Sunday Apr 03, 2022

Healing through Trauma with award-winning author, sought-after speaker, and trauma-informed coach and consultant who penned the book, “Garbage Bag Suitcase” Shenandoah Chefalo

“Welcome to the Wellbeing and Career World Podcast, I am delighted to be chatting to a woman Plagued and embarrassed by her name (a humiliation enhanced by a nomadic childhood that made it impossible to build lasting relationships), Shenandoah Chefalo developed a tough skin at an early age. Along the way, she learned to deal with disappointment, push through discomfort, overcome adversity, and accurately gauge people, qualities that have helped her to succeed.

After spending nearly 20 years as a Law Office Administrator, Shenandoah became unsettled by the ever-revolving door of the criminal justice system and set out to find a way to change it. She attended
Coach U and became a certified life coach. Working through that program, Shenandoah began to understand her childhood in a way she never had before.

She set out on a mission to tell her story and educate the general public about the grim realities of a life that she had always tried to hide. She believes that some of the grassroots solutions she offers in Garbage Bag Suitcase could change the lives of children and the landscape of the country. Shenandoah Chefalo is a graduate of Michigan State University (holding a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science), a Core Essentials Graduate from Coach U, a Certified Law
of Attraction Advanced Practitioner, a member of the National Speakers Association, and volunteers with several organizations locally, nationally and internationally. Shenandoah Chefalo is also the author of an e-book entitled Setting Your Vision and Defining Your Goals and is currently working on her next book, Hiking for Stillness: Finding Healing One Step At A Time.

On today's podcast, we will be chatting about from Foster care to graduating at Michigan State University and Healing through Trauma.

A very warm welcome to the podcast Shenandoah Chefalo.


Shenandoah answers some of the questions asked below during the podcast or answers questions as part of the conversation.

1)Can I ask why did you feel embarrassed by your name?2) Do you still feel embarrassed by your name? 3) Why did you decide to enter Foster Care? 4) I cannot imagine how you felt at that time to want to make the
decision to enter Foster care, can I ask the type of emotions you
experienced? Did your mother have any input in the decision?5) What was foster care like and what was your experience of it? 6) We see images of foster care homes being caring and the focus is to take care of children entering these homes, is this the reality from your own experience ? 7) What were the greatest challenges you faced while in
foster care?, what is the usual process to being fostered? 8) Have there been any improvements to the process since your time in foster care? 9) How was your life on a day to day and what about school life?10) Did you meet any friends and have you kept In contact with any of
them? 11) When did you decide to attend college and what was your motivation? 12) Did you like college and what was your favorite part?
13) Where can listeners find you on social media and get in touch with


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