January is National Mentor Month and today is National Thank Your Mentor Day.
I come from a long, long line of worriers, so it has been a hard thing for me embrace the attitude of letting go and trusting that the right things will come to me. So as a dutiful worrier, I spent my entire young adulthood trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. As a result, I spent 13 years in a job that stressed me out and didn’t fulfill me in any way (although I made some great friends). I finally broke away from that job and dove into an opportunity I thought was a good fit. Long story short: it wasn’t. Uh oh. What now?
I had taken yoga teacher training to deepen my own practice, but the idea of being a teacher seemed unreal to me. I’m kind of short and stubby, have never been traditionally athletic or graceful, and am not at all flexible. But, through everything, I felt like a better person when I practiced. I decided to take a break, focus on my practice, and figure out what to do next.
At just the right time, when I was thinking maybe teaching was my path, my teacher, friend, and mentor gave me the encouragement and the opportunity to begin teaching. I’m not quite making enough to feel financially stable, but I know this is what I am meant to be when I grow up.
So a huge “thank you” to my good friend and mentor: Shari Gass.
Much love, my yoga sister.