The first time I got really scared as an adult about money was in 2012. I was a reporter at The Seattle Times, and teaching yoga as a side hustle. I wanted to make it a career, but the thought of it shook me to my core. My gut told me it was time. My brain told me I was giving up a steady paycheck, health care, retirement, etc.
In other words, stability.
I made spreadsheets. I moved to a cheaper apartment. I emailed yoga studios for teaching auditions. I worried.
The second time I got scared about money was two years later. I was teaching 10 classes a week. I was working for a yoga company. I was freelance writing a fitness column for The Seattle Times. I wanted to write a book, but the thought of it made me quake in familiar way. My gut told me it was time. My brain told me I didn’t have an agent, a completed book, or any idea about how to do those things. I would be giving up a steady paycheck, health care, retirement.
I made more spreadsheets. I signed up for a writing class. I frantically subbed yoga classes. I worried.
The third time I got scared about money was this year. I was teaching full-time, writing my column, and doing goal and energy coaching as a side hustle. My gut told me it was time to make coaching a career. (Gut, why are you so sassy?) My brain told me I was giving up steady income. (Brain, why are you such a downer?)
I made some spreadsheets. I did brand work. This time, I took the tools I share with clients and did the work on myself. Every time I felt myself start to worry, I did the work to take out the stress. I looked for signs. I trusted my intuition. I launched Maple Path.
You can let the patterns run you. Or, you can identify them, see them, and choose for yourself and be free.