This year has been one of many changes. Each change seemed small in the moment, but when I look back on 2014, I am awe-struck by the many lessons I've learned. It was my first year as a yoga teacher and, although I've taught dance and group fitness in the past, this was the first year that I viewed teaching as a career change. That mind-set immediately put more gravitas on teaching and consequently made it more stressful. This year taught me that it's okay to be being doing two different things part time. In fact, it makes each one more enjoyable! Yes, that means I can't teach early morning classes while maintaining a job that doesn't get me home until 1 or 2 AM. Having the flexibility to pick up a shift or sub a class when I wanted gave me feeling of job-freedom that I haven't experienced in quite a while.
Life in New York City is a hustle. It's part of city's energy, take it or leave it. A part of what I love about teaching is that I can hustle on my own and set my own schedule, but, boy-oh-boy is that a double edged sword. In the beginning, I bit off much much more than I could chew picking up subbing and teaching opportunities wherever and whenever I could on top of working the bartending job full time. As a new teacher, I also worked extra extra hard to make sure each class was perfect, often creating three different classes per week to suit the different places/students I was teaching. Eventually, I learned that it was okay to outline my classes a bit more loosely and to make small tweaks to a sequence that I created weekly to accommodate everyone. My students gave back to me in a huge way by sticking with me and teaching me to have patience with myself and confidence in them.
The importance of saying "No". I'm still working on this one and I'm pretty sure this one will be a life-long battle. I need a little time each week for my own practice and to organize and set up everything for the upcoming week. That means having one real day off per week and being able to say no to things that take away that prerogative. My body is pretty good at letting me know when I'm doing too much and after getting super sick in the fall, I've been harder on myself about saying no and just taking life week to week, not getting too far ahead of myself.
I am also so inspired by what those around be have done this year! Josh ran his first ever full marathon, my brother and his wife took six months off from their jobs to get married and take an epic honeymoon traipse through Europe, and my best friend took a brave leap of love and moved across the country to California (that one just happened so we'll see how I handle that). This life never ceases to amaze me with its twists and turns! I am very excited for the upcoming adventures in 2015 which include a trip to Bali in March for more yoga teacher training with Tiffany Cruikshank and Yoga Medicine followed by a few days in New Orleans with my family. I will also only be working at Del Frisco's Grille on Monday nights because I will be teaching every single other day! Check out my schedule and send me a message if you want to come and take class somewhere!
Wishing you all a joyous New Year! Here's to waking up each day with an open heart!