In January of 2020, I retired from a 32 year career in law enforcement. I began my journey in 1988, as a correctional officer for the State of Florida Department of Corrections. In 1995, I started working for the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department. While employed with Miami-Dade Corrections, I also became dual certified as a police officer and worked approximately three years as a reserve police officer for the Florida City Police Department. During my tenure I had numerous assignments. I worked inside the jail/prison facilities, office positions, in the field, community corrections, road patrol, various sting operations, as well as at officer and supervisor levels. I am well aware of the struggles faced by first responders and the effects that these struggles have on their personal lives. I tried to remain healthy during my career, but there were times when I just couldn't get it together. Sometimes I ate healthy, sometimes I didn't. Sometimes I exercised five days a week, sometimes I exercised none. It was hard enough keeping a routine but when you add in shift work, overtime, and the stressors that you are faced with daily, you really need a firm grip on your life in order to maintain your personal well-being. I had a general idea of wellness as I'm sure we all do. The importance of exercise, the importance of eating right, not stressing, keep your blood pressure down, and so on and so forth. In reality, some times I did better than others, but I never knew why. Back then, I did not have the right system, the right support, or the right accountability to stay on track. When I retired, my main goal was to focus on my health and well-being. I enrolled in a 6-month program to become a Health and Life Coach. That program opened my eyes to so many things. Why I reacted certain ways, why my habits and behaviors fluctuated the way they did. Needless to say, I wish I knew then what I know now. Along with the Health and Life Coach certifications, I am also a Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher, Positive Psychology Practitioner, and am Nutritious Life Certified. I am continuing my education and am currently enrolled in two additional courses which I believe will be invaluable for First Responders. I am eager to pass along this knowledge and hopefully help others. This is why I created Phoenix Rising Life Coaching, a place where your well-being comes first so that you can reach your true potential.