Stepping Out on FAITH

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Originally I was going to post a note telling you all how scared/nervous/unsure about the direction that I’m trying to take my life post-graduation– which in all actuality means what I’m doing with my life right now. Although I should probably feel a little more secure than the rest of the class of 2011 (E-Leven!)considering the fact that I’m graduating with a Master’s at a time where the BA is like yesterday’s high school diploma, I’ve been having a late-adolescent/young adult crisis! Really! It’s like, all of a sudden I realized how I’m making decisions that will impact the rest of my life.. and it’s scary!

Do I go to Borders and buy a LSAT book? Take a GRE prep course? Look up grants for non-profits? Get on my marketing and promotion of Victoria Shantrell grind? Do I go the safe academic route? Become a lawyer or PhD? Or do I follow that feeling that I feel deep in my chest when I just think about being a younger, more “urban”, slightly less cultured, and WAY less politically correct Oprah? Am I going to do what I truly feel I was born to do and secretly always wanted? Or am I going to cop out by doing what I know I can do (if there’s anything I know how to do, it’s school, talk, and argue! All the makings for a great attorney or professor). Those are the questions that I’ve been struggling with for the last month or so. And today I think I truly come to terms with what it is that I’m going to do.

I’m going to go out on faith– belief in my God and knowledge of the fact that he will not leave me during my journey of self discovery– and confidence in who I am; my abilities; my character; my tenacity; confidence and faith in this feeling that is too strong to ignore. I can’t be Oprah, and will not try to be; I am Victoria Shantrell. And you are witnessing the journey of someone who is willing to follow her passion. Thus, you are witnessing the journey of an anomaly; you are witnessing the journey of my success.

I hope that you all feel comfortable enough to engage with me during this journey. I do what I do for my soul, but my soul is with the people. Please continue to stay connected with the blog, watch “The Dialogue”, look out for the radio show coming in a few months! Send me an email at, Facebook me, etc!

Always and Forever,

Victoria Shantrell


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