|There are those of us who live to work and those of us who work to live.|
Until teaching, I worked to live. I showed up to my job ready to do all that was asked of me, and when it was time to clock out, I did. I left work and didn’t think about it until I went back for my next shift.
I saved my money so I could travel, eat out and buy the random item that tickled my fancy. Life was simple and good. When I started teaching yoga, it was similar. Show up, teach, leave.
A few months in, I decided I wanted to be really good at this job. So I started dissecting classes that I taught and classes I had taken, signed up for a few trainings a year and read lots. I wanted to learn more about the WHYs – why this poses worked together in a sequence, how to weave philosophy into my class and how I could show up better for my students.
After a few years of teaching, I began leading workshops, retreats and trainings. All of a sudden, I was no longer just a yoga teacher but a small business owner. Learning how to navigate taxes, market myself and registration. I enjoyed the challenge these new tasks brought. I’ve always enjoyed problem-solving and running your own business is 75% problem-solving. Even when I’m not “working,” I’m thinking about it.
Now I live to work.
Most of my time is spent on my business, whether it’s what we call in the restaurant industry – front of the house – teaching. Or back of the house – small business tasks. I don’t think i could work for someone else again. I enjoy the freedom I’ve created. That being said, I work 7 days a week – but only a few hours a day.
I’ve started mentoring again after taking a hiatus for a few years and realized today I have done a lot. And I’m stoked to do more. I’m still very inspired to do the work that I do – which I consider a blessing as so many teachers I know have stopped teaching from burnout or being unable to make enough to live on.
Do you live to work or do you work to live?
Are you fulfilled?
If yes, why is that?
If not, what could you create to bring more santosha/contentment into your life?
Tell me, tell me.