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About Me

In the Real World

My name is Shannon Wanty, and I live in Christchurch, 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.

My Personal Philosophy/Mission Statement

I read Martin Seligman's book, Flourish, and in it he mentions the concept of writing one's personal philosophy in 25 words or less. Those that know me well would, I think, be inclined to declare this an absolute impossibility. However, I decided to try it and see if I could. I found a sort of list format worked well, although I think that what I came up with fits better under the concept of "mission statement" rather than "philosophy". I was pretty pleased with the result, and include it here as I think it offers an insight into what I consider to be important. Of course, it's fairly fundamental to both my "modern" and "SCAdian" lives.

Here 'tis:

  • Live passionately.
  • Create.
  • Work hard, play hard.
  • Inspire others.
  • Learn, share, care.
  • Be a positive force in the world, and contribute to society.

In the SCA

I am known as the Honourable Lady Vettoria di Giovanni da Verona, and I live in the Barony of Southron Gaard, and am connected with the Barony of Ildhafn, both in the Kingdom of Lochac. I have previously been known as Caterine de Vantier. I have many interests, and this website is primarily my place to write up what it is I'm working on or looking into at the moment. My biggest interests are 16th century Italian cooking and dining habits, with a subsequent bit of an interest in plants and gardening; 16th century women's clothing (French, Flemish, English, Italian); and the Baby House - which is really just a great big very small opportunity for me to learn as much about the 16th century household, way of life, and material culture as I can.