Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Now vs. Then

Things I love about my second career as a massage therapist/yoga teacher/energy worker/all around woo-woo professional:
  • I am helping people
  • I work half the hours
  • As an eternal student, there is always more to learn about the physical/energetic body
  • The people I've met, both colleagues and clients
  • My workplace is inherently relaxing, both for the clients and me
  • I never do the same thing twice in a day
  • There is always room for growth

Things I didn't know I'd miss about having a 9 to 5 job until I stopped having one:
  • Paid vacations
  • Not having to stand all day
  • Being able to go to the bathroom whenever you want and having an actual lunch break 
  • Paychecks that are the same amount every time you get one
  • Everyone is done from work at approximately the same time every evening and everyone's weekend is Saturday and Sunday, so it makes things easier to have a life outside of work.
  • Workplace-sponsored health insurance
  • Workplace-sponsored retirement fund

I am exactly where I need to be at this moment in life, and I am eternally thankful and grateful that I had the opportunity and support needed to change my career. I think, however, that sometimes it can be easy to vilify what used to be in order to make what is that much more... shiny. The truth of the matter is, what I had before wasn't all bad (even Hell Job had its positives, let's be honest). 

I am happy where I am now, professionally. I work very hard at it, but I don't regret my decision. Not for one moment.

However, I will always miss paid vacations. I tell you, you don't know how fabulous they are until you don't have them any more.

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