This is Shandean™

I realize this should probably have been my first blog post, but it’s better late than never right? Let me introduce myself. I am Shandean, affectionately called Shan by friends and family members. I love to write, read and share. My website has since evolved into my branding space, featuring pieces for both work and as…

3 Things I’ve Noticed Since Starting My Book

I’ve mentioned before, however,  passively that I’m writing a book. Well, it’s true! It’s one of those fanciful somethings I’ve always wanted to do but never given any serious thought to (Much like having a cozy reading nook with a library and a view in my dream house) until last year. I realized there was nothing…

Let’s Talk Career: Why I’m Re-Branding For 2018

The short answer is, when people are looking for a freelancer to provide a service, they want to hire an individual more than they want to hire a service. They want to know the person they are hiring. Their complete personal profile, including but not limited to persona, written and oral communication, integrity, reliability, the…

Skincare: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads

Aveeno is well known for gentle skincare products. I’ve used a few products from the Positively Radiant line and it suddenly dawned on me that I should do reviews of my favourite products. The Positively Radiant line is AWESOME! The pads come in a well sealed plastic jar. They are well saturated with soapy product, with…

Freelancing: One Year Update

Okay, I’ve officially been at this for a year, and I have to admit, it’s going pretty well. There are a few growing pains but they were expected. It has been a learning curve. I have absorbed a lot, navigated a bit and found what has been working well for me and what has not….

I Won’t Go Natural

Over the past few years, the natural hair movement has dominated quite a bit. I am here for it. As ever, my little country, Jamaica has been pushing boundaries on the international stage regarding what’s acceptable as beautiful hair. I am here for it! A few shining examples are the recent Miss Jamaica Universe, Davina…

International Men’s Day!

#InternationalMensDay It’s my blessing and honor to be loved unconditionally and cared by two of the best men God had to offer. I love you!! #Daddy #Hubby 😍😍😘😘 🙌👬

Becoming Mother: She’s 1!!!

On October 13, 2016, my most precious bundle of joy was born. It feels like just yesterday that I heard the doctor say “Siobhán is out!”. She was so tiny, even her newborn clothes were big. My husband hogged her for the first few weeks. The only thing I would get to do was feed…

Jamaica’s Perception of Discipline

How can we sit down and JUSTIFY a parent becoming so engulfed in rage, that we are actually placing ‘buts’ in the response to a mother wielding a MACHETE with no regard for the life of the child she believes she is disciplining. 

Emotionally Taxing Friendships 

 I had to separate myself from a person and situation that I believed to be more taxing than I would ever be able to tolerate or endure…