Let me just first say that this week has gone unbelievably fast. I guess that’s what being busy will do to your time – it seems like someone has pushed the fast forward button on my life; everyone around me speaking in chipmunk voices and scurrying around trying to get from one place to another.
Last weekend (time FLIES!) was my second intensive yoga training weekend. Somehow it seemed to be easier and go faster than the first. It’s amazing the difference friendship makes – spending the weekend with strangers puts you on edge and a slight discomfort follows you the entire time. Every answer that someone else knows that I don’t is cause for insecurity, and every conversation is guarded. But spending the weekend with the same group who have become friends is an entirely opposite experience. Friends know answers I don’t and I’m happy for them and for me, because now I know. Friends try poses I can’t yet do, and I’m proud of their progress. Friends share hurtful experiences and my heart breaks open, but I come away feeling more connected knowing that our lives aren’t that different at all.
I came back home on Sunday feeling like I could take on the world. I had my first school conference call with the other teachers at the school where I’ll be working this year, and couldn’t have felt unsure if I’d wanted to. I was confident and happy to meet everyone on the phone, and for the first time, felt like my real self within a group of strangers.
The next “morning,” Ryan and I woke up at 3:30 and were on the road by 4 a.m. to go to Lexington to see our friend Causi (AKA the American Moustache Institute’s Moustached American of the Year – not kidding) throw the opening day pitch for the Lexington Legends. Family, friends, and baseball = the American dream.
My brother helped me out with the sequence for the Runner’s Yoga class the next day, which I was secretly a wreck about. Turns out there was no need – it went off without a hitch. My friend from teacher training came and helped out, and she and my best friend in Nashville gave me helpful feedback afterwards.
After coming back to Nashville, we were here for one day until I left again, this time, for Memphis. A few of the staff from my new school were going, so I got to meet some people I’ll be working with face-to-face, and couldn’t have been happier. Admittedly, the content was way over my head at this stage in my development, but just as in yoga, progress is only possible when you acknowledge your current level. No, I’m not an experienced teacher yet. Yes, I will get there.
After all that travel and two yoga classes this afternoon, I’m pretty much pooped. But I did want to announce our winners – since only two entered, you’ll both get a Prairie Sun headband! Congrats, Ashley and Tannis! Check your inbox for details.
Hope everyone had a good weekend! Time to rest for another great week ahead.