Today I want to talk about finding your sparkle thru learning. I make my living with teaching English. Yet I really think that I do so much more than just teach the grammar and vocabulary of the language of Shakespeare. As we continue to meet with my clients, week after week, we end up creating a link. We share our thoughts and opinions. We open up questions that need answers and we find the lost or hiding sparkle.
When you decide to learn something new, you decide to open your mind and heart to new ideas and opportunities. You take a brave step into something unknown. Sometimes the stakes aren’t that high. If you don’t like it, you can move onto other adventures. Other times you invest a lot of time, energy and money, and you definitely want your investment’s worth. I see clients who start to open up as you encounters progress. They grow more confident in their English, express themselves better and suggest ways for us to progress together. Amazingly, changes can also be seen in other areas of my clients’ life. Self-confidence comes from repeated experiences of being succesful. Sparkle invites more sparkle.
If you succeed in learning English, why couldn’t you take on other challenging things as well?
My first week as a full-time entrepreneur is behind me, and I’ve loved every moment of it. As much as I do miss my group lesson students, I’m savoring the opened up schedule. I can start my mornings by focusing on what I really want and need to do – planning and developing new ideas for my business, putting together fun lessons, drafting individualized learning plans, meditate, even get in some sports. There’s a renewed feeling of enthusiasm. I’ve always loved teaching English, but now I’m flying even higher.
I plan to reach out to companies around me to see if there would be opportunities to teach English as a second language there. We do live in the heart of the tourist attractions, high quality hotels and the administrative center buildings of the province of Quebec. I’ve also been doing some French to English translations. I love that. I love languages, and the challenge to convey a specific message from one medium to another.
I’m ready to open up the page to a new week. I’m eager to see where life will take me. I’m open to opportunities and humble to learning. I keep doing my yoga work. The mat is where I train my body and mind.
This is the time of the year when we are all busy making money. Oops, how blunt was that. We all need some dough though, that’s for sure. I’m in a place in my life now where I find my work situation the most harmonious I’ve ever had it. I started my English-teaching business Susa English two years ago, and now my schedule is nicely full with clients that make my life sweeter. I adore the language of Shakespeare. I’m the fondest American in heart. Spreading English language as well as American culture all day long is fun play for me.
When you are your own boss, you get to set the dress code. At work, I stay true to my urban chic style with a hint of sexy. I prefer showing legs rather than cleavage. I strive for unique accessories that give the class some visuals. Often times my groups like to comment my sartorial choices. That makes my heat sing.
I work long days, and long into the night. My key is in trying to get lost in my clients’ stories and needs. I forget the time for a while. I dive into the moment. The best thank you is when my student says they didn’t realize the time go by. Every client is unique, and during class time I’m there just for them.
Vacation ended. I’m back in business – running my language school with a 30-hour weekly teaching schedule. On the top of that come the translations I do here and there. Jumping back into real life wasn’t that bad. What helped was that I like my this year’s work plan and clients. My days are filled with different types of activities, and I have breaks in the middle of the day – thus being able to steal a jog in Central Park if I so wish.
This year I’ll go back to zumba. I will also be doing other sports – at the top are jogging or using the stairclimber at home – aiming at one hour per day. I’m trying to find a better way for me to eat. I’ve put on some weight. I will be experimenting with more protein, more fruit and veggies. I’m basically a vegetarian, but I do eat meat group foods at times like ham in a salad or a sandwich or ground beef in raviolis or pizza.
I’m at a pretty peaceful place in my life right now. I’ve learned a lot about my internal reactions to stress and I plan to be even more mindful about leading a more anxiety-free life. The idea I have is to sit down, so to say, when my uncomfortable, bubbling inside “I feel scared” feeling invades me. I will recognize the sentiment, yet do nothing about it. Logically in time these attacks will lessen in intensity and power.
What thoughts do you have about the beginning new work and school year?
Yesterday was a bank holiday in Canada, however, I chose to work. I had clients that wanted to take English lessons so I decided to play the game. Running your own bizz means making sacrifices like that. Here in Quebec City there was a big outdoor concert that lingered long into the wee hours. I stayed out and about until 2a.m. so my sleep was somewhat shortened. But with feel-good adrenaline you can swing a long way.
Part of me is a true creature of habit. I have the false impression that I’m at my best when pretty much doing the same old things. Thus I sometimes get stressed when stepping out of the predefined mold. Yet when I do, it always ends up boosting my energies. Like now, I’m contented having had drinks at midnight and just going with the flow.
For me one of the interests of reading other blogs is to find inspiration in my life. I see what others are doing, and that gives me ideas on how to live my life even more fully. Maybe to break those habits a bit, too. I read blogs in the evening. I watch a little TV, then take a look at blogs I have saved. I don’t follow a large number of blogs – I prefer to be more focused and really get into the ones I read. Regularly, I reevaluate my choices. I enjoy the more active role I have in reading blogs, and writing mine, versus TV.
I used to impose myself a blogging regime. Nowadays I go with the flow. I blog when I really feel like it. Blogging is important to me. Having created and maintained Susu Paris Chic since 2007 is one of my accomplishments in life that I’d list if you asked. It is a space where all obligations are put aside and I can just produce what’s really in me.
I come to this blog to break free. To live even more completely since when I’m open and bubbly about things that’s when I truly feel alive – and just want to go on doing more. I only read blogs that boost me. If I realize negative vibes going thru me, that’s the end of it. I fight back all sprouts of jealousy and just rejoice for everyone’s successes.
Today I get to break habits since due to lesson cancellations I’m off most of the day. Now I think I’ll head back to bed for a very late morning nap – my number one guilty pleasure – then there will be some sports action happening. I’ll try to get a little cleaning done since a chic home keeps me happy. Maybe a glass of rosé on the terrace would be in order alike… What are you up to today? Does my blog inspire you? Give you positive vibes?
H&M cardi, Zara top, Simons skirt, Shania pumps
My mom’s visit here ended last Sunday. My husband, mom and I drove to Montreal where we spent the weekend together. My mom preferred Quebec City. The luscious parks, the presence of the Saint Lawrence river, larger green spaces – these were what she said she liked in our hometown.
Today’s been ultra rainy. We are getting a rain front from NY. Water was coming down almost horizontally. The Sweets had a day off, and was kind enough to give me a ride. Oh yeah, we recently bought a car. More opportunities to snoop around now…
I got a new contract. I’m now teaching English at a daycare center. I used to do that in Paris. I’ve loved this different kind of an approach. Changes from corporate clients.
As you can see, today needed layering and cardis. Canadian summer is unpredictable, but so is it in many places now… I hear. My friends in Paris say they are fed up being cold.
I’ll brave the chills and head out for a relaxing run… to kick off the nice long weekend. Monday is Canada Day, cake shall be served at the Quebec City Frontenac Castle.