You are the Author of Your Life Story – Shana Marie Farrell
Just like the printing and mailing industry, our lives continue to change and evolve as new chapters begin. Sometimes when we least expect it, old chapters appear in new ways because of connections with others, shipping us to new opportunities to work with old friends. I’m grateful for life’s gift to reconnect with IPMA professionals again, to offer webinars and monthly blogs to share perspectives and helpful ideas about life matters. I’ll share life-related resources with you and I encourage members to share ideas with me about future topics that you think will be relevant and helpful.
First, I’d like to share part of my life story; what it’s taught me and how I started using my restorative strength to inspire and help others, especially the most vulnerable, as part of my life purpose.
Years ago, my main focus was on my own life and needs, which meant taking care of my family and pursuing a rewarding career. Within a year, I experienced the loss of both parents, followed by a messy family estate. Just when I thought things were improving, my reality and life unraveled even further with more significant life changes. This chain of events turned into a storm that included grief and pain that I never knew was humanly possible. My faith and my belief in a higher purpose were the threads that pulled me through that storm.
Afterwards, I realized that I was changing in many wonderful ways. There’s a quote by Haruki Murakimi, “Once the storm is over…You won’t be the same person who walked in.” Read entire blog here
Shana Farrell has been with Fox Valley Technical College, Wisconsin for more than 21 years in numerous leadership positions including Business and Industry Services, Printing Services, Distance Learning, Adjunct Instructor for FVTC and Silver Lake College, and is currently a Project Manager within the Center for Instructional Excellence. For many years, Shana was actively involved as an IPMA member in her role as Manager of Printing Services; FVTC continues its membership today. Her professional experience includes management development, training coordination, marketing, advertising, fundraising, event coordination and sales. Shana holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Professional Communication from Alverno College, Milwaukee and a Master of Science Degree in Management and Organizational Behavior from Silver Lake College, Manitowoc. Shana has extensive leadership experience as a graduate of Leadership Fox Cities, the Wisconsin Technical College System Leadership Development Institute (WLDI) and FVTC’s LEAD Academy. She has been a Junior Achievement volunteer and is currently a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Outagamie County helping children who are abused or neglected. Shana’s newest role is as a Life Coach facilitator trained through the Life Design Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.