Rediscover your enthusiasm and fall back in love with your life in 30 days!

Are you ready to get to a new level of engagement with your career, your family, or your health?
Do your relationships and personal life look just like they did five years ago, even though you’d like to see development?
Do you sometimes think if things kept going as they are, it’d be fine, but you still wonder “Is this all there is?”

Have you lost your spark? Did you once have lots of energy for your work, but now wonder if you’re really making a difference at all?



Hi, I’m Shelley Story.

A career student affairs professional, I was pretty happy in my fourth post-master’s-degree job. I liked my portfolio of responsibilities, my salary was fair enough, and I loved my students and co-workers. I was even living in Europe and traveling for work, things I never thought would be possible as an SApro. But I also knew that I didn’t want to be in that same position forever, and there was no way for me to move up without moving on.

I interviewed for jobs that were the “next logical step” in my career. But none of them ever felt right. Even when I was offered positions, I turned them down. And, as the years went on, I also knew I couldn’t stay in place much longer. I felt stuck. And I had lost my spark.

Then, I took a chance, enrolled in a coaching program, and learned how to get that spark back. I realized that I had been allowing tunnel vision to make me believe that there was only one path ahead of me that would be supported by my education and experience, when in reality, there were many possibilities! I began to understand that I really had access to that spark all along, and I want to share those insights with you so that you can have access to your spark, no matter your professional circumstances.


Introducing: Reset Respark


a five-week course to take you from “good enough” to inspired & in motion
If you’re not often feeling enthusiastic, inspired, and joyously alive,
then it’s time to reset and respark.

Don’t wait for a mid-life crisis (quarter-life crisis?) to take stock of how you’re spending your one precious ride on this planet. Reset Respark is for you if you want to take a fresh perspective on your life and work, choosing more of what fuels your passions and less of what doesn’t serve you (and without being insubordinate!). It’s for you if you want every interaction with your fellow humans to be purposeful and based on real connection. It’s for you if you have been floating along on the currents of life, and you’re ready to steer your ship with intent.

Reset Respark is a five-week online course that will motivate and support you to:

Take a clean-slate look at your daily activities, limiting beliefs, and stories you tell yourself.

Reset your own expectations and those of others in your life.

Respark your energy and inspiration — taking a new direction, boldly confirming the path you’re on, or some combination of the two.

In this module, we’ll examine the role of narrative in personal identity. Stories — whether spoken aloud or running as silent subtext — make up the foundation of both our self-perceptions and the way others see us. You will learn to listen to your own stories – and the stories of the world – with selective objectivity, and choose to tell only the stories that support your success.

You’ll discover:
• How disappointment can help you recognize and re-invent a story.
• Which stories get the most focus in your head, and which ones should.
• How repeating stories over time turns them into beliefs — and what’s even more powerful than those beliefs.
• How you can help others start to tune in to their stories.

You will receive:
• A simple, positive, & effective technique for separating story from reality.
• A process for creating stories more powerful than the ones that hold you back.
• Download: a pocket-sized helper for keeping your stories effective.

In this module, we’ll take a look at two versions of your core values — expressed and implied. You’ll see how your implied values are sabotaging your access to growth, energy, and exuberance. You’ll learn how your expressed values may not all come naturally to you, and you’ll begin to develop a practice to nurture them.

You’ll discover:
• Which values drive your daily activities.
• The key components of your capital (what you bring to the table) — and how effectively you’re using it.
• Five steps to take when you’re not sure what you want.
• One stressor you can eliminate from your life.
• How a strong connection to your values helps you better acknowledge & respect others.

You will receive:
• Worksheet: Adding Up Your Capital & Choosing Where to Spend It
• Worksheet: Combining Your Values & Actions Roadmap

“Perfection is the enemy of good.” The quest for perfection/fear of being imperfect is responsible for many projects left unfinished, conversations never held, dreams never explored. In this module, we’ll cover different perspectives on perfection, the Nirvana fallacy, the Pareto principle, and other takes on assessing perfection from a human, [im]perfect point of view.

You’ll discover:
• The paradox of perfection.
• How perfection stops some people cold, and makes others never quit.
• How to use your dreams to find perfection on any scale.
• How to help perfectionists (including yourself?) achieve perfection without losing themselves in the process.

You will receive:
• A formula to help you identify any life/work project’s “perfection tipping point.”
• Download: The Perfect Frame, a whimsical tool to remind you of the characteristic of perfection.

Whether you’re aware of it or not (and, like it or not), you already are a brand. Your expressed values and your chosen stories determine how you show up in the world, how others see you, and how you see yourself. Neglect your brand, and it will be defined by what others think of you and say about you rather than by what you do and say yourself. In this module, we’ll learn to manage the “brand of you” in active and intentional ways.

You’ll discover:
• How your values influence the Brand of You.
• How you can increase the power of your brand by daring to “brand up.”
• How your brand’s integrity can inspire others and raise the bar at work or home.

You will receive:
• The Check-in Checklist for keeping your personal brand consistent and clear.
• Download: Style Guide to “Brand Me” – a quick reference to the brand you embody.

In the last module, we’ll consolidate everything you’ve learned up to this point. You’ll evaluate your focus and motivation preferences to assess how you engage in work (scope and source of inspiration), and discover your optimal work environment. You’ll learn how your preferences, talents, and decision-making style intersect, and use that knowledge to make your next action steps.

You’ll discover:
• Why following your passion may not be the best way to design your work.
• How a balance of passion and preferences can make for an ideal work environment (including your own performance and satisfaction).
• What actions to take now, in the next year, and in the next decade.

You will receive:
• The Focus-Motivation Matrix, a tool for discovering your optimal environment.
• The Ideal Work Environment planning tool.

Estimates say 50-60% of student affairs professionals leave the field in the first 5 years.

muse.jhu.edu/article/200083


Marc E.,
Asst. Director for Residence Life

Over the course of a month, Shelley guided me through activities that provided me the opportunity to reflect on where I was spending my time and focusing my attention. I was able to pinpoint and implement new methods on how to focus on the things that truly matter to me.

Linsey S.,
Former Student

[Shelley] was like the perfect professor: she gave me the fundamentals and showed me the path, but then did her best to take off my training wheels so I could learn some independence. This precise mix of assistance-when-needed and freedom is what I appreciated most.

What is possible for your life and work when you get your spark back?

My guarantee

My intention and promise is that if you participate in this course, you’ll get some new perspective, see more options, and know which next steps are available to you. If you don’t get those or other valuable results, I will refund your money.

Reset Respark includes:
  • Online access to course materials and group discussions
  • Weekly class sessions
  • Weekly live chats

Next launch date for this course is still a couple of months away! In the meantime, get in touch if you’d like to work one on one through the same concepts covered in the course.

The accumulated effect of long hours, increasing demand for services, shrinking budgets, intractable issues, litigious environments, and what seems at times like incessant bashing of higher education for political purposes can lead to burnout among even the most dedicated of student-affairs professionals. – George S. McClellan

in the Chronicle of Higher Education

Are you ready to reset and respark?