Embody Love Movement
What a weekend!
I wasn't sure what I was really getting into. My sister invited me, it was being taught by a yoga instructor, and it had to do with self-love. I was in.
Well I live in South Carolina and this training was outside DC. My sister lives in Virginia Beach, so I drove to her and we drove together.
Driving up Friday, not taking into account city traffic, we just barely made it there. Actually probably pulling in when it was starting. So needless to say we didn't have time to eat before hand.
I was not prepared for this first night. I was anxious, nervous and hungry. And I had no idea what I was walking into. I had to be vulnerable, about how I felt about myself.
WOAH! You want me to write down the things I say about myself?
Trying to be honest and be fully committed the best I could, I could feel myself begin to shut down.
It was heavy. It was hard.
I was hungry.
It was 9pm when we were finished on Friday. Thank goodness for yelp! We found this place, Tequila and Tacos, and it was delicious. And the food was so fast. I feel like the queso was out in 30 seconds, and our tacos just minutes afterwards. It couldn't have been more perfect.
I don't know how she was feeling. But it was hard. It was awkward, and it was heavy. I had so many mixed emotions going on and so many thoughts. And, honestly, I was with my sister-in-law, working on our relationship as well, so there was that heaviness.
She's my sister.
This was a wonderful experience.
I wasn't prepared. I didn't know what to expect when I was going in.
Saturday and Sunday we taught the workshop. We broke up into groups and taught different sections. We taught it as if we were teaching it to different ages. I loved every minute.
I am a true teacher at heart. I love talking and teaching people, especially if it is about something that I am passionate about.
It was funny though. Although Friday was so heavy, and it was where I thought I was going to be the most vulnerable, it was Sunday, that I couldn't stop crying.
I wasn't prepared.
Its funny when you do this self discovery stuff. You can't prepare. You can try. But if you are really trying to dive deep, and are really allowing yourself to be open to this vulnerability, there is no way you are going to know how you are going to react. You can't fully prepare.
I realized that the hardest part for me is to receive criticism. I get the biggest knot in my stomach, my face gets red, and I want to jump out of my skin.
I went to college to be a teacher. I am a teacher. And I hated the whole observation process, and then having to sit and listen to their critiquing.
The odd thing is, I usually know what I am talking about when I teach. I do prepare, and usually the criticisms aren't nearly what I make them up to be.
I wasn't sure what I was going into this weekend.
I am so glad that I said yes.
Embody Love: a non-profit organization working on changing the way girls and women see and treat themselves and others. "Our mission is to empower girls and women to celebrate their inner beauty, commit to kindness, and contribute to meaningful change in the world."
I have 4 more training hours online that I plan to finish this weekend and I will be a facilitator, and part of the movement.
I am so glad I said yes.
I am so grateful for my sister for inviting me.
I am so grateful for this organization and the world of opportunities it presents on how to teach women and girls to love themselves.
Knowledge is power. I learned so much about myself and this wonderful organization that I now get to be a part of.
Take the opportunities when you have them to learn something more about things you love.
I love self improvement. I am on this journey towards finding my inner bliss and my true self. I will take any opportunity I can to learn something new about myself, or a way to help heal myself.