Shauna M. Ahern is a writer, teacher, and lifelong believer in people. 

She loves to help others find their joy. 

Shauna built a huge online community through her food blog, Gluten-Free Girl, which was the world’s first gluten-free food blog. She and her husband, Daniel, taught culinary getaways in a villa in Tuscany, appeared on The Food Network, and won a James Beard award for one of their three much-beloved cookbooks. 

After writing Gluten-Free Girl for 12 years, Shauna wrote a memoir about her childhood trauma and how she unraveled herself from it, to help others.  That book, ENOUGH: Notes from a Woman Who Has Finally Found It  was recommended by Brene Brown, The Washington Post, and thousands of readers who say the book has changed their lives.

These days, Shauna’s work is about joy. She teaches a one-on-one workshop called Discover Your Joy, leads writing workshops, facilitates joy retreats, and speaks about joy in keynote speeches and part of panels. She also writes a subscription newsletter called Finding Your Joy

Shauna teaches that choosing to practice hard-won joy is a revolution. 

Recently, Shauna’s daughter told her: “Mama, you’re really good at making people feel enthusiastic about life.” 

Shauna decided to add this comment to her bio, since this is the crux of what matters to her.

Some of the quotes that have resonated most in my life.

“Kindness is my religion.”

—The Dalai Lama

“I am like a drop of water on a rock. After drip, drip, dripping in the same place, I begin to leave a mark, and I leave my mark on many people’s hearts.”

—Rigoberta Menchu

“That which irritates us about others can tell us about ourselves.”

—Carl Jung

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

—Toni Morrison

“The only way out is through.”

—Albert Camus

“My personal obligation is that it is not enough that I succeed on my own. I have to care what happens to the kid in the desk next to me at school. He’s just as smart, but his mom works. And my father always taught us to take in everybody‘s full story, not to judge people—the drunk uncle or the cousin out of work because we didn’t know what happened to them. We weren’t special. As a result, if something good happens to you or you have an advantage, you don’t hoard it. You share it. You reach out. You give back. I can say that my family, my neighborhood, my notions of community growing up shaped that view and shaped my choices in life, just as I felt that your experiences shaped yours.”

—Michelle Obama

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.”

—Cesar Chavez

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”

—Martha Graham

“Go without hate, but not without rage. Heal the world.”

—Paul Monette

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

—Audre Lord

“Look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now.”

—Lin Manuel Miranda

“Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.”

—Charlotte Brontë

“Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life.”

—Isaac Bashevis Singer

Have questions? Let’s talk.