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Mary Ann Sheveland

Mary Ann grew up in Brownwood, a small central Texas town. Her early love of the violin, which developed at the age of ten, and subsequent mastery of the instrument opened many opportunities for her. She was mentored and prepared for her musical journey from the director of the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra. She auditioned and was selected to join the Blue Jeans Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra was underwritten by Levi Straus Blue Jean Manufacturer and the City of Estes Park, Colorado. Two musical students from each state were selected and concerts were given each Sunday afternoon in a natural amphitheater in the Rocky Mountains. Mary Ann remains an alumnus of this group which is an active symphony now making their home in Breckenridge, Colorado. Mary Ann also played in the Las Vegas, Wichita Falls and Austin Symphony Orchestras.

She had a busy career beginning at the Governor’s Office in Colorado. Then fourteen years at a Texas Trade Association. She was Manager of a Computer Magazine Publishing Company. The last few years of working were spent in sales, which led to her home office, as her husband’s health declined.

Since her husband’s death, Mary Ann has written several books, including a Book of Poetry, Children’s Short Stories, Reflections, The Pioneers and her just published book, Journey of My Heart, A Memoir.

During the last quarter of 2012 Mary Ann was engaged with speaking engagements and book signings in several states, as well as radio interviews from New York City, Dallas, Denver, Portland and Seattle, Washington.

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Posts by Mary Ann Sheveland:

  • Do You Always Look For The Fulfillment In Your Day?

  • September 11th, 2018
    None of us should sit and wait for the perfect moment. Seize the moment and make it perfect!  Have you ever waited for “someday” for all of your days to be perfect and the timing is right? I felt I had to [...]

  • Ever Think Of Your Friends As “LIFE-SAVERS?”

  • May 2nd, 2017
    In our busy, frantic world of today, a girl’s night out is now considered following doctor’s orders. Maintaining close ties to your friends can be as important for your health as working out, eating the right [...]

  • Do You Send Out “Happiness?”

  • December 29th, 2014
    It feels good to contribute and give of myself – so I do it.  By doing so, I come “ALIVE!” Your happiness is a gift that sends ripples of joy endlessly out.  This is a deposit of aliveness into all [...]

  • Ever want to “GIVE” to yourself?

  • December 27th, 2014
    Why not seize all the small daily occasions and make the day special for someone else? If you do, you will give to yourself. Once you have enough to meet your needs, you will find extra money and time do not increase [...]

  • Ready To Re-Charge Your Batteries?

  • November 17th, 2014
    I truly believe that it is very important to have activities outside of our normal work day that brings us joy. When we get so caught up in helping others, sometimes, we forget to help ourselves.  We suddenly forget [...]

  • Happy People Thoughts

  • November 17th, 2014
    Most positive people have a deep belief and understanding that things always change and evolve. They realize that emotions come and go, a bad moment does not mean a bad day.  Tomorrow is a brand new day.  They always [...]

  • Short Or Long Term Goals?

  • November 11th, 2014
    It’s nice to get instant gratification from short term goals. It is much harder to stay engaged once the initial excitement of starting something new has worn off, agree? If we set long time goals, most of the [...]

  • Celebrate Each Day Like It’s Thanksgiving!

  • November 11th, 2014
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away. Why not celebrate each day as Thanksgiving by living with the spirit of the day? Why not live each day [...]

  • Ever Chased A Dream?

  • November 3rd, 2014
    If you have a dream, something that really excites you, inspires you and maybe keeps you awake at night, I may have some tips to share: Believe with all your heart that it is possible.  We often think of dreams as things [...]

  • Do You Spend Time Looking For “Your Thang?”

  • Do You Spend Time Looking For "Your Thang?"October 22nd, 2014
    It’s pretty funny, annoying and brilliant, how often things turn out to be nothing like we thought they would be. So much time is spent wondering what our “thing” is.  I thought long and hard about [...]

  • Do You Look Forward To Each Day In Your Life?

  • October 6th, 2014
    When we don’t look forward to something, when we simply don’t enjoy it, we are not living in the present moment. It’s like life is rushing past us and we feel we are simply waiting for something more [...]

  • Should You Love Yourself MORE?

  • September 18th, 2014
    All of us want to be happy, but sometimes we hold ourselves back from that possibility. You know that little voice inside of your head; you know the one I am talking about.  Sometimes we listen even when we shouldn’t. [...]

  • Do You Ever Follow Your Inspiration?

  • September 10th, 2014
    Have you ever thought that the world needs you to follow your inspiration? We should be true to ourselves and if we cannot put our heart into it, we need to take ourselves out of it.  It’s that simple. Ever had [...]

  • Want To Be Grateful With Your Life Forever?

  • September 10th, 2014
    Have you ever thought that gratitude strengthens your immune system and makes you happy and more optimistic? Rather than focusing on what we don’t have, why not focus on what we do have? When we spend time focusing [...]

  • Is Your Life Stuck In A Rut?

  • July 8th, 2014
    We have all been there and it is very upsetting, sometimes making the situations more difficult than they appear to be. The uncertainly of it all becomes overwhelming and over time paralyzing.  Ever feel the frustration, [...]

