I’m a modern-day Cinderella. I was a homeless kid at age 13, a summa cum laude college grad at age 30.
My story reads like fiction.
My father, a famous musician, died when I was a year old. From there, life was a steep curve downhill. I was neglected and abused at home, ostracized and ridiculed at school. My behavior was bad, my grades were bad, my ‘tude was bad. I was the troubled teen poster child.
A few of the adults in my life listened to me. They helped me see my strong points.
I had one goal—one sparkling, pulsating goal—that I wanted more than anything. A goal that was worth surviving for.
And it turns out, those two factors combined are the magical formula for success:
1 adult who listens + 1 thrilling goal = obstacle-crushing success
So. I was alone in a homeless shelter at 13. Then I was locked up until I was 15. Yet I graduated college with highest honors. I became a teacher, got married, built my dream house. And this year, finally, I reached that sparking goal, when I signed a book contract with a major publisher.
I am a life coach for teens because I remember the teen struggle—man, do I remember it—and I know how to move past it, to reach calm, happy goal achievement.
I am a life coach for teens because I knew, at age 13, that my purpose in life is to help others, like those miracle-working adults helped me.
I am living proof that epic change is possible. So are the hundreds (and hundreds) of teens that I have coached and taught for the past 17 years.
And if we can do it? Your kid can too.
P.S. Here’s the official stuff about me:
» 17 years’ teaching & coaching in alternative schools
» 700+ youth mentored, ages 11 through 28
» Master’s degree in education, University of Massachusetts, Boston
» Board-certified coach candidate, Youth Coaching Institute
» National youth advocacy speaker
» Featured on NPR, VOYA, Foreword Reviews, and other national media outlets
» Award-winning young adult author