What's on my face?


Pseudo Name: Joodie Shy

Birthdate: October 17, 1989

Gender: Female

Art Student, Artist and Lifestyle Visionary

History and Summary:

I was born and raised in rural Wisconsin, outside of our biggest city Milwaukee. I have a lovely, supportive Midwestern family, a mom and older brother. Growing up school was never easy for me but art felt like an entirely different world within which I could operate at whatever pace, and however I wished to. It gave me a taste of freedom. Always a DIY, self taught, creative-type person I decided college was not where I wanted to go right away after high school. Like a typical free-bird I forged my own path to change, growth and discovery.

I ran my first business, moved into the city, got a dog (see: sidekick) and tried to feel satisfied with what I was doing. For awhile, things were great! However, it was not very fulfilling work for all my interests and in the end left me feeling absolutely uninspired.

It was at this point when my father passed away suddenly. Everything in my life would change. I’m now on a new path with no map in hand.

What I have gotten out of all of these experiences in my life is that we are all making it up as we go along. It is a rough road to figure out where we feel we’re meant to be, but there are guide posts along the way which will eventually help you reach a place of clarity– even if only about the single next step you must take.

I am guided now by the plain truth laid out in front of me: if I do not create art, I will suffer immensely. It would seem the only logical choice would be to listen to my creative spirit and ask what for it craves. And then deliver. So I signed up for art school to study Fine Art.

In conventional terms, I’m exploring art (drawing and painting) as a current focus. I am studying at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. I spend the rest of my time (at my mom’s home or whilst on the road) tending to my blog here on this website and creating art of all kinds.

Current: I consider myself to be on an unmapped path at the moment. I am blogging during this new quest of mine and sharing all that I learn. Searching for many things I consider the top priorities to be: expression, creativity, passionate living, simplicity, inner peace, growth and integrity. I’d love to be an overflowing vessel of love and joy for the world. Wherever I’m headed, I have only my intuition and trust that the universe will support me.

Super Smart People: Buddha, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Alan Cohen, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Eve Ensler, SARK, Tom Hodgkinson, Gala Darling, Marianne Williamson, Chris Guillebeau, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Christopher McCandless, Erin Doland, Jack Kerouac, Danielle LaPorte, Gretchen Rubin, Seth Godin, Jenna Avery, Dyana Valentine, Julia Cameron, Colleen Wainwright, Dan Price, Sierra Bender, Bindu Wiles and my family.


Image by Joodie via Flickr

Sidekick: How could anyone with a sidekick/best friend as amazing as mine NOT mention them in their autobiography. Probably the single most grounding force in my life is my tiny dog Daisy. I aspire to live and love just as joyfully as she does everyday. The beginning: I jumped a leap of faith right after turning 18 and getting my own place. I rescued a retiring breeding dog from a Colorado puppy mill. I had never met her before (only saw her photo online) and she could have been a rabies infested fleabag for all I knew! But we met at the airport, I took her home, and she walked with her wobbly little legs right into my lap. And forever there she would love to stay. She is a total couch potato with no understanding of the game of fetch. I treat her a bit like a princess sometimes as well, because… she’s just so damn cute!

Contact me: joodieshy {at}

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3 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:

    Dear Joodie: I am truly honored to be on your list–wow! I love that you are living in uncharted territory–both brave and graceful at once. I’m sorry for the loss of your dad and glad you have cutie-pie Daisy as a co-pilot. Enjoy the traipse and thank you, again, for leaping.

  2. Patagonianshoerat says:

    You know, it is sad to say that I had forgotten about you.  I remember you from CW and recently found a few images of you in the archives.  That lead me to search for you in the internet and I find that you are doing quite well!  I believe when I first found you, you were blogging about life in general and your confused state at the time.  I think you had just gotten your own place and were trying to find your way in life.  Anyway, it is good to see that you are still around and still engaged in your journey!


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