7 Mar

Soooo remember how for a few months I was all “I don’t have time to update!  I have a super secret thing I can’t tell you about that’s consuming all of my time!!!!”??  Well, I’m here to let you in on what’s been going on… and to share some exciting news!

Let me start off by saying that I have been working at my job for almost three years.  Since this is my first experience in the health and fitness industry, these past few years have been an incredible learning experience.  The thing that has resonated with me the most has been the dire importance of prevention.  And yet, I feel that most of what I do each day at work has more to do with fixing health problems rather than preventing them.  Don’t get me wrong… physical therapists, doctors, and personal trainers are all extremely commendable occupations.  But… for someone else.  I’d rather stick with prevention.  That’s where my passion lies and that’s why I created this blog.

But it’s not enough.  I’ve tried focusing more on prevention with my blog and also by volunteering a couple of times a week teaching fitness to kids.  Yet, those are just side projects.  I still have my full time job.  And for a while now, I’ve been waking up for work thinking: “This is just not what I want to do with my life.”  Uh, yeah… time for a major change.

So, for the past few months I have been diligently preparing a kick ass application to graduate school to pursue a masters in Physical Education.  I love working with children and I love educating about preventative fitness, and getting a masters in Physical Education will enable me to combine the things I love into what has become a dream job for me: to work as an elementary school gym teacher.  I never thought in a million years that I would ever utter those words, but here I am and I’m so excited by the prospect that I know I’m making the right choice.

Well, I’ve heard back from the school and (drum roll, please)… come fall, I will officially be attending Columbia University’s Teachers College to get my MA in Physical Education!!  YES!!!!!!  *happy dance*

Despite being a little terrified (homework? research papers?? TESTS?!?!) and knowing I will be in debt for probably the rest of my life, I couldn’t be more excited.  Columbia Teachers College has an AMAZING P.E. program (they even have dance curriculum classes!!) and I know I’ll be working towards a future in something I will really, truly love.  It’s a pretty great feeling.  (TANGENT: Don’t hate me, but I celebrated with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.  I don’t usually recommend such behavior, but I earned it dagnabit!!)

Anyway, so that explains why I was M.I.A. for a bit and why I’m totally excited now and couldn’t wait to tell you guys.  I also know it might leave some of you wondering what’s going to happen to the blog.  Well, don’t worry, I have no intentions of giving this thing up.  If anything, you guys are going to have to deal with all of the nerdy things I learn at school… lucky you!  Understandably, I might get a little busy with schoolwork and perhaps won’t update as often as I’d like… but that doesn’t mean that this blog will die.  Just be patient, I’ll always come back!

In completely unrelated news, I also wanted to share with you my submission to the webcomic Doctor Cat.  Doctor Cat is an AWESOME webcomic about a doctor who’s a cat and… well, I’m sure you can imagine all the hilarious scenarios that can come from that combination.  The author (Sarah Sobole) has been suffering from some wrist problems, leaving her unable to draw.  So she thought it would be fun to have a contest in the meantime.  Being the complete anatomy nerd that I am, I submitted a comic depicting Doctor Cat’s explanation of kitty anatomy called “It’s Anatomical!”  I didn’t win a grand prize or anything, but I did make it as a runner up!  So, just for fun, I decided to share my drawing with you guys.  Enjoy!

Okay, that’s enough explanations and patting myself on the back for one day.  I just wanted to share all of my news with you guys.  Now I can get back to business writing you awesome articles about health and fitness!

Oh, and one more thing about me becoming a gym teacher…

I just hope I’m a totally awesome, fun, and hugely inspiring, unlike “Eastbound & Down”s Kenny Powers.  I also hope I have less of a mullet.

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