  • How Can You Make Your Life Shine?

  • July 3rd, 2014
    Simplifying our lives can be hard because it forces us to own our values and shape our lives around them. What makes you a real treasure around other people?  What do you do that lights up your inside?  Ask a friend; [...]

  • Inspiration Created By Motivation

  • June 11th, 2014
    One of the hardest challenges I face is how to create motivation – how to keep things going when things get hard. I think the secret is not an external force, but an internal superpower called inspiration. When [...]

  • Why Not Put Yourself FIRST In Your Life?

  • June 4th, 2014
    Everyday put yourself at the top of your list. Tune into your heart and really listen to what it is telling you on a regular basis. Care for your physical and spiritual health, slowing down enough to allow yourself to [...]

  • How To Make And Find A Great Friend!

  • May 15th, 2014
    Friendship makes one a happy camper! I truly believe that the essence of friendship is care and respect. It has nothing to do with money or how cute you are, or material things.  A true friend is always there for you, [...]

  • Are You Looking For Your Passion In Life?

  • May 15th, 2014
    Have you ever thought how you can find passion or your true calling in this life? Think hard and discover who you are. Take a in-depth look at yourself, how you behave and respond the way you do to others, how you interact [...]

  • How Do You Create Everyday Happiness?

  • May 13th, 2014
    Some days I wake up with rocket fuel in my veins, ready to take the day by storm. Happiness seems so natural, but other days it seems like I have lead strapped to my feet. Ever been there? I suppose we all have. We need [...]

  • How Can We Get The Wisdom To Move Beyond Worry?

  • April 22nd, 2014
    Our thoughts might look like a string of what – ifs. What if this or that goes wrong?  Sometimes we think if we worry enough we can prevent a catastrophe event.  While worry may be a hint that there is something [...]

  • Want To Live Your Life With GUSTO?

  • Enjoying LifeApril 14th, 2014
    Do you make a choice, each day, to seize the moment, every single moment? There is an enormous difference between just existing and being fully, joyfully consciously alive.  To live with passion is to really accept [...]

  • Want To Boost Your Mood?

  • March 23rd, 2014
    We all have periods of time when we feel down and blue. Maybe, things seem to be picking on us with undue stress or things are happening beyond our control. A few suggestions to help you feel better: Walking   When [...]

  • Words I Can Live Without!

  • March 13th, 2014
    Don’t be pushed by your problems in life, but led by your dreams. Have you ever thought how powerful words are and how much energy they carry in our everyday conversations? Five words I am trying to eliminate are: SHOULD  [...]

  • How To Build Your Self Confidence

  • March 4th, 2014
    Have you ever wanted to do something but felt terrified to start? Maybe, some self-confidence could help. When you start to feel unsure of yourself remember, we are all born with confidence and when we lose it, we can [...]

  • Have Problems Turned Into Blessings For You?

  • February 17th, 2014
    Ever had your day start off pretty good and then something happens that turns your world upside down? . . . Like delays, missed opportunities and major nuisances that can suddenly make your blood boil way past simmer?  [...]

  • Think It Is Time To Look For Some New Adventure In Your Life?

  • February 6th, 2014
    Does your life seem to drag you down and you feel a need to change the pace with some real excitement? Sometimes, you just need to quit dreaming and get up to give yourself a new start in this brand new year.  Do you [...]

  • Have You Ever Been “Tickled” At Your Own Life?

  • January 20th, 2014
    How many times during the course of the day do you catch yourself actually laughing? Laughing is  very good for your overall health and attitude. It releases a lot of emotions, helps you to visibility relax and recharges [...]

  • Do You Hear Your Life As An “Echo?”

  • January 2nd, 2014
    Have you ever stopped for a moment to realize that what you send out – will come back to you? If you sow in earnest and in love, you will reap the rewards. What you give to others – you will get. What you [...]

  • Break The Status Quo & See Your Dreams Break Out Into Reality

  • December 7th, 2013
    So often we build things up in our minds to be way bigger than they really are. We convince ourselves that what we want is going to take too much time and too much work and we will never “see our dreams come true.” Basically, [...]

  • Need A Change In Your Life?

  • December 2nd, 2013
    So much time is spent traveling through life on autopilot. Just going through the motions, accepting what is and having each day pass like the one before it. Everything seems normal and so comfortable except for that [...]

  • Is Self-Esteem Important To You?

  • November 5th, 2013
    Nothing is more important than how you feel and think about yourself. A high opinion of yourself and who you are and what you do are one of the things that people often miss or have too little of in today’s world. [...]

  • How Do You Find JOY In Your Life?

  • October 28th, 2013
    Joy is a feeling that is so exquisite you don’t know how to contain yourself. You begin to feel it so deep within you and it feels so in tune with the present moment. If you let yourself dream, slowly the joy will [...]

  • Don’t Let Your Life Whiz By, Live It To The Fullest!

  • October 18th, 2013
    Don’t just exist, live your life to the fullest. So often, we find that we live our lives on autopilot, just going through the motions and having each day pass like the one before it. That’s all fine and [...]