One thing Michael is teaching me to keep in check as I love on him as he grows, is not playing the victim mentality. Ever since we found out he had a clubfoot at our 20 week ultrasound, I didn’t bat an eye. I didn’t even know what clubfoot was, but I knew we would get through whatever challenges that came with it and we would teach him to thrive despite any limitations it might give him. I want to teach him to never become a victim of his own thoughts or circumstances, but instead to be proactive and positive with what happens to him in his life.
I know I played the victim card a lot when I first started teaching. I thought I wasn’t a good teacher because I felt my classroom management was terrible. I thought it was terrible because I was a bad teacher. And that’s all I did about that. Sure I tried new things but I still kept staying in this cycle of being so upset about having a class that felt out of control. I became a victim to my own thoughts and never once thought differently about the situation.
Once I started thinking “most teachers struggle with classroom management…as long as I am truly trying to do my best every day, that’s ALL I can do and expect of myself. What follows, I’m leaving that up to God.”
So here’s some tough love this Friday, with Michael as your inspiration: you might feel like your struggling. You might feel different. And that’s ok. Accept it. Have a pity party for an hour or so. But then stop playing that card right here and now. EMBRACE your differences. LOVE on yourself for what you have been going through. Life is TOUGH. But you are TOUGHER!!
Arlene has been the best coach/mentor I could ask for! For almost a year I’ve learned so much from her in order to change my lifestyle and become a much healthier and happier person. She is SO inspirational and keeps me motivated to make the best decisions for me on even my craziest and most stressful days. I’m incredibly thankful to have her as a coach and friend along this journey!
Arlene is the most supportive and compassionate person that I know- which makes her an amazingly inspirational coach! She is not afraid to share and is always there to listen. Arlene not only helped me physically, but has been a support for me emotionally as well. I feel lucky to call her a friend.
Arlene is absolutely amazing. She is super supportive, so encouraging, and walks with you through your journey. Her positive attitude draws you in and makes you feel super comfortable. I was able to finally finish and entire workout program, while being encouraged by her, for the first time ever. Thank you Arlene for you time,.effort, support, love, and encouragement �
It’s been fun connecting with Arlene over the past year through health and fitness. We have known each other since… middle school I think? Arlene is a great support and accountability partner. She is willing to work with you on your specific goals and meet you where you’re at on your own fitness journey. The support of her group has helped me stick with my plans to achieve my goals!
I love Arlene and how incredibly supportive she is! I have been looking for some serious accountability for a while during my fitness journey, and it’s been so hard to find! But she reached out to me and has not given up on me (even when I’m seriously slacking). She always so good about reaching out to simply see how life is going. She interested in just more than tracking my workouts, she’s into the personal side as well!