Like many baby-boomers I’ve invented and reinvented myself several times. This has added richness to my life that I would not trade despite some bumps in the road. Although I resist categorizing myself, I recognize an introduction is in order and I’ll try to accommodate but be aware that anything I write is just a part of the whole. We humans are too complex to capture easily.
I have been fortunate to have lived in and met wonderful people in many parts of the U.S. I was born in Missouri, raised in California, and have lived and worked in Los Angeles, New York City, Deer Isle, Sarasota and now Charleston. I have a BA in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz with an emphasis on socio-behavior and evolutionary biology and a Masters in Public Administration with emphasis in healthcare administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.
For over 25 years I was a health care administrator and a real estate investor. I have also been a Realtor in Sarasota, Florida and now in Charleston, South Carolina. I am fortunate in that I’m able to combine my passions and have multiple streams of income. I am an agent with the Keller Williams Charleston West Ashley and am able to help people pursue their dreams of owning, selling and investing in real estate. I also own a company specializing in health and wellness products and in helping others fulfill their hopes of being entrepreneurs and becoming successful.
Ok, so those are my academic and career credentials but that’s only part of the picture. Here’s some trivia that will never be in Trivial Pursuit – For astrology buffs, I’m a Cancerian and run true to form. I love to travel and have many, many trips planned for the next few years. I’m a celebrant and have officiated over several weddings. I am an avid though amateur gardener. I love to read and typically finish at least two books a week. I’m a feminine woman who gets a kick out of wearing bright red polish on my nails and colorful “summer frocks”. I enjoy poetry, art, music, and the wonder of nature. I enjoy cooking for 6 or more people.
I have friends who I consider my chosen family and the lines are blurred as to who is blood and who isn’t and why it should even matter. Every day I am amazed by the strength, decency, talents, wisdom, and compassion of people I meet. If you look for it, there is far more good in this world than bad.
I’ve been told I’m vibrant. I am an energetic and very social person who loves to laugh. I’m naturally optimistic and typically cheerful. I am a hard worker but am not so goal oriented that I don’t take time to have fun. Life is too short not to enjoy and I try to do so every day.
I’m very happily and romantically married. My husband Bob Wilson was a commercial salmon fisherman for many years before returning to school. We met in college in California, married, and moved to the east coast. He has a PhD in molecular genetics and spent 20 years studying two rare genetic endocrine diseases and running both prenatal testing and basic research laboratories. Currently he is an associate professor and director of the genomics analysis core lab at the Medical University of South Carolina. He enjoys woodworking, computers, skiing, kayaking, sailing, and photography. Yes, the photographs on this site are his.
Together we have raised three sons to adulthood and consider this to be the finest of accomplishments as each are magnificent. We have one “adopted” daughter, providing some much needed female balance to our testosterone heavy household. We have fun!
I’m inspired by the following quote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
I hope this blog site inspires you! If I can help you in any way please contact me at Shawn.Phillips@kw.com or 843-471-7315