Oh my goodness, it is September already, which means it is time for my monthly post. How time flies!
This month my topic is my “new adventure”. As many of you know, I have been an eternal student and I am at my happiest when I am in school. After a three-year hiatus, I recently re-applied for my PhD program at the Universities of the Rockies in Colorado Springs, Colorado. If you recall, when I first began this journey, my focus was Health and Wellness Psycology. Three years ago, I was having a difficult time focusing on my studies. I was developing OH-Wellness, OH-Fitness, OH-Athlete, and achieving my Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, INC. In retrospect, I must admit, I was quite overwhelmed.
I’ll return to the topic of school shortly.
Three years later, it is all coming together. First, I have had to cut down on my work hours so I can be a student again. I teach Monday – Thursday and focus on my studies Friday – Sunday. This has been made possible by finding a great instructor, Ashley Orlando, to take over my Friday and Saturday classes. She is such a wonderful addition to OH-Wellness, with her grace, amazing smile, and incredibly encouraging attitude. What’s even more wonderful is that she has enhanced our program with her professional dance history and Pilates teaching. If you haven’t met Ashley yet, please feel free to try a class. You’ll love her. (By the way, you’ll find me in her class also. And yes, you can laugh at me because my hips just don’t want to travel to the left :). Also, in the New Year, Narbeh Ebrahimian will have graduated with his kinesiology degree with a focus on “Fitness”. He will expand our teen programs.
Back to school…when I finally had the courage to apply for school again, it was almost like this was my time. I called my admissions counselor and said, “Hi, remember me?” She proceeded to ask me what I had been up to for the past three years. I told her about OH and CHES and that I am contemplating changing my focus from Health and Wellness Psychology to Sport and Performance Psychology. She asked me why I was contemplating this change. I answered that I have had significant success with my teen programs and that I would like to help them achieve university success. She then hit me with a bomb. She told me about a new doctorial program called Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership, Sport, Fitness, and Wellness Management. OMG…this is made for me; this is what I do; this is OH-Wellness! Sign me up!
So there you have it. I started school on August 27th. I haven’t stopped studying since, and I don’t anticipate that I will stop studying until 2017. On that note, let’s get together in four years, as we celebrate Optimal Health. For now, I have to get back to writing a paper on Talent Management.