At the University of California, Irvine, I was still in a battle within my mind that I wasn’t good enough and that I was the only one that felt that way. I did not reach out for help, and tried to deal with my internal struggles by myself, until things got way too hard. While I had gone through counseling/therapy to deal with family issues, I was still unable to free myself from the negative inner dialogue that was part of my every day.
I took that negative internal dialogue into my adult life. I pushed myself time and time again to succeed, and never felt that I had accomplished enough, even though on the outside I looked like I “had it all together”.
It wasn’t until I was almost 30 that I began to find my way out.
I know, firsthand, how my struggles as a teenager influenced my choices as an adult.
Because of the impact and power that coaching had on my life, I decided to enroll in coach and leadership training so that I could help others to heal. It was then that it became abundantly clear to me that I had to work with teenagers and parents.
I realized my role as a coach is to break cycles of negative self-talk, low-self esteem, lack of confidence and broken communication that so often fuel struggles, challenges, poor decisions and unhappiness.
The gift of my struggle is that now I know how to do life differently.
I coach families so that they can be more connected, communicate cleanly and openly and are able to recover from challenges and setbacks.
I coach teens because I believe when they know who they are, know their gifts and strengths and are able to appreciate them AND have the tools to manage conflict, challenges and difficult situations, they are set up to realize and achieve their dreams…and pay it forward to future generations.
I am committed to making a difference in the world…one teenager and family at a time.