In the spring of 2016 I made some big changes in my life… I left my job as an elementary school teacher.
I walked away from an unhealthy relationship. I moved into a new apartment. It was a pretty wild explosion of life - exhilarating, overwhelming, freeing and terrifying all at the same time. You won't be the least bit surprised to learn that I also graduated from a 200 hour yoga teacher training program in the midst of it all. Cliche to say it was a life changer? I share this because once I made these decisions, I became a beginner again. I had to be willing to learn and fail over and over and over again. My masters degree was not in social media (still can't seem to fully figure out Facebook to this day), marketing, branding, advertising, financial planning, design, website building or any other task I began to tackle. I'm continuously thrown back into the vulnerable "beginner phase" and it is challenging. Google is my new best friend and I lean on friends and family as well. Most days I’m learning something new (which is pretty cool) and I am grateful that I get to wake up every morning in a world full of possibilities and spend time doing what I truly love. I'll fail again and again for this opportunity. When I'm overwhelmed though, I have to tap back into my yoga and mindfulness practice. I have a toolbox of strategies that work for me; connecting, journaling, breathing, moving, relaxing (sound familiar). Our job as teachers and parents is to help guide our kids in figuring out what works for them. We can't do the work for them or force it. It's not a one size fits all. We can model it though. We can talk about our emotions openly. We can instill a love of learning. We can create excitement around trying new things and encourage them to get back up and try again. Here's to being a beginner over and over and over again:) xo Joanie Plake Founder of B&L | M.A. Childhood & Special Education | E-RYT 200 www.breatheandlearn.com