December 3 – What was the low point of your year? How are you healing and moving forward?
My rock bottom of 2015 occurred early in the year, at the end of January. I was “fired,” if one can be fired from a “volunteer position.” I was booted from my community, barred from entering the campus, served with a bogus denuncio, which is basically a restraining order. I was unemployed. And I am the sole breadwinner in our family.
But instead of crumbling with stress and fear, I picked myself back up again and used the fact that I no longer had to go to work everyday in Panajachel (as well as the convenient fact that I was selling my house in Austin and set to make a nice chunk of profit) to launch a serious search for a new home on the other side of the lake. This year had a lot of lessons around work, money, authority, systems, responsibility, communication and priorities. This year started with an abrupt exit to my education career, and was followed by the acquisition of so many new careers that I couldn’t keep up…
Thankfully, at this point, I have funneled my myriad careers into one. Or, okay, two. I am a yoga teacher and a writer. I am a writer and a yoga teacher. I am not a copywriter. I am not in marketing. I am not an English teacher. I am not a classroom teacher. I am not even an educator. I am just a yoga teacher and writer. I use these skills in every job and project that I take on. If it doesn’t involve yoga and/or writing, it’s not my cup of tea.
I am healing and moving forward by realizing my career is what I make it. I am blurring the boundary between “work” and “play.” I am enjoying how I spend my time and energy.