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Starting over



There have been so many things that have taken place in my life that have required picking myself up and brushing myself off. For the last 30 years, I have carried this Poster I was given (preMeme’s) around with me and it has hung on every office wall I have had.



I was inspired by a recent post from a local woman who had asked people what experiences in life required them to start over and how they did it.


This is something I have experience in.


At the age of 8, I was part of a custody battle – my mom had problems. My father got custody through Oregon, but not Pennsylvania and had to come to take us out of state, which I was grateful for.
I believe that experience made me learn forgiveness and hope.
In my 20’s I got on the wrong track and moved out here 30 years ago with $200 to my name and a backpack.
That experience taught me how to get honest with myself.
I started YS with no funding 20 years ago, just bartending at night. My son and I moved into a 500 sq ft apt.
I learned that damn hard work and a hell of a lot of persistence can make a dream come alive.
911 happened when YS was only a few months old. We had the crash of 2008 and the floods of 2013.
I learned the world doesn’t dictate my response.
I expanded in 2011 with a second magazine that ran the front range. It was good, but not good for me. I love my career and love everything about media and journalism. I truly do. To be that big required compromises to the values that built the magazine. I could not and will not let go of those standards as long as I am a Publisher. It was too big and it caused a mess. One that was my responsibility to clean up.
I learned that I am made up of resilience, strength and the fortitude to overcome. But I also learned that having a life worth living is more important than all the success.


I could not overcome it alone tho. I was blessed with people whose belief in me helped carry me when I lost my own. The noise in the head that was so hard to turn off, the loving support to help clear it was a huge factor in overcoming.
I learned we can not and should not do it alone. I learned that we are all connected and we have more in common than we know. 


I am more committed now than ever, to pay that support forward.
At this point, the damn Coronavirus is not what I am going to let take us down. I hope you won’t either. We are stronger than we know. 




Shavonne Blades grew up on the West Coast but moved to Colorado in High School. She left for California after school and returned to Colorado in 1990. She got her start in media at the age of 21 in Santa Cruz, California as an advertising sales rep. Having no experience and nothing more than a couple of years as an art college attendee she felt the bug to work in media at a young age. She learned that by helping her customers with design and marketing, their campaigns would be far more successful and has made a 30+ year career in design, copywriting, and marketing for her clients. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPy4MMdcfLg. She has always chosen to work in Independent Media and believes deeply in the need for true, authentic Community Journalism. She is proud that YS has never compromised journalism standards in its 20+ history and continues to print YS on paper monthly while also expanding web coverage. She has worked at 3 Alternative Weeklies and founded Yellow Scene Magazine in 2000. You can learn more about Shavonne's adventures in the YS 20th Anniversary issue: https://yellowscene.com/2020/10/08/the-yellow-scenes-red-tornado/

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