I can’t believe it’s that time of year again…the founder’s birthday. That’s me, the founder of IMPACT Personal Safety. I’ve been teaching IMPACT since 1985, over 30 years, now more than half of my life. And you know what, I’m just as excited now as I was 30 years ago! I still have the best job in the world.
As I think about the years and all of the stories, I am overwhelmed by faces and memories of all of the people who have come and gone in my life. I have personally taught thousands upon thousands of students over the years. And I have trained hundreds of instructors who have taught hundreds or thousands of students themselves. There are people teaching IMPACT who don’t even know that I was their chapter’s first trainer, that they are teaching material I taught them – that’s how old I am.
When I first started, I was young and excited and so happy to learn what my trainers had to teach me. I worked hard to become a good teacher and to know the material. From my 30s to my 50s, it was a blur of activity; developing new courses, coming up with new ideas, continuing to improve verbal strategies and boundary setting topics. It was exciting, and it was fulfilling. And now, at 60 years old, I am excited and looking forward to all the new adventures with IMPACT Global.
Now to the point of my story (I can hear Ellen Snortland in my head, “don’t bury the lead!”).
I don’t fight any more, I haven’t for years. This is a huge loss in my life. I loved fighting with a passion I had never felt before. I still feel it when students are fighting and I’m coaching, but it is not the same…it is a huge loss in my life.
We’re offering a discount on classes so people can come and kick some ass for me. I’ll come to the graduation and cheer them on! The discount is for the February and March classes. Please pass this on to as many people as possible to make February an ass-kicking month!