As you know, I spent a couple of weeks in Vancouver doing some training. The first trip down, classes were held near Cambie and Broadway just a few short blocks from where I last worked in Vancouver. I was always early and would go to the Starbucks that was right on the corner. I would sit in the big comfy chairs that looked out over the intersection towards downtown Vancouver.

I would sit and watch the busyness of people in their suits, some with briefcases, totally plugged into their electronics and smile sipping my drink because I was no longer one of those spokes in the wheel. I used to be one of those people who would rush to get into work, was completely tuned out to anyone else around, barely looking up and completely unplugged from my surroundings. Vancouver was such an easy city to just “blend in” to the thousands of other unplugged folks around you. For where I was in my life at the time, it worked for me but although I do need to unplug and tune out every once in a while, it is certainly not where I am anymore in my life.

With the training I have undertaken and realizing just how unhealthy my life is (or was?), I can now sit back and observe. I can’t help but want to chase after some people and hand them a business card.

On one of those mornings of observation, I could not help but observe a feeling I have never felt in my life: contentment. I cannot pinpoint exactly what lead me to this feeling but I figure it was partly to do with where I was, where I had come from, the balancing’s in class that week and being able to sit and observe my former life and know that I will never go back to that. Whatever it was, I sat there one morning cluing into this feeling for the first time in my life of feeling content. It was really nice.

While I have come this far from that lifestyle, I feel that there are still more changes to my lifestyle that need to happen.  If there is one thing I have learned in life, is that change is constant, necessary and what helps us evolve as human beings.

The unfortunate thing, is that change is usually one of the biggest fears and hardest things in life for people to do. Change is always easier said than done.

Feel the fear. Do it anyways.

Was what I was told by my psychologist when I was off work on LTD. While she meant it in regards to my returning to work, I resigned from my job instead and took a giant leap of faith into a career change that has lead me to where I am today.

While the future feels a bit scary still, it feels much better and not as bleak as it did prior to my going off onto LTD. I feel hopeful, positive and for the first time in my adult life, I enjoy going to work and don’t sit there all day staring at the clock!

There are currently 11 draft blog posts that I need to work on publishing. Nine of which are on self-improvement including a five-part series on how I went about making positive changes in my life. I will be working on these over the next few weeks in hopes of polishing them off and queuing them up for publishing over the next couple of months.

Do you have changes in your life that fear prevents you from making? What are they and how will you go about overcoming them?

Meanwhile, Back in Kelowna

Wow.  I know, what an amazing way to start off a second post in a row.

My being able to take SIPS and N.O.T. was pretty last minute even though I had wanted to take the courses but did not think I would be able to.  Thankfully finances came through at the last minute and I was able to take them.

When I sat down yesterday and looked at the calendar, I realized it was the first Saturday in five weeks that I had been home in Kelowna.  Wow.

The past five weeks have been a bit of a blur.  The downside to taking the courses is the loss of income but was the price to be paid to be able to make more money in the future.  The upside is that I now feel better equipped to take the next step to becoming a Practitioner which yes, I technically am but I won’t feel like one until I have paying clients on my table.

There is always one great benefit to taking these courses – the work you receive during class.  One of the most amazing things I find about specialized kinesiology is that whether it is the Practitioners first or 1,000th balance, the results are the same.  Yes, they have to hit the right points and of course, the more experience and knowledge the Practitioner has, the deeper into issues they can go but just doing a basic balance yields the same results regardless of experience.

Easter is the last foreseeable weekend I will be out of town.  I will be heading down to pick up my partner and son from White Rock.  The weekend before, I will be driving them halfway down so they can spend one of the two weeks of Spring Break with my partners family.  Other then that, I am hoping to not leave Kelowna before (hopefully) more SIPS courses in September in Vancouver.

Coming up next…

One area I have felt that I really need to take up slack in, is anatomy and physiology.  I will be spending one day a week studying and one day a week practicing.  I am hoping by the Summer that my income will increase from working as a Practitioner.  At some point, I will have to give up my role as the Office Manager.  This is very scary because the safety net of secured income will be gone and I might not know for sure how many clients I will have booked, let alone, how many of them will re-book appointments.

Until I reach that point, I am not going to stress about it and just focus on equipping myself as best as I can before starting out into uncharted territory.

Wish me luck!

What happened to February?

Wow.  I cannot believe how busy I have been the past six weeks, that I only made one post in all of February and my camera has been collecting dust.

Just wanted to post a quick update that I have not completely abandoned my blog.  I have been working on a multi-part blog series on how I went about making Positive Changes in my life.  What initially started off as one blog post a month ago is now turning into at least five individual posts and another one to tie them all together.  There is some good content coming but I need to finish writing it first.

In the past six weeks, I finished off my two Crystal Healing courses and received confirmation on graduating from both courses, took my SIPS 1&2 in Vancouver two weeks ago and will be taking the Level 1 of N.O.T. this week in Vancouver.

Although I will be auditing Touch for Health Levels 3 & 4 when they are next taught, I have more than enough training to start working as a Practitioner.  There are (and will always be) more courses to take but for now, I have enough.  Over the next few months, I will be studying and practicing so I can feel comfortable and confident about becoming a Practitioner.  I will also be learning (reviewing?) how the body works which I feel will also make me a better Practitioner.

This upcoming weekend should be the last one in which I am out of town so I can get back to my regular Sunday morning blogging (finally).  With Spring just around the corner, I anticipate being out with my camera more as well!