Just like Joe…
Heeeeeeeeeeeeeey lovelies! It’s that time of week again…oh yeah, Thursday! My Thursday is off to a pretty great start, how ’bout ya’ll?
When I woke up this morning I had an email from the fabulous Amber, telling me I’d won a free virtual Pilates date with her! Amber is a Pilates queen and runs a really ingenious Virtual Pilates business which enables her to meet with clients all over the world from anywhere in the world! Her blog is for sure one of my favorites, and I’m not just saying this because I just won a really cool prize from her. Pilates, yoga, world travel, healthy living, vegan food? Yeah, we have absolutely nothing in common at all. AT ALL. Sooo… thank you SO MUCH, Amber! I really can’t wait to get started! For the rest of you, check out her blog!! She is chock full of inspiration and ideas to enable you to fully embrace your life.
I figure this is the perfect time to segue into a kind of announcement. I know I’ve mentioned it a handful of times in passing on the blog, but beginning this summer I will be pursuing my certification as a Pilates instructor!! I’m still in the researching stages, but I have a general idea of where I will be studying and what the certification process entails, so I think I’m somewhere on the right track.
It’s almost strange for me to think that, as my first professional endeavor outside of university, I am embarking on a journey that deviates entirely from anything I ever studied or attempted to learn at all throughout my educational career. I am completing my course studies in English lit and Jewish Studies (with a concentration on current events and Middle Eastern history). Up until extremely recently, I felt like I was set on a course of continual education – more classes, an education degree perhaps, Master’s pursuits, Doctoral endeavors… All daunting, yes, but all a part of my “big plan.” But I had this block. I absolutely love school, live for learning, thrive in a classroom setting, but for the past year – or so – of my education, the dominant voice in my head kept telling me I need a break! I have been in school, working my ass off, for many years. In high school, I would often get to school an hour before class started for rehearsals, and stay many hours after for more rehearsals and college-level courses. I was ON TOP of it, and continually produced generally great work for my academic classes (er…I’m pretending “high school math” and “chemistry” are fictional courses that I didn’t actually take. Gym, too). In college, I started off with a super-intense major, ended up switching majors, got bored, and added on another major at the end of my junior year, sealing the deal that I would need at least an extra year in undergrad. Every semester I took completely full course loads, and on top of that volunteered for on-campus opportunities and held executive positions in many different campus orgs, often more than one at the same time. I like having a full basket, really, but I felt myself quickly powering down by the end of last Spring semester and knew I needed a change. This year, I removed myself from dedicated activity in any student organization, although I still attend plenty of events. This helped a bit but I feel the tugs of something waaayyyy more sinister – oh yeah – senioritis. For the first time in my entire student life, I can’t wait to be finished. To be on to the next thing.
I didn’t know, when I first started doing Pilates, that this would be my next thing. But an innocent chat with the apprentice trainer at my studio planted a beautiful and strong little seed in my ambitious self, and suddenly things began to make sense. A few months ago, I felt directionless, kind of bobbing along in the tide of life with no clear sense of which way I was going. Pilates has captured my mind and my heart, and I am more than confident I am headed boldly in the direction of my own happiness.
So I’ll keep you guys updated on that as things progress! I’m so so happy and this just feels so right at this point in my life.
Moving on… Breakfast today:
Steel cut oats with banana, strawberries, peanut butter, and cinnamon.
Side of Starbucks Sumatra out of the french press.
FYI, this is the fourth day in a row I’m making it a priority to eat breakfast. The past three days I had fruit. Today I’m trying oats to see how it makes me feel!
Truffle update: He ate two without realizing they weren’t little balls of fat-and-sugar. When I pulled the dates out of the cupboard to show him, he proclaimed me to be a genius. Hehe. Little does he know.
I am WAY behind on my blog reading! I’m getting to that now while I eat my breakfast. I have a yoga and treadmill session in mind for later. Tonight, the boyfriend is taking me to a screening of Repo Men with Jude Law and Morgan Freeman, which means I’ll be missing my regular Pilates mat class so I want to get in some good core strengthening yoga today to make up for it.
It’s almost the weekend! SMILE!