“Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once
in a while, you could miss it.”
- Ferris Bueller
The challenges that teens and young adults face in today's world are very different from the challenges that we faced growing up. We tell them to be themselves, and yet everywhere they turn they see another sanitized-for-social-media perspective of what that means. They are bombarded with advertisements and celebrities pushing the 'right' way to be and pressured to fit in, to look a certain way, to act a certain way. Simultaneously, any single moment of not being perfectly put together or perfectly in control of themselves could turn into the next meme or viral video, spreading their moment of imperfect, real, and totally understandable humanity across the internet to their entire community and beyond. As the mom of a teen and a young adult myself, I see it all the time.
I hold a deep belief that society has such an impact on who we become, that if teenagers and young adults don't develop a concrete sense of who they are early on, they wind up living their whole life for other people. Our culture tells us there is a "right" way to do life - grades, activities, achievements - look this way, be this way, act this way. The portrait of a successful life has looked like this for so long, that those of us who find themselves on a different path run the risk of feeling inadequate.
I'm here to scream from the rooftops that this is a load of BS.
How do we make a difference?
Sometimes your teen needs someone to show them that it's okay to not have it all together all the time, that it's okay to get messy and try things out and fail and try something else. They need someone to talk to who's not their parent (sorry, moms and dads!) who will give it to them straight, answer their questions, and help them figure out what they truly, honestly want out of life.
That's why I created the Embody Teen Program.
What can happen if we work together?
Here are just a few things that happen when I work with teens and young adults:
They discover exactly what they stand for, and how to use that information as their personal guide to always be navigating life on their own terms.
Anxiety is reduced and resilience is strengthened, because they are able to view their environment and circumstances in a more empowered way.
They begin to trust themselves and see their potential, which leads to more meaningful relationships with friends and family.