I had to post this somewhere.... Don't mean to offend anyone who doesn't like to see someone pat themselves on the back.
I got my first check for teaching Krav Maga. I'm certified now, also, to teach open handed gun disarming and to teach Defensive Tactics to law enforcement and security personnel. Until recently, I've basically been apprenticing, but now I'm getting paid. It's small but its a start and I feel grateful and blessed.