As a writer, Shannon contributes to several publications on women's issues, inspiration and travel. A wine enthusiast, Shannon recently completed the Wine Specialist certificate program at George Brown College and conducts educational wine tastings for small groups when the opportunity arrises.
While the collective voice of women - and men - is greatly needed, we still need organizations to lead the charge and set the agenda to advance gender equality and take action for any meaningful transformation with real staying power.
River Thames in London; photo courtesy @VisitBritain Water has a profound impact on us. The human body is mostly made of water, about 70 per cent, and we cannot survive more than than a few days witho...
Women travel for a variety of reasons, from recreation to business to study. For any woman travelling solo, personal safety must be paramount -- regardless of the purpose. Whether you are travelling to a major city on business, taking the road less travelled, or doing the all-inclusive resort get-away, the same principle applies: Put your safety first.
If you enjoy wine, why not expand your palate? For wine enthusiasts, a terrific way to try a variety of wines - without breaking the bank -- is to host a wine tasting party with friends in your own home. It is a fun and educational way to try different styles of wines, while spending quality time with friends.
Whether the relationship is personal or professional, communicating with people you care about is an art, kind of like dancing the Tango. Good communication takes practice and effort, but once you know the secret to great communication, you can have better, deeper and more meaningful connections.
We hurt because this was personal. Women who have come such a long way in our evolution and fought so hard to be valued, valuable and powerful in every definition of the word. That pain knows no borders -- or walls. And that mourning is the loss of a dream. The dream that women can be much more. That's why it feels so personal.
Learning a new language can be inspiring, frustrating, infuriating and sometimes downright embarrassing. But there are many good reasons to learn a new language. The more languages we know, the more people we can communicate with. It adds depth to our creativity. Best of all, it helps build overall self-confidence.
Rajasthan, the "land of the Maharaja," is an exotic desert state in western India. Its capital, Jaipur, is a historic walled city famous for enchanting "pink" fortresses and palaces, and royal dynasti...
We're heard it said time and again that an "attitude of gratitude" is one of the keys to a fulfilling life. You might already practice this, or it may not be anything new to you. But sometimes we need a reminder -- or a gentle nudge. So here are some ways you can experience more love and gratitude every day:
Living a global life is a mindset that requires developing good travel habits. I asked seasoned globetrotter, Dr. John Demartini -- one of the world's leading experts on human behaviour, international author and educator -- for his secrets to global living.
Whether your heart's desires are world travel, writing a book, creating a blog, speaking to groups, starting a family, rock climbing or attending Burning Man, turn them into a love list -- and toss away the bucket.
Located 2.5 hours from Toronto along the east end of Lake Ontario is Prince Edward County, a relatively new and rapidly growing wine region. One of the region's gems is The Grange of Prince Edward County vineyard and wine estate, eastern Ontario's largest award-winning estate vineyard and winery owned and operated by Caroline and Maggie Granger, a mother-daughter duo.
I am bouncing in the back seat of an open Jeep as it meanders through India's Kaziranga National Park, a wildlife sanctuary and UNESCO World Heritage site located in the northeastern state of Assam. Despite the spitting rain, I am grateful to experience my first-ever safari.
India's northeastern state of Meghalaya ("Abode of the Clouds") is breathtaking with its tropical forests, lush green mountains and fluffy, white clouds. Unique to this wet and remote area are spectacular living root bridges.
On this International Women's Day, I am thankful for the United Nations and its important work around the globe. The United Nations, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, touches the lives of every woman -- and in every aspect of her life.
I tend to hibernate more and by the end of February I'm going squirrelly. By now, I need an attitude adjustment. My guess is that others do, too. Here are some ways to get over the February blahs and cabin fever, as we go into the last stretch of winter.
The United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland has recently published a unique cookbook, Recipes for Peace, Rights & Well-being, which shares the secrets of many "recipes" for its peace and humanitarian initiatives that have changed the world, combined with superb recipes from some of Geneva's most celebrated chefs.