2015 was full of changes for me. I started the year working full-time at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Reno. I was intending to only work full-time until another office person was hired and then my hours would go back to part-time. When they offered me a full-time job, I said yes with a full heart. It’s been a blessing in so many ways. It’s also been a challenge to be up and out of the house early in the morning and being committed to a 9-5 gig. Adjustments have been made and I get to work with the most amazing people! It’s all been totally unexpected and a rather nice surprise at that!
2015 was also a year of completion (and I LOVE the sound of that!). I finished Yoga Teacher Training and was certified in January after a 14 month process of classes, study, practice, teaching (and filming myself teach – YIKES!), and getting to know myself in the process. I had a couple of injuries (both unrelated to yoga) that I had to work around which is one of the blessings of yoga – meeting yourself where you’re at in that moment of time. This training helped me develop kindness for my body, something that was sorely lacking in my life! In the fall, I registered with the Yoga Alliance and am now a Registered Yoga Teacher. Never thought I would do this at age in my mid-50’s!
What am I doing with this? Not much . . . YET! I have workshop ideas and I do want to teach soon. Stay tuned for details on Beacon of Light Yoga along with my own personal brand of yoga for grief. It’s all in process and I’m loving the journey.
Another completion after nearly 18 months of training and study . . . I’m a certified Baby Loss Doula. This means I can be with laboring women who know their baby will be stillborn or die shortly after birth. I can also help women who know ahead of time that their baby will not live long; I help them create birth plans and show them ways to parent their baby with the short time they have. And of course, it also involves working with them through their bereavement process (something I’ve been doing since 1988!). My thanks to those of you who helped me fund the doula workshop I needed to attend as part of this process. I couldn’t have done it without you!
In November 2014, I finished Hospice Volunteer training at my local hospital, and I was assigned a few patients in 2015. Such amazing work! These families are precious, and my heart is overflowing with gratitude each time I make a visit.
It feels so good to have these big trainings done and I’ve been basking in more time than I’ve had for the last 18 months. So what’s up for 2016? I’ll have time this year to take on a few coaching clients again (holler if you’re interested!). I’ll be practicing yoga and teaching at some point this year. I also truly hope to take prenatal yoga teacher training in 2016 so that I can teach yoga to mamas pregnant again after a loss. I’m looking at funding resources for this so holler if you know of anything! Subsequent pregnancies are such a roller coaster and yoga can definitely help with that (and even help with bonding to that special rainbow baby). I will also be writing more too so I hope you’ll pop by now and then! Say hello!
Blessings to you and yours in 2016. There are so many heartbreaking things happening in our world right now. Please reach out and share your joy and kindness whenever you can. The world NEEDS you! My love and gratitude to you all.