About Me!

IMG_0108Like 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

Dream Great!





13 Responses to About Me!

  1. Mary Roush says:

    beautiful start.

    Please notify of new posts via email.

    • Thank you Mary! I keep thinking of that special time we spent with you and Goldie in Casco Viejo. Heaven consists of so many places. You two are certainly welcome to come spend some time with us in Maine.
      I’m attempting to post something every day.

  2. Rose Burgos says:

    Wow Shawn, i am impressed… your blog is so interest. Love it… go introduction to Maine.

  3. A big thanks to all of you….you inspire me to continue!

  4. Lynn Nichols says:

    Loved it Shawn – looking forward to more!

  5. arthur eves says:

    I had no idea you guys had moved! Wow, that’s a big change. Myra and I spent the summer in the Maritimes and were thinking of moving to Nova Scotia (where my ancestors initially settled). Maybe we’ll become neighbors. Best of luck in your new adventures.

  6. Kathy B. says:

    Shawn, very impressive! You are a true inspiration, I love your history and the pictures Bob took are beautiful. Maine looks absolutely breath taking!

    Looking forward to more interesting events in your life 🙂


  7. Ellen Rowan says:

    Hi Shawn,
    I love your blog/web site! I noticed it on your email about the Stegall’s soup and theather night.

    We live on Plumb Point. We bought this land in 1999, built a cottage in 2001, and just finished our retirement home last year, after Steve retired (April ’08)

    I’ve been planning a narrative of some sort about our own Maine adventure, starting with our first camping trip to MDI in 1979. I’ve been procratinating… waiting till we are “settled”, but you have inspired me to get going on it.

    Look forward to meeting you both on the 5th!!


  8. Cool to see you’re blogging Shawn!!! I have always been inspired by you, even before this adventure. ❤

  9. Ginger says:

    Thank you Shawn. Interesting to see the progression of another woman from my original next of the woods. Life is not for the faint hearted and you have really done it right.

  10. Elisabeth Steen says:

    I’m so impressed, Shawn! I had no idea that you’d accomplished such a lot in your life and still are.

    I wish I had just a little bit of your education and experiences, but life hasn’t “allowed” me that. I’m always curious and love to learn about almost everything.

    I love your quote!

    BTW: Spruce and a lot of other trees are the usual thing in Norway. Everything else s is exotic to me.

  11. Blanca says:

    Shawn, your blog is lovely. Thanks for pouring yourself out in love and creativity. Much love for you and all your family. xo

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