That Crazy Idea That Turned Into Freedom

I remember when I finished yoga teacher training in 2010 and I was working a full-time office job I hated… ⠀

I was complaining to a friend about this said job and how much I wanted to leave but I was afraid. I thought my only option was to get another job while trying to gain teaching experience and hope that I could make a living doing it.⠀

My friend said: Or you can just quit.⠀

What???? I can’t do that. I can’t quit and not have another job to go to. That’s crazy. No, no, no… that’s irresponsible!⠀

But inside, hearing those words felt like freedom. It’s gave me permission to silently lean into the idea…Can I? ⠀

A series of events unfolded after my friend put that thought in my mind, that gave me the nudge I needed.⠀

1️⃣ I ran into a teacher training attendee randomly on the street one day and she asked where I was teaching. When I replied I wasn’t yet, she said “You need to start… you’re so good.”⠀

2️⃣ After sharing my disappointing living situation to my old roommate & friend, Michael, he suggested I move back in with him which would cut my rent by half, which would mean less pressure financially if I wanted to “just quit.”⠀

3️⃣ I didn’t get the job at Lululemon (yep-you read that correctly.) That job, in my rational mind, would be the “bridge” to leaving my current job as I tried to give teaching yoga a shot. When I didn’t get it, I was super disappointed but then I scrolled through Craigslist and found a yoga studio in Astoria (where I would be moving back to) looking for a teacher for a new class. I submitted my resume and she called right away. And I got my first teaching job! ⠀

4️⃣ My co-worker got promoted. I didn’t want to be promoted at that job but that felt like a visceral gut punch to say: GET OUT! You can stay at this dead end job complaining about your life or you can TAKE A CHANCE and QUIT!⠀

And I quit. That day. And I never looked back! ⠀

Sometimes the universe sends us messages in the form of friends or strangers to offer us the guidance we need to walk our authentic path.

It always sounds like a crazy idea at first, but then.. it feels like freedom.

✨What is your “crazy” idea that feels like freedom?✨

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