Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Speaking to High School Honors

I had the privilege to speak to both Middle and High schoolers at my alma mater last week. I have never gotten too nervous about speaking, but I really wanted to make sure I spoke to them, not at them about topics that could really help them in life. Kinda a lot to ask from a five minute speech ;) I really enjoyed it though and hope that the students and parents got something out of it!

June visited my high school for the first time
I must say what an amazing blessing it is to even have the option to speak on a Thursday during the middle of the day and early evening. When I was invited, I didn't have to think about it or make sure I was able to take time off, I just did it! I was able to travel up to my parents' house with the kids on Wednesday and spend the day there on Thursday in between the two engagements. Not many jobs allow you to do that.

My husband is a dentist and owns his own practice, which obviously allows him to create his own schedule and control his time to a certain extent, but dentistry is not a profession that can be done from anywhere other than the physical office location. If he closes for a day, no patients will be helped, which means no money coming in. Therefore, we have to be very choosy about the time he takes away from the office. It would be tough to justify a day off to speak to students. 

Before Beachbody, I worked full time as a dentist for a non-profit organization and the only way to do something like this would have been to take a vacation day. Again- hard to justify taking a full day of vacation when you only have 2 weeks off for the full year! Every day, I realize a new reason why I am so grateful that I took the opportunity to become a coach. I never would have dreamed this is where I would be today.

That being said, I hope you all enjoy my speech! I did a similar on for the middle school but painted a fun picture of the scrawny, awkward girl I was back then ;)

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