A recent Saturday morning swimming lesson was just wrapping up, and I was giving “high fives” to my four Beginner 1 students. Three of the kids quickly exited the dock but 10-year-old Allison peeled back her steamed goggles to reveal her misty, brown doe eyes.
Life in the SafeSplash world is amazing, challenging, and fun! I get to spend my days surrounded by children and families who all have the mission of water safety and making sure their little ones can enjoy and be safe in the water. With all of the fun that I get to have, it also comes with a lot of hard work. And because of that, I have to remember to keep a good work and home life balance; Something I definitely have struggled with. However, I am learning to make sure I do have a balance for me. I’m sure a lot of people are in the same boat as me, and when I feel like I am stressing about all of the crazy things I have going on I have to remind myself that I have been working on three big aspects in my life!
Throughout my ten years of competitive swimming I have learned a very important lesson, which is never let the people around you make you underestimate yourself.
I come from a family of swimmers. Not professional swimmers, mind you, but we can all at least float and get from point A to point B in the water. My brother, cousins and I were all taught how important it is to know how to swim from an early age.
For your health. For survival. For fun. All of us grew up hearing the story of how my grandfather swam the widest part of the Hudson River near Haverstraw, New York, as did his sister Florence, apparently setting a record at the time. That is about three and a half miles wide. (I cannot verify the record, but it always sounded good.)
There is certainly no real good way to describe that feeling when you find out that you are pregnant with your first child. Whether you had been trying or it was a surprise, there is something pretty magical about looking at your positive pregnancy test.