Shawn D. Congleton

An excerpt from Ch. 13, “From Baby to Leader” of NEVER SETTLED: a memoir of a boy on the road to manhood

For years, I had been the youngest in the family before Shelby was born. Terri was in charge and played a maternal role when Mom and Dad were both working. When anything bad happened, Terri and Jimmy received corporal punishment (up to forty spankings with a belt) while I, at worst, received five lighter spankings.Continue reading “An excerpt from Ch. 13, “From Baby to Leader” of NEVER SETTLED: a memoir of a boy on the road to manhood”

Encouragement, Meaning & Getting out—Lessons Learned from Ch. 2 of NEVER SETTLED

Kids, particularly teenagers need constant encouragement, even those from the best of homes. They say that it takes ten positive comments to make up for one negative remark. “Chapter 2 – Steve” was a reminder about how important the positive comments and encouragement of my friends and teachers were to me.  My day started withContinue reading “Encouragement, Meaning & Getting out—Lessons Learned from Ch. 2 of NEVER SETTLED”

The time my dad was drinking & driving with the whole family to the bar in Grover in a snowstorm… (an excerpt from Ch. 12 of NEVER SETTLED)

We all jumped into our 1967 Chevy Impala and off we went down the backroads into the snowstorm. The snowfall got worse and worse and the wind was picking up. When the snow blows across the northern plains of Colorado during a snowstorm, it often covers the entire road, so complete that you can’t hardlyContinue reading “The time my dad was drinking & driving with the whole family to the bar in Grover in a snowstorm… (an excerpt from Ch. 12 of NEVER SETTLED)”

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About Me

Hi, I’m Shawn. I have lived a life on the move; moving nearly 80 times before I graduated high school and living in almost 20 states. Since I got out of the Marine Corps in 1996, I have spent most of my time in Ohio with my wife, Heidi and three girls, Morgan, Jordan, and Brooklyn. I created this blog to share my story and inspire others!

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