Hello and happy new year, friends!
Looking back at ’17 and in the now of ’18, it is apparent that committing to patterns and habit setting in the fourth quarter of last year was an obvious personal challenge. Accomplishing anything in the fourth quarter of the year seems like a good idea, and possible until work commitments, holiday pressures, last minute business travel, and the pop-up needs of family and friends take importance over the spend of your personal time. I’m just trying to stay in my lane, y’all.
That said, authenticity and passion are like best friends. Several weeks or months of time could eclipse and the very moment of reunion tells the truth that they’ve never left your side. As I return to The Client Bar after a stint of silence, I am accompanied by the familiarity of enthusiasm and a sense of relief to be back on track. I’ve missed hosting you very much and finally have something new to share, Client Bar!
April 07, 2018 is my official date for level 1 certification. I’ll sit for the exam in Napa, but between now and then will spend my nights and weekends [between yoga classes] completing 14-modules of online study and various mock exams to prepare myself with. The instructor led, in-class portion of study will provide me with the official course materials from London, nine wine tasting exercises, wine and food pairings, and other activities before the actual exam takes place at the culmination of a full day of classroom study. I am excited to experience the classroom portion, and from it build new structure and organization around the foundation of my wine knowledge. The exams are sent to London for grading, and if I pass, I will be awarded with the WSET Level 1 award in wines, accompanied by the iconic lapel pin.
Certification is an impossible magnet to avoid – so I’m relieved to have committed the enrollment cost and set the schedule for the remaining four months of study. When starting this blog last year, I set the aggressive goal to achieve certification by December 31, but have given myself the grace to adjust that timeframe in order to stroll slowly through this journey, enjoying every view and perspective that is mine to obtain. I hope in your endeavors you find the same mindfulness and strive for the same richness of your experiences.
Peace and love to you in your places,