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Thinking Big

Over the last few years, I have enjoyed my journey as a teacher, coach, mentor, martial artist, and mother. Through it all, I’ve come to appreciate how all of life starts in our minds and consciousness. If I think I can’t, I’m right. If I think I can handle anything life brings my way, it doesn’t matter how tough, I can. 

This last year, I created that I would find a way to make a positive impact beyond my classroom. Having tried various avenues, I came to realize that my future included grad school. After a bit of research, I discovered a program that gave my heart a thrill. This program would open doors that, at the moment, I could only imagine. But could I do that? Would they accept someone like me? Do I belong at the highest levels of leadership? 

Choosing whether to submit my application to this program was a test. Did I believe in myself? Was there anything at risk other than my fear of getting no for an answer? Which was scarier, the no or the yes?  I finally decided that I wouldn’t let my fear stop me. I was going to go for it! 

I crafted my application, my mentors wrote letters of recommendation, and friends gave thoughtful feedback on my personal statements. Then I pressed submit and waited. Within weeks, I was sitting for an interview, and then I got a yes. 

“Thank you for applying and interviewing for the Global Executive Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program at the University of Southern California. We would like to formally congratulate you on your admission to the Global Executive Doctor of Education Program. This is the start of a lifelong association with our worldwide community of educators, all of whom are dedicated to making a difference in students’ lives.”

Because that’s what it’s all about, all my work, teaching, coaching, and self-defense are all designed to make a positive contribution to others. So, THANK YOU to all who have supported me with time, resources, coaching, caring, and love. With a smile on my face, I can confidently say that the best is yet to come.

In the meantime, please don't hesitate to schedule a self-defense seminar with me, even if it scares you a little.

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