Hi, I'm Jennifer Higgins, Founder and President of Get Yourself Coaching and at 50 years old, I figured out what I wanted to do when I grew up. My hope it to help you do that long before you’re my age – here’s my story.
I grew up in Massachusetts, Rockport to be exact, graduating from high school in 1978 in the top 10% of my class. I wanted to be a vet, so my first college classes were all math and science and while I loved biology and physiology, a semester of chemistry and upper level math was all I needed to experience to know that I wasn’t going to survive 4 years of that! As it happens, I ran out of money and so I couldn’t return to the University of Colorado at Boulder after Christmas break, and had to work for the winter semester. I started back up at UMass/Amherst in the fall of 1979. Luckily, being an audio learner, I was good at Spanish, so that became my major, not really by choice, but by default. I did well at UMass, spent a year in Spain (Sevilla) as part of my degree and graduated in 4 years, Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Spanish. I even got a 4.0 one semester.
I worked three jobs when I got out, continuing to waitress (which I had done since I was 12), working part-time at a bed & breakfast, and teaching middle school Spanish part time. I was working so many hours, I didn’t have time to spend money! At about 24 I got a job with Chubb Insurance and worked there for 10 years in Boston and Baltimore. During that time, I got married and had my son and daughter. We moved to Florida in 1997 and have been here ever since.
I’ve worked 4 other jobs since Chubb, all corporate America type jobs. All along, I didn’t feel fulfilled in my work. It helped pay the bills, and I didn’t hate every job, but none of them made me feel like I was doing what I was meant to do.
Then, in 2008, I got certified in coaching and started to find ways to help people understand themselves and I began to feel that fulfillment that had been missing from my work. In 2011, I discovered True Colors temperament typing when I did a team-building exercise for my daughter’s soccer team, and knew that I had found something that was going to help me help people understand themselves and others, like nothing else I had ever experienced. In 2018, I became certified in Inner Heroes and as part of that training, learned how it has been used for 25 years in the California Community College system to help students declare a major by Inner Heroes creator, Carolyln Kalil.