We had the good fortune of connecting with Shantella Shorter and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shantella, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Whew, let’s talk about balance, and how I’m still trying to figure it all out. I’m a flight attendant, so of course that means I’m always on the go. When I’m not flying, I’m at home either dipping treats, or doing hair. I started dipping treats in 2017. My friend Jessica, needed some white chocolate covered strawberries for her moms birthday, and me being the one that will take on anything, I said I could do them. Of course I never dipped a strawberry before, “How hard could it be”, is what I thought to myself. Fast forward, I’ve been dipping treats since. In 2018, I made it official, “Sweet Dipped Treats.” When it comes to doing hair, that’s something I’ve always done. I would do my god sisters hair, or my little cousins hair when they’d come over. I never thought I’d turn this into a hustle, but here we are all these years later. I love the look on my clients faces when they leave my chair. Overall, I love what I do, I just have a hard time trying to balance everything out. It’s always been hard for me to tell people no, and I definitely don’t like putting people on hold, so I’ll get off a trip, and already have clients scheduled the same day I get in town for appointments, or I’ll have treat orders due that same week. Yes, it sounds overwhelming, and it can be, but when you love what you do, it really doesn’t feel like work. What I’ve learned is that I have to take more time for self. I know that I have to make sure I’m taken care of in order to continue to take care of everyone else.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a flight attendant, treat maker, and silk press slayer. What sets me apart from others is my ability to multitask. I will go from one thing to the next in a matter of minutes. I got to where I’m at today by prayer, patience, and perseverance. I learned many lessons along the way, but the main one that stuck with me was to never give up. No matter how hard life gets, you have to keep going. Learn to be ok with starting over if you have to.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my friends were visiting, I’d have to first take them to one of my favorite soul food spots. Southern Classic Foods located in Roswell. After satisfying our palates, we’d then go take a walk along the Belt Line, then later that night head over to Sauce Buckhead for drinks. After a fun night out, we’d get up that morning, and head over to Ms. Icey’s Kitchen, located in Decatur for brunch, more drinks, and some great music.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would first like to thank God, for blessing me with so many gifts, and talents. Secondly, I’d like to thank my family, and friends for their continued support. I’d also like to thank my social media family because they support me, and don’t even know me. I can’t thank you guys enough for believing in me.

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