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Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Life Lessons -

Sha­nia has sold more than 85 mil­lion records, in­clud­ing That Don’t Im­press Me Much, Man! I Feel Like A Woman and You’re Still The One. ✶✶✶✶✶✶ She has a teenage son, Eja, from her mar­riage to record pro­ducer Robert Lange. The pair di­vorced and she mar­ried Fred­eric Thiebaud in 2011. ✶✶✶✶✶✶ Her new al­bum, Now, out on 29 Septem­ber, is her first stu­dio re­lease in 15 years.

Am­bi­tion can get in our way and mess up our pri­or­i­ties. In­stead, I like to ask: what are your in­ten­tions? What mo­ti­vates you? Where does your en­thu­si­asm come from? For me, it’s the de­sire to be my best and make peo­ple happy. I want my mu­sic to mat­ter to them and to touch their lives. Those are my wishes, and that’s what I set out to do.

I’m more in tune now with what I need. I went through over-ex­er­cis­ing and in­jur­ing my­self, then hav­ing to give my body a break. So it’s about lis­ten­ing more to my­self. I force my­self to re­lax, but I’m a very ac­tive per­son, and antsy and rest­less. Song writ­ing is a great med­i­ta­tive and re­flec­tive time for me. I’d rather sit with my gui­tar than watch TV.

Hap­pi­ness is there all the time. If you lift your head and open your eyes, it’s there. You have to re­mind your­self to do that, though. Re­cently, I was sit­ting on a beach writ­ing a song called Life’s About To Get Good. When I lifted my head be­tween writ­ing lines, I thought: ‘Here I am writ­ing this bro­ken song with such an in­cred­i­ble view.’ I feel like I’ve been in tran­si­tion for a long time. But life is pretty beau­ti­ful. And if you’re not look­ing, you’re not go­ing to see it.

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