Well, this past weekend could not have gone any better! I got home Friday night and started prepping for “Yoga for a Cure” on Saturday evening.
Saturday was a beautiful sunny day. I had relatives come visit and celebrate my aunt’s birthday as well as come and watch the yoga event. My friend Shannon who helped me teach the class came down about mid-day and we began practicing and prepping for the class. This was MY VERY FIRST yoga class-teaching. I was extremely nervous and beginning to get very anxious as the time got closer and closer. Shannon went over my notes, gave me some feedback, and even helped demonstrate how I should tell the students to transition from each pose. It was extremely helpful but also tacked on some nerves.
After that, we packed up all of our stuff, the snacks, water, and giveaways, and headed over to Seaside Park. My parents had taken a separate car to fit the table and chairs. Shannon and I took my Jeep, which felt so good to drive. With the windows down and the wind in our hair, we were ready to teach one kick-ass class. I wanted to make sure that the people who came to do beach yoga got what I get out of yoga classes. Sometimes it’s balance, sometimes it’s love, sometimes it is acceptance.
We got to the beach and began setting up with the help of friends and family. People started showing up, signing in, and getting their mats ready! We couldn’t have asked for a better night. The sun was shining behind us, but a nice ocean breeze was keeping us cool. We began class a few minutes late. Although I was nervous I tried very hard to swallow my fears and push through it. I also knew that I had Shannon there to catch me if I began to stumble or was at a loss for words.
The class went really well, I couldn’t be happier. I think everyone really enjoyed it too. It was such a great setting. We raised over $1400 for T1D research!!! I can’t believe it! Thank you to all for the love and support!
Afterwards, Shannon and I sat on the beach until about 9pm. The sun was setting, the breeze was beautiful, and there was just simply no reason for us to leave. We both don’t get to visit the beach very often(not this summer for me), and so it made it that more special. She is a great friend and I am so grateful to have her in my life. We stayed up for a while just talking. About life, love, our families, our goals, our dreams, how we want to live, who we want to be. She is one of those rare people that I think truly makes my life better. Our friendship is priceless.
Sunday! Sunday I went to the beach with my BFF, Jenna. It was a great day filled with laughter and smiles. I also don’t get to see her very much so any time we have together is cherished. I know she will always be there for me. When we got home Sunday afternoon, it was time to set up my very first sensor! A sensor is a continuous glucose monitoring system that goes into the skin and is controlled by a small electronic device. Every few minutes, it will give me a glucose reading. This should technically help me to prick my fingers less often. After a very rough start setting it up, I think I am getting the hang of it. Not sure if it is making me paranoid about my sugars though. It just might be.
So grateful to have such awesome people in my life. But two people I really owe it to: my parents. I wish I could give them the world. And more. They are rock stars and superheroes and role models to me. I hope one day they receive as much love as they have given to me over the years. I love you both to the ends of the earth. Thank you.
Working on my educational video today until Joon gets back tomorrow. Only two weeks left for me in NYC! I hope to make these the best two weeks ever.
– the intern with diabetes