Simply put--children warm my heart. They always have. As the youngest of four,I know somewhere inside I have always wanted a younger sister or brother to look after! I have recently completed my undergraduate education, and all of the jobs I have held leading up into the present have been geared towards and centered around children and people, beginning from a young age.
From sitting for family friends and referrals, to working and volunteering in the Special Needs department of my high school, to running activity classes and birthday parties at my town's children’s gymnasium, to joining an inner-city after school program here in NYC while in college, as well as the child and development Psychology courses I have taken in the last two years in New York, I have always loved caring for and learning about children. They are teachers within themselves and there is always something to learn from them.
Reading and creativity (the arts, sports, movement, music, brainteasers, etc) are all hobbies and activities I incorporate in my own life on an almost daily basis. I can't stress enough how much reading, and expressive projects as a child made an impact on my growth and development during adolescence, and how the importance my parents placed upon these two activities manifested the values I now love to share and establish with children I share experiences with. Additionally, the love for outdoors and nature have always been the large constant in my life! I spend any time I have outside engaging, listening or meditating, appreciating all around me. Through staying true to my character, and committing to introspective exercises,, my inner-child is very much alive and well at all times!
I will be SmartSitting while...
I can always be found enjoying the outside air on a nice day either walking or running. I participated in four varsity sports before coming to New York, and still like to keep active as much as I can. Though this can mostly be conquered outside the city, I have developed a new love for hiking. Inside the city, parks have been my favorite place to engage in many of the activities I enjoy, such as reading a new book, playing my guitar (attempting to learn one of my current favorite songs), and creating care packages and crafty cards. I also am consistently cooking either a favorite recipe or trying a new one, and I also meditate every day. It has become an intrinsic part of my daily life, adding so much value and appreciation, and centered peace to the world around me. I think within the city you can explore so much, no matter the season, from museums to parks to the zoo, and more. A year ago I learned the New York state bird species from a seven year-old boy! Lastly, I love watching Disney movies. I will unapologetically never outgrow Disney, and now that I am older, understand the magical lessons inside each one, that still apply to life at my age.
In 5 years, I hope to be...
I truly hope in the future to be continuing to work hard in a niche that fulfills my heart. Ideally I would like to incorporate psychology with work in childcare, perhaps as a school counselor, or a position in a similar role. Overall and most importantly, as I personally never like to predict the future, I hope to be making a daily difference in those I come to connect with. It's a major reason why I find babysitting and spending time with children so purposeful and fulfilling; it's a truly privileged opportunity to make a positive impact.
Activities & skills I love to teach & share with children...
Many of the activities I love to teach and share with children are skills and practices I do and enjoy myself, and incorporate in my daily life:
Park trips, bird watching/feeding, baseball catches (I've got a good hand!), lacrosse, jump rope, hopscotch, soccer, painting, drawing, manicures & pedicures, exercises, story time, Beatles party, karaoke, colored construction paper projects (origami, etc), reading, legos, barbies, museums, ice skating, aquariums, zoos, nature walks, baseball games, pillow forts, dress up, picnics, bubbles, play-doh, hide and seek (a favorite!!), yoga, card games, cupcakes and cookies, hula hooping, monopoly, clue, and the list goes on!