Things are happening and change is good! I have restructured the home day care situation and that was such a great thing. I have also decided to convert my living room into a studio space. I am so excited.
I had two one year old boys plus my daughter as of last spring. I had found that the two really little ones was just too hard on my body. The constant picking up and putting down. The carrying around of heavy toddlers was way to much for my back and hips to take. I felt a little trapped in caring for both of these children. It is always so hard to say good bye. I had decided to keep the child that lives in my neighborhood and who I had taken on first. The family that I had to let go was not very happy but I expected that. Change is so hard to accept when it is happening but it usually works out in the long run. I found out they found a lovely day care in their own neighborhood and that the little guy is very happy. Financially one baby was not enough to sustain my family. I still needed a second child. So I put the energy out there! I wanted a three year old girl to play with my daughter. An older child does not require the same amount of physical lifting as a one year old toddler does. Sure enough in a very short period of time I had found my three year old girl. Change is never easy but she is adjusting well. My back is not bothering me nearly as much depending on what our daily activities are. Life is looking up!
The studio was a monster that kept growing and growing. I have this great living room. Big window and a lovely fireplace. The problem with it is that it never gets used. No one goes in there but me. Even at that it has become a bit of a dumping ground for my teaching supplies and yoga stuff. I've been wanting to teach more classes and to offer classes to people in my neighborhood so I thought why not? I will be a slow process but I am hoping that by January all the work will be done. I need to paint, install a door, rip up the carpet and get rid of more stuff. The getting rid of stuff is something I am thrilled with and love to do. I am so excited to paint and make the room look fresh. I can't wait to rip up the carpet and expose the wood floor underneath (I hope it looks nice). I am so excited about this project I can hardly sleep at night. In a slow process I will start by teaching week-end classes after all I still have day care children and my own child at home. Once everyone is in school I will then open the studio up for day time classes. Then who knows maybe one day rent out my own space and have a real studio. Teaching yoga and pre and post natal classes.
More changes to come as I learn more about the business of yoga and the business of pre and post natal. Perhaps some re-branding for the business and perhaps some even bigger changes with me and the person that I am always becoming. Either way
All of these changes were unsettling at first. Getting rid of furniture, ending relationships and starting new ones. But change is good. You learn so much from change. Life gets boring when it's all the same. I'm learning about construction, choosing paint colours, setting up a business plan and of course I am always educating myself on more prenatal and more yoga. This is the essence of what I love. The rest is just nice stuff to learn.
Where is the yoga lesson in here? Hum... perhaps learning from change. That change is not always bad and can often be good. That the universe provides us with lessons... Be present with the change... Pick one.
Jennifer is an RMT, long time yoga practitioner and teacher. Follow her musings as an RMT, yoga teacher, prenatal educator and mother of three.