Physical fitness has fascinated me for years. I went through the phase many women do of just wanting to be "smaller" and "slimmer," but now I have realized that what is even more satisfying is being STRONG. I have been weightlifting regularly for over a year and am constantly reading up on the science of exercise and what professional lifters do. My squat, bench press, and deadlift have each improved by over 100%, and I continue to work toward lifting even more.
Men or women, the principles are the same. Let me use what I've learned to help you reach your goals!
I hold a level-5 TEFL certificate earned in April 2013 from International TEFL Academy. As part of my class curriculum, I had to have 180 contact hours including a few dozen with actual ESL students. I have also spent four months teaching ESL in India to Tibetan refugees.
Physical fitness and mental fitness are tied together: exercise can help clear your mind, goal setting skills learned in the gym (or dance studio, or aerobics class) can transfer to other areas of your life, and when our bodies feel good, our minds tend to as well.
Years ago I decided I wanted to lose 30 pounds. I studied and researched, and eventually chose a path that landed me at my ideal weight (healthily!). Now I train in the gym multiple times a week and have helped numerous people get into better shape. I am studying to be a personal trainer and want to help you, too!
I learned to cross-stitch and needlepoint around the year 2000 and have been doing it ever since. I began crocheting and knitting around 2004 and have made hundreds of projects; I have taught and tutored both of these skills for the last 4+ years. In my knitting circle of about a dozen people, I was the designated troubleshooter because I had taken the time to learn many different techniques and how to fix mistakes. Of all of these, my greatest skill lies in knitting: I regularly knit gloves, hats, socks, and sweaters, and I am proficient with cable knitting, colorwork, and various construction techniques, and I am always eager to learn more.
I began sewing about 8 years ago and am largely self-taught; much trial and error was involved, and thus I was able to learn from my mistakes. I have sewn casual, business, and special occasion clothing for men and women and continue to do so. For the last 6 years I have also been a costumer for a professional dance troupe.