In the past decade I have changed my career 4 times (5, if you count a return to a former career as a “change”). With each career move, I was on my path.
Now that August is over, I can officially say I’ve been living in LA for 10 years. 10 years! I moved here at some point in August 2003, thought I’d be here maybe 3 years or so, and here I find myself 10 years later with a completely different life than the one I arrived to.
I moved to LA as a schoolteacher, after finding my path in University through an incredible volunteer program that taught children methods of peaceful conflict resolution. This program taught me how to love and be peaceful with myself, and showed me how much I loved to teach! So I learned to be a teacher.
Sparing you the details of all that transpired in my life, I moved to LA right after completing my graduate teaching degree, taught high school special ed for a couple years, then worked as an event coordinator for a children’s bookstore. That led me to a literacy nonprofit where I worked as a program coordinator for several years with schools all over LA County.
It was during that time I really dove deep into my yoga practice, and after being laid-off during the economic crash, stepped on the path of teaching yoga. During which I also worked as a home school teacher for 3 years, continued my yoga studies, learned Thai yoga massage, and started my business as a private yoga instructor, Thai yoga massage therapist, and wellness writer.
All of this chopping and changing may sound like I have ADD, but the truth is, every transition flowed logically into the other, and at the time of each position, I was doing what I was ready to do, and what allowed for optimal learning. As I changed, matured, and became more in touch with myself, my path moved along with it and now feels absolutely ideal for where I am at in my life at this present time.
I could say, now I’ve found my path! But the truth is, I was always on it. I started taking yoga classes in 2002, and right away was hungry for knowledge about this ancient tradition. My teacher at the time suggested I do a teacher training. I was so new to the practice the idea seemed absurd to me. I often think back to that. What if I had done the teacher training then at age 22?
We all know what-ifs don’t matter in hindsight. The point is, every move, every career change, was another step in the path of my life. Life is the path. It’s a path of learning and self-discovery. If you are doing something that you don’t enjoy, that doesn’t feel fulfilling, or that doesn’t uplift your spirit, perhaps your internal transformation is asking for an external shift in course. Only you can know if and when it’s time. But the bottom line is, you will still be on your path, just moving in a different direction and at a different pace.
I believe all of us are on this Earth to lead a life of service. Our service to the world is entirely unique to who we are and what we bring to the table. Some people serve by feeding hungry children in sub-Saharan African, others by designing beautiful jewelry. One is not more important than the other, they simply speak to different talents and gifts.
I know I am very skilled at what I do, and I have worked hard and studied hard to be that way. I also know I have talents and strengths that make what I do feel completely right to me at this time in my life. I also have ideas for other ways to expand my business and my services. It will keep changing and keep growing and I will remain on my path through it all.
Take action now:
1) In the comments below, share how this article resonates with you. Do you feel you are where you want to be at this time in your life, or is your path moving you in a new direction?
2) Forward this to a friend who’s feeling a little lost. Let them know, they’re on the right track.
Thank you for being with me on this path of life.
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