A few years back, I took the Artist’s way
Trying to figure out how to unleash my inner creative soul again, the recovery started when I chose to move to Key West and start life over in a way that felt more like me. Whoever that was…
Bobbing and weaving as life does, I do remember the one thing I was aiming for in terms of work:
To have a job, I could take with me where ever I went.
No longer confined to a cube or windowless office where I couldn’t feel the sunlight on my face. Fast forward to today
I started teaching yoga after being offered the most perfectly aligned job for what I love to practice for myself. Outside on the beach.
Coaxed by the owner of the kayak tour company I work for, Sue Cooper kindly allowed me to try it and work under the insurance umbrella of the company until I figured out if I liked it.
Well, two years later I’m thinking… maybe I should be doing this more. And maybe I should take over the accounting/invoicing which would lead me to getting the insurance thing figured out so I can teach anywhere I want.
Right on cue, my manager who handles the deets asks if I’d like to take this over on my own. I’d have as much time as I needed to figure out how to put it into play - this started out as a trial and hey, two years later - I think you like it.
After a few internet searches, many many calls to an insurance company with all my questions/concerns, finding an appropriate waiver form to craft from, a toe dipped in quickbooks and figuring out contracting taxes and COI’s - I do believe I have a process.
The perfect tote to carry that clipboard for all those waivers was found today. When you decide to dress the part - somehow you naturally become it (thanks TJ Maxx!). I’ve happily found all the items to wear in this profession the best way I know how but with me looking like me. *Cue the unicorn leggings made out of recycled plastic bottles
Seeing all the business/administration knowledge I’ve gained over the years, easily pour into this and other creative endeavors makes me happy.
So to score up the Artist’s Way to date:
Yoga Teaching - mobile outdoor business (even found a policy to let me teach internationally)
Art - where I go - you go
Outdoor Guide - If there is a patch of water somewhere, I’m pretty sure I could find a kayak/paddle board excursion company to work for. Hell, I’m even certified to teach yoga on a paddle board too
Restaurant work - a job I could find in virtually any populated environment or wherever someone is hungry
And this lemonade stand kid has been doing cartwheels about the mobility of business today with the ownership of an iPhone.
Thanks to the Artists Way and to dad for teaching me to read contractual agreements and insurance policies at a ridiculously early age