I was raised by very supportive parents who always told me, do what you love and the money will follow. This was good advice, but there is something more that I want to add to it. You have got to figure out where you are going to be able to make the most amount of abundance. I read Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs article on why he doesn’t encourage people to follow their passion. Instead he states “Don’t Follow Your Passion, But Always Bring it With You.”
I believe that somewhere in between there is a happy medium. See, now I do what I love, but it took me forever to figure out what that was. Unfortunately even finding that love didn’t really bring in the money, certainly not as much as I needed to raise two kids on. This income gap brought about the need for me to get creative on how to make more money while still doing what I love. Thankfully I also started to figure out how to manifest money out of nowhere sometimes. The use of Universal energy when inline with what I desire when I know what that really is, does help me out. If you have met me you may have even heard me say I pay my bills with hopes and dreams. Now it is time for bigger hopes and bigger dreams, as well as finding the time to make those dreams realities. Raising two kids by myself I realize does put me in a certain set of circumstance, however I wasn’t ready to give up what I loved doing. If things in my life were hard, I at least wanted to have fun somewhere. My work as a yoga teacher and an energy coach has brought me a lot of joy. I have had to make some allowances and changes though in terms of how to make it all work. When my kids were really little I wanted to be there for them, I wanted to make sure that they were getting enough attention and love as we went through so many changes and difficulties. I also knew that putting two kids in full time daycare would make it almost impossible for me to be able to pay for anything else (that is a whole different post topic). I did the best I could, but ended up in the trap of many other single working parents, I had to take on multiple low paying part-time jobs. This was not something that I could really sustain though. What is the point of doing what I love if I still can’t afford to live above the poverty line? Things weren’t working, I needed to be realistic and find a way to take care of my kids. Being a parent is also a pretty important job that I need some passion for as well. Being totally overworked and not able to be there as a happy mother for my kids was something that I wasn’t willing to be anymore. Did I mention that yoga and meditation relieve stress?
It was from this place of lack, and feeling stuck that I knew it was time to make a change. I started to make my own energy shifts (which is why I know they work so well) and now I am in a new area of working with my passion. I had to find my purpose. What is the point of doing what I love if I can’t better myself, and the people around me. I am a yoga teacher and an energy worker. It is who I am. I wish I had better skills, or something else to give in this life, but this seems to be it for me. Once I accepted this about myself, great things started to opened up for me. I get jobs offered to me, clients referred to me, and fun opportunities without even asking for them. Well I do spend some time each day meditating and asking for what I need, manifesting can be fun! However, I know it was getting in line with what I wanted and allowing myself to be seen as I truly am that made the biggest shift. It started to give me the confidence to create my own job, to use my skill set for myself. In this way I agree with Mike Rowe’s above article, don’t just follow what you love if you aren’t good at it. There is a balance to follow what you are good at, add some passion, and have the confidence to really make it work. I see this a lot in the trades, in the difference between people who work for a big company, or people who start their own. If you are an entrepreneur, it doesn’t matter what your trade is.