Hey there! I'm Jace, and this is how

I found my perfect path.

 

Have you ever wanted MORE out of life?...Like you're RUNNING a rat race with no apparent FINISH line...like no one UNDERSTANDS, APPRECIATES, or even SEES you? Do you seem to have more month left at the end of your money? Do you feel like you are meant for something BIGGER, but you're unsure how to get there or even where to start? 

This is exactly where I was in 2013. At that time, I had been in education for 12 years—first as a high school English teacher and then as a school librarian. For the most part, I enjoyed my chosen career path. I liked the students who visited the library, and I relished the challenge of marketing the library to entice non-users to give us a try. I liked the freedom I had to visit classrooms and collaborate with teachers, and I loved how both teachers and students visited the empty chair beside my office desk reserved for when they just needed a safe place to unload for a while.

But I wasn’t fulfilled. I knew I was meant for something more…for something bigger. I had always been an achiever and a go-getter, and I just didn’t feel like there was anywhere else left to go in my career. With a master’s degree in education and 4/5ths of one in library science, I was great at my job…but I was bored.

PERSONALLY

Personally, I was struggling. My marriage was isolating and lonely to the point of implosion. My twins were little more than toddlers, and I found myself in a constant shame cycle surrounding my parenting. In a nutshell, my life felt like a never-ending prison sentence. I literally felt dead inside…like a Living Dead Girl. I didn’t even physically recognize myself. I remember looking at my reflection in the mirror and thinking, “Who are you?” I was in so much pain. I was so desperate…Desperate for help. Desperate for connection. Desperate to feel seen and heard. Desperate to feel like I mattered. Desperate to live.

THE CATALYST

It all came to a head for me after a district librarians’ meeting when my director called me in for a private meeting with her. I had trouble expressing disagreement with others without sounding like I wanted to rip their heads off, which was apparently frowned upon in the workplace.

I left that meeting humiliated! My administrator was nothing but kind and professional and nice…so nice…but that I had to be talked to about that at all was an ultimate embarrassment for me! As I drove home that evening, I admitted that life had become unmanageable. Whatever this was, it was beyond what I could overcome alone…and so began my journey down my perfect path.

MY JOURNEY

I began researching therapists in my area, and I found someone who specialized in treating women with similar experiences as I had. I started attending weekly group sessions there and began to realize that I was not alone! Better yet, there was a way out of my pain! Soon I added twice-weekly individual counseling and a class or two whenever they were offered. After about nine months of therapeutic regimen, I started feeling like I had something to offer others who were struggling. I knew it was time to begin sharing my story.

I began work in my third graduate program—this time in Counseling Psychology—in the spring of 2014. The next three years were filled with intense self-discovery, education, and even more counseling. With the leadership of my professors and the skills of my fellow students, I began developing an appreciation for the life I had lived and for all the imperfect paths I had traveled thus far. I began crafting my story. I was learning how to use those experiences to hold space for others who were hurting or stuck or unheard or unseen or…or…or…

MY PERFECT PATH

After graduation, a common question I was asked by others was, “So what do you plan on doing with that degree?” People often assumed I would move into a school counseling position, which would be a natural progression for an educator who received a counseling degree. But honestly I didn’t know, and I was super comfortable telling people that. I knew that my life was changing, and I wanted to be open to the opportunities presented. For the first time ever, I didn’t feel like I needed to know. I knew I had found my perfect path, and I was happy just being there. Along the way, I met me…and I discovered that I was pretty cool. I took joy in the person I was…the person all those imperfect journeys had forged. As vividly as I remember not recognizing my reflection, I remember standing in the mirror looking at me and saying, “You know…if I weren’t you, I would SO be your friend! You’re just a really fun person to be around.”

About that time, steps along my path began to illuminate one by one. I was approached by the head of the twins’ private school about a teaching position there, which would allow me to take my kids to school and bring them home at the end of the day, and since the school is a Monday-Thursday, I would have an extra day to work with counseling clients. The list of benefits was long, but teacher pay in private school is about 1/3 what it is in public school, which was sort of an important factor.

And in walked NETWORK MARKETING! I had been using this company's products for a couple months and really liked the results I was seeing. I decided to text my friend and consultant and let her know what I was seeing, and she extended an invitation to join her team. “Naaaahhhhh…” I responded, explaining that I wasn’t good at direct sales, which really meant I’d rather starve than try to sell things to people. But over the next few weeks, the gnawing feeling I had to explore the business side of these awesome products began to grow. I couldn’t shake it. So I texted my friend and said “I’m kind of considering…” My friend then told me how this company was the number one product retailer in North America and how they were expanding into other countries as well. She told me how she was part of the fastest growing and the top producing team in this company, and how her team leads were passionate about growing amazing team members! She told me that they offered weekly (and sometimes daily) professional and personal development, AND THEN…she told me how someone in her upline was earning $250,000 PER MONTH and another team member was bringing home $100,000 PER MONTH. And if I was skeptical about how quickly this business is growing, she added that her direct upline had just earned a five-figure monthly paycheck AND her FREE LEXUS from the company!

TODAY

Today I am so excited about where this opportunity is heading! During a camping trip this summer, my husband and I sat down and brainstormed our vision board for our future. It included things like being debt free, paying for the twins’ college, building a new school library, building a new school, sending other kids to college…

I haven’t always been excited about health and wellness, but I am excited about how this health and wellness company can help me help others.

I’m super glad you’re here! Let me know how I can help you!

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