How the Pandemic Forced Me to Embrace Change
When I walked out of a high school on March 13th for what I thought was a two-week school closure, I could not have imagined the roller coaster ride I would be on over the next 6-8 months.
Before I share with you the absolute BEST thing to come out of this pandemic for me, I want to share the ups and downs I’ve experienced since the pandemic began.
A Pandemic Silver Lining
First it was the cancellation of speaking engagements I had been looking forward to for months in Colorado, North Carolina, and Maryland.
Instead of letting that disappointment get me down, I realized that if schools were going to go virtual, why couldn’t I empower teen girls virtually as well?
This realization led to two very successful LIVE spring and summer sessions of my 7 Secrets REVEALED Masterclass with participants from 11 states and the United Kingdom.
There is definitely a silver lining behind most clouds.
If I had not been forced to offer virtual classes due to the pandemic, I doubt I would have come to that decision on my own (even though it’s something I should have done years ago).
And now the 7 Secrets REVEALED Masterclass for teen girls is available On Demand.
You can find out more about the Masterclass by clicking the picture below…
So, if your daughter missed out on the LIVE sessions, she can now watch all eight sessions at her leisure over a 30-day period.
Embracing Virtual Teaching
Like you may have done, during the spring I held out hope the pandemic would be under control when it was time for school to reopen in the fall.
I was SO looking forward to being back in front of students in person.
Then I learned of the CDC’s recommendation that no school assemblies take place during the 20-21 school year, and that’s where I’ve been able to impact the large majority of students.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the school district where I speak to high school students announced that no outside guests would be allowed in the schools even when the students return in person.
So, I’ve had to embrace the reality of virtual classes, for right now at least.
Thankfully, comments like the one below from an 8th grade girl and high school student in my first set of virtual classes provided encouragement I needed to know that I can still have a positive impact even when I don’t get to see students in person.
“This class has already helped me make decisions that can sometimes be tough because of all of the things that are unknown. However, now that I know the consequences to my actions, I will be more careful with the way I respect myself and others. This class is a great opportunity for girls to be informed and know their worth.”
~8th Grade Girl
“One thing I really admire about your Zoom class is that it goes far beyond the conversation of sex. It really helps individuals think about how to make basic life decisions and informs them that their actions can have a lifetime effect. The information you told us will always stay with me for the rest of my life. Every teen should get the chance to hear you speak.”
~High School Student
The Best Thing to Come Out of This Pandemic for Me
Do you know the BEST thing to come out of this pandemic for me?
I launched my very own online school, Jackie B. Academy. WOO HOO!!!!!!
Click the picture below to check it out…
Right now, the Academy hosts my two eCourses (Dating Boundaries 101 Virtual Guide and How to Have the Tough Conversations with Your Teen Daughter), as well as my 7 Secrets REVEALED Masterclass.
But I’m just getting started!
I plan to add additional eCourses and Masterclasses to the online school and would love to hear from you.
What topics would you like me to address via an eCourse/Masterclass for you or your daughter?
My vision is for Jackie B. Academy to be the premier hub for teen relationship education and empowerment, as well as parent support and positive relationship building with your teen(s).
You can help me get there by letting me know what you need in order to transform the way your daughter values herself, views relationships and makes decisions on her journey to adulthood.
Stay tuned for an important announcement next week about an exciting project I’ve been working on for your teen son (if you have one), grandson, nephew or even your daughter’s boyfriend if she has one.
This resource came about because parents like you continued to request it.
So, see, I really do value your input. 😉
And I look forward to hearing what you would like my next eCourse/Masterclass to be.
In the meantime, be on the lookout for my big announcement next week!
P.S. I look forward to the day when things return to “normal” (or some semblance of it), so I can get back to doing what I love, LIVE and in-person. Until then, I am so thankful God has provided the tools and technology needed to launch Jackie B. Academy in the middle of a pandemic. Who woulda thunk it? And now I can continue empowering teens to dream bigger dreams, make better decisions and realize brighter destinies right where they are—online. Go here to see all the eCourses/Masterclasses we offer. And if you think of one we don’t offer, I’d love to hear your suggestions.
P.P.S. Know any parent of a teen guy who has been searching for resources on sex, love and relationships for their son? Be sure to share this blog post with them. My announcement next week could be a game-changer for them.