October was a challenging month for me, but the challenges helped me to grow. I think this is a good time for me to reflect on the past year. I have said several times that my year begins in the Fall rather than January and I really believe that is true. This past year was my Golden year and it was full of changes and lots of important lessons.
A year ago, I was living in a quiet gated community. I had just started working at a swimming pool full time at a local health club and I took over as head coach of the swim team. I loved my coaching position. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to take a leadership role and share my love of swimming with others. Last summer after I accepted the coaching position and right before I officially ran our 1st swim practice; a friend of mine suggested that I write out my objective as the head swim coach of this team. This is what I created:
“I want to inspire my swimmers to Learn, Grow, set goals, and challenge themselves in All aspects of their lives. Provide a strong foundation to build on with an emphasis on technique and injury prevention. Instill the importance of good sportsmanship and teamwork. Promote integrity and Respect. I want the swimmers to look forward to coming to practice and find joy in work, learning, and discipline.”
I brought my very best to every swim practice and enjoyed Every moment that I had with my swim team. I even got to run my very first swim meet. It was a difficult choice that I made when I gave up the swim club, but I did it to create more time for me to study. I need to study, learn, grow, and acquire skills that will help me move forward with my life.
Last Fall, my boyfriend and I had just met. He was working full time and entering his senior year in college. We started dating in October and now a year has gone by and we are together helping each other grow stronger. He graduated from college this past spring and bought his 1st house a month before graduation. Now he is running his own business and doing an amazing job. I feel so blessed that we have each other!
In November of last year, we did Acroyoga for the first time. It was empowering and a good way for us to bond and learn to work together. We also went on impromptu trip to the beach thanks to my friend Kodi. It was nice to get away and feel the sand between my toes and kisses from the mist of ocean waves.
I greeted the new year with a Polar Bear Plunge. Diving into the icy waters of Long Lake was very refreshing and invigorating. When I had accepted the full-time job at the pool I was under the impression that there would be room for growth in my department and that an opportunity would open up for me in another department. I had also set my sights on making our swim club competitive. At the end of March, my boss made it clear that none of that would be happening. They did not want the team to be competitive and there would be no more opportunities opening up for me any time soon. She said, “If you’re not happy here then maybe you should find another full-time job and just work here part-time.” I was devastated. I had been working hard to make our team competitive. My swimmers, parents, and perspective swimmers would frequently ask me how I was doing with making our team competitive. They were really hoping that it would happen. When my boss told me that we would not be competitive I felt like I had let my team down… It seemed like I should follow my own advice.
“When you stop growing it is time to get going!”
This revelation and the encouragement of my boyfriend pushed me to pursue my goal of going back to college. In May, I was overjoyed to find out that I had been accepted into college! I decided to shift my focus and make school my priority. I worked hard through the summer and wore myself out until I burned out. Then everything came to a screeching halt when I was faced with health issues in July.
By the end of the summer I decided that it was time for me to take giant steps towards my future and do what was best for me. That meant walking away from my job at the health club.
I had a completely fresh start. A new home, a healthy relationship, new job, and was going back to school. Now I am a full-time student and I have a full-time job at a local high school. In addition, I am facing my fear of technology and studying computers. In addition I am going to capitalize on my strengths and make my weaknesses stronger. I also want to nurture and strengthen my relationship so that it will be healthy and bring out the best in both of us.
Now here we are a year later. In September I was adjusting to my new job which has an earlier schedule. It was also a major adjustment for me to not be affiliated with that health club. I gave up my gym membership and have really been missing the dance classes that were a big part of my workout routine.
I have also made the decision to spend a lot less time on social media. I stopped using facebook and instagram to pass time so that I can focus on my current relationship and put my energy into my school and becoming my very best.
I did not do a very good job with exercising consistently in September or October. I am my lack of consistency on all the changes that took place. I am going to get back on track now that it is November. In addition, I have committed to blogging every day in November. I am looking forward to this challenge. I am worried that I will run out of things to write about, but I am sure that I will figure it all out.