Birch Bay woman’s book focuses on finding balance

Published on Thu, Oct 14, 2010 by By Tara Nelson

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Birch Bay resident and author Ellen Shea is all grown up and getting younger, according to her new book “I’m All Grown Up – Now What?”

At 56 years, going on 30, Shea says growing old is only an option.

“A lot of people associate growing up with getting old, and I think of growing up as living your life with purpose and meaning, which can often make you feel younger and more alive,” she said.

The book follows Shea’s story about fulfilling her dream of building two spas – she was the founder of The Chrysalis Spa in Bellingham as well as Whisper On The Bay in Birch Bay – and offers readers exercises to get them thinking about what their passion is and what they want to do in this world, she said.

Q: How are you living the life of your dreams?

A: If I had one word to describe my life right now, it would be peaceful. From month to month, I don’t know how I’m going to make it financially, it just always flows and things come to me when I need them. I think when we let go of the struggle life just flows.

I still host regular spa parties at the old spa facility and I’m putting together some two-and-a-half-day retreats on helping people to find their passion, slow down and let life catch up with them.

Q: In your book, you talk alot about achieving balance. Can you share some tips that have helped you achieve that?

A: My favorite pastime these days is walking the beach and picking up unusual rocks and shells as well as taking time for myself and making sure I am feeding my body with nutritious foods and giving it exercise and the rest that it needs. That and just stopping once in awhile. We sometimes get so busy that we don’t stop to rejuvenate ourselves.

Q: What does Ellen Shea do for fun these days?

A: I’m still living in Birch Bay, and I like to go visit my grandkids, get together with friends, and do yoga regularly.

Shea’s book is available online at, and as well as at Village Books.