How are you? How’s life been? Mine has been busy!
Over the weekend I had the pleasure of apprenticing/assisting as a teacher for students coming to their first every couple days of yoga teacher training. It was wonderful! I’m in an ‘Apprentice Master Trainer’ program with my yoga school (YogaFit) with a goal of being a Master Trainer/Presenter by the end of this year. I’ve been working on this goal since 2013 (knowing that it was definitely a ‘several years from now’ goal) and am excited to see if I’m able to make one of my dreams a reality in 2016.
I love, love, loooooooove teaching yoga (and other fitness) classes. Basically, I very much enjoy teaching in any capacity. In fact, the first couple years of college, my coursework and electives were geared toward elementary education and I thought for sure I’d be a kindergarten teacher one day. Obviously, I didn’t end up going that route in the end, but it’s always been on my mind. And even twice since graduating with my undergrad, I’ve applied to Master’s programs to pursue elementary ed, been accepted twice, and backed out twice. ha. The point is, teaching is my passion and so, I’m happy that I’ll be able to teach prospective yoga teachers and help shape them in some way, shape or form.
Yesterday I was busy teaching three classes, emailing a recap/report of my weekend to the training manager, making a couple phone calls (Cox charged us for installation when they told us it’d be free … mmmhmmm, it will be deducted from our bill), and starting to pack for our trip!
Ahhhhhh! I’m so excited, guys! Here are the deets: We fly (1st class! seriously! I’ve never flown anything but economy) to Antiqua. Upon arrival, we’ll take a taxi to Jolly Harbor where we’ll find our friends and the our home for the next 8 days: Azzurra. You can check out pictures of the Lagoon 52 Catamaran via Google by clicking here. I don’t know the exact itinerary, but I know we’ll be making lots of stops as we sail northwest from the Leeward Islands toward the British Virgin Islands, finally making our way to Tortola where we’ll return the boat and start our journey home. Some of the planned stops include St. Barks, St. Maarten, Anquilla, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke. I’ve never been to any of these places and am stoked to travel to new, beautiful islands!
Anthony’s cousin is our captain, and I believe this is his seventh voyage. We have a total crew of eight (I know five of the eight) and I hope it’s as epic as Captain Mark, Anthony and our good friends (who went on the last trip but can’t make it on this one) have been telling me it is.
So far, these are the things that I have laid out and/or plan to pack. If you have any ideas, please let me know!
- sunscreen + aftersun
- sleep clothes
- 1 nicer dress (in case we go to a nice dinner on shore somewhere)
- flip flops, water shoes and tennis shoes (for hiking at some of the stops)
- snorkel gear
- travel toiletries
- motion sickness meds
- some day clothes, but not too many <— it’s my understanding we’ll be in swimwear most of the time
- adult coloring book
- actual book <— any recs? I don’t currently have one to pack
- iPhone (as a camera), iPod, computer, GoPro
- an extra pair of contacts, JIC
Some things that Anthony suggested we bring (this is his fourth similar trip) to make it even more comfortable
- some of our favorite tea bags to make tea on the boat
- tea light candles for our cabin (awww, he’s so romantic)
- chocolate <— this man knows I need a daily dose! food + beverages are super expensive, and we will grocery shop once we arrive to stock the boat, but I’ll bring some chocolate we like and probably pay a fraction of the cost!
Anything else you think I should pack? It’s crazy to believe that after like nine months of anticipation and planning, the trip is nearly hear!
PS: Be sure you follow me on Instagram! I’ll be posting epic pics when wifi is available. 😉