When you wake up in the morning, you are given a choice. You can choose to either make the best of your day or you can complain about all the things you don’t want to do.
This year, I have been struggling with what I want to do and what I need to do. What I want to do is teach yoga full time and have an adventurous life. What I need to do is make sure that my bills are paid on time, that I have good food in my pantry, and that I keep my relationships healthy and happy. How can I have what I want and what I need at the same time? I have to change my attitude. My parents used to tell me when I was being a brat to have, “An attitude adjustment,” and they were right, I need that shift in order to keep myself happy.
I used to clean hotel rooms for a summer job. While it was not the nicest work in the world, it did offer me the ability to only work in the mornings for four hours and then have the rest of the day off to enjoy the summer weather. I loved it! Sometimes, I wish I could go back to that lifestyle, except that now I have rent, car payments, and responsible adult things to worry about.
My attitude as of late has been not the greatest. I have been thinking about all the things I can’t do because I don’t have the time to do them. Even when I make some changes in my job to give me more time, I still find myself wishing I had more of it. I can’t believe how much as a student I took my free time for granted. I had so much of it and I really didn’t do much with it. You might argue that I am still stuck in that rut. Would you believe that it took me seven years after I finished university to get over my pleasure reading guilt. By that I mean, the guilt of reading non-school books while I should be reading school books. I have gotten over it but there are times when I still feel like I should be studying instead of reading the latest book in my reading list.
Most of my bad attitude has been centred around my job. I keep thinking about all this time I am wasting sitting in a chair all day when I could be out there making my dreams come true. Then my best friend/boyfriend reminds me that I don’t have the worst job in the world and that I can still make my dreams come true if I just give it time. I really don’t have the worst job, in fact, sometimes it’s fun. It’s not a hard job and I have mastered pretty much every element of it. I am actually pretty happy that I don’t have to learn much more in it because it gives me space to put my effort into teaching yoga.
I love teaching yoga. I wasn’t sure in my final days of my teacher’s training if I would ever be good enough as a teacher but now after 60 hours of teaching experience, I know that I do like it and want to make it my life’s career. You know what I enjoy just as much as teaching yoga, writing about it. I have always loved writing and having this blog attached to my website is fun to work with. I have also enjoyed learning the ins and outs of website design, social media, and basic advertising. I never thought that I would ever have to learn these things but I would like to learn more about running your own business.
So when you wake up in the morning, take a few moments to think about how you will approach the day. Will you be filled with loathing or optimism? Take some time to figure out what makes you excited about your day, whether it’s that moment you get off work or those 30 minutes you have to yourself before your day gets going. Give yourself a daily affirmation, here’s mine:
Today I will be thankful for my income and for my dreams of the future.