“Be the person you needed when you were younger.”
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When I was a teenager, I needed someone to listen to me without judgement, and to offer wisdom and advice when my choices weren’t allowing me to reach my full potential. This quote has been a guiding force in my life since 2000. I was just 22 years old, and against my better judgement I said “yes” to becoming a cheerleading coach to twelve teenage girls. Saying yes to this job changed the course of my life. I quickly realized that I found more value and meaning in this part time job than ever had in any other area of my life. My day job as marketing assistant for a local credit union quickly took a back seat to my real job as a mentor to an amazing group of young women. After three years of coaching cheer, I knew I would spend the rest of my years working with teenagers. I quit my job at the credit union and went back to school to become a teacher. In 2005 I landed my dream job at my alma matter, Bellingham High School, as a business and marketing teacher. I loved teaching for many years, but as my class sizes grew and standardized testing took over, I knew it was time for me to move on.
Being a life coach for teens is a dream. I play a part in helping them realize their full potential, and in return, they change the world.
In 2010, I became a certified life coach for teens through Teen Wisdom, Inc. and every day since has been an adventure. I went from running a small, private practice, to opening an education-based teen organization in my hometown of Bellingham, WA called Anchor Society. In addition to my private coaching, I now have my own classroom of sorts running groups and summer programs for teenagers.
Why I do what I do…