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From Surviving to Thriving

Child Abuse. Sexual Assault. Domestic Violence.

If you aren’t a survivor, than statistically, you are very likely intimately connected to someone who is in that journey of recovering from pain and trauma. Are you ready for an honest conversation to explore social stigmas against surviving, to release guilt and shame and to practice active personal and community peace?

After reaching a places of disappointment, frustration, violation, unhappiness and despair, Shannon has risen several times, and she’s ready to share her stories to help individuals grow in personal resiliency, hope and compassion. Investing in re-creation of the self creates stronger relationships and stronger communities.  Embracing obstacles and growing through them opens up a greater possibility to love oneself and others.

Any one of Shannon’s seasons in life might contain enough wisdom in shattering, rising again and choosing to love oneself and others to fill a lifetime. Despite challenges, she persists in resiliency, compassion, kindness, hope and a quirky sense of humor.

Some elements of Shannon’s story might seem predictable, but her unique worldview will shift audiences, especially where individuals haven’t always known safety and security, are comfortable in gray areas of understanding life and relationships or are ready to believe in the magic of self-agency, awareness and choices.

Shannon’s passion is to encourage people to welcome challenges, rise from failures and mistakes, and rebuild. She has survived child abuse (emotional, physical, sexual and neglect), often finding refuge in foster care, on-campus sexual assault as a college student, domestic violence in her first marriage, and sexual assault as an adult, yet she uses that pain to create hope for others.

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