Be the Hero of Your Story

3 years ago, I quit my job teaching in Chicago Public Schools, and I had no effing clue what I was going to do next.
2 years ago, I quit my job teaching in the burbia, and I had no effing clue what I was going to do next.
1 year ago, I quit my job teaching in Atlanta, and I had no effing clue what I was going to do next.

All my life, I've been a quitter. I quit sports, I tried to quit high school and college, and I've tried to quit my relationship numerous times.

Once a quitter, always a quitter.

But see, this is my life. My one time on this planet EVER, and I get to tell this how I want to.

I can keep telling this sob story, this woe is me story, this "I am a quitter and I will never amount to anything" story. Or I can tell it with me as the hero.

Last summer, I attended my first Beachbody Summit which is basically a motivational/personal development conference on crack. Everyone was there. Gary Vaynerchuk. Shaun T. CHALENE JOHNSON.

Chalene said you have to be the hero of your story. You have one life on earth, and this is your chance. If you are not the hero of your story, THEN WHAT THE F ARE YOU DOING. You better either get moving and do something, or maybe you need to look at things with a different lense.

Friends.

I'm the hero of my story.

I've been on this earth for 32 years, and my life is NOT one big sob story. 

I'm the hero of my story. 

3 years ago, I decided my job was making me SICK, and I couldn't do it anymore if I ever wanted to be happy and healthy.
2 years ago, I decided my job wasn't what I was passionate about anymore, and I needed to get out.
1 year ago, I decided my job just wasn't the right fit. I wanted to help people, but I wanted to make sure that helping people was FILLING ME UP rather than constantly DRAINING ME.

I'm the hero of my story.

 

I decided that I need to make changes in my life for me SO THAT I could help other people better too.

I was trying to pour from an empty cup.

I forgot to put on my oxygen mask first before helping others. 

 

I'm the hero of my story. 

 

In the last year, I haven't had a panic attack, anxiety attack, twitching eye, tight chest, or trouble breathing.

In the last year, I haven't caught a cold or had the flu.

In the last year, I haven't had the Sunday Scaries, the Monday Blues, or the F*ck It Fridays.

In the last year, I haven't stress eaten or drank because of a really emotionally hard day at work.

In the last year, I've been able to take my dog Jameson for a morning walk almost every single day.

In the last year, I've been able to go running basically anytime I want.

In the last year, I got into the best shape of my life, I've been the happiest and most confident I've ever been, and I've helped more than 100 women do the same.

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This isn't a knock on teaching or teachers or education. We need great teachers still! This is just me telling how learning to take care of myself first has helped me be the hero of my story. How it has fueled me to help other people learn to take care of themselves too. And omg, the number of times I reference routines and procedures, positive framing, differentiation, sticker charts, and instructional and independent levels, it's basically a virtual classroom. Sometimes I make pretty bulletin boards. We adults are just big kids, and the same things work for us. :)

I am the hero of my story. 

 

BUT here's the thing. This isn't just for me.

There isn't anything special about me.

There isn't anything that I've done that others can't do.

Are you the hero of your story?  

When you look back on the past 5 months of this year or the last 5 years or the last 30 years, how do you tell it?

Do you tell about the shitty things that happened at work and all the things you didn't get done?Do you tell about how busy you were or how stressed you were or how life was just not going your way?

 

Be the hero of your story.

 

How can you frame things in a different light? How can you look at the past and learn from it? And what can you do today, right MEOW, right after you finish reading this to be the hero of your story? 

 

Shoot me a message at jaclyn.ricchio@gmail.com if you need help crafting your hero story. 

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Your Love Your Life Coach,

Jaclyn