Thought I’d jump on the bandwagon since…
This has been a year of ups and downs in my life. I started my 29th year of life in January, yet I felt as though I hadn’t accomplished as much as my peers who are still in their mid-20s. It felt a little disheartening, but the process of making a career out of my passion hadn’t fully revealed itself until I was about 27.
Let’s start with the ups.
The beginning of this year was the start of my second quarter in massage school. That’s the quarter where we started to practice on more than just our cohort during class hours. It was intimidating, but the experience was necessary – as it is with any profession. My third quarter went well, as I participated in the sports massage clinical rotation for 7 of the 11 weeks, leaving just a few weeks of on-campus clinical that was dedicated to staff only. My fourth quarter I rotated an off-campus clinical with an oncology clinical, and I also volunteered for a full day of massage at the beach volleyball tournament at Seaside.
For continuing education, I took a NeuroKinetic Therapy™ Level 1 seminar (on my birthday weekend), RockTape, one or two of the Kinetic Integrations’ courses, and Postural Restoration Institutions’ Pelvis Restoration course. After the course, a colleague of mine and I started an NKT™ study group. It’s been a great learning experience. I’ve also attended some get-togethers with a group of practitioners and trainers/coaches who like to hang out, have beers, and talk about the body/movement. I don’t say much, but I am surrounded by people who’re way smarter than me, so I take some simple advice I’d only recently heard (at the group, actually): I only have 1 mouth, but I have 2 ears.
For my personal life, I asked my partner, support, and friend to marry me back in May. We’ve been in the planning process and have a venue, photographer, florist, officiant, and outfits pretty much done. Most of it is just the deposit, but it’s nice having much of it planned and out of the way to focus on working to pay for the rest of the bill later. And the Ducks won the Alamo Bowl.
The end of the year took a slightly unexpected turn after graduating, becoming licensed, and starting Unorthodox Massage LLC. Unexpected because a) I never thought I’d have my own business, because I am not a “business person” and I don’t know if I ever will be, and b) because I had expectations that weren’t met. With my students loans kicking into repayment (because the majority of which had already surpassed the 6 month grace period) and a wedding to pay for, I needed to be working more. The reason I haven’t been blogging much is because of the end of the school year, start of a new business, and the search for another job (and getting one) has kept me quite busy. The week before Christmas was a 60-70 hour work week for me. With the gym, EPLifeFit, my massage business, and my new job doing massage/aide work in a rehab clinic, my 4 jobs keep me pretty busy. At some point, I’ll be venturing into the rehab realm full-time.
2014 should be a great year for me. I turn 30 in January, I am getting married in September, I am taking a continuing education course in March from Dr. Andreo Spina that will probably be my most favorite thus far, and I’m participating in a sports massage internship at Portland State University (my Alma mater) with one of my massage teachers. I am also looking into applying for an athletic training program, as I really like working with athletes and think I would provide value to any athletic team in the process of injury recovery for both exercise and soft tissue therapies.
The downs seem quite trivial now that I’ve shared the ups. The downs in life are always a learning experience and I’ve had my fair share. Sometimes you wish you could press rewind and do it all over again, but you can’t and there’s only moving forward and that is what I’ll continue to do. It’s what I’ve always done.
Some people I’d like to thank:
Erin and future father- and mother-in-law: thanks for the ongoing support and help you’ve given me in 2013. It means a lot.
My parents and siblings: I don’t see you as much as I wish I could, but thanks for being who you are, supporting me, and entertaining me on social media.
To the fitness pros who have changed the way I think about the body and how it operates, or who have shown me exercises and techniques that have helped me grow as a professional over this last year: THANK YOU. This includes:
Erson Religioso III
Guido Van Ryssegem
& Charlie Weingroff
I look forward to what 2014 has in store for both my personal life and my education. Happy New Year everyone.