I leave for California tomorrow. I wanted to say goodbye to my teammates before my vacation, so I got in one last class tonight. We got through class, we were all circled up at the end, and my instructor takes out a roll of tape and walks toward me.
I was so excited. Just this week I felt like “You know, I feel like my belt doesn’t reflect my skill any more.” He was unrolling the tape, seeing my excitement, then says “What? It’s a stripe for me.” LOL. He then put one stripe on. I was so excited.
Then he put a second stripe on. I started to cry.
Then he put a third stripe on. I was crying and excited.
Then he put a fourth stripe on. I was over the moon.
So it took 10 months to get my first stripe, and I went from a no-stripe white to a four stripe overnight. I am thrilled.
Even better, he then gave a little speech about me. He said that I trained really hard, that I showed up so much, that I was serious about my training, I blogged about it, I brought in new people. He said he’s never promoted a woman to a blue belt and he hoped I would be his first.
I am so proud of myself and so happy.
What are YOU proud of this week?