#028 Sherri Graf // Helping Teens find their Passion

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Sherri shares right from the start that she has a passion for helping teenagers and young adults to find a path that will lead to fulfillment in life. She runs Imagine College Coaching, a website and services that helps guide her passion.

She shares about growing up in a small East Texas town, in an area that was not prioritizing college/education, and she had to figure out a lot all on her own.

If you want to do something or be something, in America, there is a way to make it happen. She’s called the “scholarship queen” by friends, as she helps kids to find that money, build their own brand, and building a vision board.

She discusses the 4 points of balance, which are tools to get out of a pit. She also talks a lot about self motivation, and also the comparison game that comes from social media of not measuring up.

Listen to the podcast right here, or search: Beyond Good Intentions on itunes. Find all episodes of the Beyond Good Intentions parenting podcast on that link.


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Books Sherri discussed:

The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown

See Ya at the Top by Zig Zigler is a book that changed her perspective, that she is created with unique gifts and talents, that can take her to the top.

Quotable Quotes:

“Let the kids fight their own battles.”

“As a parent, I want to support my children in whatever path they want, I want to be their biggest cheerleader.”

“Give them salt and make them thirsty. Help kids to be thirsty to have a zest for life.”

“Parenting is the greatest privilege I’ve ever been given. Open communication is the most valuable. I want to be a safe place.  Share your failures and your kids will be more open to share theirs.”

VIDEO we discussed: Treating Teens with Respect

4 Points of Balance by Dr. David Schnarch

  1. Solid flexible self (like the spine): Know who you are, but be willing to bend when necessary. Valuable for teens and adults.
  2. Quiet Mind (calm heart):  Learn how to quiet yourself when life isn’t fair.
  3. Grounded Responding (not reactive): Learn how to respond calmly and not react when conflict.
  4. Meaningful Endurance (patience): Put up with things to a point, as long as you can see a positive end result. It takes courage to say something isn’t working.

Draw a quadrant: physical, spiritual, emotional, mental. Identify what is in place when you feel really healthy.

When you’re in a bad place, these are the actions that will help pull you out of the bit and bring you joy. A point of reference, reminder that better days are coming, and this is how you get there.


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