Shannon Ables


Internationally recognized blogger, author, and podcaster Shannon Ables founded the blog The Simply Luxurious Life in 2009 and debuted the podcast The Simple Sophisticate in 2014. She writes and teaches about true contentment and how shifting the focus to quality rather than quantity in every area of our lives elevates the everyday, regardless of one’s age, income, gender, or relationship status.

Shannon's third book, The Road to Le Papillon: Daily Meditations on True Contentment (released March 2022) pairs never-before-shared personal stories and moments that occurred along her journey, with a daily entry for each day of the calendar year inviting readers to grow, stretch, try, explore, strengthen and honor the true self that upon embracing will lead to true contentment.

Her first book, Choosing the Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman’s Guide, describes the foundation of the simply luxurious life — one that prioritizes quality over quantity in each of our endeavors: curating our passions and talents; building healthy, strong relationships; being sensible about our finances; curating a signature personal style; maintaining fitness in mind and body; traveling well; creating an inviting sanctuary; and entertaining with ease. An entire chapter explains how to indulge your inner Francophile.

Shannon’s second book, Living the Simply Luxurious Life: Making Your Everydays Extraordinary and Discovering Your Best Self, offers the tools to tailor your everydays so that you can live your best life, utilizing your strengths to reach your full potential — a truly singular and individual journey.

Shannon is a retired public education teacher. After earning a Master’s in Education degree in Language Arts Secondary Education, she taught AP Language and Composition for the final ten years of her twenty-year teaching tenure. During her undergraduate studies to earn a bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in history, she sought out courses in British literature and history, and studied for a time in Angers, France. The French and British cultures inspire much of the content on The Simply Luxurious Life blog and continue to pique her curiosity.

Shannon has lived in Bend, Oregon, since 2015, with her two boys (gentleman pups) Oscar (2005–2021) and Norman, both depicted on the cover of this book. During the summer of 2019, Shannon found and purchased the house that she fondly named Le Papillon.

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Living The Simply Luxurious Life: Making Your Everydays Extraordinary and Discovering Your Best Self
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 141,220. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2018 . Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living
Cultivating the art of living well, living simply luxuriously is a choice to live a life of quality over quantity: to think critically, to live courageously, and to savor the everydays as much as the grand occasions. With this knowledge, you let go of the unnecessary, thus simplifying your life and removing the complexity.
Choosing The Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman's Guide
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 94,980. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2014 . Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Beauty & fashion
Creating a simply luxurious life is a life focused on quality over quantity, and as a modern woman curates her authentic path, she discovers a fulfilling life that is tailored to her passions and talents. Discover specific tips on building the pillars of a simply luxurious life - purpose, money, signature style, relationships, health, and travel - as you curate a refined life on an everyday income

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