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.

Out and about.

Today I did not follow my normal pattern. After work I did not drive home and fill my evening hours with this and that. Instead I went to the pool. I did not swim as far as I had anticipated, but that is ok. What I did do was talk to a wonderful lady who was swimming in the lane next to me. We talked about swimming, a bit about our jobs and some of life. I gave her some tips to save her hair from chlorine, which I know is ironic since I currently have no hair, but trust me, I know my stuff. It was wonderful to have a (mostly) non-work related conversation with a stranger.

After I left the pool I went to the store. I bought myself a sub, pulled out my inkDori and spent a little bit of time not eating on my couch. Writing some in my journal was great. I do not make enough time for it. There is always an excuse, but I need to stop making them and simply write more. After writing I did some shopping and headed home proud of my evening out.

The moral of my day is that sometimes it is good to go out of your routine and take a chance on enjoying a different kind of day. After all, you never know what wonderful adventures you will end up having.

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


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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:

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.


Tonight was my last swim lesson until September, it was a little bitter-sweet. Over the summer it will nice to have my Tuesday evenings free again, but I will miss spending time with my students. We had some very fun moments over the past 10 months and I am so very proud of how strong each of them have become. I hope they enjoyed the class as much as I did and I look forward to seeing them again in September.

There were many weeks in the past four months that I know teaching swim lessons helped me maintain a positive outlook. True there were some weeks that I did not want to go teach, but those were the days it was the most important for me to be there. When you feel broken, it is nice to know that you still have the ability to help others.

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