It has been truly amazing to reflect on this last year. The changes I have experienced in my attitude, disposition, and interactions with others have undergone a complete 360. I’m not the same person I was one year ago, which can probably be said for any one year period of my life. My appreciation for my current job and the routine I have created in the last few months are in stark contrast to my job and routine from last year. Not to mention my relationship with Jesus and my prayer life that have both exploded since beginning this new season. But let me provide a little more depth to what I’m talking about.
In my last post, I was just beginning my job as a Strategy Tutor for college athletes. I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it since it was my first experience working with college students in general. After working one-on-one with 4 individuals and in small group settings with several others for the last four months, I have come to the conclusion that I truly enjoy tutoring college students. It’s an amazing feeling being able to connect and build relationships as well as visually see the growth of each individual student over time. My hours picked up slightly towards the end of this semester, but I’m still avidly applying to additional part time jobs.
I picked up volunteering at one of the libraries on campus in October and I’ve been enjoying getting to know the librarians who work there and gaining experience in the daily happenings of an academic library environment. I’m hoping this experience will allow me to be a more desirable candidate for a library job (that doesn’t require a Master’s degree!) so that I might be eligible for library scholarships. There is potential for me to work on a project at the library next semester that would actually be paid rather than volunteer. I’m excited about having the extra 10-15 hours of work in addition to tutoring, but also leery since they haven’t decided what the pay will be. I’m hopeful, but not expectant.
Another activity I have picked up this semester is the practice of yoga. It has been an amazing experience! I had gone to a few classes in the past with my best friend and the poses really made a difference in lessening my back pain that resulted from a gymnastics accident I had back a few years ago. I really wanted to attend classes at one of the recreation centers on campus, but it was going to be a pretty big time commitment since I would have to ride the bus there. Parking passes for parking on campus are just way too expensive. I decided to try YouTube and see what was available. I came across these amazing videos for Yoga with Adriene. If you have never heard of her or tried yoga, her channel is the perfect place to start since she has a video for literally everyone. Everything from yoga for beginners, yoga for healing, yoga on the go, yoga for weight loss, and plenty of other categories! She has posted over 300 videos, so I’m sure there’s something desirable.
Robert and I will be returning to WV again this year for Christmas! Super excited to attend my brother’s graduation at WVU and of course enjoy the holiday season with all my family and friends. I have decorated our apartment with tons of Christmas lights and I was able to put up my mini fiberoptic Christmas tree this year and I love it. Of course I’ve been jamming out to my Christmas music for a week now and definitely driving my husband crazy. Good thing he loves me a whole lot! Leave me comments and feedback below!