My name is Charissa.
I’m a mother of two and husband…oh no wait…I’m a wife of one!
I’ve done a lot of things in my life and I pretty much try everything once and I can get rid of the things that don’t work and move on with the things that do (ask me sometime about how that works with old boyfriends..ha!)
If you can’t also tell…I like to make stupid jokes! Ha!
So I figure on an about page you are supposed to talk about yourself and how you got to typing an about page huh?
So.. (focus Charissa focus!)….How did I get here writing a blog about beach body coaches and ways to make money online ?
It’s a long long story but to make it a quick and painless as possible (and without me crying) I’ll give you a quick run down on me.
I’ve been a teacher for the past 10 years. If you count all the times I was a team leader or how many times I taught people to rock climb or kayak, then I suppose I’ve actually been a teacher or coach even longer than 10 years.
If we count all those “other” types of odd hobbies that make money, and where I was teaching someone something, then I’ve been a teacher for well over 20 years. Yikes! That’s crazy!
So how did I get here?
Last year in my 10th year of teaching at a public school, in a world where teachers get graded on the test scores of their students and working as a science teacher (Biology Teaching Job to be exact) and also as an Art Teacher (I know I know…but how I got so many certifications is a whole other blog) something HUGE happened in my life.
No….It was not having kids. That’s actually easy in comparison to what I went through.
One day while I was working at a public school, as student asked me a simple question, to which I answered a simple answer.
The student didn’t like the answer (Which was “Yes I wrote you up for doing what you did yesterday”….and if I told you what this student did you would be appalled and angry if I didn’t write them up…I’m a person that follows rules so I did my job and maintained discipline and follow through) and then the student became irate and belligerent and came after me in a very violent and scary way.
I still wonder if I would have just never written the student up if I would have ever had to be in a physical altercation with them to save my own body from being harmed.
Some days are better than others for me and I get through them….especially now.
I’ve found a way out.
To say I was scared would be a major understatement.
To have to go what I went through (I can’t get into to many details without losing it) has been a hard road for me.
I couldn’t stay in the public school teaching job and began looking for “jobs after teaching” again and again and again.
I was obsessed.
I had to be.
After this incident (dealing with a police report, administration and disbelieving parents) I just couldn’t bring myself to go back to school……
but I did…
..for a couple of months AFTER a couple of months off.
I have a family to support. I mean…look at the beautiful kids I have put on this page. How could you just give up?
I don’t give up easily.
I had to try to get past the incident for my own sake, the sake of my students, my supportive colleagues and the other teachers who had also been through something similar but were too scared to come forward or file a police report on a student.
That’s what made me different.
I swore to myself, my family and my sanity that I would NEVER work in a public school and probably never teach again. I began looking for jobs for teachers leaving teaching and I just kept coming across online tutoring jobs and other jobs for teachers.
Nothing sounded good to me.
I really didn’t want to teach anymore because of what had happened.
Nothing would pay what I needed in order to survive (not that it was that much, but I had to be able to see my family too!) and continue to pay for the living I had built for my family. I had to find the best way to make money and I needed to make money quickly in order to ensure that I was going to be able to leave teaching forever.
After searching and searching I came across a few make money internet ideas and explored some hobbies that make money online (like selling on etsy and advertising my crochet skills and stuff like that).
FINALLY, I settled on a few money making ideas that I thought would definitely work.
Really, I had no idea if they would work or not because there are so many ways to learn how to make more money online that it is easy to get lost and finding reviews starts to make your eyes cross when you look at all the different extra money making opportunities that are out there.
How do you know which making money online opportunity works? Right?
You don’t, so you just try to make your best guess.
And you know what?
I guessed good!
I started making extra money with a program I found and I couldn’t be happier as to where I am today.
I can sit at home (SAFE and away from dangerous public schools) and take care of my family using the program I found as a way to make money at home and not just earn an income online but also earn extra income to be able to do things I enjoy.
You could say it’s kind of a sweet revenge in a way.
I know that student that assaulted me isn’t in this spot.
I feel for that student who attacked me (because I can’t imagine being such an angry human being) and I am upset about what happened but I am so thankful for the drive that the incident gave me because it forced me to find a way to make money blogging among other really great ways of how to make extra money from home.
Like I said, I became obsessed with find a way to survive.
The people I surround myself with now are 20 stars above what I was working with before and my life is uplifted nearly every day by the empowering words of encouragement and support that I get from working at my kitchen table and making money online.
That assault has NOTHING on me now.
(well..I do cry still a little but I know things will continue to just get better and better since I found this fantastic way to make a living from home….it’s so amazing!)
My days are filled with hope and where making money on the internet use to be just a silly thing I thought was just one of those hobbies that make money (I thought not a lot) has now become my main source of income, joy, empowerment and so much more!
And probably more important than anything else I’ve written so far.
I feel safe.
Safe to cry over it when I need to.
Safe to shout if I have to.
Safe to stay home and recover and not be judged.
Safe to be normal.
Safe to be happy.
Safe to work in a non-threatening work environment.
Safe to make money and a living without the possibility of being attacked ever ever again.
So, as you read my blog, now you know about me and how I got here.
It wasn’t easy but I wouldn’t change it for the world.