Raise Up Extraordinary Women: Margie Shafer

Margie Shafer next to a “Hello Kitty” train in Kyoto, Japan

For the month of December, I’ll be shining light each day on some extraordinary women I know. They represent various fields and backgrounds, and I admire each for their passion and strength. These are bold, beautiful, brave women — artists, businesswomen, union organizers, nurses, writers, teachers, movie makers, designers, reporters, and all-around badasses.

Margie Shafer is curious about the world and the people in it. She has been a reporter and anchor for KCBS Radio in San Francisco for 20 years, and previously worked at stations in Napa, Denver, and Aspen. She grew up in Santa Maria, on California’s Central Coast and went to school at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo and Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She lives in San Mateo with her husband, daughter and Golden Retriever. She loves the outdoors, yoga, traveling and dark chocolate.

1. What did you want to be “when you grew up?” As a child I thought it would be cool to be a firefighter and had a prized plastic fire helmet from a field trip to the local fire station. Now having covered several large fires, I can’t imagine doing that job, but have a deep admiration and respect for those who choose that profession.

2. What makes you the most proud of yourself? My desire to keep learning is something I am most proud of, keeping an open mind, listening and being willing to “unlearn” things or think differently about things with more information. It is a constant process in an ever-evolving world.

3. What darkness have you overcome? How did you find strength? The darkness that I have overcome has been related to loss of loved ones, both through death and through change in relationship status and divorce. I found strength in prayer and meditation, exercise, friends and family, journaling, therapy and time. In those moments – one day/hour at a time, and one foot in front of the other – has been a helpful mindset for strength.

4. Where will we find you on a Saturday morning at 10 a.m.? (This Saturday – Messaging Garbriana! ha!) Depending on the time of year, walking or hiking, skiing, reading with a cup of tea or coffee. Aren’t Saturdays wonderful? For several years I worked a Tuesday through Saturday shift which also had its upside as the office had a more laid back feel. It’s one of the seven best days of the week!

5. What makes you smile the most? Seeing my daughter sing and play guitar. I also like to notice the small acts of helpful kindness all around. The more aware and in the moment I am, the more I notice these acts and smile.

Bonus: What advice would you give your younger self? The world is bigger than where you are now. Don’t worry so much about what other people think. Every struggle is a learning opportunity even if you can’t see it in the moment. Hydrate.

Today’s #OneGoodThing is sharing this extraordinary woman and my former colleague, Margie Shafer, with all of you! We are stronger together, so let’s shine a light on our extraordinary sisters! If you’d like to participate or nominate a woman to participate, please send me a note or leave a comment! What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! Kindness is Everything.

Day 348 of 365. And Day 1,444 in a row (here’s the first 366, & the following 365, & the third year of 365 good things)!

1 year ago today: Free bagels & bargain hunting

2 years ago today: Perfect gift for Boston lover

3 years ago today: Mama’s drawing Abby

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