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The Zebra Chronicles by Sheila Kennedy

Dear Dazzle: Imperfect is Beautiful

After years of chasing down “perfection at all costs”, I see that it just isn’t worth the pursuit. The result was such ugliness in my heart and mind. I gave up a lot to gain so little. The funny thing is that when we chase perfection it is a signal that we truly are not good enough in any moment and creates such a scarcity mindset. If you are always in fear... Read More

Dear Dazzle: Focus on What Is Ahead

My eyes are focused on what lies ahead! I have ventured out into the world of being brave recently. I am speaking out on incredibly sensitive subjects and quite honestly have gotten some push back that makes me question whether or not I am doing the right thing. More than once I have wanted to retreat back to safety and stay quiet. I felt that way on Tuesday before my speaking... Read More

Dear Dazzle: What do they see?

When I first got divorced I had plenty of people approach me and say things like “Divorce looks great on you.” I would be so offended. They had no clue what I had been through and I am sure they were honestly giving me a compliment, but looking better was the least of my concerns at the time. After a period of not sleeping for ten months, I am sure the rest I was... Read More

Dear Dazzle: The Day I didn’t want to cry

It was the Resolutionary Award Ceremony this morning.  Sharing the story of my experience with domestic violence in front of 285 people that I owe so much gratitude to for supporting Resolve of Greater Rochester. I was so honored to share the impact that Resolve has had in my life. I honestly can say that there is no doubt in my mind that if I hadn’t found Resolve... Read More

Dear Dazzle: Offer Mercy

Maybe it’s the season or maybe just the season of life I am in, but mercy is playing a big part of it. Being the word geek that I am, I looked up the definition of mercy so that I truly understood the concept that has caused me so much angst in the past few years. The definition is “compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power... Read More

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