About Shelley

About Shelley

Hello and welcome to my motivational blog,

I divide my writing time between blogging, writing self-help non-fiction books for adults, and YA fantasy fiction.

My non-fiction books combine lifestyle, motivation and self-help with a healthy dose of humour, and my YA novels combine myth, legend and fairy tales with a side order of demonic chaos.  You can check out all my books here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shelley-Wilson/e/B00G5KPMJI

I’m an obsessive list maker, who loves pizza, vampires, and mythology. I may also have ‘crazy cat lady’ tendencies!

This blog was the basis for my bestselling non-fiction book, How I Changed My Life in a Year which has sold over 10,000 copies and has literally changed my life. It's hit the number one spot on Amazon's bestseller list for self-help, women's biography, and memoir, and was also highly commended in the Writing Magazine Self-Publishing Awards.

In June 2016 I took to the stage (okay, a small area at the front of the pub) to collect my award for Most Inspirational Blogger Award. Gobsmacked doesn’t even cover it! It was a huge honour – here’s the criteria for my category:

The Most Inspiring Blog Award again does what it says on the tin. A blogger who consistently inspires you. A blogger that’s thought provoking and inquisitive. Or perhaps they have become a muse to you with constant provision of inspiration. A blogger who touched your heart and inspired you.

I was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire but raised in Solihull, West Midlands, UK, where I live with my three teenagers, one eleven-year-old fat goldfish and a black cat called Luna.

I was asked during an author interview to list my favourite things:
  • Pizza
  • List Writing (yes, it’s a thing)
  • Anything supernatural or mythological – especially Vampires!
  • Watching Game of Thrones/The Walking Dead/Vampire Diaries/Shadow Hunters
  • Johnny Depp!
  • Staring up at the moon (I may have been a werewolf in a previous life!)
  • Chocolate – in large quantities.
You can check out all my titles here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00G5KPMJI

About the Motivate Me! Blog.

It all started with a New Year Resolution...

What is a resolution? 

The English Oxford Dictionary describes it as, 'a firm decision and the quality of being determined.'

One New Year's Eve I set herself a challenge; sick of setting resolutions and breaking them before the mince pies ran out, I decided to set my children and myself a better example and so I wrote a list of twelve resolutions (one for each month of the year).

This list included the usual suspects - lose weight, get fit, iron less and laugh more but I also wanted to challenge myself a bit more.  I included things like, 'do something new', 'give up alcohol', 'give up Facebook (that one was tough!) and many more.

Having never blogged before I thought it would be a fun idea and 'something new' to start blogging all the highs and lows as the year rolled by.  Running my own holistic health business at the time, I was able to promote the blog to my clients who found it all highly entertaining and motivational.

As I ticked the months off, an amazing thing happened.  People from all over the world began to comment on my feeds with messages of encouragement.  I was inspiring people to grow their own veg and make a faerie garden.  These wonderful new friends had been motivated by what I'd written from my kitchen table.

Making the decision to step out of my comfort zone and start a blog, whilst tackling my resolutions in the public eye, changed my life.

I had to jump and grow my wings on the way down.  I realised that blogging was a huge amount of fun and as a first class procrastinator when it comes to  writing, I found myself settling in to a regular weekly writing routine and suddenly my twelve challenges became fifty-two (one for every week).

When the year came to an end I re-wrote my resolution list and started all over again.

Setting resolutions or working towards your dreams doesn't have to be done on New Year's Eve.  You can set a goal on a Monday, start of a new month or on your birthday.  They're your resolutions!

My blog has become an important part of my life and it continues to evolve thanks to the thousands of people who pay it a visit.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for stopping by today and I hope you find some inspiration and motivation to set yourself a few resolutions along with the tools and support to see them through.

Shelley x


  1. Hi Shelley,

    My name is Alex.
    I am helping out marketing agency to find bloggers suitable for their campaigns, and your blog looks like a perfect fit for what they’re looking for.

    Do you think you could be interested in receiving offers about advertisement on your website?

    1. Hi Alex, many thanks for your message. This isn't something I would be looking at but thanks for your interest in my blog.

  2. Hi,
    As I wish to let others know how much I enjoy reading your blog, I have nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
    You can check out the nomination in my post http://wp.me/p3O5Jj-k4 .
    Participation is your choice. If you wish to nominate bloggers who inspire you, the rules are provided there.
    Thanks for sharing so much wonderful content on your blog.
    Best wishes, Norah.

    1. Wow, thank you so much Norah, that is such an honour x

  3. Hi Shelley, thanks for following my blog :-) I’m adding you to my blog list to keep up with your posts (I don’t have an atom feed)

  4. Hi Shelly - I just wanted to say thank you for your book How I Changed My Life In A Year. I read it when I was feeling in a bit of a rut. I'd had an idea to start a blog for a while and your encouragement kick started me into action. I've gone from having a vague idea of wanting to share my experience of being a mum to twins and an older child to getting my site set up (www.twinsmakefive.com) and posting. It's early days and I'm taking baby steps but I feel great to have started. We are going to adapt your idea a little to do a year of family challenges - starting with August as Creative month. I'm hoping to share weekly updates of how we get on.

  5. Hi Shelley, I have just finished reading your book. It has been a real inspiration at a very low point in my life. I lost my younger brother in June and life has been completely different since then. Reading your book and reflecting on life since my brother passed has given me some perspective on what I want to do and the kind of role model I want to be for my 2 kids. Thank you. I am trying to get out of the comfort zone, thinking about a blog... need to just do it. Thank you again.

  6. Hello Shelley, I have just finished reading your book, it has been very inspirational at a very low point in my life. I lost my brother in June and since then I have been reflecting on life and how I should make the most of it. I like you want to be a good role model for my 2 kids and I'm now thinking of a list of my own to get out of my comfort zone. A blog - well, I am thinking about starting one, the nerves are kicking in but.. there is no excuse so watch this space. I have always thought about running my own business and reading your book has made me think about taking action. Thank you again for helping me.