Saturday, January 31, 2015

Happy Tired

It's only 4:30pm on Saturday and my eyes are drooping and my head is starting to do that bob to keep it from dropping as I start to doze.

I'm a week and a half through my subbing duties at work, and let me tell you - I'm exhausted! Not to mention I let myself fall in to a bad sleeping patten this week, and I feel as though I could say goodnight right now and sleep the whole night through. Hopefully blogging and grocery shopping will help me fight off the zzzz's so I can go to bed at a more normal time tonight and reset my internal clock.

To recount a little of my week I drove hundreds of miles, taught 11 classes, trained with a friend on hoop, and took a flexibility class. It's a lot (physically), but I am happy. Happy to be working, happy to be training, and happy that something I love is providing my income. Even more, I'm happy to see my students progressing, getting stronger, and recognizing the improvement in their own abilities. It's rewarding to see the direct results of my efforts. I'm one lucky gal to be able to follow my dreams.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Little Blessings

Working as an aerial instructor is not the same as a 40 hour per week office job. Obviously, I don't work in an office and I definitely don't work 40 hours a week! In fact, I don't think I've ever met an aerial instructor that teaches 40 hours a week - besides the job being physially demanding, studios typically want to offer a variety of classes and instructors that fit the many different needs of their students.

Right now I have a rather light teaching schedule of 5 classes per week between two studios, totaling 5 hours and 15 minutes of teaching time. Even though I get paid competitive wages for my classes, 5 hours a week is not quite enough work to afford any sort of California lifestyle (hello, rent!). Because of the need to pay my bills I often pick up side jobs: foreign language tutoring, house sitting, dog sitting, kid sitting, floral set get the picture. As it is, there are some months where I worry that I won't be able to pay all my bills on time.

This month was starting to look like one of those worrisome months; I had even put off grocery shopping and was making do with what I have in the cupboard to save money.

!!Side note!! 
I'm not starving by any means, I just can't splurge. I try to stock a few extra supplies in the pantry during the more profitable months for occasions such as this one. I'm good. Honest.

A few days ago I was very happy and grateful to be asked by one studio owner to sub a LOT of classes for another instructor when she goes out of town later this month. I didn't take every class I was offered (I turned down the Sunday classes to attend church), but I am doubling my weekly workload for nearly three weeks! I'll be doing a bit more running around between studio locations, but I am totally jazzed that the studio owner reached out to me first.

Worrisome month? Gone. Someone is totally watching out for me.