


Here is the place to document my observations, thoughts, and take action.


I hope I never forget my first interview.

Do you remember your first interview?

Do you remember your first interview?

I left home 30 minutes before my scheduled interview. I planned on leaving earlier, but knew that 11:00 was the absolute latest I could leave to still be early. I managed to sneak out with 1 minute to spare, success!  Arriving 15 min early meant that I had plenty of time to sit in the waiting area with expecting mothers and read the fliers on the wall. Do not abandon your baby; instead leave it with a hospital employee. That doesn't seem comforting to a woman about to give birth, but that's just me.

It's sad that the sign is needed, how can I fix this societal problem, oh God here comes my Interviewer.

"Hi, it's nice to meet you. I'm M."
"Hi, I'm V."

 After that, the abandon babies stopped racing through my mind, I answered about my strengths and threw in my weaknesses without being asked. We talked what I want to do in the hospital, what I can bring to the team, and where to go from here. 

Is it suppose to feel this smooth?

I thought I would be asked questions that would put me out of my comfort zone, but instead it just felt so smooth. I was comfortable and eager to join the team. I think M has done many times before. I hope all interviews feel this way. 

ACTION: When (I grow up) I am the interviewer, I want to make the interviewee feel welcomed, appreciated, and comfortable

I am a creator and a creator creates. I would like to be able to say, "I am a blogger and a blogger blogs," but I am not posting content regularly. In an effort to become a better blogger, I need to write every day. Therefore, this will function as an avenue to write, edit, and publish regularly.