Inspiration from Shea Vaughn

“When I started making better choices and setting examples,
all of a sudden you feel so good and warm about yourself.”
~ Shea Vaughn

On Friday the Women’s Innovation Network had its first 2013 Innovation Circle. We revisited L.K. Bennett, where I had a lovely morning last time as well.


Learning about Spring fashion trends

Shea Vaughn was our guest speaker this time, and related her life story along with the Five Living Principles. The mother of Vince Vaughn (had to drop in the brush with fame) founded Sheanetics, a wellness and exercise practice that combines various workout disciplines into a combination of cardio and resistance training, along with addressing the mind and our internal scripts.

“We as women are givers.
Sometimes we forget to give to ourselves.”
~ Shea Vaughn

Shae’s Five Living Principles are Commitment, Perseverance, Self-control, Integrity and Love.

  • Commitment signifies that you “want something so badly that you are going to sign a contract with yourself,” she said
  • Perseverance is about not giving up, said Shea: “It’s not an option to give up or to abandon it.”
  • Self-control means standing up and taking responsibility. “There is no magic pill, no magic way to do it,” she said.
  • Integrity “is giving to yourself,” Shea said.
  • Love involves loving, and hugging, oneself.


Shea told the story of her father making a promise he didn’t keep, and when she called him out on it he told her that although she might want a relationship with him, he was not interested in a relationship with her. Shea discovered that “I can’t make it what it’s not, and I can’t change it.” Calling this her moment of ‘getting it’, Shea realized “It freed me, because I knew what the answers were. It allowed me to take my energy and time and share it with the people who loved me.”

“Sometimes the ‘getting it’ isn’t what we expected.
But it provides freedom, clarity and truth.”
~ Shea Vaughn

Her Sheanetics program led to a new grassroots project, the Healthy Initiative a strategic partnership that aims to prevent diseases with awareness, education and solutions for building healthy and joyful lives. The goal is to defeat obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers and other lifestyle diseases with transformational ideas and sustainable programs. The program began two months ago and the 40 participants will share their progress at Celebrate Yourself Healthy, March 9th from 7 to 11:30pm at Germania Place, 108 W Germania Pl., Chicago.

“Each of us makes a difference.
Paying that back is what we need to do”
~ Shea Vaughn

Join WIN tomorrow (January 22) for a Skate and (or just) Sip evening at Park Grill in Chicago’s Millennium Park, for outdoor ice skating, indoor happy hour, and connecting. Ice rink admission is free, skate rental is $10. Drinks and snacks are pay your own way. We will meet at 6 p.m. in the bar/lounge at Park Grill, located at 11 N. Michigan Avenue under the Cloud Gate sculpture, fronting the ice rink at Michigan and Washington.


WIN Innovation Circle at L.K. Bennett 

“Do not give up on your dreams.
Stay in the moment;
because we learn so much when we are present.”
~ Shea Vaughn


ADDENDUM: As of March 10, 2013, I no longer support the WIN Board and its actions. However, I do support small business, women-owned businesses, and the gracious hosts of past WIN events.

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