About  Me


Hey y'all,

I’m Shida D, a mid-career gap year minister, radical self-care evangelist, solo travel enthusiast, joy seeker, believer in #blackgirlmagic and lover of life.

After creating a career I loved practicing law for major corporations, I realized even though I adored my life and my career, it wasn’t enough.  I was burned out and I didn’t know what to do about it. I made the radical decision to give it all up. To leave my career, my apartment, and even my dog behind and take a year off to focus on transforming my life, and living at the highest level possible.

 As a long time chronic illness sufferer, I have spent a lot of time looking for the best methods to take care of myself.  I'm a yoga teacher, and a wellness junkie, but for too long I was a complete stress case. Going on a mid-career gap year was a time for me to focus on wellness that works - that makes my #blackgirlmagic shimmer and my crown sparkle just a bit more.

I love serving my community by providing adult gap year guidance for those suffering from burnout or yearning to transform an element of their daily lives.  I am lucky to provide them with advice and on how to live their best life during their own adult gap year.

When I’m not busy writing here, or helping people find more room in their life on a mid-career gap year, you can catch me practicing yoga, eating dairy-free gelato, and trying to figure out which country to visit next.

Gap Year Advising

If you’re dying to know more, here are five things you might not know about me:

  1. I have a ton of food sensitivities, so I’m grain-free, dairy-free, soy-free, but I can’t bring myself to say I’m paleo.

  2. I put self-care above everything else.

  3. I’m currently on a mid-career gap year, traveling around the world.  I figure out my next stop about 2-3 days before I move on. It’s been...interesting.

  4. I have a thirteen year old black lab name Caesar Augustus who is currently staying with his favorite aunt.

  5. San Miguel De Allende, Mexico is my favorite little city in the world.


I'll share travel and wellness tips here and in my newsletter.  Take your shoes off and stay for awhile - let's find more joy together.