Shannon Dittemore



I’m an Olympic fangirl, a lover of all things red, white, and blue, and a huge fan of anyone brave enough to stick their talent out there for the entire world to scrutinize in slow motion.

I tear up whenever a medalist takes the podium and the Star Spangled Banner starts to play, but the thing that really gets the tears rolling is when that gal who came in fourth place tells the NBC correspondent that she’s just honored to have made the team. When I can tell she actually means the words she’s spoken, my chest heaves and I ball like a baby.

Cause I get it.

But it’s more than the Olympics. I get that way when I watch award shows too. When that Oscar winner navigates her ginormous dress onto the stage and tells hundreds of peers and millions of viewers that she’s just lucky to have a job doing what she loves, I weep. And while others are rolling their eyes at the cliched statement, I’m trying to regain my composure.

Because I couldn’t agree more.

My writing career is brand spanking new and I have no idea where it will take me, but I can tell you this, I’m just happy to be a part. Happy to be penning stories alongside a generation of storytellers who are passionate about what they do. Whether my tales ever make the best seller’s lists or win me awards, it will ever be my goal to stay tenderhearted enough to appreciate the journey. To appreciate those walking the road with me. To continue to love story regardless of how hard it can be to tell.

Because there’s something amazing about finding your place. Something life changing about realizing where you fit in the crazy machine that is the world we live in.

And I love watching other souls find their place.

Answer me this: have you found it? Are you doing that THING God’s placed on your heart? Maybe you have lots of passions, lots of things, or maybe you don’t know what your thing is just yet. That’s okay, entirely okay, but I hope you’re thinking about it. I hope you’re praying about it. I hope you’re watching others–not comparing, not coveting–but watching the walking, talking inspiration around you and soaking it up.

I’ll tell you this, it’s not an easy thing, finding your place. Sometimes your THING isn’t what you thought it was and sometimes God hands you an extra large plate and shoves lots of THINGS onto it. Sometimes you have to learn how to juggle.

Doing what you love, finding your niche, appreciating the journey: all of these things are challenging. They take practice and discipline. They take heart. The require bravery.

Be brave.

Be up to the challenge.

Because I have a theory. When we can say ‘I’m just happy to be doing what I love’–the instant we can say it and really mean it–is a moment that will trump all the awards and all the accolades this world could ever heap on us.

I like moments like that. I need them.

And I’m guessing I’m not the only one.




  • Comment by Jill Williamson — August 4, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    Great post, Shannon! I cry watching the Olympics too.

    And I’m doing what I love now, and it is so great in all that ways you said! And it took me a while to get there, which somehow makes it all the more thrilling.

    Out of high school, I chased my dream of becoming a fashion designer. When I started working as an assistant designer, I was so excited to be living my dream! But over the next five years, I came to realize that I was in the wrong place. And it was depressing and hard to admit, but also freeing because I got to seek out my real calling. And I had given fashion my all, so I never have to wonder, “What if…?”

    And now I know I’m in the right place. And I am happy doing what I love. 🙂

  • Comment by Shan — August 5, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

    Fashion designer! That is killer! When we meet in real life I’m going to make you dress me cause I’m AWFUL at fashion. I fully appreciate it, but I’m lazy. Actually, this whole idea of thinking we know how God’s going to use us, is exactly what I talked to Tricia Goyer about when she interviewed me. I think that airs this Thursday, but the theme has been resonating with me lately and these glorious Olympic games bring it all to the forefront.

    God bless, friend. So glad you stopped by.

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