Change is inevitable. We’ve all heard that saying, but even more importantly, we’ve all experienced it. Sometimes change is met with open arms, but many times we find ourselves reluctant to move ahead because of the hurt or the unknowns. This week is bringing about a lot of change in my world. While it will result in some tears shed and many goodbyes, it is met by me with open arms as the opportunities that await are scary but exciting.
As the cat is out of the bag already, so to speak, I’m happy to announce that I’ve been offered a job with an amazing company here in Austin and will begin my new role with them on the 16th. This week, however, will be filled with a myriad of emotions. I’m leaving one job where I’ve been working for almost two years. I’ve come to really enjoy the people I work with. I laugh daily and am surrounded by a very supportive team. I will miss each and every person I’ve come into contact with during my time there and look forward to staying in touch.
What is going to be a bit more taxing on me emotionally is saying goodbye to my Zumba peeps this Thursday evening. This amazing group of people has been in my life for the last six years. The class I’m leaving is near and dear to my heart because it is the first Zumba class I stepped foot into back in 2010. At the time I was quite a bit heavier but determined to make a positive change in my life. What I didn’t expect was just how much my life would be changed by the people who were there to change their own lives.
Never in a million years would the Robyn of 2010 think she would be regularly taking a fitness class, let alone teaching it. I’ve learned so much from my time there that I wanted to share some of it with you.
- Laughing at yourself is not only a good thing, but it teaches that perfection isn’t necessary to be successful.
- Just because you can put your shoes on the correct feet doesn’t mean you know which way is left and which way is right. Usually my right is wrong and I’m left laughing at myself.
- My goal teaching was never to show them that I can dance. My goal was to help them feel successful so they’ll want to continue and not give up on their goals.
- Being prepared puts others at ease.
- Even the most unlikely of people can surprise you and leave you speechless. (For example, when asked by a male member before my Halloween class if I’d be stripping for them.) :-O That’s a negative, Ghost Rider.
- When times get tough and downright unbearable, having something you have to focus on can be an absolute blessing.
- The right song or the right move can not only change your mood but make you feel like a super star!
- Those who were once strangers with a common interest can turn out to be some of your very best friends.
Thank you to all those I’ve worked and danced with over the last few years. I am a better person for knowing you and am forever grateful to have crossed your path, if even for a short while. I have always believed you should leave things in better shape than you found them. In working to do so, I can honestly say that all those I’ve come into contact with have done just that for me. Here’s to embracing the inevitability of change and welcoming a new challenge.