I am 2 years now into my new life in Ann Arbor. Moving away from the beautiful community and life I created in small town SW Wisconsin was a hard decision to make. I feel grounded and stable now, but I know it's going to take more time to feel deeply rooted and connected here.
I've had a few different jobs since I've landed. First was the Ann Arbor YMCA working on the wellness floor, teaching yoga and being a lifestyle coach for the Diabetes Prevention Program.
While working at the Y, I also started teaching yoga at the Dexter Wellness Center and tried a short stint of sharing yoga at various locations for the University of Michigan's M-Healthy program.
I got really spun out trying to teach so many different classes ( chair yoga, beginner yoga, yoga with teens, vinyasa yoga, yoga for corporate folks). Having a high load of classes per week at three to five different locations meant I was driving around a lot, exhausting my voice and energy, and not making very much money! My desire to be a calm, grounded presence for my yoga students was not happening.
In the fall of 2018 I thought, "wow, this is not sustainable. I need to get a job." Well, a job appeared and I took it- scaling back to teaching yoga at only one place (the Dexter Wellness Center) and two classes a week.
I worked that job until this past July. (Thank you Harvest Kitchen for employing me!) But then a crisis hit. You could call it a mental health crisis due to working a lot of long hours and not taking care of myself. But actually it was a crisis of meaning. A crisis of purpose. I found myself deeply questioning, What the heck am I doing with my life and where am I going? Who am I and what is this all for?
You see, part of my dream in moving back to Michigan was not just about being closer to my family and my roots. It was about putting myself in a bigger environment so I could take bigger steps.
Bigger steps to fulfill my purpose and create meaning in my life. Bigger steps to generate the income I desire to fund the things that are important in life to me.
Since leaving my job in July, I've been reckoning with some deep questions. I've been doing some hard examination of myself and bringing to light the places I've been hiding. I realized how much I've been hanging back and hiding out, afraid to take the next step.
What I do know is that the call I heard years ago to be a Wellness Coach and to help people transform their lives is still alive, and still calling me deeply. So with deep breaths I am taking the plunge back into the scary waters of entrepreneurship and re-developing my coaching practice.
To begin, I am starting where I left off with my work at the YMCA and helping people steer their direction away from the scary cliff of Type 2 Diabetes. I know I can help women especially, make small sustainable changes in their diet and exercise plans to lose the weight and change those A1C blood levels back into the safe range from a pre-diabetic diagnosis.
Stay tuned to see how it's going to unfold!
Thank you for your friendship, love and support!