Five Questions with Sheena Grobb

Sheena-GrobbWhat motivates you?

I am motivated by the belief that there is a unique purpose within each of us. I find great fulfillment in helping others find what truly lights them up inside! By sharing my story, my intention is to assist others in accepting themselves more fully.

What do you do for a living, and why?

I am a singer/songwriter/musician/teacher and have been for as long as I can remember. Playing music since the age of 2 and writing songs since the age of 10, I have long considered music to be my vehicle for connection. With 3 albums under my belt – the latest one mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London! – and over 500 shows across Canada, the US, and the UK, I have learned to use songs to communicate my feelings, recognizing that what I express is often shared by a larger collective. I like to teach through my expressions.

Which TED talk do you think everyone should watch?

Why are you excited to speak at TEDxWinnipeg?

I hold the TEDx process in very high regard. At one time when I was teaching in the classroom, I would often use TEDtalks as a trusted source of information and inspiration for my students. To be counted amoung these speakers and educators is a high honour. To reach an even larger audience with an idea that has shaped the person I’ve become feels very fulfulling for me, as if whatever struggles I’ve faced are becoming tools for the benefit of others.

What is your idea worth spreading?

 Diagnosed with an incurable degenerative disease of the central nervous system – Multiple Sclerosis – at 16 yrs old, I was faced early on with the realization that our health (and our lives) are incredibly fragile. Combined with the fact that I was a musician drawn to dedicating my life to a vocation that relied heavily on my hands, the uncertainty of my health became a companion for growth and a teacher in not only overcoming – but integrating – my most despairing emotions. I learned how to hold BOTH my wildest hopes and dreams AND my most debilitating fears in order to be fully present to my life with authenticity. I learned what it took to simply be there for myself. Interestingly enough, acceptance, confidence, and better health seemed to become biproducts of fully acknowledging my feelings of loss and helplessness and other commonly repressed emotions.

What’s your connection to Manitoba?

I grew up on a century farm in Treherne, MB where my family still resides. I graduated from Treherne Collegiate Institute and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Manitoba. I sit on the board of directors for FRAME Arts Warehouse and am currently working on a project in Winnipeg called the Living Compassion Project where others are encouraged to share their life’s wisdom in short stories of unique realizations and hidden triumphs.

An Idea Worth Spreading

Diagnosed with an incurable degenerative disease of the central nervous system – Multiple Sclerosis – at 16 yrs old, I was faced early on with the realization that our health (and our lives) are incredibly fragile. Acceptance, confidence, and better health seemed to become biproducts of fully acknowledging my feelings of loss and helplessness and other commonly repressed emotions.