I believe that climbing the ladder of success is pointless if we are unhappy on the way to the summit. For fifteen years, my career was my sole, intense focus. I dreamed of being a performing songwriter, and I wanted to explore creative activities, but there was never enough time. I spent too much time behind my desk while wanting more from life and not knowing how to get it. My greatest spiritual and mental challenge was when my mother passed away on December 1, 2011. I set off on my search for peace and meaning which I soon became known as my soul-crafted journey. Now, through my upcoming Field Guide to Happiness and this blog, I share stories, tips, financial advice and inspiration for creating fun, freedom-inducing adventures and bigger, broader, bolder lives.
I used to be Shai Littlejohn, over-worked Washington lawyer with little time for anything. When I wasn't at work, I was often complaining about work, albeit over a delicious meal and a glass of red wine. For fifteen years, my career as a lawyer was my sole, intense focus. I know what it's like to have climbed the ladder in pursuit of money and success while feeling stuck, unsatisfied - knowing there has to be something more out there - and confused about the future.
Now, I'm Shai Littlejohn, a lawyer, singer/songwriter, avid baker, world traveler, bucket-list fulfiller and facilitator. I'm also a daughter, sister, auntie, wife, Shai-mom and friend.
I pioneered my own soul-crafted journey which prioritized creativity and transformative thinking over materialism. Now, I help people create their own soul-crafted journeys, fulfill their bucket-lists and follow their dreams - without going broke - and show them how to get a view from the mountaintops that's been available all the time.
Here's a little more about my journey. (You can also follow me on Linkedln.)
“I encourage people to stop settling for less and start looking for the good life they deserve.”
— attorney, soul-craft enthusiast and founder of a little shop called Table and Mountain
“I'm an attorney at a publicly traded Fortune 500 company, and I apply nearly two decades of legal expertise and solid entrepreneurial principles to my work, bringing my full attention and intention to each moment." — Intrapreneur and Associate General Counsel for a Fortune 500 company
“I was the youngest attorney ever hired for this role and at a very important time: the final phase of construction and opening of the $700M+ Washington Nationals ballpark. I learned that I could outperform my predecessors though many years my senior. Commitment and resourcefulness were what mattered. Never doubt yourself. Most of the time, you can handle it.”
— General Counsel, DC Sports & Entertainment Commission
“Though it didn’t feel like it at the time, my experience (and confidence) increased as a junior attorney when I was pushed beyond my comfort zone interviewing stakeholders and deposing corporate executives.”
— Attorney, Federal Trade Commission
“Being true to yourself means making time to achieve your goals and live out adventures on your bucket list. I took a sabbatical from law to go to school for music. My life instantly expanded.”
— recording artist and the Tennessee Songwriter Association’s 2016 Emerging Songwriter of the Year
“Not only did I successfully prosecute criminal cases, I was authorized to exercise discretion to dismiss others and presen reasoned proffers for sentencing. I learned to confidently and humbly use my power and speak to a room.”
— Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia
“This was my first real job, and everything I do now is informed by it. It took me a long time to discover that you’ll only truly excel where your personality fits. There’s rarely a good enough reason to bend who you are to fit a job. ”
— Associate, major law firm in Washington, D.C.
“I was a founding member of the PYT gang (short for Pretty Young Thang - Michael Jackson), complete with pink muscle shirts thrown over our school uniforms and shoe boxes filled with candy, fake tattoos and rubber bands. We sold them to the boys at recess.”
— tiny, shoebox entrepreneur in the 4th grade
“Always, always help others. Volunteer. Talk about what you care about, and build your network. Help other people reach their goals, but don’t forget to have your own.”
— volunteer and mentor in politics and the community