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About shinestudios.ny

SHINE = Sharing Hope, Inspiration, and New Experiences. Using a combination of mentoring (coaching), counseling, and empowerment through creative expression, I provide a safe place where people can heal and reconnect with their purpose, renew their passion for life, and create harmony between their mind, body, and Soul. SHINE was founded by me, Tanya Tiger, on November 03, 2014. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over a decade of hands-on experience working with people of all ages and from all walks of life. I am also a writer, artist, and ordained Interfaith Minister. My passion for mentoring and advocating was rekindled after the death of my youngest daughter in 2014, and my life was turned upside down. Creativity had always been an outlet for me and so I chose to take the indescribable pain of my loss and create something beautiful. Love, and rekindling joy through creativity, became my mission. In honor of my two daughters, SHINE was born. SHINE is the manifestation of the Love, Hope, and Faith I hold in my heart for everyone with whom I connect. You can find my writings here, on this blog, as well as at The Urban Howl (http://theurbanhowl.com/) and The Tattooed Buddha (thetattooedbuddha.com/). My Etsy shop is located at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaybeesDesigns I am also proudly partnered with Soul Journeys (http://www.journeyforlove.com/).

Bubbles & Bridges

I haven’t written in a while. It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say. On the contrary, it’s been hard not to speak out with everything that has been happening in our world lately. I guess I have been … Continue reading

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What We Choose To Do With Our Stories Makes All The Difference

We’re all somebody from somewhere. We all have a story to tell. Some are big. Some are small. Some make us laugh until we cry while others simply bring us to tears. Our voices carry our memories and experiences; each … Continue reading

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Emerging

True transformation requires an element of faith, a dash of hope, and a persistent sense of curiosity which far outweighs the fear of the unknown yet to come. True transformation is rarely found without an accompanying element of brokenness, in … Continue reading

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Reimagining “God”

Let me begin by saying that I was not always comfortable using the name God when discussing my beliefs about the divine, creation, religion, etc. After many years in Catholic School, and witnessing first-hand the hypocrisy and dogma of most … Continue reading

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Why I’m Not Scared

I’ve been asked at least a half-dozen times today how I feel after yesterday’s election and, truth be told, I’m not feeling the way I thought I would. I thought I would be angry when Trump got elected, scared even, … Continue reading

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She No Longer Fears the Wolves

She no longer fears the wolves. She has learned how to howl and run like them. She no longer envies the butterflies. She has sprouted wings and lets the wind carry her where it may, unleashing her thirst for adventure. … Continue reading

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Compassion as the Cure

I posted an image on Facebook with the words, “Compassion leads us to understanding,” and was caught off guard by one of the responses I received. It said simply, “does it?” At first I was unsure what to say, or … Continue reading

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One Person at a Time

There is a deep and abiding desire in the hearts of most people to make this world a better place.  When we allow ourselves to get still and quiet we can hear that small, yet persistent, whisper from within saying, … Continue reading

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Revolution

Revolution begins with a questioning mind.   Often the simplest and yet most profound question, the one which acts as fuel to ignite the ember of change, is this… Why?   It is our asking of this most basic of … Continue reading

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Pain on Repeat… acknowledging a need for change

The events in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, June 12, 2016, rocked the nation and left a community of people feeling unsettled and betrayed. I spoke with a dear friend who is part of the LGBT community.  She shared that the … Continue reading

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The Beauty and Power of Acknowledgment

Each soul on this planet has a simple desire at its core… to have its existence validated. It seems simple enough, the desire to be seen and heard, yet it holds tremendous power. To be acknowledged brings a sense of … Continue reading

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Legacy of Love

Love’s Symphony In the twilight of my grief I heard your love like a symphony Through missing pieces of my heart Each note carrying a different part And as these notes rose through the night Love’s music filled the cracks … Continue reading

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Will You Answer the Call?

I had always wondered what people experienced when they said that they had a “calling” or had been “called by God” (or any other Divine Entity for that matter). I would try and imagine if it was like a phone … Continue reading

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Transformation

There is often terrifying splendor in transformation.  The way it takes what is familiar and twists it, turns it inside out, and all but snuffs it out of existence.  And, if we can look past the pain and discomfort, we … Continue reading

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The Echoing of Loss

When your heart is breaking and there are no words to describe the way you feel how do you go on? What is it, within us, that gives us the strength to put one foot in front of the other … Continue reading

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How Do You Describe a “Divine Awakening” Without Sounding Crazy?

How do you explain to the people in your life that you’re not the same person you were all the years they have known you?  How do you explain this “you” that has gone through such a dramatic transformation in … Continue reading

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The Eye

You can dance in a hurricane But only if you’re standing in the eye ~Brandi Carlile     I’m not going to tell you that it’s all going to be ok… To tell you that you will never face a … Continue reading

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For Lily and Krissy

I wanted to write something deeply profound, something earth-shatteringly beautiful and deep.  I wanted to write about the beautiful comings and goings of life and everything for which we can be thankful.  I sit, at a bit of a loss, … Continue reading

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The Buoyancy of Human Spirit

  “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”  ~Nelson Mandela Resiliency… according to the dictionary, can be defined as: The power or ability to return to the original form, position, … Continue reading

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Death and Regret

  I found myself sitting by her bedside, quiet, sad, and yet trying to put on a good face for her.  She is my grandmother.  94 years old, formerly full of life and full of pride in her appearance, now … Continue reading

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Do You Know Where You Are?

“Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, “What road do I take?”  The cat asked, “Where do you want to go?”  “I don’t know,” Alice answered.  “Then,” said the cat, “it really doesn’t matter, does it?” … Continue reading

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Inside the Chaos

“To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life.” – Jill Bolte Taylor As a … Continue reading

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Finding My Voice

To quote Mary Lambert’s song Sum of Our Parts, “I didn’t know I was a phoenix ‘til I learned how to speak, even with ashes in my mouth I was still born to breathe.” From a young age I was … Continue reading

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An Analogy for Change

When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves. ~ Viktor E. Frankl   I’ve come to see that change is like water flowing through a canyon.  I can’t stop change from … Continue reading

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Compassion and the Begging Man

Every day that I drive past this particular spot there is a man that stands on the corner.  He holds a cardboard sign which talks of peace and human connection and compassion.  He is there every day, rain or shine.  … Continue reading

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