It is crazy how life unfolds itself, all in its own timing. You cannot always plan out the future and you definitely cannot predict the future. All you can do is live your life and let the dots connect.
As a little girl, I remember setting up my stuffed animals on the bed and I would be the teacher. I read stories to them, taught lessons, and I even made homework assignments for them to complete.
Somehow along the way I had a belief that being a businesswoman would be way flashier and make more money, so I pursued that route in college. And for some reason I thought I would prove something by finishing college in 3 years, so I took all the classes I needed to graduate. But then I started dating my husband that 3rd year in college and then realized, why rush to graduate? I will be working the rest of my life… why not enjoy this college life for one more year? So I stayed a 4th year and that was the best decision.
I ended up traveling abroad to Hong Kong for a semester, taking a bunch of random classes like Mandarin Chinese and Advanced Piano, and I also enrolled in Teacher Education classes where I was required to volunteer every week in a classroom. I was reminded then of my true passion to become a teacher, so after college, I said goodbye to my Management Science degree and continued to graduate school to get my Elementary Education Credential and Masters in Education with an emphasis in Technology.
I taught Kindergarten and first grade for 9 years and to balance out the stresses of teaching a bunch of 5 year olds who often don’t listen, I also taught yoga and fitness classes to adults in the evenings. I became a certified E-RYT Yoga Teacher, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, TRX Instructor, PiYo and TurboKick Instructor. It was a great balance, and after I had my first child, I decided to take a leave from teaching public schools and be a part-time mom, part-time fitness and yoga teacher.
Fast forward 5 years later, and I am blessed to teach at the Bay Club Marin and am the Director of Operations and TRX at Marin Power Yoga. In addition to the 15 classes I teach each week, I am so excited that this coming Monday, I will be leading my first 200 Hour Teacher Training program!!! I definitely never imagined I would be where I am now, but somehow this is the perfect blend of my Education and Yoga/Fitness background. Instead of stuffed animals and 5-year-olds, I get to teach adults who are passionate about yoga like me! I am far from being an expert, but I am happy to be a guide in someone else’s journey.
Humbled… grateful… excited. Happy 2016 everyone.