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 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 level. 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 ups and there were downs. 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. Sometimes I did better than others but I was missing consistency. Back then, I did not have the right tools 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 such as 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 Practitioner, Positive Psychology Practitioner, and am Nutritious Life Certified. I am continuing my education and am currently studying to become a personal trainer. 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.