Shannan Fiorenza, BSN, CPC
The Mid-Life Do-Over…
I was 39. My change began at a surprising and unexpected rock bottom. A (thankfully) short-lived addiction. Once I began my recovery, I realized that I was quite unhappy with several areas of my life. I felt like I had lost myself. I was completely burned out. I was a single mom of three boys. I had a great career that I no longer loved. I knew that I was a loving and compassionate person that loved helping others and that I loved being a mom. Other than that, who was I?
At the core, I've always had an amazing ability to love others, but I had forgotten to love myself. That lack of self-love is what I believe brought me to my lowest point. I was miserable and swimming in victim mentality. Always trying to find happiness outside of myself. Building resentment and never saying how I really felt. The perfect storm for constant misery.
I began my journey of self discovery with a search for a spiritual connection which I found was inside me all along. I learned how to be honest with myself, to set boundaries and to respect my own needs. Learning to do this helped me be true to myself.
The last few years have been the most amazing of my life. I continue to grow every day. I definitely walk my talk of being authentic and doing everything with integrity. Being accountable and being a good leader by my own example. I have assisted others in transforming their lives, and through that process I have learned even more. When one teaches, two learn. One of my daily intentions is to remain teachable. I continue to be open-minded and honor the path that others walk even when it’s different from mine.
I am a Certified Life Coach, Holistic Recovery Coach and Wellness Practitioner. I specialize in working with people who are suffering from compassion fatigue and burnout. I spent many years as an RN working in ER and Trauma and I am very familiar with the stresses that lead up to burnout and often alcoholism and addiction.
I love to partner with my clients and support and encourage them as they navigate their way on their own path. It's never too late to make a fresh start in life!