Today’s guest post is brought to you by Naomi Keane, teacher, mentor, health-enthusiast, and dear friend of mine. Naomi and I (Karley) met while working for ivivva, a children’s branch of lululemon, in 2009. Our similar interests and passions connected us and we’ve been close friends ever since. Naomi is a trained teacher, but she chose to take a different path with her teaching degree. Read more to find out about where Naomi’s true passion lies and how her B.Ed helped her achieve her career goals and dreams. I’d like to thank you for taking the time to read this post and for your ongoing support of Karley and Megan’s insightful blog. I have been asked by my beautiful friend to share about why I did not choose to go into teaching. Without hesitation I said yes, but as I sat down to plan out my post, I began feeling unsure about my decision to guest post on this topic. Not for one second do I regret my decision to pursue a different career path, but I do however hope you, my beloved tribe of educators, can feel my love, support, and pride I have for you and your sacred careers.
My name is Naomi and I was born and raised in beautiful Victoria, BC. As long as I can remember I have always wanted to be a teacher; rather I was born a teacher! Whether it was dance, fitness, or cooking, I would always find myself in these leadership/teaching roles. I also loved school, thus teaching was a natural career progression for me. Oddly enough when I take a moment and think back to my university experience I do remember stepping foot on campus and saying to myself, “this isn’t it.” There was something inside of me that knew this was only my beginning but definitely not my end. I grew up with an entrepreneurial spirit, and at the time of my B.Ed I had no idea that my passion for small business would eventually become one of my ultimate life passions. I continued to study social sciences and Chinese with hopes of teaching both at the high school level. At this point I was already on contract for dance for grades 6, 7, and 8. I loved my life but something just wasn’t right. My love for movement transformed into a passion for group fitness and participating in fitness competitions. As you can imagine, juggling teaching, prep time, training, dance, aerobics, competing and a relationship, my life began to spiral. I always grew up with a busy schedule and large work load so it wasn’t so much how busy I was that was the problem, but rather how unhappy I had become. I wasn’t inspired, I wasn’t fulfilled, and I definitely wasn’t uplifting my community. Everything I was doing wasn’t because I wanted to but rather because I had to. I needed change and I needed it fast!
I left a loving relationship and disconnected from my everyday life. I remember being asked all of the time why I had left teaching. I hated that question! For some reason I always felt so guilty answering that question. Money! I would always say it was because of the money. I was making nearly double my teaching salary with teaching dance and fitness outside of school. So, money became my easy answer. Now let me make it clear, I always loved teaching and to this day thrive when I am teaching, but the entrepreneur in me was hungry to be challenged and I knew that I could make a good living doing what I loved on my own terms.
Over the course of six months I noticed I was still teaching heavily within both the dance community and fitness community and I was actually really happy! This was it! With the partnership of my sister we began Keane 2 Be Fit, a health and wellness company. Over the past few years we have worked hard to build a brand for ourselves. We have been on a mission to educate our clients and our communities how to live their happiest and healthiest lives possibles. For the first time in many years I can say without doubt leaving my B.Ed was the best decision for me. I did indeed use money as my initial reason for leaving teaching; but today I would say I left teaching school because school wasn’t the best medium for me personally to inspire and help others to my full potential. I strive very hard to help my community feel and be amazing.
Today fitness and nutrition are my vehicles to motivating and inspiring. My passions, talents and core desired feelings motivate me everyday to live my best life possible. I am still a born teacher and will always spend my life teaching and coaching others. I believe that without proper nutrition and movement our bodies and our spirits cannot thrive at their full potential. Once again thank you for taking the time to read about my journey. School teachers, I hope you are not offended but rather inspired by my courage. I love what I do today and wouldn’t give it up for anything. I know the world needs more amazing teachers! I thank you for the ongoing love and passion you have for your work and your students. In close, I’d like to ask you a few questions, how do you want to feel everyday? and not just feel, but REALLY FEEL? What is the first emotion you want to have when you wake up in the morning? Is your life serving you and allowing your core desired feelings to determine what you do everyday? I challenge you to incorporate this idea into your classrooms. Inspire your students and get them thinking now about what makes them happy and how will they continue to cultivate bliss in their lives as they grow. Recipes:
Infused Water x4 Citrus juices are very alkaline and promote healthy digestion. Ginger root is a good source antioxidants and has great anti-inflammatory properties. Blueberry Mint Ingredients 1 1.5L pitcher of filtered water 2c ice cubes 1 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 cup muddled mint leaves Mango Melon Ingredients 1 1.5L pitcher of filtered water 2c ice cubes 1 cup mango chunks 1/2 cup sliced melon of choice Citrus Ginger Ingredients 1 1.5L pitcher of filtered water 2c ice cubes 2 slices grapefruit 2 slices lemon and lime 2 slices orange 2 large slices of ginger Strawberry Kiwi Ingredients 1 1.5L pitcher of filtered water 2c ice cubes 2 kiwis sliced 1 cup sliced strawberries Directions Combine all ingredients together into pitcher and allow water to steep for at least 30 minutes. The longer the water steeps for, the more intense the flavour will be. Keaner Tip: Once you drink all your delicious infused water, just refill your pitcher and let it steep for a few hours. You can reuse your fruit and herbs for up to three days in the fridge.
Chocolate Coconut Disks Servings: 12 Prep Time: 20 minutes Ingredients 3oz finely chopped cocoa butter 2oz coconut oil 2oz coconut flesh 3 tbs cocoa powder 1/3 cup chocolate protein powder 1/2 tsp stevia Directions: In a small saucepan, melt finely chopped cocoa butter, coconut oil, and coconut flesh. Place all ingredients including melted coconut oil into a food processors or blender and blend until smooth. Pour mixture into a small bowl and place in fridge for 3 minutes until mixture cools and thickens but is still slight runny. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and pour chocolate into twelve equal disks. Sprinkle with topping(s) of choice: dried fruit, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, date powder, and cinnamon, course sea salt. Keaner Tip: Have fun experimenting with any toppings of you desire. Fruit and nut combinations, for example, are always a hit!