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My career as an educator started out as a new mom, newly married teaching 4th grade to a class of 30 students in Bellflower, California. I would drop off my baby girl at the caregiver and cry on the way to work. My heart was torn between wanting to stay home with my daughter and wanting to pursue my childhood dream of being a teacher.

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I taught everything from 2nd and 3rd grade full-time in public school;
To private tutoring, To substitute teaching Kinder thru high school, To ELD and Reading Intervention support groups, To homeschooling my own 3 kids, To teaching co-op classes, To teaching in a private Christian university model school, To teaching English to Japanese teenagers in an all-girls high school in Japan.
So, when I tell you I know the world of education through a teacher’s eyes.
I say that confidently.

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"She is clothed with strength & dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue." 

- Proverbs 31:25-31

My Favorite Things

Trying new things with family or friends.

Whether it be a tearoom, a new restaurant or coffee shop, an inspirational conference or kayaking on the lake; new and exciting lights a fire in my belly!

Traveling & Learning about Foreign Cultures

When I taught full-time I was known for incorporating multi-cultural units into my yearly plans. I’m of Puerto-Rican descent with a host of other countries in my bloodline. My husband is Japanese American and several years ago we had the opportunity to move our family to Japan for 15 months. Recently I explored the country of Italy on a dream vacation.

Books and Reading!

Visiting beautiful libraries, searching for new books to add to my collections and browsing the aisles of bookstores has inspired my passion for research, learning and teaching since my childhood days. I even created and maintain a kids bookshop in my local community!

For 15 years I strove to be one of the best teachers I could be at every school I worked at 

–but more often than not, I fell short.

I constantly felt the pull of my family life and the pull of the classroom. It was like I was the rope in a tug of war. Only the real war was waging in my mind and heart.

Thoughts that I thought were coming from others around me; were really coming from inside myself. Many had been deeply rooted for a very long time.

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“You’re not good enough.”

“You aren’t doing enough.”

“You messed up again!”

“You’ll never be a great teacher.”

“You’ll never be able to do what other teachers do.”

And then I would go home each day and those same thoughts would replay in my mind – Only here “teacher” was replaced with “mom” or “wife”.

“You’ll never be a great wife.”

“You’ll never be able to do what those other moms do.”

So, I taught and loved from a place of “not enough”.

I lacked peace. I strove, compromised, people-pleased, flip-flopped priorities, prayed for justice and deliverance. My life was not what I thought it was going to be. When I got pregnant with my youngest, I decided to leave behind my full-time position and started my entrepreneurial journey so that I could be a mom who had more time to be a mom. I created a private tutoring business and worked in the afternoons once my husband got home from work. This definitely gave me more time freedom at home but my mindset hadn’t changed. My brain just tweaked the negative thoughts I had before and made them about a new set of circumstances. Wherever you go. Your patterns will follow. What I now realize as a coach is that changing your workplace or situation doesn’t change your patterns and habits of thinking, feeling and responding. If you want to be truly free of certain patterns, it takes a decision to learn how to break off specific thought patterns and limiting beliefs. This takes an investment of time, commitment and openness to accountability and guidance from a professional coach.

What if your path to peace, more freedom and less stress is not changing your circumstance?

What if it’s not your students, your co-workers, your principal, your hubby or how many customers you have?

Your path to peace is learning to give space to process your thoughts and emotions and learning how to be their master instead of allowing them to rule over you. 

3 years ago, I found Life Coaching. My life has never been the same. I became a Christian 30 years ago but it wasn’t until 3 years ago that I came to the life-changing realization that the battlefield is truly in my mind. Our thoughts and words have the power of life and death. And one of the most important things I can do as a woman of faith is make sure my mind and heart are in line with the life I desire to live and the life I was designed to live.  I also learned during the process that I can’t do this alone. 

I need someone to show me what I can’t see. I need someone to ask me the tough questions and expect an answer. I need someone to listen to my heart with compassion. I need someone with wisdom to help me reframe parts of my past and present so that I can step into the life I’ve always dreamed of. I found this person within a safe one on one coaching relationship.

When you learn to manage your mind; This will change how you experience your world. When you learn to manage your thoughts and feelings you will have abundantly more joy, peace and prosperity. Sound like a Christmas card? It is!

Life Coaching is a Gift you Give to Yourself.

Give Yourself the Gift of Coaching.

10 Easy Ways to Recharge

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One of the ways out of this cycle is with Self-Care.  The better we take care of ourselves; the more we are able to manage our emotions, make better choices and successfully connect with others both at home and at work!

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