Laughing at myself


I have to laugh at myself sometimes. It’s actually a very healthy thing to do, as people tend to take themselves way too seriously! Today I am amused by my own insecurities.

One of the things I was considering doing as a way to earn some money was teaching knitting. I had thought about business cards, how much I’d charge, etc, but I hadn’t done anything more about it. Then this opportunity arose – a friend asked me if I’d like to teach a group of 12 year olds who were booked in for a series of classes at a local yarn store but whose teacher had had to cancel due to sickness.

I had a lot of questions, some of which were answered by one of the parents, and it took me days to make up my mind. I have been sitting on the fence for the last few days, teetering one way or another, and three times I started an email to say that I couldn’t do it. Each time, I deleted it before sending.

It’s silly, because this was the perfect opportunity, dropped in my lap, to earn money doing what I love, and it could lead to more of the same.

So I have finally composed an email setting out my terms and we’ll see if it pans out. The fact that I successfully taught that class of seniors a while back is helping me to feel more confident, and I’m sure that 12 year old girls will have the maturity and physical abilities to learn a lot from a class.

I have a few busy days coming up so I should probably use my at-home day today to think about a schedule for the classes. Even if this particular class doesn’t happen, it would be great to have lesson plans in place for ease of teaching at short notice.

Today’s lesson: leaving my ego out of it ๐Ÿ˜‰

3 responses »

  1. You will do just fine as a teacher, Nicola! If there’s any single piece of advice I could give you it would be to “just relax!”. If you do end up teaching this class, just relax and enjoy your time with the girls.

    BTW, if you would like business cards, let me know. After all, you do have an in with someone who works in a print shop and has some experience in these things. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’d be more than willing to help you out in the business card department.

  2. I hope you went for it!! Sometimes, even when we really wants something, the prospect of it actually happening is rather scary. When you push past the fear (or insecurity or whatever is holding you back), it’s such a great feeling. Something I often have to remind myself, ha ha!!

  3. I did go for it. But no reply as yet asking for my services. In the meantime I am getting some business cards sorted out ๐Ÿ™‚

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