Monday Morning Freewrite

I have not done a freewrite in forever. I have had a very busy two weeks. My classes at OSU started, and I had all the things that are involved with getting a class up and running (uploading my syllabi and other things on the Canvas website for each class, meeting with the PAC instructor, students adding or being sick or injured and wanting me to make special exceptions, etc.). I also got a "light" version of our ministry up and running, but it has involved just as much work (if not more) work to get it up and running. Making it a "light" version has caused me to have to rewrite things in that curriculum and make adjustments and having to talk to people because they have the "full" verison of our ministry book. Even though I told them it was a "light" version that are looking at the "full" and thinking the "have" to do this and that. Then, they have thought even the "light" was too "heavy" thinking that they thought the "light" would mean they would not have to go out and apply what they are learning but would just learn and apply later. 

OH CONTRAIRE, it would not be our ministry without that piece to it, and that is one piece we cannot go light on! It just does not work in any context to not apply what you are learning. That is the problem with the church today, IMHO! We are so used to just going to seminars, sermons, and Bible studies and learning, learning, learning and never really learning because we are not going out into the world and applying what we are learning. 

So, that was one thing I would not budge on in any way shape or form. So, it involved many "Crucial Conversations" that were very good. Now that we have settled into a rhythm, I am hoping they see the application portion as just the normal life for a follower of Jesus. :) (IMHO, it is much more FUN to apply what He told us to do anyway!)

So, here I sit on a Monday. I have taught three classes at OSU, and I like them (as always). I have also taught three ministry units. I sort of chuckle though because it is not really "teaching" per se in the ministry. But two of the girls said they wanted to do this ministry because they love my teaching. LOL! I really just facilitate, coach, and then they start leading! :) They are in for such a stretching experience. That is what I so love about our ministry. 

What I love about OSU is that I have a great boss and great coworkers! I love the positive environment that I get there, except the person that follows me. He is not a teacher in my program, but he used the room after me and thinks he owns it. I am really glad that my boss has told me to just ignore this teacher's comments and has released me from having to worry about his students entering the classroom before he arrives. My boss was so good about saying that he appreciated that I enforced the rules, but he also realized it put me in a very awkward position, and so he had the rule changed so I would not have the stress of it! So far, there has been no stress involved in having him come into my classroom as I am leaving. :) YAY! 

Also, six out of twenty two of my Pilates II students are returning students. That is so nice. We also have more and more students who have classical Pilates background so I don't have people who are totally green when it comes to doing Pure Pilates. There are so many "hybrids" of Pilates out there. They are all good, but they are not classical Pilates, and they are in for a rude awakening when they get in my class when they have done the other kind. I only had one student that complained a lot about that. And she has graduated and will not be taking my class again. YAY!

I do like having our ministry up and running again. I like having people to prayerwalk with, and I prayed with K on Monday and N on Wednesday as we walked outside. I think it might rain today as K and I are supposed to walk again so we will see if we are still going to do it.

We also went to a wedding of one of my evening Pilates students. It was beautiful! I love this couple. :) Speaking of evening Pilates. If there is anything that I might have to let go, it would be that class. I have to reevaluate it. The new manager is much more insistent about collecting money, and I feel uncomfortable with that and would prefer she do it. 

Oh there is my fifteen minute timer. I will write more tomorrow! 

Bye with no proofreading! 

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