About Me

In the Real World

My name is Shannon Wanty, and I live on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand, with my cats, Mister Bingley and Seneca, and my dog Poppy.

I have many passions and interests - more than I have time for - but the good news is that I don't get bored!

I've been influenced by the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, Seneca's Letters, Lynda Barry's "What It Is", Austin Kleon's books "Steal like and artist" and "Show your work!", and Lady Gaga, among others.

Reading and writing are very important to me. I am working on writing a book, which is something that I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember. Mum said that the first day I went to school, I was very excited because I thought I was going to learn how to read. Of course, I made a start - but was very disappointed to find that you don't automatically come home from school on your first day knowing how to read! Since I first learnt, I have always been an avid reader.

I love to cook and especially enjoy baking as I have always been a sweet tooth. Fortunately I have a good group of friends, relatives and colleagues willing to help me eat what I make, since most of the time these days I try to stick to a healthy, balanced diet.

I'm constantly creating things - both modern and Renaissance - as part of my many, many hobbies and side interests. At the moment I'm going through a big phase of dollhouse miniatures and knitting.

Mental health and wellbeing are important to me as someone who has learned to live through bouts of depression and anxiety. I am proud of the resilience I have developed as part of this. I continue to study mindfulness and positive psychology, and work to build strong internal and external tools to maintain a good level of wellbeing. I think it's important to be open about the experience of depression, as there continues to be some stigmas and misunderstanding around what it is and what it means for someone living with it.

My all-time favourite colour is pink, and I have a very positive relationship with my Inner Child.

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