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Tonight marks four weeks of teaching Yoga. My training finished up mid September, and now at the end of October I am celebrating a new milestone. It feels like a dream, magic, God, luck, and manifesting all rolled into one incredibly divine experience.
I’ve been able to make this reality move firmly into the realm of REAL in so many ways. But one big way is by launching my own website. I was able to use GoDaddy GoCentral to create my site painlessly. It’s made the transition from SAHM to working Mama so much more doable.
Teaching is exactly what I had my fingers crossed it would be. Fulfilling, new, exciting, brain-expanding, schoolie, and community building. And I was ready for it. Ready for new people, new responsibilities, and a shift in my family dynamic. Balancing parenting and a job felt wholly outside of my realm of possibility up until about 2 years ago. Something shifted when my youngest child approached 4. I felt. . . freedom.
Never mind that I still wasn’t sleeping through the night, was still nursing, and had no idea what I wanted to be outside of everything I already was to so many little people. I felt an inspiration that I’d never known. Prior to this, Motherhood filled my every nook and cranny. I wasn’t lacking, I was overfilled. And then? I expanded. New space in me was made.
I knew that my body and brain was making room for something. It began with monetizing this blog. With believing that my writing was worth pay. That my go-getter abilities and feelings weren’t wrong or bad, they were exciting and worthy of chasing! And with that. . . it began to happen. Hard work, invested money, and time has turned this space into one that is helping my family, and providing us with experiences we’ve always wanted. It feels so good to be writing about what I want, while also making it possible for my babies to pick an extracurricular experience (!) That alone is a GoalMet moment.
That journey, making A Whole Story into an income source, gave me confidence. It empowered me to keep dreaming. To think beyond what I had felt possible. And that gave way to saying. . . out loud, here, to my friends, on social media, and through the happiest tears to Charlie. . . Yoga Teacher. Whispered at first. . . then sobbed. . . and now, eventually – realized! It all fell into place in ways that only God and the universe at large could orchestrate. I’ll share more about that another day, but suffice to say; something far bigger than me made All That happen. And now I’m here.
The realities of working more aren’t all candles and manifesting my dreams in a bath with the new moon. A lot of it is early mornings of sequencing classes, playlist making, and trying hard to figure out What Will Work? In classes, for my family, and at a studio. A lot of it is chasing down connections. Answering phone calls from numbers I don’t recognize, and really. . . believing in my abilities enough to be confident when talking to a potential employer. Double that up with writing deadlines, pitching brands I’m aching to work with, and figuring out how to spread out the emotional labor of kids/homeschool/house work/finances/marraige. . . it’s a lot.
Consequently I’m doing everything I can to streamline. To work efficiently. And make sure that all this New is feeling good for all of us, instead feeling like it’s stretching all of us beyond what we can take. Just like how in yoga I encourage my classes to find the edge between cozy comfort and uncomfortable growth, but when you find that edge stop there. Same goes for my family in life. Is this growth a little uncomfortable; Yes. In that laugh so hard because WTF are we doing? And cry hard because WTF are we doing? Kinda way. But also in that way that we’re all just looking at each other like “is this real???” because it is SO GOOD. However, we’ve had moments of over-extended, growing pains over me being less available to. . . everyone. And finding balance there is important. And being slowly learned.
The best means of effectiveness that I’ve found are to first; manage my time differently. This means some stricter social media boundaries, hours, and ways of interacting. And secondly, having some easy ways of communicating with possible employers, students, and collaborators.
When I found out about GoDaddy and their new website developer GoCentral I was excited, nervous, and to be honest. . . I kinda put it off for a bit. I am not tech savvy. At all. Like, it takes me hours of youtube tutorial’s to add or edit something TINY on my blog. So the idea of creating an entire website in an hour felt. . . impossible. However, opportunities to teach, questions about when/where, and possible employers wondering about my available certifications, ect. kept on coming in (yay!) and I was really needing an easy one-stop spot to give them.
I started designing my website at 9:30AM and by 10:15AM I was (jaw dropped) telling Charlie to come and give it a read. Because… I was done. It was incredibly intuitive and user friendly, had many templates, but also lots of ways to customize each component. All of the back-end work was finished for me and the little touches I wanted were all included ( for example, I wanted a new page to open when any user clicked on a social badge… done. I wanted a contact page that filtered to my email but also sent an auto reply… done.) I am going back over it now, and see a few spots I need to edit, but beyond that I am done. And it’s up and running for a super low annual rate.
GoCentral also has all the components available to make my website easy for me to connect with my ideal students and audience. I can launch a Facebook Page with the info from my site. They have options for easy SEO tools, and I loved that as I created my page it showed me exactly what it would look like on mobile too.
Balancing parenting, homeschooling, teaching Yoga, and writing has been a transition and a new season for my whole little family. But finding ways to connect, talk, and lighten the load is paramount to all of us feeling fulfilled and like this new season is fun. I’m so thankful to have a site I love that I can just lead people to without a second thought. This leaves more room for reading together, playing together, and more teaching! Also? Tech stuff is SO stressful typically. This was so not. It was easy, obvious, and really well done.
If you have a side job you are ready to take up a level, make it a bit easier for you to manage, and don’t have a ton of time or money to spend on it, I HIGHLY reccomend using the new GoDaddy GoCentral website builder.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.