The Ghost of Jemma Past
“During cold-weather months, underneath the bustle of the holidays, the Earth is preparing in the northern hemisphere for a long period of inner stillness before the rebirth of spring. The closing of the year elicits contemplation: What has transpired? Where are we headed? What is left undone?”
This quote was the introduction to an email I just received from www.yogajournal.com. This wasn’t a bit of spam, I’m actually signed up to receive newsletters from them everyday. This means that, alongside my (fairly newly found) TEFL blog reading addiction, I also do my best to read about all-things-yoga. Anyway… enough about my struggles with internet-time-management.
The last sentence of this quote has really got me thinking: What has transpired? Where am I headed? What is left undone?
Three incredibly useful, soul-searching questions. I feel that these questions could be used to help someone analyse almost anything. From a lesson, to an argument, to cleaning your kitchen. I’ve decided to take these questions one-by-one to help map out my professional (and perhaps personal) development past, present and future, meaning this and my following two blog posts are/will be pretty self-obsessed. Sorry.
So, to begin – What has transpired?
I began the year pretty exhausted after completing my Delta at the end of 2010.
I joined a new yoga studio. This gave me back some much needed power and reignited my love for yoga.
I fretted about getting my Delta results.
I got my Delta results. I cried with absolute joy when I saw them. For the first time in my life, I had worked really bloody hard for something and it had paid off in droves. I was truly proud of myself. I honestly never thought I would do as well as I did.
I went on my first holiday in three years to Venice and South Tirol (the picture on my blog is me on said holiday just before I was almost killed by a snow plough).
Spring is a bit of a blur. I was waiting to start my training to become a Celta trainer. I spent a lot of time outside.
June arrived. I started my training. I was officially branded a TiT (Trainer in Training – Thanks for that Cambridge ESOL!)
The Summer was busy. Very, very busy. Teaching three lessons per day, plus observing either the input or the teaching practice on the Celta. I realised how much I loved this new world of teacher training. Yes, it’s really hard work, but it’s so incredibly rewarding. I was really happy to be taking this next step along my life’s pathway.
September arrived. I was qualified as a Celta tutor. No longer a TiT. Hooray!
I started this blog. I discovered the world of Twitter. I started to learn so much more about teaching, learning, training. I’ve met some wonderfully inspiring people online. I’ve read some incredibly enlightening blog posts. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing this blog and I’ve been surprised that so many people seem to enjoy reading it. (Thank you!)
The final three months of the year have seen me getting to grips with the realities of being a Celta tutor. Phew – it’s tough. Long hours, stressful situations to deal with, working so closely with people during a very intense period of time. But, you know what? I LOVE it. Even when it all feels a bit too much and I just want to go to sleep, I still love it. I’m blessed to be able to work with two brilliant colleagues in the teacher training department who have both supported me, helped mould me into a better teacher, a better trainer and have definitely given me some good laughs along the way. You know who you are, and I truly thank you.
And so here I sit, watching the first proper snow of the year settle on the cars outside my kitchen window, content with what I have achieved, ready to look ahead to the new year and feeling excited about what adventures and challenges it will bring.
Thank you to all of you who have been and are yet to be part of my journey.