Saturday, March 2, 2019 four teens who have never met, opened up about every day issues that no one likes to talk about. They laughed, they cried, they ate, they forgave and they left aware, empowered, and with tools to find their success.
My #IAMFREE program works for our teens providing tools such as breathing and meditating that allow freedom. There is no doubt that we are the best parents we can be, giving our kids what we can, but sometimes we don't think about mindfulness as something they want, or even a day retreat to find new tools.
The teens that came Saturday left with new friends, people they know are having the same life issues they are.
No matter what generation you are in, Baby Boomer, Gen X, or the Millennials, we are all looking for the same thing, to be validated, loved, and heard.
In my book "Become the You Your Younger Self Needed" I wrote about how I did not feel validated or heard and how I tried to end my life because I thought it was easier than to deal with the hurt.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in 2018 suicide was the 3rd leading cause of death in New Jersey between the ages of 15-24.
2018, three days before 8th grade graduation our daughter confided in a teacher she wanted to kill herself. Unpacking my car to bring in the groceries I get a call from the school, and the rest we took one day at a time. It took everything inside of me not to hate myself because as I was helping other kids find themselves and I did not see the pain my daughter was taking on. I almost lost her as a newborn, I was not going to loose her again. I now advocate for her and other teens that feel lost, hurt, lonely, unheard.
As some of you may know, I left my 17 year job to change our youth's lives and I am dedicated to doing just that. For the past two years, I have been working with the students of Atlantic City High School and we are seeing some great results. I am honored and grateful for this opportunity and I know that #IAMFREE is the change I want to see in this world.
Take a minute and check out my website and upcoming Millennial Day Retreats and a look at the exciting things we did on Saturday.
Namaste my friends
If you or anyone you know wants information on #IAMFREE for your high school. Contact me. :)