Oh yes loyal Lunchboxers, after weighing up what I need in my life right now, I’ve decided to forgo trying to earn a living wage as a yoga teacher and website publisher, and instead head back into the workplace.
I’ve been sprucing up my CV, writing cover letters, and getting in touch with recruitment agencies. It feels GREAT!
Normally the story we hear is about people getting disillusioned with working for a living, with being in the corporate world, with having a job… and making a brave leap to follow their heart and their passion and become a yoga teacher (musician, artist, novelist…).
This is a different story. This feels like me coming full circle, right back to where I always was, but different. And I’m excited!
1. I’ll no longer have to hustle to make a dollar
Teaching yoga isn’t just about teaching yoga – it’s also about marketing, advertising, accounting, taxes, training, planning and practice.
I love teaching yoga, but all the work that goes in before a class and after a class is beginning to wear me down. It’s going to feel like such a luxury to just get paid for the work I do, rather than not know whether I’m going to get paid at all. I can drop the hustle and focus on the things I do best.
2. I’ll be able to independently support my son and I
If it was just me on my own, I may have continued to do the yoga teacher hussle. I would have been free to teach those busy and lucrative 5pm – 8pm class slots. Plus I wouldn’t have had to earn so much money to stay afloat. But with a toddler depending on me to be there at the oh-so-important dinner-bed-bath-storytime hour, and depending on me to pay his living costs… suddenly making a living wage as a teacher gets more difficult. I’m excited about earning money again and being able to save too.
3. I can stop attempting to make money from The Yoga Lunchbox and just enjoy writing articles
Back when I launched YLB, two weeks after my son was born, my intention was to create an online income which meant I wouldn’t have to go back into the workplace (I wanted to be a stay-at-home mother, for at least the first few years). I’ve failed miserably.
Ideally, now I’ve built a media channel, and an audience, the next step would be to launch some kind of product that I could sell, and there would be my income. However, I’ve got gun shy. I don’t trust my instincts enough right now to pour hours of work into creating something that may or may not fly.
Besides which, the cynical part of me feels like the world’s already got enough info-products, do we really need something else? I’d rather just write articles for the love of it.
4. I can break out of the yoga & meditation bubble I’ve been living inside
Doing the solo-gig while looking after a toddler, mixing with my yogi and meditation friends, and running a yoga website… my entire world is about yoga.
I don’t watch TV. I don’t read the newspaper very often. I didn’t even know it was an Olympic year until I went out on Saturday night with some non-yoga friends. I’m sooooo ready to get out there and see what’s going on in other people’s lives, what’s making them excited, what’s making them fearful, what they’re hoping for, and what they’re dreaming about. The bonus of this? Better articles!
5. I can take my yoga off the mat and into the workplace
All this yoga stuff I’ve been immersed in for the last eight or so years is really about one thing – what it means to be a human being. And part of what it means to be a human being, is what it means to be a human being in connection with other people.
I’m so looking forward to being able to apply everything I’ve learned about being a human being – all that stuff about witnessing the mind and being non-reactive and seeing what truly is… in a corporate situation. I’m excited to go into high pressure situations that require discernment and risk assessment and the ability to set aside one’s own reactivity. I even suspect that my self-imposed yoga immersion will serve me just as well as an MBA. Maybe better.
6. Teaching yoga doesn’t require a mat or a studio
Once I’m out there in the world, being me, as I am, it’s going to impact everyone I come in contact with, one way or another. If I can hold my centre, and stand tall as an undercover yogi (no preaching or evangalism required here), I will affect other people. In fact, I may affect more people than if I was hiding away in a studio in the yoga world. It’s likely too that some of the people I will impact will be the kind of people who would never walk into a yoga studio.
7. There comes a point when one stops walking a spiritual path and just starts living
I’m at that point. I am sooooo at that point. All that intense suffering that made me question and look within and wonder why and seek answers… it’s gone. That which propelled me on to the path, gone. I can let go now and just let it all be. I’ve found whatever it was I was looking for and that feels good. It’s time to step back into the world and just live.
8. Teaching yoga is something that is an innate part of who I am
I may be going back into the workforce, but I will always teach yoga. I’m still going to keep my dedicated one-on-one students. I’m still going to practice. I may guest teach the odd group class here and there. I may teach the occasional workshop for fun. But because I don’t have to make a living from doing any of this… my energy will be freed up around teaching. Once again, I’ll be doing it for the love of it.
9. I’ll have the financial resources to deepen my understanding of yoga
Setting aside the challenges of doing more training when you’ve got sole responsiblity for a a toddler, right now I also have no money for such things. And I feel a profound need to go and learn more from the very best. The more I teach, and the more I practice, the less I feel qualified to teach. I feel like I know less and less sometimes! So I would dearly love to go and spend some time with serious yogis and imbibe of their goodness. Going out and working means I can save the cash and time necessary for this very thing.
10. I’m damn good at what I do and I love being me
I’m a communications specialist, and I love what I do. So much so that I’ve been doing it for free for years now… it’s going to be exciting to take my passion for communications and go back into the world and get paid to do what I love. Plus, I spend a lot of time at home on the computer. I miss interacting with real live people! It’s going to be awesome to be part of a team, part of a company, part of a world again.
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