Hey there! Lets dive right in shall we?
How is it almost October? I swear this year has flown by in a flurry of change. Both good and no so good. Remember when I said 2014 would be a year of settling and routine and being content? Yeh, not so much .
When I last blogged I was teaching a few yoga classes and week and was home with Ella the rest of the time. I was merely teaching yoga, and not really involved in the running of any of the studios where I taught. We went on a lovely Naples vacation in March, and when I got back a big opportunity had fallen into my lap. One of the studios where I was teaching, Downtown Yoga, was in serious need of a manager. They needed someone who could manage not only the studio and the yoga instructors, but also the money and the “business” side of things. Cue music and hallelujah angels and lights. DREAM JOB. Yoga AND accounting?! Pinch me.
I started working at Downtown Yoga just 1 day a week to help clean up their books, and bring a little organization to the studio. While I was doing this I was still teaching at all my other studios. I slowly by surely fell in love with Downtown Yoga and its mission. We want to bring yoga to the masses no matter their income level, and want to create an enlightened society by using yoga as a medium for community out reach. By the end of May I was managing Downtown Yoga and had left all my other positions . I was teaching a 6AM “Rise and Shine” yoga class on Tuesdays and Thursdays and then staying the rest of the day to work on the business side of things.
Over the summer I revamped the studio completely. New software system, new payroll system, interviewed new instructors, created a new schedule for the fall, volunteered our time at tons of yoga events, and laid all the ground work for a successful fall.
Well my hard work paid off. On September 5th Downtown Yoga hosted a big open house, and man alive was it a success. New yogis, new memberships, lots of amazing energy surrounding the studio. I could have asked for a better culmination of all my hard work over the previous few months.
Now I can finally say that I am the happiest and most fulfilled I have ever been. I have been given an amazing gift and I do not intend on wasting it. Through my work at Downtown Yoga I am able to help the Hartford community, run a small business, teach yoga, and DO ACCOUNTING. And the VERY best part? I am home with Ella most days of the week. The days that I am home are not broken up by rushing to teach this class or that class. I can 100% concentrate on her and what she needs. And then two -three days a week I get to concentrate 100% on my studio and what I need. Its a win-win if I have ever seen one.
Since leaving SS&C over a year ago my life has changed and evolved in so many ways. I now get to live my passion and work with people who are committed to leaving this world just a little bit better than how they found it. Leaving my corporate job was easily the best decision I have ever made.
And this little girl? I literally can’t even. She is 19 months old and thriving. New words everyday, running, smiling, laughing, and being so so silly. She loves Elmo something fierce, and gives the best hugs in the universe. She is a creature of habit and does best when we stick to a routine. But is also easy going enough that sometimes the routine can be put aside. She is the light of my entire life and I find so much joy in that smile and those blueberry eyes.
Now that things are settled I really am hoping to start blogging again. About both our family life and things we do, and about the studio and our different initiatives. I am still striving for balance and still trying to be a mom and be me, and I cannot wait to actually start documenting this as 2014 winds down.