One year ago, I decided to pursue an entirely new career. I left behind a comfortable corporate job with health benefits, paid vacation days, a great pay check, and normal working hours -- I gave all of this up in exchange for a happier life.
In my new career as a full-time yoga teacher, my life is very different, but in the best possible way. My job does not pay for my health benefits, I only get paid if I actually go to work, I make less than half as much money, and my hours are anything but normal.
If I had to quantify my happiness level today in comparison to this time last year, I would say it has tripled.
Since yoga has become my full time job and my only means of an income, I very rarely get a substitute teacher for my classes. On an occasion when I do get a sub, I always notice after the class occurs that the class size is much smaller than a normal crowd for my class. The next time I teach the class, at least a few students will say to me, "I saw that you had a sub for class, so I didn't come last week." Or, in the event when I have had to change around my schedule and switch class times permanently with another teacher, I've had students tell me that they no longer take class at that time.