I’ve been meaning to write an update, but I had some technical difficulties. Unfortunately, my IT department (aka hubby extraordinaire) was out of town, so I had to wait for him to come home and fix things. Hooray! I can post again! What would I do without him?
So, I’ve officially been an instructor for 2 weeks. “What has that looked like?” you might ask. Great question! I’m glad you asked! 🙂
The past two weeks have been non-stop digesting new information. I have learned how to look up new routines, study new routines, create a set of routines, modifying a set of routines…. it goes on and on and on! All of this while team teaching, plus taking care of 3 kids, a house, and trying to have a mini-social life. When I was told that I would be drowning in Jazzercise for the next six months, I thought it was an exaggeration.
Oh, but it’s not. I’m constantly watching videos: new ones, old ones, re-watching the same ones over and over again. I’m learning terminology to movement, song names, and muscle groups. I’m learning new things about myself. What routines do I like? Which ones do I take the time to actually learn? Which ones can I execute well?
Last night, after the kids were off to bed, I was back at my computer, watching videos, and my husband asked, “So what is your long term goal with Jazzercise? Is this what it’s going to be like from now on?”
I had to reassure him that not every waking moment will not be consumed with Jazzercise , but it in the beginning, it is a little painful. I have to build up that database of knowledge in my brain and know it well enough to execute to the level I’d like to be. That takes time. And don’t worry. I did walk away from my computer to spend some quality time with my man. I may neglect the cleanliness of my house, but I try to neglect quality time with my family.
So these two weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions. I’ve been able to team teach with my amazing fellow instructors. They have been so flexible, answering all of my questions, giving me advice, and being so supportive. The clients have been so welcoming and encouraging. Seriously, all the people around me have been wonderful and make it all worth it.
Then there are days where I tried too hard. Instead of slowing down the learning, I was trying to absorb too much information. Everything became jumbled in my head, and I couldn’t perform the way I wanted to. I would get frustrated and doubt myself.
But I continue to move forward. I’ve chosen this path, and my goal is to make it to the end of the road, no matter how many hills and roadblocks are ahead. So I keep on trudging along (studying, practicing, teaching) until July 1st. What is July 1st? My first scheduled class where I teach alone. Ack!
On that day, I plan on wearing a gift that Jazzercise corporate sent me. It’s my first instructor shirt, and I can’t wait to wear it. Come visit me, 9:15AM Monday morning, July 1st if you want to see it in person. 🙂 And if you do come, I’d love to take a picture with everyone who comes to class that day. Cause I’m nerdy and sentimental that way. You’ve been warned! Haha!