Team Tuesday 2018: Shannell & Nickie

The term faithful companion is often used to describe people, but ask any loyal Subaru owner, and they’ll use the term to describe their trusty, adventure-bound sidekick with the 6-star cluster badge. And that’s exactly how Team Dirt N Perfume portrays their 2017 Subaru Forester – their third teammate in this year’s Rebelle. Both Subaru lovers, the team’s trusty whip is “rearin’ to go” on its upcoming 2500+km October journey. On this Team Tuesday please welcome Shannell McMillan and Nicole “Nickie” Kelly!

Shannell McMillan is originally from the beachfront city of Hermosa Beach, CA and currently lives just south of her hometown in Redondo Beach. She’s the General Manager of Dimensional Millwork, Inc. CA (her rally sponsor!), and also works with parolees and probationers on their mission and vision for work and life. Needless to say, she leads a busy life, and yet she’s still carving out time for her first Rebelle next month. The Rebelle is what she calls the single greatest opportunity to grow, learn and see what she is truly capable of.

Speaking of opportunities, Shannell mentioned a journey she took that truly affected her – a trip to Alamar, Mexico where she helped in the creation of a school, medical office, and church. Shannell states, “It changed me profoundly to watch a poverty-stricken community come together, rebuild their shanty homes every year after the rains, and yet still have more gratitude and joy for the simple things than anyone I have ever met. I learned the key to happiness is gratefulness in all things.”

With her next journey being the 2018 Rebelle, she’s bringing her trusty Subaru and not leaving home without prayer, laughter, and hydration. Her words of wisdom going into the Rebelle?

“I would just like to encourage anyone who is “thinking” about doing the Rebelle in the future to sign up now. Too often we put off those things we think we can’t afford but tomorrow is promised to no one. The experience I expect to get from the Rebelle, I feel, is what I cannot afford to live without for one more year! Bring on the Rebelle Rally 2018!”

Nichole “Nickie” Kelly’s hometown is St. Paul, MN, but she now resides in San Diego. With 12 years in the U.S. navy, she currently holds the thought-provoking title of EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Technician in the Navy.

Before she was in the Navy, Nickie was a snowboard instructor in Montana, where every day was different. No stranger to the cold, she grew up playing ice hockey, and most recently, Nickie climbed Mt Whitney with her husband and friends in January. All of her environmental, survival, and physical skills were put to the test – it was both incredibly rewarding and a confidence builder.

Nickie originally heard of the Rebelle when she met Rebelle Founder Emily Miller at the 2018 Overland Expo…where in turn, Emily introduced her to her Rebelle teammate Shannell! Describing the chance encounter she states, “Everything in my life has taken me to this point in this moment, and I believe this is exactly where I’m supposed to be. I see the Rebelle Rally as a culmination of years of trust, faith, hard work, and persistence.”

The dirt is nothing new to Nickie – she started camping before she could walk. And Nickie actually started navigating her own road trips the moment she received her driver’s license, arming herself with nothing more than gas money and a road atlas.

Her must-haves for this road trip of a lifetime? Corn Nuts, Pedialyte, and baby wipes!

Team Tuesday 2018: Shannell & Nickie2018-10-02T03:25:04-07:00

Team Tuesday 2018: Shannell & Melissa

We love our crossover class for many reasons – one being that it perfectly demonstrates that the vehicle in your driveway is more capable than you know. And we love spotlighting our crossover teams, as they’re not afraid to take these road warriors off the pavement and into our proving ground terrain. Today’s Team Tuesday is anything but afraid, and a firm believer of doing! Please welcome from Redondo Beach, CA and piloting a 2017 Subaru Forester, Shannell McMillan and Melissa McGoldrick of Team Dirt n’ Perfume!

Shannell’s hometown is Hermosa Beach, CA, but she currently lives in Redondo Beach, CA as a Business Development Manager for Andersen Windows. She also works with probationers and paroles on mission and vision for their work and lives. She’s chosen to compete in the Rebelle because…why not? Shannell told us everything outside of her comfort zone is where she has found who she truly is, and what she can actually do.

“The Rebelle seemed impossible financially and because I am directionally challenged, so instead of saving and learning everything I wrote a check. Everything has been falling into place as we move along the path. Sponsors are popping up and we are learning a lot about maps and navigating. I am a firm believer in dreaming big and am always asking myself and employees, ‘What would you do if you were 10x bolder?’ And then I encourage them to go out there and do it. Don’t wait until you are ready…say yes and let the journey unfold before you!”

Her teammate, Melissa, makes her laugh, inspires her daily with her positive attitude, knows everything about her, and loves her unconditionally. And Shannell chose their “third teammate,” the Forester, as she purchased it while on an east coast adventure, and it’s been great off-road camping vehicle with her Tepui tent!

Melissa is originally from Philadelphia, and also resides in Redondo Beach. She’s a barista by morning at Starbucks, and works in an orthopedic doctor’s office by day. And why is she competing in her first-ever Rebelle?

“The Rebelle Rally just proves to be incredibly empowering. I’d be lucky to stand beside the woman who created this, and the women who compete.”

Melissa loves to travel, and took her first trip out of the country in 2013. That trip lit a spark inside of her, and she never looked back. She stepped away from teaching music, went on to visit Thailand amongst other countries as she believes experiencing other cultures and people is something you can only learn about firsthand (agreed!).

Melissa is equally thrilled to take on the Rebelle with her teammate – “Shannell loves with her whole entire heart, always. She always takes any bad with the good. She makes me a better person every single day (we see each other every single day!).”


Team Tuesday 2018: Shannell & Melissa2018-08-14T17:40:13-07:00