At the end of my yoga teacher training in May 2014 we did an exercise in class where we pretended like we were all getting together a year later for a reunion.
We talked about what we did. The idea was if we said it as if it did actually happen it would make it more real. We were advised to write a letter to ourselves to read in a year, which I did.
I wrote to myself on May 9, 2014 with instructions on the envelope that I could open the letter on May 8, 2015 or later. I opened that letter May 8, 2015.
I read the letter a year ago (and wrote about it here) and wrote myself a second letter to be read on May 8, 2016 or later.
I opened that letter last night and am posting today (May 9, 2016).
I stated intentions in my second letter (with some edits) to the following:
Dear Ann–now a yoga teacher with almost two years of teaching. DONE
- I went from four regular yoga classes a week and am now teaching six to eight. DONE (I teach eight public classes and two office yoga classes a week.)
- I continue to teach my five cycling classes a week. DONE (Still teaching five. But that’s my max.)
- I have some regular private yoga (and cycle) clients. DONE
- I’ve been working the front desk at a yoga studio for almost a year now. I did this for a few months and help on occasion. But it’s not a regular thing anymore, which is best for me. Teaching takes up time and energy.
- I developed a Karma Yoga (working with underserved community) relationship and program. I still haven’t done this yet. I realize I need to be more established and financially stable before I can fully commit.
- GFG! blog is still going strong. DONE
- I taught a weekend yoga workshop called Yoga Basics in Albany, Mo. (Curt’s hometown) in November 2015. DONE
- Besides my regular six to eight yoga classes a week I am regularly subbing. I rarely sub these days. I didn’t know at the time when I wrote this intention that teaching 10 or so classes a week was more than enough. I am tired and can’t take on more at this time.
- We haven’t gotten our dog yet. But we will have a fur baby soon. No fur baby yet. We are waiting until we have a yard.
I stated intentions in my “reunion” class and in my first letter (with some edits) to the following:
Dear Ann–now a yoga teacher. DONE
- I quit my job. DONE
- I taught my first yoga class at Mindful Yoga Studio in Tucson (my hometown) on Sunday, June 29, 2014 as a donation class. DONE
- I started subbing yoga classes at the gym. DONE (And extra DONE with taking over three classes a week for three months while the regular yoga teacher was on maternity leave.)
- I started teaching my own classes a few times a week. DONE (I’m teaching four regular yoga classes a week with lots of subbing. And two new regular classes starting next month. I am also teaching five regular cycling classes.)
- I work the front desk at a yoga studio once a week to learn the business (and make a little money). Will be DONE starting June or July. I’ve already been hired (date to start to be determined) at a yoga studio once a week working the front desk along with two regular yoga classes.
- I teach numerous 1:1s (private sessions). Working on this.
- I started working with an organization (name withheld) on a yoga program for their clients. We moved and I wasn’t able to start the program I wanted. But I’m looking into where my Karma Yoga will take me here in Portland.
- I taught a weekend yoga workshop in Albany, Mo. (Curt’s hometown) to a community who has very little access to yoga. Hasn’t happened yet. But I would love to do this sometime.
- Really got to focus more energy, time and commitment to GFG! DONE
- We got a dog. We’re talking about getting a dog now that we have moved and my schedule is fairly flexible. I am just not sure I am ready for the commitment to walking a dog regularly just quite yet.
So many of the items listed in both letters have happened. I really did live my dream and made it happen.
There are pros and cons to my life right now. But so many more pros than I ever could have imagined. I am happy. And found my true calling. I do truly love teaching.
And I wrote myself a new letter today and will read it in a year and see what has become, changed and grown.