“An eclectic collection of weekly conversations with people who are brave enough to share their experiences, challenges, and hopes for the future”
I grew up on the southeast coast of New South Wales, Australia. I entered University at twenty-five years of age, graduated four years later with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, and since then, I have worked in the Australian public education system for more than a decade. Recently, I was successful in gaining a position at the (globally recognized) Green School in Bali amongst a competitive field. I’m now educating sustainable change-makers of the future. My name is Shannon, I am Australian, and I live in Bali Indonesia with my wife and two young children.
“I believe in education”
I believe in education. I feel like it’s my way of being of service to the world and expressing my activism. Yes, it feels like a calling. I get jaded with the system regularly, yet I still feel like I’m making a difference, I’ll quit when that feeling leaves me.
I endeavor to be of service to others in all that I do, it gets me out of my head, takes the focus off myself and that generally translates to feelings of happiness and contentment.
The Terrible Happy Talks (THT) podcast is an extension of this desire to give back and be of service. I’m intrigued by people, I like stories, I like deep conversations and I like learning. For me, when I take the time to listen to someone else’s life story, their challenges, successes, experiences, and hopes for the future, I identify with elements of their journey almost every time. It is healing, inspiring and often, I hear something that is the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle in order to initiate change or take action. It was a profound realization for me when I discovered the power of sharing and identifying. It’s like a life-hack or something. It always happens when I least expect it, from someone I would have never expected.
“May you identify with these stories, and identify well”
My key objective is the sharing of stories so that others may identify and be inspired to initiate change, take action, reduce feelings of isolation and be entertained (at the very least). Identification is key, it promotes empathy and understanding, and we can never have too much of that in the world.
I love skateboarding. The sheer art of it, the culture, and the tight-knit community it organically creates. I’m enamored by it. I also surf, it connects me to the environment, I surf a lot, but I’m a skateboarder at my core and I always will be. Originally, I only wanted to talk to skateboarders and surfers on the podcast, however, I quickly realized that I am never going to grow as a person if I stick with what is familiar and safe. To date, in most of the conversations I’ve had, I am out of my comfort zone. Musicians, artists, writers, athletes, Ugandan permaculture gurus (claiming to be the next president), documentarians, activists, world-class educators, recovering alcoholics, legendary surfboard craftsman, pro-surfers, pro skateboarders, free-thinkers. All of my guests have put me completely out of my comfort zone to some degree…and this is exactly where I want to be. It’s where the magic happens. It’s my terrifying happy place.
“I love skateboarding”
I am fully self-funded, self-supported, self-taught and continually endeavoring to learn and improve in every single aspect of this podcast journey. I’ve learned a lot, on a variety of levels. I’m not sponsored and I’m still struggling with the idea of monetization. Even the word “monetization” doesn’t sit right with me, it’s a fancy way of saying “I want to make money out of you”. Which I don’t. I release weekly, ad-free content in an ad-dense world, and that brings me more joy than money ever has (or will). May you find solitude in this as a listener. I’ll go down the sponsorship route one-day if there is a company, cause, or service that melds well with me and THT, but for now, I enjoy the fact that I’m giving something to the world…for free.
So, as I’ve written on various bios and social media posts, I describe the Terrible Happy Talks (THT) podcast as an eclectic collection of weekly conversations with people who are brave enough to share their experiences, challenges, and hopes for the future. May you identify with these stories, and identify well. The gems are always where you least expect. You will find them. No two stories are the same. I also encourage you to see the value in your own personal story.
“Your story is unique, share it, then listen to someone else’s. Find empathy, seek understanding”
Connect with me via Instagram (I use this the most), Facebook (it’s the devil, but I’m conforming), email (old school), or hand-written letter (the most preferred and respected option) I will always respond if you reach out, (especially if you write me an actual letter, that would be so rad).
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Shannon c/o Terrible Happy Talks (Podcast)
30 Market street, Wollongong, NSW, Australia 2500