Once I graduated college I started teaching. I became a NYC Teaching Fellow and found a job teaching dance in a public elementary school in Washington Heights. I then taught in Italy, Washington D.C., and back in NYC. June was a month filled with incredible excitement as the end of the school year grew near. It was comparable to Christmas.
This June is different since I have been on maternity leave since January. Next June will be different as well since I decided to not return in the fall.
I loved teaching dance in the schools. It was a very special job. I loved making up dances with the kids, nurturing their creativity, making tiny things (like a little turtle) super special, and moving my body every day. But right now my priorities have shifted and my interests are evolving.
Now I am a Mom. I want to spend time with Luca. I want to work on my business when I want to. I want flexibility. I want to curate charm and magic through. I want to teach yoga, host workshops, make mini malas, and work with clients.
Shifting into this new phase has taken a lot of time figuring out what it is I want. Giving up my identify as a teacher might have been the hardest thing. I was so attached to it. It was comfortable and safe. I will always be strongly connected to teachers, and I am looking forward to supporting them in some way because I know first hand how freaking hard they work.
So for now I will be dancing with my itty bitty student, Luca, and continue to make tiny things super special.
I’d love to hear what is next for you.
“It is gratitude that expands my ability to receive beauty in my life.” – Oriah
When I focus on all the wonder in my life I am significantly happier. Life seems easier and sparklier when I write mini gratitude lists or jot down the magic that exists in my days.
Example: I am grateful for morning runs, Luca naps, muesli with chocolate, and quiet mornings. I’m grateful for rain showers, loud booms of thunder, and the picture of a rainbow my brother sent me via What’s App. I’m thankful for unicorn stickers, handmade stamps, fresh lavender, and homemade cookies.
Sometimes I forget this super simple practice and my life then reflects it.
When I have a clear space to write down highlights from the day life gets even sweeter.
Start with the basics. Let it ramble. Let the words tumble out.
Write in the morning. Write at the end of the day. Find a time and just write anyway.
My friend, Alaina, shared this link with me about how to make mini notebooks. I immediately fell in love since I love all things mini. I got to work and let polka dots and washi tape dance on the covers.
They are incredibly imperfect. I didn’t let the desire for perfection squelch the joy I had making them.
So uneven pages will just have to do for a place that words can rest.
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou