The Secret to Happiness

I’ve shared my experience with different cycles & patterns in previous posts. Another common one for me is that I allow myself to get distracted with other job opportunities/career paths. Let’s be honest, as much as we don’t want it to, money has a significant impact on your decisions. This is only heightened when it comes to your job or career. But is money truly the answer to being happy? Sometimes it feels like it is. In reality, money only goes so far. True happiness can’t be bought.

Before COVID hit, I had returned back to a position in the HR field. It was only a contract position which meant it was not permanent. It provided me with a nice income for about a month and a half. My stress was lessened because I wasn’t having to “hustle” day in and day out just to make ends meet. I was comforted by this. So much so that I actually applied for a permanent, full-time position within the company. I was one of two finalists and was crushed when I didn’t get the job. Not only did I not get the job, but I was also let go from my contracted position due to the Corona Virus that same day. What a day that was. I was at a complete loss with no idea what I was going to do next.

I gave myself the rest of that day to mope around and have a pity party for myself. The next day, I woke up and decided it was time to get to work. Everything has always worked out in one way or another in the past, why did I think this time would be any different? Two days later I started offering virtual classes; they were a hit! My confidence in myself was back.

Recently, I was on the fence about a new opportunity, weighing out the pros and cons… not sure if I was ready to make the commitment. Then one night, I was reading my latest pick, and came across this quote.

“The secret of happiness is simple: find out what you truly love to do and then direct all of your energy towards doing it. Once you do this, abundance flows into your life and all your desires are filled with ease and grace.”

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

It was then that I decided I needed to stop making excuses, stop doubting myself and take a leap of faith. I am so excited to announce two new places I will be teaching! Last week I started at Indigo Yoga & Fitness in Waukee. This studio gives me such a homey feel. In just a week’s time I already feel so connected to this space and the beautiful souls that fill it. I’ll be teaching a hot power(ish) Vinyasa class Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:00pm with other classes and workshops to come!

In a couple of weeks, I’ll be adding a second new studio to my list: Daly Zen Yoga in Des Moines. This space brings so many great opportunities for me. I’ll be offering weekly group classes (Mondays & Thursdays 6:30 – 7:30am and Tuesdays 5:30pm), specialty workshops and private sessions. It will also give me a place to film online content. Stay tuned for upcoming YouTube videos, virtual live and recorded classes and specific programs.

So what is my takeaway from all of this?

  1. Everything happens for a reason: As cheesy as this saying is, I fully believe it. I could’ve easily let myself stay in that negative mindset when I didn’t get the job and got let go. I chose to change my outlook and keep forging ahead (and I’m glad I did!).
  2. Stop standing in your own way: Until you decide to fully believe in yourself, you will always feel like things can’t work out the way you want them to. Get out of your own way!
  3. Work hard & trust your instincts: Would I have been happy back at a 9-5 desk job? Perhaps. But, I would’ve never felt completely fulfilled. The comfort of that life clouded my decision and allowed me to shift my focus away from my true passion: helping and inspiring others through the physical and mental practice of yoga.

5 thoughts on “The Secret to Happiness

  1. Thanks for sharing your story. I have certainly had similar experiences in this current reality. I’ll stay connected. Best of luck!

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