Hi, I’m Shirah Chante. I am the author of Jaundiced View, a healing book of poetry that discusses the subjects of desire, love, hate and religion through poetic verse. I went on a journey to find myself, and these poems ended up finding me right where I was, a young, willing and able student of life, traversing the world (or Los Angeles). You will find yourself in the poems on these pages. Since self-identity is a huge factor for relationship success, reading the poems in Jaundiced View could prove beneficial to your relationships. These poems could tell you what you’re thinking. Pretty creepy? I thought so myself. Still, I welcomed the words of these poems as a balm in Gilead soothing my scars, healing my wounds and taking me to a place I never thought I would find, ME.
I am the founder of Transform Totally Academy motivating teens to stay focused while deepening relationships. I am also the founder of University of Palisades School of Relationship Education where I bring inspired healing to relationships through love. I have been blogging at shirahchante.com since 2013.
In my spirit, there was a call, and I answered. I decided to use my many years of relationship training and experience to help people win in love and succeed in relationships. My mission is to inspire others who struggle to be healthy, happy, and whole in love to reach their dream relationship, heal broken relationships and create healthy, growing relationships by learning to love again. Thus, I write about topics pertaining to marriage enrichment, teen development, healthy dating and spiritual growth.
I also have a weekly podcast called, “Building Relationships That Last.” I cover topics like marital issues, spiritual problems, dating and do’s and don’ts. I go in depth about personal stories I’ve experienced in hopes of inspiring action that can help you heal in your current relationship. You can subscribe on iTunes here.
I recently started a new podcast for teens called “Teens Draw Near to God.” I was standing in a room filled with tweeners when I got the idea to do something inspiring for teenagers who want to deepen their relationships the right way. If you want to listen or subscribe, click here.
My goal for this blog is to consistently write meaningful material that you can use to heal brokenness in relationships, reach your dream, and be completely happy in love. If that sounds like something you want, and you refuse to settle for the status quo in your relationship, then you’re in the right place. I post one to three times a week, but sometimes more. You can subscribe to my blog at the top right side of this page and receive email notifications to make sure you don’t miss any blog posts. You can always unsubscribe later if you like.
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I was an excellent student in high school; so, I was awarded an academic scholarship to Dillard University in New Orleans, LA, which I accepted. Even though I loved being a cheerleader for the basketball team and loved my dorm mother who treated us like her own children, in hopes of broadening my college cultural experience, I transferred to Tulane University. While attending Tulane University, I was a junior varsity cheerleader and ran the 400 meter dash in track. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology major, along with a Chemistry minor.
Following my graduation from college, I traveled to Los Angeles, California taking a year and a half long journey to discover my true desires in life. After a spiritual awakening, I decided to pursue theological studies at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, NY where I wrote a novel based on my experiences while living in Los Angeles (currently in the publishing process).
After a year in divinity school, I decided to move back to Los Angeles, California and began my creative writing pursuits in poetry, songs, and literature. I studied songwriting under two time Oscar winning songwriter Al Kasha while attending The King’s University where I attained a Graduate Certificate in Christian Ministry concentrating on healing and music composition.
While continuing to work on my creative arts, I obtained a successful career in education as a certified school teacher. In an effort to expand my educational skills, I enrolled in an online educational program at Walden University located in Minneapolis, Minnesota where I graduated with a Master of Science in Education majoring in Teacher Leadership.
I decided to pursue a doctorate in education and enrolled in an online program at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia where I completed a doctoral residency. Due to a severe illness, I fell behind in my studies and could not keep up with the rigorous program requirements, so I decided to end my doctoral program.
I wasn’t down for long because soon after that I received a divine spark while standing at the altar at my church. God was calling me to, “Help His people with relationships.” I thought, “Why me, Lord? I’m sure there is someone else who has a better relationship resume than me?” Still, I answered the call and began to interview married couples to gain marital advice to help build lasting marriages. That material is coming out soon in my new book called Marriage Memoirs.
Currently, I am a Relationship Coach, Transformatiomal Leadership Speaker, Artist and Author healing hearts through the arts. I use life lessons from my poetry, songs, drawings, and writings to solve relationship problems. I overcame abusive and broken relationships in my past both in childhood and adulthood to rise above the pain and achieve a bright future for my family. Much of my work is focused on healing the abused in life as a result of my desire to share the methods I used to heal myself with others who want to heal from abuse as well.
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