Those of you who follow me here may have noticed that I have a tendency to disappear from your feeds every now and again. This is because, as well as running my business, I work part-time teaching Maths to 4-8 year olds with special needs and learning difficulties and so towards the end of each term I am exhausted and don’t have the capacity to post on Facebook every day, or least not the creative, insightful posts I like to share. I have contented myself recently with posting quotes which speak to me, and judging by the reactions I get they resonate with a lot of you too. My hope with the quotes is that they give you a feel for what I do for my clients and my ideals and values.
I could, I guess take the plunge and, give up the day job but it brings me so much joy to be part of the children’s journey not just helping them understand Maths but also being someone in their lives that has their back. I work with them on a one to one basis or in very small groups so my classroom doesn’t have the same structure and rules as their usual class. We explore number and calculation using all of our senses and our bodies. When I am teaching counting we walk around the building counting steps on the stairs, pictures on the walls. We examine the windows and talk about the shapes they can see and compare the length and height of them. We look at all the numbers we can see around the school and discuss what they mean and their relevance so that the children absorb the idea that Maths is not just something to be suffered but is all around them and an integral part of life. They begin to see the beauty and the pattern in the shapes and the numbers and how they can apply them to their work and this changes everything. There is a beauty and an art in Maths that few people see because of the way it is taught, if I can change that for a few then I have achieved something great.
So, while I love my business and I love helping women learn to love themselves by improving thier self care, building their confidence and see themselves in a different light I also love teaching and at the moment want to keep doing both. This means though that I have to be extra strict with my own self care to ensure that I am able to give the best of myself to both my Maths teaching and my business clients. So, sometimes I go quiet on Facebook, and don’t promote all the wonderful meditations I have for sale, or the power hours where I help women uncover their self limiting beliefs and give them the tools to change them, so many of you may not know what I do or what I can help you achieve, because I need time away from the screen. I need to be on my yoga mat, or meditating, or giving myself Reiki or reading and sometimes just doing nothing or sleeping.
Self care was not always the top of my priority list, indeed for many years it didn’t really exist for me. Now I see it as the most important aspect of my wellbeing, because if I don’t feel loved, cared for or nurtured then I don’t have the capacity to give to others as fully as I want to. Changing how we see self care and the importance of self care is the cornerstone of my business, and to a large extent my teaching, because if you can’t show yourself you are worth spending your time on how can you expect others to?