No Nine-to-Five

The dreaded question is always: so what are you doing now?

I’ve been thinking a lot about it and for the past two months I’ve answered embarrassed, “um nothing, I’m still looking.” Then the conversation would continue with tips for my job hunt and emails for me to contact, along with a half-smile and “you’ll find something!”

The crazy thing is that I was doing something the last two months, and am still in the process of getting where I want. The truth is I don’t want a nine-to-five job. I kept thinking that I needed a 9-5 desk job somewhere in a corporate cubicle, because that’s what everyone expects you to do… but honestly, it isn’t what I want to do. I’ve slowly stopped applying for jobs because I realized that all the jobs I was looking at, I didn’t want anyway. While I used to picture myself in some trendy blazer on the train to my fancy-ass corporate desk, that picture is slowly turning into something completely different and unexpected.

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Arbonne

Yes, I know, I know. You’re thinking - that’s not a real job. So let me get real with you. I know. I know that it’s not a real job right now, but that’s because I’m not treating it like a job. I’m treating it like a little hobby that I do on the side, but it has the potential to be more than a side hustle. Sure, it doesn’t bring in crazy income right now, but it brings in something and still has the potential to bring in more. I never thought I’d be one of “those people” with their little product bags and catalogues, but truth is, I’m in love with these products and this business. It’s everything I need it to be, and I get to be in control of my success and failure. I get to run at my own pace and do my own thing. It’s not what it could be, not yet… but it will be when I need it to be.

Rover

If you follow my instagram, you may have noticed that I started working for Rover. If you don’t know what that is - it’s basically Uber but for dogs. So I walk and board pups. Another little build-your-own-schedule type of thing. Again, it’s whatever I want it to be. Sometimes I walk 4 dogs a day and keep a pup with me over the weekend. Sometimes, I walk 1 pup a day and don’t host any pups. Again, it’s everything it needs to be and has the potential to be more. It’s a good gig and while I love Teddy (our goldendoodle), it’s nice to see other pups too!

CorePower Yoga

This is the last step that I’m still working on… but in Minneapolis, I LOVED teaching yoga sculpt. When we moved to Chicago, I knew I had to be apart of the corepower community here. While I wish I had some grand announcement, I only just re-auditioned to teach here so everything is still TBD. BUT I know what I want. I want to teach sculpt, get 200 hour trained for C1 + C2 in February, and eventually teach full-time. Big dream - I want to be apart of management or leadership by this upcoming summer. I’ve got a plan in my mind and intend to stick to it, because teaching yoga is something I want. It isn’t the best paying job, but I LOVE it and it makes me happy.


I’m starting to realize that in the end, money is just money. Yes we need it, but I’m willing to have a lower salary in order to do something I actually enjoy doing. With Arbonne and Rover going, I’m surviving… but if I can teach yoga, I know I’ll be thriving. Maybe not financially but emotionally. Right now, I can’t think of another job that would make my heart and soul happier.

So I guess, this is just me ranting. But also a reminder. You don’t NEED to settle for a 9-5 if that’s not what you want. Know that you don’t have to mold to someone else’s standards or expectations. Follow what makes YOU happy and everything will fall into place.

I know I can’t speak from experience, but one day.

love olivia