Thank you for being curious to learn more about who I am and what drives me.
I have always had a driven streak, but I was not always clear, confident, nor committed to who I truly was or to what I wanted in my life.
I’ve gone through many ups and downs in this profession. Particularly with things like: Trying to understand and manage personal and professional relationships, the uncertainty of shifting career interests and goals, and knowing when it was time to stretch and evolve in a situation (or get out completely) during my time as an Educator.
As such, the fact that I now find purpose in supporting educators’ professional personal growth and well-being shouldn’t come as a surprise – because I have floundered, questioned, and wrestled with my role, purpose, and health in education too.
I’ve struggled to get out of bed in the morning to go to work.
I’ve stood in front of a class, trying to teach students (yet another) curriculum outcome, but silently asking, “What am I doing this for?”
I’ve felt the weight of the pressures, demands, and expectations that run rampant in this profession.
I’ve called in sick on days where I just couldn’t see myself facing the day in my school.
I’ve cried in frustration, grief, and dissatisfaction.
But, I’ve also experienced the immense joy and satisfaction when everything starts to click for a student.
I’ve felt incredible fulfillment and belonging in the relationships I built with students and colleagues.
I’ve celebrated the power of team work in making a difference in our school and community.
I’ve laughed long and loud in the middle of lessons with students and in staffrooms with colleagues.
I have former students who still approach me when they see me out and about who tell me how much they loved being in my class.
While the ups have been wonderful, and the downs have been challenging, I came to a point at which I realized that I was playing a huge role in how I reacted to them, and how I allowed them to affect me. My personal life was also in a spin, so I made the decision to to focus as much on my personal growth as I did my professional development. It quickly became clear that I had as much to unlearn as I needed to learn!
Needless to say, the path to clarity and success is never a straight line. There are twists and turns, ups and downs, trials and errors, disappointments and some unbelievable joy to get to where you are meant to be in life. My professional and personal growth path has been no exception. In the end, my deep dive into the self-discovery process and getting to a place of truer understanding of myself has led me to where I am today.
This is why I’m so passionate about sharing and using my experiences, knowledge, skills, and hope with educators – like you – who know deep down that there are alternative ways to survive, thrive, and flourish in this challenging and rewarding profession.
Are you ready?
Thank you for joining me, and welcome to the 3DLife Inc. Family!
Michelle Hurlburt is the Founder, CEO and Life & Leadership Coach at 3DLife Inc., a professional personal growth and well-being company for educators.
She founded this organization to help her fulfill her vision and mission to help 100 educators each year to get off auto-pilot mode, prioritize their well-being, and create a 3DLife™ so they can lead with purpose, live a meaningful life, and have a massive impact on their students and the world around them.
She is an educator with 20 years of classroom and leadership knowledge and experience, an expert in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), and a Certified Master Coach Practitioner.
Michelle has used her personal journey, unique perspectives, potent questioning skills, and insatiable drive for growth to help educators improve their well-being and performance at work and elsewhere, and to "suck the marrow out of life" (Thoreau) as a personal and professional coach for the last 5+ years.
Her vision and mission to support educators to become the best version of themselves, and to feel effective, valued, and fulfilled in this lifetime gets her out of bed - inspired, motivated, and ready to build a 3DLife™ world - every day.
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