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Highlight reel.

I had several moments this week that made me pretty pumped about where my life is and where it’s going. On Thursday night at judo practice, our sensei emeritus gave me a photo taken about 17 years ago. It was a picture of my dad, warming up for practice. In the corner was his old gym bag, which I remember being a fixture in my childhood, held together by safety pins. The photo reminded me of how judo is not just mine; it’s my family’s.

On Saturday and Sunday, I had more judo inspiration. Some members of my club went to a clinic run by former Olympian and current Olympic coach, Jimmy Pedro. He was accompanied by Travis Stevens, who is a member of the Olympic team.  For a ridiculously low price for such high caliber athletes, my teammates and I got to see a fresh perspective on the basics. It was hard not to be star-struck, to tell you the truth. At one point, I executed a throw and Jimmy Pedro exclaimed, “Nice!” I turned several shades of red and it took me a second to get it together. Then on Sunday, not only did Nick Kossor, a member of the US national team stop in for practice, but one of my regular training partners gave me a handmade pair of hoop earrings. I got to experience some incredible judo, but I also realized that I am surrounded by incredible people. Having judo back in my life regularly has brought me focus and structure, but more importantly, it’s brought me so much happiness. I remember how important my judo family was growing up, and I love that bit by bit, I’m becoming a part of a new judo family. (And I do include my BJJ buddies among my judo family).

Amid all this awesome judo stuff, I had a moment at work that made me feel encouraged and excited for my career. While I was in the midst of some crisis stuff on-site, I was feeling slightly in over my head. On Thursday morning, I met with my LCSW supervisor for our weekly supervision. As I mentioned to him that our BSW intern was leaving, my supervisor asked me if I would have the opportunity to supervise an intern in the future. He said that he thought it would be a great opportunity for me and he thought I’d be good at it. He  told me I have a strong sense of values and ethics and I’m good at meeting the client where they are. My supervisor noted he does not encourage everyone to try supervising. This conversation probably lasting about two minutes, but it’s really meant a lot to me. When I think about the future of my career and earning my doctorate, I often wonder if I have the skills to make another degree worthwhile, not just for me, but for my field. I want to make a contribution. My supervisor’s small compliment gave me some confidence that one way or another, I will do something good with social work.

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