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.

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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:
http://www.ourtripod.com/2017/07/ironman-lake-placid-in-13-days-pass-me.html

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.

Weekends.

This weekend I am stuck inside teaching a lifeguard class. I am having a lot of fun, the class is made up of a great group of kids, but I wish I could simply do nothing for a little while. The week leading up to a lifeguard class always finds a way to blow up in my face. One way or another I end up ending a busy crazy week to walk into an exhausting weekend.

Sometimes I really wish I could stay in bed all day and pretend I have nothing to do, but no matter how I try it seems like there is always a list of things that needs to be done. Maybe someday the never ending list will be completed, but I would not hold my breath. When the weather is nice it is more difficult to allow myself lazy days. I feel guilty staying inside when the sun is shining and the sky is blue, but maybe next weekend I will find a way to have a bit of lazy time to let my mind reset its self.

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

Be prepared.

Over the weekend I spent many, many hours co-teaching a lifeguard class. The timing was awful. I had two crazy weeks of work in a row that lead up to a long exhausting weekend. This was the first time my co-teacher and I had ever taught on our own, so there were some bumps along the way, but whole of the weekend went well. We had a great group of students, that were patient with us. It will be a great class to look back on and remember.

Currently I am simply exhausted and sore, but that does not stop me from continuing to think about ways I can become a stronger more confident teacher. I never thought my life would take me down a path that I would still be lifeguarding after 15 years. But then I have learned that you never know what will happen and it is always best to be prepared.

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

Exhausted.

I am not going into the week well rested. Honestly, I think I could sleep for a days and still be exhausted. This weekend has drained me been mentally, physically and emotionally. I know in the future I will be glad I took the time to get my Lifeguard Instructors certification. Over the years I have helped with many Lifeguard courses, but I have never been an official instructor. There were many challenges I had to overcome. From an unexpected save to argumentative students.  There are plenty of stories to tell.

I hope I can pull knowledge from each moment of this weekend to be a better instructor. Who knows what path my life will take, you never know what you will need in the future so it is best to take advantage of every opportunity you can. I am thankful to be one step closer to another skill I can add to my resume. Life has taught me you never know will happen, so it is best to be prepared for any and all situations.

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

Life of a lifeguard.

I was not looking forward to this weekend. However, I have been pleasantly surprised how much fun I have had. The entire weekend has been spent in the cement box of the pool, while outside the sun has been shining with nothing but blue skies. I will probably smell like chlorine for the next month, but it is worth it because as the end of it all I will be one step closer to becoming a Lifeguard Instructor.

When I first got my lifeguarding 15 years ago I never thought I would be here. Over the years I have become a strong lifeguard and comfortable with my skills. It is a little scary and exciting to take it to the next level. The thing I can rely on is the fact I know the skills, muscle memory is on my side. I need to get stronger at articulating how to perform each lifesaving rescue, but as with most things, time and practice is the best cure.

From day one to the end of day two I can say proudly that I am more confident and excited to take on future teaching opportunities. Tomorrow is the true test to see how well the lifeguard candidates have been instructed, I have high hopes for many successes. Lifeguarding is one of my passions and I am proud to pass it on to future generations of lifeguards.

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

A day like today.

There is no way to know what you are getting into until you are there. Today an extraordinary thing happened. Everything could have gone horribly wrong, but it did not. I guess sometimes when effort and time are put into something the end result is good. It is nice to not feel completely useless. After a day like today, I am almost worried to see what tomorrow will bring.

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