Ending up in the Caribbean
I open my window each morning to see the sun shining and the sea right outside my door. My career in the UK was going well as a teacher but I needed a new challenge. I have always felt that changing jobs while you are happy and motivated is a good thing as you take a sense of achievement with you to the next role.
I started my search by browsing web sites for inspiration and opportunities. I know teaching is my passion. I love a learning environment. Perhaps the fact that I am always looking for new skills and knowledge myself makes me admire this in others. The health and well being industry revolves around learning, we teach our clients new skills and we learn from one another every day. Training is critical to everything we do it motivates and energizes everyone from therapist to manager. So teaching was where I would stay.
My search led me to a little island in the Caribbean, with a not so little Spa, 32 treatment rooms and 50 therapists. I knew as training manager I would be challenged.
Looking back the decision to take a leap half way around the world was brave but at the time it felt as though it was entirely without risk. While making my decision I came across this quote, "Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you." I thought this very appropriate and went for my second wind.
What I have learned in my two years here could easily constitute my first novel!
It has at times been difficult, always motivating and never boring.
The most important thing is that I have not regretted one second.
Working in a 'spa' vacation resort has opened my eyes to the popularity of health and well being. One thing for certain is that preventative healthcare is big business and a spa vacation is a great way of incorporating this concern as well as providing a great solution to twenty first century stress.
I am presently embarking on a new adventure in the Caribbean which has now become my home. I am looking forward to what the next two years can bring!
Who would not want to work in such an interesting industry?
© Tracey Farrin