I’ve taught English since 2005. I’ve done it in Paris and Quebec City. I’ve taught big groups, small groups, privates, adults, teens and kids. I’ve loved every kind of format. They all have something different to them. Something sweet and uplifting. Something to make it new every single time.
I teach with my heart. I am who I am, in class and outside. I am known to dress up in a certain, somewhat fashion-forward yet funky way, to tell funny, at times surprising jokes or to get up and demonstrate a move. I can be very deep or relaxedly humoristic in my conversation classes. With kids, I love to break out a dance or just get off of our seats and get moving. I can often sense the specific need that there is for that particular lesson. Call it intuition if you will!
My teaching is about focusing on you, my student, but nevertheless, I bring my whole being into it. I take inspiration and wisdom from my rational and tangible university education as well as my emotional life experience. These all weave into a package that often touches deeper than just a mere grammar or vocabulary lesson. We spend moments together that leave us upliftef even after the lesson is long gone and done.
I’m glad I chose this job. I feel like when I’m teaching, I am doing what I know the best. It feels good and right. It feels fulfilling. I have a passion for English and connecting with others, and I get to spread that sweet scent day after day.
Here’s what happened in Stockholm, Sweden. I happily rode the sphinx in front of the Nobel Museum. It was a sparkling summer morning. We had just docked the cruise ship and walked over to the old city. The breakfast coffee was delicious and the cinnamon rolls melted in our mouths.
Here’s a Swedish troubadour statue with the Stockholm city hall in the background. The view was peace-inducing. We then walked over a few bridges to the city hall.
These summer memories warm up my heart. They continue to pump energy into my being. I’m grateful I can hop back for a moment. A quick splurge – and then I’m back in here and now.
This fall has been pretty amazing. My work schedule has filled up. I’m now a fully-booked entrepreneur. I take every student with utmost gratitude. I’m honored that they choose to share a moment of their journey with me. I generously share my knowledge of English, and encourage them to be the best version of themselves.
I’m making my dream come true. I started my power yoga teacher training this week. I’ll be a certified yoga teacher thru Aura Wellness, a well-reputated yoga teacher training school in Massachusetts, USA. I’ve trained and taught ballet. I’ve trained and taught aerobics in its many forms, e.g. Les Mills, fatburn and zumba. I’ve trained and taught power yoga. And now I will make it official.
I will continue my main business which is teaching English. I love it and wouldn’t want to change that by all means. Alongside, there will be an opportunity to learn power yoga with me. I will offer private lessons as well as group lessons. I’m excited to be putting my entire passion and capacity to good use. I have the intellectual side to me. And then there’s the yoga girl, the dancer and the eternal “mover of my body”.
New season and a new opening. My gratitude towards life is as large as the ocean.
My Scandinavian vacation was wonderful. I got to go to the beach and do yoga to my heart’s content. The balmy summer temperatures bordered that of Florida. At times the heat even got to us, in a country where air-conditioning is rarely needed, there really isn’t much of it. But that taught me useful lessons about my strength. I’m resistant and stronger than I sometimes believe to be. This realization will carry its beneficial aftermath long into the new season.
Now I’m back home in Canada and trying to beat the beast that is jetlag. I’ll soon head out to teach my this season’s first power yoga class. Hopefully that’ll boost my body and mind.
I’m excited to jump back into work on Monday. My head is rested and my heart is full. Let’s start the new chapter together.
Summer is an excellent time for dreaming. We have space for taking it easy, wandering in parks, forests and waterfronts. What if you consciously focused on dreaming dreams that will give you the boost and motivation for the winter to come? You know, like stocking up on nuts and other goodies for the needy day, just like squirrels do.
What if you looked at your life and did a status report, an audit of where you are now and most importantly, where you still wish to go. Great heroes of history didn’t wait for things to fall upon them, they made things move with their own actions. You can be blessed and guided by God, I choose to believe you are, but you still need to do your part. You need to ensure that you are the best version of yourself.
So, let’s take some time to set our goals for the upcoming year. How do I wish my work-life to be? What about my English studying goals? How about my other goals such as fitness and mental wellbeing? Write a list down in a cute notebook, on your phone or anywhere that works for you. Make it simple. Make it clear. Then take a deep breath – and feel the motivation take you over, little by little, day by day. Practice, and you’ll shine.
As the lesson year is drawing closer to its end, I’m reflecting on the importance of taking it easy. We labor hard all thru September to June. We get up early, brave the chilling winter temperatures, work for our buck (or Starbucks, ha ha) – giving our hearts and energy to our employer. We’re good people who want the best for our loved ones. So, we also deserve a break. We deserve to get up in the morning and have nothing of obligation to do. For once. For a brief moment.
As July ushers in, I challenge you to make time just for you. Celebrating the year gone by. All those moments when the going got tough, but you pulled it thru. You were tougher than you thought you could ever be. You made magic happen in your own, unique way. Pamper yourself with things, people and places you like. Smell the flowers. Sit under the tree. Most of all, grant yourself the permission to chill.