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

Hi Shemane, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
In my twenties, thirties and forties, I was a people-pleaser. I’d do just about anything for anyone in need. As a result of rolling out the red carpet for others, however, I got walked on. My work/life balance has changed immensely over the years. When my son was growing up, I put his needs first and I’m so glad I did. But now that my son is grown, I look at self-care differently. After I got sick and nearly died from toxic mold exposure, I realized that my health had to become a priority. I make time every day to exercise – even moderately. When I’m traveling and don’t sleep well or eat healthy, it takes a toll on my body. And when you don’t feel good, you can’t help others. So, balance is everything.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
While I began teaching aerobics classes to pay for college. I graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit with a degree in Radio/TV/Film. Although I wanted to be the next Diane Sawyer, I got a job as the traffic reporter for a rock ‘n roll radio station in Detroit — and I knew nothing about rock ‘n roll! My job was to report the road conditions on the highways. Enter: The Motor City Madman. Ted Nugent filled in for the morning crew for an entire week. There was something different about Ted from other rockers. He didn’t drink or smoke. He was funny and made me laugh. Four months later, we were married. It wasn’t how I thought my life would turn out, especially because I wasn’t a rock ‘n roll fan. I gave up my job and moved to the country with Ted and his two children. It was difficult, especially when Ted went on tour. I felt alone and discouraged because I hadn’t pursued my career. Then I got pregnant and had a son, and appreciated the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom. I started filming Ted’s hunts in Africa and all over the U.S and we decided to produce an outdoor TV program. “Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild” became an award-winning show that we are till filming and producing thirty years later! In the back of my mind, I wanted to do more and produce a TV show of my own, maybe a film, and write books. The trials and tribulations in my life became material for books “Married to a Rock Star,” and “4 Minutes to Happy”, my own podcast, and a documentary about toxic mold called “Killer House.” I’m also writing a companion book.

I felt God nudging me to tell my story in order to help others. Sometimes those things that bring us to our knees, can be uplifting to others. I know what it feels like to be unhealthy and unhappy, so I try to be a positive light for others.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Honestly, I love staying home, watching the sunset on my deck with my dogs and a glass of wine.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
God is my Shoutout! Besides Him, my friends Niccie Kliegl and Christi Proctor-Hurst are two amaing, faith-based entrepreneurs!

Website: www.shemanenugent.rocks

Instagram: ig/shemanenugent

Facebook: fb/shemane.nugent

Youtube: /shemane

Other: www.killerhouse.org (to watch my documentary about toxic mold) www.shemanenugent.rocks/wildlywell-resolution (to join my monthly membership community)

Image Credits
Photo credits: Julie Renner, Maryln Brown

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutColorado is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.