The lethal three: glitter, pastels, neon
Books, blossoms, beauty
Organic vegan cafes: my wallet cries, but my stomach is exuberant
Sun, water, sand, happiness
Successful thrifting expedition: picked up the lot, minus the shoes, for only $15.09
Little sprig of sunshine
Hi, my name is Lily, and I'm your indoor cycling instructor.
Whoa, livin' on a prayer.
In the past three weeks, I've:
--taught cycling classes
--decorated my soul away
--driven students to the doctor and ER
--woken up at 4am to shuttle students to the airport
--stepped in for a yoga workshop last-minute
--initiated an impromptu dance party on the stairs
--handled difficult parents on the phone
--explored the gems of Massachusetts
--taken care of a hall of middle-school girls as a co-RA
I've become more familiar with the multitude of bright souls around me, from staff to students. I've watched the awkward introductions melt into warm bonding, followed by a maelstrom of tears and fierce hugs as the students parted ways when session one drew to an end.
It's hard to believe that I've already been at Explo for a month, including staff orientation. Here, I've witnessed incredible growth: once-bullied middle-schoolers have found the courage to share their stories, students from warring nations have made peace, children have released their qualms of judgment to follow their passion and instinct. They have unearthed a clearer image of who they are and who they dream of becoming.
As a staff member, have I changed? I don't know. I can confidently say, however, that I've learned more about myself. I've learned that I can, indeed, survive on just under eight hours of sleep per day. I've learned that I'm more capable of adapting than I thought. I've learned to better balance my own endeavors with our limited off time. I've learned that while meaningful conversations and connections energize me, I also need plenty of time to explore and ponder on my own. I've learned to be more adventurous, zany, flexible, creative, selfless.
Three weeks of the program down, three weeks to go. Let's do this, session two.
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On a more logistics-esque note, I was thoroughly touched by your comments on my last post. I'm unfortunately unable to drop by your blogs until this weekend, due to the hectic move-in, move-out phase, but I will talk to you all soon.
On a separate note, I'm now on VSCOGrid! If you've heard of the editing program, VSCOCam, this is its social side. What I love about it, however, is that you have no idea who's following you, and who you're following also has no idea. There are no numbers involved--just art. I consider this a more casual, aesthetics-focused version of instagram. You can still find me on both platforms, but I'll likely be updating my VSCOGrid more often.