Happy Friday Readers!
It’s been a long week, but things have picked back up again after a tiny rough spot. Over the week, I’ve been going nuts with the survey that I created which can be found here.
Some of you might be wondering just what the heck I am up to.
Well, I’m trying to create an after felony life coaching program. I know that I was incredibly lost after my felony conviction. I had no idea what to do to or how to start over. Could I even try to start over? I felt that I was boxed up, stamped with a defunct label, and tucked into a forgotten corner of society.
Familiar sensation? I know, right? Super suck-tacular.
In my situation, I didn’t find out about relief or figure out how to get my life back on track until a considerable amount of time had passed and I was on the verge of giving up and letting go of what little progress I had made. The only thing that helped stop me from doing that was my son. Now, not all of us have that sort of situation, where we have a little one that needs our love and protection, but even without that sort of inspiration to keep going, we on our own as individuals are worth the immense amount of stress and struggle that we will have to endure to get on our feet and feel worthy again.
What I want to do is make sure that we don’t HAVE to feel alone or hopeless anymore. While the program would have some limitations, as relief is so varied between states and our situations are even more varied, I still feel that with guidance that many of us could push through our obstacles and make our lives a little bit more liveable. If we can adjust our mindsets toward growth, resilience, and determination – we can overcome just about anything that we face.
I’m also trying to address how society perceives us. If we focus on our positive aspects instead of our negative aspects, we can improve how society sees us and improve our chances for a better life. But we have to interact with society in positive ways to help that happen. For instance, I recently moved to a smaller town that is still close to where I was convicted. As I’ve socialized over that time with the residents of this area, I try to ensure that there are more positive interactions than negative. Once a few people got to know me better, I dropped the social bomb of having a record. Every single one of these people was surprised, but none of them stopped interacting with me because I had created a positive association by being helpful and kind. The good character that I’ve built up over the years is helping improve how these people view some of the felons around here.
So far, I’ve written a basic guide book for those that prefer to do things on their own (like myself) (available here), and I’ve begun developing the one on one after felony coaching program that will help those that need more guidance. I can’t promise that it will be a fix all for everyone, but I can promise that my intentions are to help as many as I can and to inspire others to do the same.
That’s all, for now, guys, thanks for stopping by and I hope you rock your day and smash your goals!