It’s nearing Christmas, and I’m thankful for so many things in the past year…but most importantly, the face that I really have come to a space that is happier and healthier.
“What we give is what we get…” sings MC Yogi in his song Give Love. He’s not talking about the presents under the tree, swapped around a menorah or while celebrating other significant events. He’s talking about love and giving it away.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to have the love and support of my friends and family in both my work and personal life.
About a year ago, I started working as a temp at Vermont Works for Women. I’m proud to say that I am now there permanently. We’re a small, passionate, and I have heard many staff call ourselves “scrappy” organization dedicated to helping women and girls really understand that anything is possible. They’ve helped me personally and I cannot measure the pride that working here gives me.
During the course of the year, I got a grant from Prilosec to become their Official Zumba Student. They’ve helped with funding for licensure and training, and with their support I am now licensed to teach ZUMBA and ZUMBA Gold.
I’m taking the passion for ZUMBA and going to cross it with my love for the work our staff do to help women believe and going to do classes for some of the women we work with. Who would have thought that this oversized, undertall, used-to-have-to-go-to-Montreal-to-dance soul would ever come to LOVE doing something like this so much that I would be teaching a dance fitness class??
I have been given hope and wings by all the folks who have believed in me this year – and I thank you all.