Ahhh the beauty of life and how the universe speaks to you. So with all the awesomeness I was feeling last week, very excited to start work again etc., I was gently awakened back to reality yesterday morning and I've sort of had a rebirth.
So last week I mentioned having interviewed at a couple of massage places and having chosen one etc.
I had agreed to taking an extremely low pay because I'm so excited/desperate to work. I was genuinely excited.
On Saturday I gave a massage to a friend, he's about 6ft maybe a little taller, about 200lbs or so I'm totally guessing, but a big guy (what I'm trying to say!). And of course I had some trouble sleeping and woke up at 5am and felt some pain and discomfort in my arms. And it's perfectly logical, all last week I gave more massages than I have in weeks and I worked on someone who has a very physical job and a lot of muscle to work on. It reminded me how much massage really takes affects the body. No, I wasn't dying or anything.
It was normal soreness, similar to how you feel after a workout.
But I realized then and there that I cannot work for a fraction, almost a third of what I am used to making.
They tried really hard to get me to work there and offered me a little more, but I knew right then that it was a bad bad choice AND I'd like to have more say in WHO my clients are.
I've been doing this for 15 years and I guess that's the problem, I can only work for myself at this point.
I would consider working at Thousand Waves in Chicago again if that opportunity presented itself, I was there for 8 years and absolutely love the place. They treated us really great too!
So that's it, my eyes got peeled open and I'm going to keep subbing yoga and doing whatever I can for the next two months.
IN OTHER NEWS...
I guess it's time to make it a PSA:
My wonderful mother strongly supported me in making the following decision:
I'm moving back to Southern Illinois in early August sometime!! I'll be a graduate assistant in the Geography Department and I'll be working on my Master of Science in Geography and Environmental Resources!!!!!!
It looks like I'll be helping with Weather, Climate and Society...one of my favorite college courses ever!
I love me some weather! LOL...I would rather insert a cheesy selfie here but, it's too much work :)
Anyway, I'll be there for at least the next two years and I'm also considering moving right on to a PhD program after that hopefully in California somewhere. I really want to be closer to the family, but my mom is super excited and supportive and I really want to take this step too...I've been wanting this for the last 2 years.
It's funny how people have tried to talk me out of it or have negative things about this idea and frankly I don't think I need to defend it. But I probably will in another post just because...I'm an Aries damn it..we're confrontational! LOL
It's really simple, I'm passionate about the environment and Latin America. There are not enough American scientists looking into these issues and I think it's necessary. The Europeans are there looking at climate change in Central America, one of the worlds Biodiversity hotspots.
I've even picked out my thesis topic already!
I want to research the effects of a proposed canal that China wants to build through Nicaragua.
It's totally nuts, they want it bigger than the Panama canal and over 300km in length!
Not only will the project displace thousands of indigenous people, but it will cut through Lake Nicaragua..the largest body of freshwater in ALL of Central America!!!!!!
China and Nicaragua have already signed a contract to begin construction by late this year.
The U.S. has stated a lack of excitement, but no strong opposition..even the environmental groups haven't really picked it up yet. I don't know why.
Anyway..I'm really excited because I love the topic and I actually do enjoy research :)
And for those wondering:
NO..I'm not going to stop learning, practicing or teaching Yoga
NO..This doesn't mean I don't have ANY other dreams
NO..Going to further my education does not change who I am or my purpose in this world
Yes, I want to contribute more
Yes, I'd like to be a role model for other young Hispanic women to pursue careers in science or anything else they desire.
Yes, I'd like to be a college professor some day..why not?
So for now, I'm looking to only work in Las Vegas until August 1st before we pack up and head back to the Midwest. Doesn't mean I won't come back..I'm rooted to this place for a long time to come...but not forever :)
ll my services are discounted. If I get enough requests I'll stop in Chicago before heading to Carbondale. I need to be there no later than August 12-13, 2014.
Looking to stop in Denver, Omaha and hopefully Chicago and Champaign.
Thank you again for checking in with me on this amazing journey called LIFE!
Seasoned Yogini, Massage Therapist, Dancer, Lover and Animals, the divine feminine and so much more!! This blog contains my musings, stories of challenges, inspiration and the other things that make me human in this realm. NAMASTE