This month marks my 5th year free lance!
Since childhood, work and financial security were top priorities. I would save every dollar earned. My first “real” job post-college was in corporate finance because I wanted stability. Little did I know that my inner nature was quite the opposite. In fact, I craved flexibility, freedom, and spontaneity.
Four months into my first job, I decided to move forward with my acceptance to teach English in Japan.
Moving to Japan felt so right. I spent one year in Takko-Machi, a small, rural town in northern Honshu where I taught English to kindergarten through high school students and explored different parts of the country on weekends and breaks.
After arriving back to Los Angeles after a year, I thought, “now what?” One day at my Aunt and Uncle’s pool, I had the AHA moment. Why don’t I call my best friend who worked at ESPN in New York? Since sports were my life and passion, why not work in that field? The ESPN regional managers happened to be in town that month so I met with them in Burbank, went through the application process, and commenced work in fall 2008. I enjoyed my 2+ years working at ESPN and had the opportunity to work with X Games hospitality and press in addition to my regular role within the marketing and sales team.
During that time, my friend Leigh Ann opened a pole studio. After class one, I was hooked. I went almost everyday. Pole became my sanctuary and passion. In fall 2010 I asked, how can I make pole full time? The answer came! I met Ty, owner of X-POLE US. Over the course of a few months we had discussions, and finally I transitioned from ESPN to X-POLE.
In January 2011, I commenced work with X-POLE US where I handled marketing. The experience was amazing - a space where I could learn the ins and outs of a company - all departments and levels, be creative, try new things, travel to lots of events, assist studios, and help grow pole fitness into the mainstream.
However, after a while I began longing for more weekday time to try other things. What if I could be a full time teacher? What other talents could I express? March 2014 I made the decision to go free lance.
The first 2.5 years I offered business development and marketing consulting services to brands in the health, fashion, food, and fitness industries.
The next 2.5 years I focused on energy healing, reading, teaching yoga, meditation, aerial, and pole. During this latter half, I discovered a whole new set of tools, abilities, and energies that I could work with to help others. Prior to this, I had only practiced on myself.
Throughout it all, the common thread has been PCS (Pole Championship Series), an elite competition series for professional pole athletes. I co-founded this event and have worked on it during my entire time free lance. With 12 years in the “work” world and 5 of 12 free lance, here are some observations and insights:
go with the flow - be flexible and willing to change
what worked then may not work now - update, upgrade, innovate
don’t let fear stop you from making a leap of faith
navigate through transition from your wisdom body rather than from sheer emotion or imbalanced logic
follow your heart’s deepest desires
know that jobs will always be there
think of resources as three-fold: time, tools, and energy
be true to yourself and your values
Outdated world infrastructure is either being renovated or demolished, and new structures are birthing and growing. We are in a tunnel phase. Though always in constant change (old dying, old upgrading to new, new birthing), we are currently in a much larger shift - the transition between two 2,150 year old ages - Pisces and Aquarius.
Era shifts are more profound and immense than changes within the same era. We are witnessing this transformation with the waking up and rising consciousness of humanity. Next, focus will turn to balancing value and justice systems - currency, money, materials, real estate, politics, and laws.
Though at times we feel like pioneers in the wild west, we must keep moving forward aligned with our core values, toward our destiny, with integrity and authenticity.