Brene Brown’s book The Gifts of Imperfection has captured my attention for months. When I really enjoy a book that helps me see the world and my life differently, I go very slowly and deliberately. I could easily have soaked it up in one sitting with a couple cups of chai. Instead, I savored parts of chapters, took notes, wrote in my journal, allowed it ooze into my soul and went back for more when I felt open and inspired. This morning I finished the journey of this book, reading each line of the Notes section even because I didn’t want to get to the last period. What a scrumptious read!
Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are. What a truly powerful statement (and subtitle of the book). I believe it captures my journey right now. Not because I have who I am all figured out. More truthfully, I am simply open to the vulnerability of allowing my authentic self to BE in this world.
Working with kids has been a life long love and has taken lots of different paths. As a young child, I loved being with babies, real or plastic headed with cloth bodies. Very early in life I claimed my career path to be a “baby doctor”. This morphed into a desire to be a counselor as I spent years working with counselors on my life’s challenges <gifts>. I worked at a learning center with 2 year olds and in residential treatment with inner city Chicago kids who’d been kicked out of other facilities and had no parental involvement anymore. I worked with developmentally disabled adults who were like little kids as they expressed their authentic joy. I eventually became a teacher and was blessed with a classroom of kids who became my family each school year. I switched to a Learning Support teacher where I had the privilege of working with small groups of kids and some 1:1, who I poured my heart and soul into helping build their confidence, self esteem and skills.
Kids are clearly my passion. I chose to leave my full-time teaching career about a month ago so I can give my time, energy and gifts to kids through life coaching. In order to fully embrace who I am, this LEAP OF FAITH felt absolutely right and necessary for me. I had a business retreat in Madison last week where we worked on our personal growth, along with our business. I haven’t fully captured all that happened for me there, but Brene Brown talks about COURAGE, COMPASSION, CONNECTION in her book…I felt those so very deeply, I’m not yet able to put words to my experience.
As a new school year presents kids with a myriad of feelings: fear of the unknown; excitement for a fresh start; anxiety about new teacher expectations; worry about different kids to learn with and form friendships with; hopeful about a new building or classroom; love for higher levels of academic challenges, I can relate on lots of levels with all of those feelings!
What I know in the depths of my soul is I am so ready to embrace this amazing opportunity I am allowing myself! My mission with The Life Coach 4 Kids, most simply stated, is to help kids feel EMPOWERED, CONFIDENT, CONNECTED. I am ready to fully embrace my own gifts of imperfection in order to help kids learn to do the same! How absolutely perfect that I finished Brene’s book this morning and the last words capture beautifully exactly where I am in this moment: “brave, afraid and very, very alive”!