Thursday, August 14, 2014

My first day of school.

In January 2001, I was a single mom living in a cute little condo with my girl. Oh, I wish I'd been blogging back then - you guys would have loved our little home! Anyway, I was 39 at the time, and Carrie was 12.

I had made the decision to take online classes to get a college degree, and I clearly remember the day my first class began. Carrie and I were getting ready for school and work, and before we left the house that morning Carrie insisted on taking a picture of me, on my first day of school. I remember how I felt that morning - so proud and scared all rolled into one. And I remember that in the back of my mind I was thinking, "WHY am I doing this?!?!"

But I knew why I was doing it - I was doing it for "the man." I was doing it for the assumption that if I had a four-year degree to note on my resume I would be more marketable in the corporate world. I was doing it because I hadn't gone to college after high school and I felt like I needed to catch up. I was doing it for the status quo. At any rate, that day in January was a really important day for me.


If you've read my blog for a while you know that I totally dig yoga. But did you know that in the almost 20 years that I've been practicing I have wanted to be a yoga teacher? I have always thought it would be so cool to help people feel the way that I feel after a good yoga class. I want other people to know the personal rewards that come with a regular yoga practice. I want to help others heal the way that yoga has healed me.

And now it’s happening.

Tonight I will attend the first of many classes as I begin my studies to become a certified yoga teacher. There will be many hours spent working toward this certification between now and the end of this year, but I am so ready for this journey to begin. And this time, I know why I'm doing it.
Now, that doesn’t mean that I’m giving up my corporate job anytime soon, but it does mean that I’m one step closer to following a longtime dream of mine. I’ve wondered how my yoga studies will affect my blogging but I guess we’ll just take this one week at a time and see how things work out.
I hope you'll lift me up in celebratory thoughts over this new beginning in my life. If you are so inclined, maybe you'll say a little prayer for me or send me some happy thoughts as I point myself in this new direction - a direction that has been calling to me for a very long time.
And you can bet that Doug will take a picture of me tonight, as I leave for my first day of school.
:o)

22 comments:

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

So excited for you Deb. Wishing you all the best in this new venture and lots of luck for your first day of school x

scrappyjacky said...

I can so see you as a yoga teacher,Deb....you are going to be brilliant....sending you hugs and positive thoughts for this exciting new venture.

Susi said...

I had a feeling this was happening when I saw your IG picture last night. How fun! Congratulations and Good Luck! You will,soon be the second Yoga teacher I know, my hairdresser became a Yoga teacher last year.

Miriam said...

Positive thoughts are on their way from me Deb. I wish you the very best of luck & look forward to following your journey. x

debs14 said...

How exciting! You're going to enjoy this so much, and you're at a point in your life where you can really throw yourself into it. Enjoy!

furrypig said...

wow sounds amazing and you will be a wonderful teacher good luck on your return to school xxx

Becky said...

Wishing you all the best in this next venture - hope you thoroughly enjoy it.

Kirsti said...

Wow...go for it...you are so calm you will be a great yoga instructor..good luck...xxx

Karen said...

How wonderful! You know I'm cheering you on! One of my long-time friends has been a yoga teacher for nearly 15 years now. She gave up a job in special education for it, and has never looked back. She absolutely loves it! I know you will too.

Jo.C said...

Good luck with it I am so pleased for you. I love to hear you talk about yoga. That is what sent me to reiki as I could not find a beginners yoga near me. Your students will be very lucky when you get there x

helena said...

such an exciting new journey, I can imagine you gently guiding yoga class - enjoy

Kirsty.A said...

Good luck with this new venture

Cheri said...

Congrats on your new adventure! Sending you lots of happy thoughts and positive vibes. I know you'll be great at this.

Audrey said...

Still think it's so wonderful what you're doing!!! Hope you enjoyed your first class. Looking forward to seeing the 'back to school photo'! :-)

Sian said...

This is fantastic news! All the very best with it. You will be an amazing teacher I think: intuitive and compassionate, the best.

Sian said...

ps..meant to say that I loved the idea of Carrie recording her Mom's first day at school

Alison said...

So happy to hear you are making moves in the direction you've been wanting to go in !!
Alison xx

Sinead said...

This is wonderful Deb - wishing you loads of luck and happiness in your new venture. I think you will make a wonderful yoga teacher! X

Maria Ontiveros said...

I will take a deep breath and think positive thoughts as I exhale and send them your way. Definitely cheering you on my friend

Irene said...

It is great that you took that one step closer to your dream. Stay focus and you will be certified before you know. Cheering for you.

Susan Jarvie said...

I am so happy for you taking this step to do something you love so much. You clearly have a passion for yoga and that's all you need to be a great yoga teacher. There is a light in you that lights the whole world. Congratulations on taking this huge step and let me know if there's anything I can do to support you on this journey. You make me proud!

Beverly said...

So excited and proud of you and Lucky has given me my laugh for the day.

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