To create a better world by helping people live a high vitality life, so they can do what makes them "come alive" because as one rises, thousands are uplifted by them, raising the world's vibrational set point.
To support at least 100,000 creative or entreprenerial Highly Sensitive People to actualize their full potential and thrive physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually -- and to provide this support through individual & group coaching, educational materials, social media, and public presentations.
Shannon Staples is a highly sought after Vitality Coach. She is known for helping clients actualize their full potential and live a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life with healthy habits to last for the long term.
With over 25 years experience in supportive roles in personal development, mindset, and holistic wellness, Shannon offers rich experience and knowledge in:
- Professional Life Coaching (CPC, Academy of Coaching Cognition / ACC, International Coach Federation)
- Wellness & Health Coaching (CWHC, Real Balance Global Wellness Solutions)
- Energy Medicine (CECP, Wellness Unmasked)
- Nutrition (Precision Nutrition)
- Health & Fitness (Shaw Academy)
- Counseling (Wild Rose College)
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming (Erickson College)
- Environmental Studies (BA, Simon Fraser University)
She brings a passion for the synergy of body, mind, emotion and spirit to her practice, implementing the best of new and old, science and energy medicine, positive psychology and practical tools for lasting lifestyle change. She is driven to serve the greater good through her work as a Vitality Coach.
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." ~Dr. Howard Thurman
Ah, what a ride it's been!
I developed an interest in personal growth, spirituality, and a yearning to understand the meaning of life, at the age of 15. I started down that path with a very healthy dose of curiosity and an open mind. The road has been long and varied, taking in many different theories and practices for a happy, fulfilling, healthy life.
I’ve always had a deep interest in how our minds work, and a natural capacity to understand people. My interest in our inner worlds stems from my own experience of self-doubt, a persistent inner critic, and an ever-present feeling of never being good enough.
I became more interested in psychology in my mid 20's after going through some personal challenges (mainly divorce - mine, my parents' and my brother's all in the same year) and went on to earn a certificate in counseling. While I gained a lot from seeing a counselor, I discovered that as a profession, I prefer supporting people by focusing on the future and collaborating with them to find solutions and possibilities for creating the life they desire, which eventually led me to life coaching and holistic wellness. What follows is the series of events that shaped my career as a Vitality Coach.
When I became a Mother in 2006, I began to struggle with crippling overwhelm and mild anxiety. I thought I might have had post-partum. Finding it difficult to be needed all the time, I wished I could withdraw, cocoon myself and recharge.
It wasn't post-partum. I have a trait known as Sensory Processing Sensitivity, which is a finely tuned nervous system. People with this trait represent 15-20% of the population and are more commonly referred to as Highly Sensitive Persons (HSP). But I didn't learn about this for several more years.
Eight months after becoming a mother, my Dad committed suicide. He was a career firefighter who suffered with PTSD and clinical depression for many years. For the following year, I was pretty much a zombie mommy, just going through the motions during the day and succumbing to uncontrollable sobbing every night, until I finally sought help from a Psychologist who used Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT, or Tapping) to help me recover from the trauma very quickly.
By then my child was 2 and my step-child was 13. The next few years were not as rosy as I would have liked, as it was "HSP hell" living with a teen and a toddler in the house. I was in extreme sensory and emotional overload. All. The. Time.
I hit rock bottom in 2011, on about day 3 of a trip to Mexico with my extended family. To say I was a mess would be a massive understatement. I spent all night alone on the bathroom floor crying and scheming about how to justify flying home by myself and leaving everyone else there to relax in paradise. Honestly, NOTHING sounded more appealing than being completely alone for ten days at home in the middle of winter! But I didn't do it. Instead, I hid my feelings from everyone so I didn't ruin their vacation, and turned to energy healing - EFT and other tools I learned - to cope for the rest of the trip and the months that followed.
Later that year, a friend told me to read "The Highly Sensitive Child" by Elaine Aron, because he suspected my toddler was Highly Sensitive. Sure enough it was true, and while learning about my kiddo, I did the test on myself and got 26/27 for HSP! **Insert Harps And Angels Singing!** I felt so validated and understood! I was not a freak, a terrible person, or insane. My whole life made so much more sense! This was a turning point in my life, as I saw myself and other HSPs in my family (including my Dad) in a new, more compassionate light.
I began a period of learning and growth to manage my high sensitivity and to help my child too. Energy work was a tool I frequently relied on for myself and started doing it part time for clients. But I didn't like being viewed as "fixing" people - I wanted to empower them to take ownership of their own growth. So, I studied to become a certified life coach in 2012-13.
During those years, I was on a physical healing journey too. When we couldn't conceive another child, we discovered I had Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and insulin resistance. I spent a great deal of time learning and experimenting with my diet and other natural approaches to wellness. I learned how to minimize my symptoms, maintain a healthy weight, and how many wellness practices were helpful in managing my energy levels and HSP overwhelm too.
These life experiences inspired my desire to make a difference in other people's lives through holistic wellness coaching. Over the years I have continued my education with certificates in Health & Wellness Coaching, Nutrition, Energy, and Emotions.
I want people everywhere to live a high vitality life because I want to create a better world. I want to tip the scales more towards high vibration so the negativity in the world is unsustainable.
The way I support people to raise their vibe is to help them embrace who they are, their gifts and their challenges, and to live their highest potential with peace, ease, and vitality -- by developing a wellness mindset, tapping into their inner wisdom, raising their energetic vibration, managing their emotions, improving self-care, and boosting their physical health.
Fun facts about me:
- An accomplishment I'm very proud of is riding a tandem bicycle 7200km across Canada with a friend, fully self-supported, to teach kids about environmental sustainability.
- My first car was a '77 Ford Maverick. It was a gas guzzling beast that was affectionately named "The Green Machine." My current car is a Ford Focus Electric - zero gas!
- I am Introverted, Highly Sensitive (HSP), and a Myers-Briggs INFP. Meaning, I am generally optimistic, creative, intuitive, and sensitive to people's emotional lives. I'm absolutely hopeless and uncomfortable with small talk, but once I get to know people, I love delving into topics of deep meaning and feeling. I am inspired most by work that aligns with my values and allows me to help others. I believe there's always room for improvement in myself and I strive to leave this world a better place than I found it.
- My top 5 qualities: loyal, nurturing, understanding, open-minded, love learning.
- I always have 4 or 5 different books on the go: A mix of personal growth, professional development, business, and one really good novel to get lost in.
"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand." ~Woodrow Wilson