Sunday, June 3, 2012

Classy

Today was the most amazing day I've had since yesterday! Let me tell you why:
It's officially the end of the quarter, no more classes until the Fall for me. Normally, this would make me sad because I always miss the novelty and curious spirit of the classroom environment.

Yesterday was a great day because I got to see final portfolio presentations from a group of students who have been taking my classes for over a year. To see the progression in technical skills and in confidence was just amazing. Truly the most rewarding thing about teaching is seeing the change you bring in the lives of others (it would be nice if the pay was rewarding too, but that's a story for another time).

About a month back when I knew that I wouldn't be able to teach over the Summer, I started to think about other ways that I could keep from getting incredibly bored; a common problem when you consume this much caffeine. And a thought occurred to me...'Why not let others teach me instead of me teaching them?'

Yoga was my gateway drug. I began attending a class through my gym and loved the way it made me feel. When my Sister offered me Zumba I thought, "Why the heck not? I'm already doing yoga."

My first Zumba class ever ever in the whole history of time was this morning. Zumba is an aerobics/dance class and is awesomely fun. The class we went to was a drop in class at The Warehouse next to Gonzaga and I would totally recommend it to any ladies who want a new fitness challenge. I would also recommend it to guys, but I didn't see any in the class, so it might be awkward. I was pleasantly surprised at how much of a workout it truly was. And, as my sister Jen pointed out, it's not the kind of aerobics class where you keep wondering how much longer you have to keep doing something. The pace is great and the moves are interesting.

After Zumba I briefly rested then set off to Minnehaha for a top roping class. I've been rock climbing indoors off and on for a few years now but have never been climbing outside. Part of the reason for that is that I didn't know how to safely set up ropes. After today, thanks to Rick at Mountain Gear, I feel completely confident. Climbing outside today was a great experience and I can't wait to get back out again and again all Summer.

Next weekend I have signed up for a motorcycle course through Spokane MotorSchool. I'm excited to say that by this time next weekend I will officially be a licensed rider.

It's such a trip to be on the other side of the classroom again, letting other people teach me new things. All Summer I will be looking for other classes to attend. I'd love to hear recommendations (either here or on Facebook) that anyone has for classes I should take or events I could check out to learn new things.

6 comments:

John said...

Your life is so exciting Selina. If you've got a motorcycle, you can have more than a few adventures with that.

Monica Lutton said...

Ooh! Are you planning on just learning to ride or is it also a thought to eventually "become" a rider? haha...riders will tell you that it is a lifechanging experience. Let me know.

Monica Lutton said...

Motorcycle riding is so much fun! Are you learning to ride in the hopes that you may one day get a bike of your very own? It's so nice, I must say. Either way, you should accomplish your goal of coming down to socal and visiting me. We can go riding for a day. AMAZING!

~ selina ~ said...

I want to become a rider for sure. Right now I'm looking into getting a Honda Shadow. I would love to go riding with you one day!

Monica Lutton said...

Oh that is a pretty bike. Yes! We should definitely do that. I like it.

~ selina ~ said...

Looks like I will be in Orange County the first week in July. Will you be around?