Not everyone knows this but I have a couple of degrees. I followed up my 4-year MA Honours in English Literature & Sociology with a year-long Master of Science in Marketing. I then spent a year travelling in Australia. Mostly I did this because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life so I tried to delay getting a “real job” for as long as I could.
Eventually, in 2001, I could delay no longer and took a low-level management consultant position with the big accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers … and I HATED it! I knew from the very first day that I was not suited to big-business and I only survived for about 9 months before I made my escape.
I ended up in Vancouver where I discovered Kundalini Yoga and my real job was born! I knew from that moment that I was destined to be a Yoga Teacher and I can honestly say that I have LOVED my yoga teaching career for (almost) all of my 16 years.
But what I really love is being able to pass my knowledge onto others at an even deeper level, which is why I love delivering teacher training so much. In fact, the past weekend saw the start of a new Yoga Teacher Training course and I just love my new students and can tell already that they will make excellent yoga teachers!
Loving my job is also why I have spent months crafting the Stretch Your Biz online business course to help people who have just qualified as Yoga Teachers, or Pilates Instructors, or Massage Therapists, or Nutritionists, or many other wellness professions, to create a career that they love as well.
And while I have loved being a yoga teacher I have also experienced the agony of burn-out (and a subsequent diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder). So, I can speak from experience to prevent others from experiencing the same and to ensure that they have a job they love and that loves them back by providing a decent income. All of which makes me enjoy my current job even more!
I don’t know if your experience of work is similar to mine. But I would love to. (I’m nosy that way!) Please share your job highs and lows on the Facebook group. And if you are interested in taking your own wellness practice into a full-time position and think that Stretch Your Biz might help you’ll be thrilled to know that you’re not too late! The course starts THIS Friday – 1st July – and I’d love you to join me.
In the meantime, I am sunning myself in Jersey where I’m on holidays for a few days. I will be in touch in a couple of weeks!