I spent a good chunk of my day reviewing for the CPR class I am teaching tomorrow. Thankfully it went pretty smoothly. It is always encouraging when you are reviewing information that you feel like it is simply a review and not a learning process. My biggest fear when teaching Red Cross classes is making sure I am using the correct terminology, because that is where they likes to trick you on the tests. I would hate to find out in the end that I set my students up for failure due to my own lack of knowledge. Hopefully with my note cards in hand everything will go smoothly.

Each time I teach a Lifeguard or CPR class I am reminded that this is an opportunity that I might not have had if my life had gone down a different path. I have always liked to learn and enjoy teaching in moderation, so my instructor certifications mean a lot to me. Water safety on all levels is important. So whether I am teaching kids how to swim or future lifeguards I feel like I am doing something worth while with my time. I love being able to recognizing the small blessings that came out of tragedy.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.


Steadfast & thankful week 6

This week was nice because I was on vacation for most of it! It was nice to have some down time and sleep in most of the week. Unfortunately, I was not as productive as I would have liked, but sometimes relaxing is the best solution.

Christi_Hiking post_journal page_3Day 34:
This summer was so full of hiking adventures and I am thankful that they recorded in my journal. It is so fun to look back at and remember beautiful summer days.

Want to read more about my hiking adventure?

img_3663Day 35:
Teaching swim lessons can be a challenge sometimes, but I am thankful for the excitement and enthusiasm of my students this year.

img_3664Day 36:
Although I had hoped
to do more than just 2 miles,
but I was thankful for not
running in the dark.

img_3691Day 37:
I am so thankful
that my Christmas
presents are
wrapped and
ready to go!

img_3695Day 38:
Being on vacation has its perks.
I was thankful to be a second
set of hands for my mom when
she needed me.

img_3719Day 39:
I am thankful for people who are equally as crazy as I am and wanted to do a Star Wars movie marathon with me. Just a few more days and we get to see the new one!

img_3730Day 40:
For once I am not
dreading Monday.
Thankfully I have
one more day of
vacation left!


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Swim lessons.

On Tuesday evenings I teach swim lessons. It is the same class I taught last year and honestly, I was a little nervous to start again. I was not sure how I would feel going back to the old routine that was started when I was in such a different place in my life. There was a few times I almost backed out of teaching it, but I decided to give the first session a try before I backed out.

I am glad I gave it a chance, because it is such a fun set of classes. The kids are so excited to be there and learn. The class is a stepping stone from basic swimming into competitive strokes. My main goal is to teach stroke technique and help encourage them to advance. I have some very talented kids, I wish when I was their age I had been able to take advantage of a class like this.

My first lesson ended up being a private class because only on kid signed up for it. The girl in this class is such fun, at five she is technically too young to be in my class, but she is fantastic. She is slowly developing amazing technique, and the best part is I am not fighting against years of bad habits. This little girl is so excited to swim that she usually is in her suite and ready to go hours before the class. It always make me happy to see her walk though the door.

The second class is a mixed bag of students, but equally as enthusiastic. They are a little older so unfortunately I do have a few years of bad habits to work out of their strokes, but over all they are a clean slate to work with. Most of these kids I taught last year, so it is amazing to be apart of their continued growth.

I look forward to the progress that these class will make this year. I hope I can help them reach the next level of swimming, and I am sure along the way they will teach me a thing or two.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Something wonderful.

Today I had in-service for my lifeguarding position at the Y. There were so many new faces we were asked to go around the room and say our name and something wonderful that recently happened in our lives. I can honestly say I was not sure how to answer that question. One of the lifeguards was just crowned homecoming queen, another backpacked through Europe over the summer and a few are having great sports season. For me I still feel it is a great accomplishment to make it through a day without crying. Somehow, I didn’t think that was they type of answer they were looking for. Even beyond that, it was not the answer I wanted to give because for many of them it would require an explanation I did not feel like saying.

Sometimes. I am frustrated that I am still celebrating small victories. I know every day I am getting better and stronger, but sometimes it feels like time moves too slowly or not at all. I guess I need to remember that even small victories are worth recognizing because they all add up to a much greater whole.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Opened doors.

Whenever I thought about being a teacher someday I always figured it would have something to do with art. So I have been pleasantly surprised with how much I am enjoying teaching Red Cross classes. It is so rewarding to pass on lifesaving skills to others. Over the past few months I have taught 3 lifeguard classes totaling about 40 students and today, a CPR class for 6 future nursing students.

img_0616If the wedding had gone as planned I don’t think I ever would have pursued getting my Lifeguard Instructor Certification and none of this would have been possible. I really count it as one of many doors God opened to show me my streingth and give me confidance. I hope I will be able to continue passing on my knowlage and help others achieve their goals for many years to come. As an instructor there is no greater pleasure than seeing your students pass and feel confidant in their skills.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

140.6 miles.

Over the last year I have watched an amazing woman prepare for a huge challenge. She has swam, biked and run mile after mile in preparation for the Lake Placid Ironman. Sunday morning she will put all her training and preparation to the test. It has been inspirational to watch her journey and an honor to lifeguard for her early morning swims.

Training for such a grueling event means a lot of sacrifice. So much of your time and energy is poured into overcoming each challenge. With the support of her family she has handled everything with an amazing amount of grace. Through weather, injury and everything in between she pushed through and made it to the starting line.

I am looking forward to following her throughout the day as she completes her 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run. She has a group of family and friends that will be there wearing “Team Luckiest” t-shirts in bright green to provide her with encouragement every step of the way. Although I will be home I too will be sending supportive prayers and well wishes as she completes the goal she has worked so hard to achieve.

Here is a link to her blog post 13 days out from the race:

Stronger and better.

Another weekend over.

The lifeguard class went well. I was a nervous walking into the class Friday because I have known two of the girls who were taking it since they were little. In fact, I baby sat them many years ago. Once I got over the initial nerves it was a lot of fun to teach them. At times it was difficult to remember that they are no longer little girls, and it was wonderful to see what strong, beautiful young women they have grown into.

As an instructor it is encouraging to hear that your students are leaving confident in their skills. Lifeguarding is more than sitting in a chair with a whistle getting a tan. A lot of hard work and time goes into achieving your certification. I hope that none of my students have to use their skills, but I know that they can handle any situation that comes their way.

Teaching has been such a wonderful experience and has been so good for me the past few months. It is important for me to remember that I have many skills and talent that can open unexpected doors in unique ways. True, at the end of a lifeguard class I am extremely exhausted, but I also feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. I hope I leave each of my students stronger and better than they started, because I know that is how they leave me.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.