You really never know where teaching and fitness is going to take you, right? I was a total slob kabob in college, and I blink, it’s like 5 years later, and I’m in love with what I do.
Which brings me to this.
A few months back, I was invited to speak at St. Mary’s School, an all-girls boarding school here in Raleigh. It’s so interesting. The woman who invited me to speak has taken a lot of my pump classes, and felt like I would be great to speak to the girls as a “woman in fitness”. What she didn’t know asking me is that, one, that I love working with that age group (high schoolers), and I really gravitated toward this group at camp. I still get Seventeen Magazine, am obsessed with Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, and am routinely mistaken for about 10 years younger than I am. I hope that is a compliment to my skin, and NOT evident of what people think of my maturity level. Ugh.
But anyways, all that is to say, I relate to this group really really well, and I’m so, so excited to speak to them, but I’m also 100% freaked out at the fact that someone would want me to speak to their kids.
I’m not sure what to say. I drink. I shower as little as society will allow. I would prefer to spend all my time in a bikini if it is over 80 degrees. I swear. Like a lot. And I’m not sure exactly why Caroline thought of me to speak to the girls. But I’m honored. And I hope I say the right things, the things that high school girls need to hear.
What DO high school girls need to hear?
What would I have wanted to hear in high school?
- Always bring a sweater. You will always be cold.
- Start taking care of your body NOW. Don’t let things creep up on you. When you get to college, your mom will not be there to remind you to balance your meals. BALANCE YOUR MEALS. That means eat something not fried for breakfast. Eat something sensible for lunch. Sushi or a salad works. Same goes for dinner. Do at least 20-30 minutes of activity today. You start that shit early, and you will be set.
- Watch the news when you get ready for school/work. You don’t want to be that idiot that knows nothing when folks are talking. Don’t just rely on fake Facebook articles to keep yourself informed.
- Do something that makes you laugh every single day.
- I struggle with this one. Get up early and do something. Get to bed at a reasonable time. Again, I struggle with this one but I have never ever regretted getting up early to get stuff done.
- If you’re interested in it, go for it. Just do it. Don’t let your boyfriend, or your mom, or your friends talk you out of anything you have in your mind!
**So update alert. I wrote this post prior to going out to school. I went to school to speak to the girls on Tuesday, and it was an absolutely amazing, incredible experience, and I definitely, definitely would LOVE to do it again.
The engagement started with me getting a chance to see St. Mary’s School, a girls boarding AND day school here in Raleigh, NC. The campus was really pretty, and reminded me of college. Caroline, who had arranged for us to be there met me along with some students who were enjoying lunch. I grabbed lunch in their dining hall, which was really nice, and included a painted portrait of Kylie Jenner, which I totally appreciated.
Caroline set me, and the three other women on the panel up in the performance hall, and we got started by introducing ourselves, what we did, and a little reason why we were sitting on the panel. The women were great. One was a career counselor. Another, a director of a non-profit that paired horses with kids who had faced trauma, and still another directed at a local art gallery here in Raleigh.
And then there was me.
When it came my turn to introduce myself, I did what I do best, and I had everyone spread out and lead them through a movement and breathing exercise.
The girls, extremely impressive girls, asked wonderful questions, ans were highly engaged. They were poised, beautiful, and confident, and I felt absolutely honored to be in their presence. After the session, I got a chance to hug some of the girls and talk to them, and I was, and still am blown away by what they did.
I would love to guest speak once again, and hope I brought to the girls, a fraction of the joy they brought me on Tuesday.
Happy Friday, y’all 🙂
7 thoughts on “Really? Me?”
This sounds like such a good opportunity! I think we all needed a bit more motivation as teenage girls. If someone could have told me that exercise (and P.E. kit) wouldn’t always suck so much as P.E. class I would have been very relieved!
Ha, our PE classes were a HUGE joke at my schools. They did an awful job, and the gym teachers were always creeps.
Yes! I remember so many cold days running around playing hockey and hating life. And the sports kit. Don’t even get me started! Like if someone had given me the opportunity to wear something that didn’t make me feel like a sack of potatoes, I’d probably tried a bit harder!
OMG our “unis” were DISGUSTING. I can’t even talk about how gross they were!
That’s such a beautiful opportunity, Cherie. A few years ago, a couple of us from my old job went to address some high school girls interested in careers in science. The experience waa really validating – all the interest, all the thoughtful questions, all the love in the room.
I’m sure you made a great impact and I hope you do get to do it again.
This is so neat and fun! I am glad you did it and I am sure the girls got a lot out of it. Happy Friday!
I seemed to connect well with them, so I hope they enjoyed it!