Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Denise LaShae Thompson. I am a 37 year old, divorced, Mother of 2. I was born and raised in Long Beach, California by both my parents, for most of my childhood. I graduated early from High School and went on to College. By my 2nd year, I was ready to check out from boredom. College wasn’t for me. I got my first Corporate job at 18 and worked my way up the totem pole to become a Savage. I worked hard, was reliable and could get any job done. I was considered an asset and thrived effortlessly. The Corporate life was a great benefactor to providing for my family but it was never enough to fill my cup of life. So, I left. I had endured enough yearly reviews by someone who determined what they thought my capabilities were worth. I was done juggling for others and was ready to balance out my own life.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve expressed myself through writing. It was my own personal way of dealing with my shit. Somewhere down the line, I stopped writing. I remember the key reason being my words terrified me. Plus, my needs were no longer my top priority. I had gotten married and had extended my family of 2, myself and my daughter, into 4, my ex and his daughter, and then into 5, with having my son. All of this within two years. Shortly after having my son, I started experiencing postpartum. It wasn’t long after, the high anxiety kicked in and was followed by depression, when I found out my Mother passed away.

The loss of my Mother was life altering for me. I spent most of my life trying to match her shine. Losing her left me with no purpose. I had arms full of problems and the juggler of all magic tricks, had no idea who she was without an illusion. I was lost. It took a little over a year for me to accept the things that were happening in my life. I had made so many life decisions for status and approval that I didn’t know my own wants and needs. I felt as if I were a baby again and had no idea what to do with myself.

The first decision I made on my own was to leave my marriage. It was the first decision I did not seek approval for. For far too long, I had given myself permission only to exist in the shadows of others. I had no idea who I was as a person to make these life decisions. How could I love someone else, when I couldn’t exist without attaching myself to another person? This decision was what ultimately saved my life from destruction. I had finally given myself the approval to stand alone.

With my new found freedom, I’ve decided to take charge of my life and start living by my own standards. I want to do it all and why not? I’ve sat too long waiting for someone to inspire me to be great when greatness is within me. I have everything I need to bring all of my desires to fruition. Shae Chronicles is my central hub for all my entrepreneurial endeavors. Here you will find my stories of trials and triumphs through my podcast and blog; AND, connect with me through my creative side as I share my vision for living by my own standards through fashion! It’s a journey to say the least but I’m committed to empowering the world to no longer conform to societies standards. It’s time for us to take back our freedom of individualism and embrace who we are inside and out.

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