Jan. 4 Forum–Creating Your Plan B

A Ten-Point Guide to Heartfelt Success

As you began your adult life, thinking about where you wanted to go and how you were going to get there, you probably developed a Plan A. Now, decades later, are you still living your Plan A?

A couple of years ago, Mary Farr posed that question to a large retreat group. Nobody raised a hand. So she continued to float the same question with others, until a theme eventually emerged—that life offers us plenty of opportunities and successes. It also tests us with setbacks, hellos, and good-byes. Relationships ebb and flow. Jobs begin and end. Responsibilities mount. Sickness and losses arise. Inevitably we need to correct our course or reset our sails for a new, sometimes unexpected, leg of the journey.

At the January SHIFT Forum, Mary will draw from 30 years of interviewing, writing, and listening to stories of individuals from all walks of life to show that we each possess a wealth of resources to initiate, investigate, and recreate the way we travel our shifting courses. Unlike traditional job skills, these personal assets embody resilience, courage, imagination, humor, and much more. Whether you are building a Plan B, or refreshing the one you’re currently piloting, her presentation will shine a light on new ways to make the most of abilities you already possess. She’ll provide ten tools to help identify your own personal assets, gifts that can help shape a rewarding next plan—a Plan B.

About our speaker

Mary Farr, a retired health care executive and pediatric hospital chaplain, has devoted 30 years to exploring the worlds of hope, healing and humor. She has merged these life essentials into her newest book, The Promise in Plan B: What We Bring to the Next Chapter in our Lives. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. in theology from St. Catherine University.

Monday, January 4, 2016
Reception: 6:30 pm
Presentation: 7:00-8:30 pm
Location: Minnesota State University Mankato at Edina
7700 France Ave S
Edina, MN 55435

Driving Directions:

  • From east or west I-494: Take France Ave. exit to the north.
  • From south on France: Turn left on Minnesota Dr. Take first right into west parking lot.
  • From Hwy. 62 east or west: Take France Ave. exit to the south.
  • From north on France: Turn right on Minnesota Dr. Take first right into west parking lot.

             Parking is free in the west lot. Enter the building from that side.


Event fee: $10 for members; $20 for non-members

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