Shelagh is the author of <i>Gumption: The Practical Woman's Guide to Living an Adventuresome Life</i>, a straightforward, 6-step program to help women get out of their comfort zones and into their adventures, and creator of the online courses The Gumption Guides. Shelagh has spent much of her own life balancing family, work, and pets with her need to do things such as learning to fly small planes, riding horseback across the Mongolian steppes, living in the UK, Italy, America, and back in Canada (with kids and pets), and drastically changing her career several times. <br> <br> More about the book, courses, and Shelagh can be found at http://gumptionguides.com/ or you can find her on facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheGumptionGuides. If you’re totally excited and just want to buy the book, it’s available at Amazon.com, Kobo, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble.
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