About Shelly

Hello! I'm Shelly, and I love champagne and hot cheetos, in that order.

Yes, that's a picture of me on my wedding day getting fed hot cheetos so I could keep my hands clean. Is that a little extra? Maybe, but no expenses should be spared on the happiest day of your life. (Thank you, Ray! You are the best!! ♥️)

I think the best way to describe my personality is crunchy and xxtra flamin'. If you can't handle the spice, you might need to get out of this kitchen. :)

Now that we're friends, here's what you might know about me if you knew me in real life.

I love exploring new places, experiences, and things. I'm currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, but I've lived all over the place: New York City, Hong Kong, Sydney, Macau, and even spent time on a ship travelling the world for 100 days (any Semester at Sea alumni out there??).

In my day job, I work as the Global User Innovation Lead at YouTube. That's just a completely made up title (#CorporateAmerica) to say that I get the privilege of exploring a lot of new and fun ideas with our product teams. We work together to bring them to life so our users around the world can enjoy the magic of YouTube.

My big imagination and persistant nature sometimes work in my favor here. (Other times, people look at me like, WTF are you talking about? Heh. It's important to think outside the box and take a chance. Otherwise you are playing in the same sandbox all the time and missing out on the new swingset. Wee!)

In my free time, I habitually pick up new hobbies and personal projects to keep myself entertained. My best friend says she loves asking me questions when she wants to learn about something, because she knows that:

  1. There's a good chance that I will know the answer,
  2. and if I don't know the answer, I'd be too curious to not know the answer, and will research it, try it out, then share my learnings with her. 
In other words, I'm a human guinea pig, researcher, blogger extraordinaire. Oh, and as I recently discovered, I'm also dyslexic. I'm not mad about it though, it's my new superpower!

Shelly in Real Life is a place where I document my latest discoveries and musings so that I can go waayyy into detail about some of the newest things I'm doing or have learned. If by the end of my blog posts you feel like you have the confidence to try whatever I'm talking about, then I will feel like I've done my job. (Also, if you have the tenacity to make it to the end of my longer blog posts, you're my kind of person and we've just become best friends.)

Here are a few posts that I often share with people I know (you'll see that I love food):
and... here's some popular subjects on the blog:

"Shelly in Real Life" is all about keeping it real with you. I'm a no-BS kind of person, so you can trust that if I'm raving about something here, that I've tried it myself, I'm actually super into it and am not getting paid to say positive things.

If you've tried any of the things that I've shared, please be sure to leave me a comment! I love hearing about your experiences based on things I've shared on here. Or - if there's something new you love and think I should try, let me know! Without you, I'm just a girl here talking to herself.