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    MYkind: what i learned while teaching.

    07.01.2011 / WORK

    Both of my parents are retired teachers, and to be honest, I never ever expected to follow in their footsteps. Yet after saying “Yes!” to leading a workshop in Portland last week, I will announce: I am 100% addicted to teaching others.

    There were hiccups. My confidence was shaky and my sensitivity came out in all the wrong places. But wow. I learned a lot. I learned that I really can rely on myself and myself alone. I learned that I’m stronger than I imagined. I learned that when things around you become chaotic and you feel the world is crumbling, your soul sings a lullaby. It’s inherent. I think that’s what it’s there for.

    I learned that something magical happens when you group together 20 inspiring women. I learned that community is inevitable. I learned that energy is contagious. I found that taking the high road is always, always the best decision in life.

    I learned that I want to do this for the rest of my life. I learned that investing in others financially, emotionally, spiritually, creatively and academically is my calling. I learned that I can do this.

    I learned that I will do this.

    I’ll be leading another creativity course (albeit a different format!) in San Francisco next month. I’d love for you to be there to be a part of the amazing, life-changing experience that is grouping together like-minded strangers and storming the castle of awesome.

    Please come. I’ll meet you there.

    • “Storming the castle of awesome”…LOVE IT! I so wish I could be there. Perhaps you will consider holding a course on the East Coast :)

    • Anonymous

      Your commentary about this conference is so beautiful, that I know the week was incredible. I taught both adults and kids for over 15 years, and it is exhilarating, inspiring and energizing like nothing else. I’m glad you broke the fear barrier because you have a lot to share, sweetness.

    • thank you so much for your sweet words, everyone. :)

    • (and yes — we’re thinking minneapolis, austin, chicago and los angeles in the near future.)

    • It was one of the most amazing and inspiring weekends I’ve ever had! So many lovely and talented ladies there to listen, learn and love. I’m here to say Erin does have secret super powers, well maybe not so secret! Thank you Erin for allowing people the space to change with 100% support, you are a gem. xoxo

    • oh, cariann — you make me CRY. i’m so, so thrilled you were a part of such an amazing experience for me. board member forever! :)

    • Love this post and can absolutely relate. I taught a seminar for the first time myself recently and also LOVED it! It’s not for the faint hearted to be sure, but a great investment of time and energy. I hope you continue to find your calling!

    • FABULOUS!!! I love those moments in life!! So happy you shared your experience. I always say if I had to do it all over again…I’d be a teacher :)

    • BTW….how bout a creativity course in Chicago ;) ???

    • thank you so much, sweet arlene. and i would LOVE to come to chicago! i’ll put it on the list! :)

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