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The Courage To Make Yourself Happy

The Courage To Make Yourself Happy

In April of 2009 I threw caution to the wind and made the decision to switch career paths. I had started teaching Pilates part time as an experiment to see if the move had long-term potential and when a teaching position became available at Pure Barre Charlotte, I decided to commit to my passion full time and accepted the job despite the significant pay cut. I went from banking to fitness and this no small change in direction was one of the best choices I’ve made thus far.

After the initial excitement died down, I was faced with the dreaded next step: giving my two weeks notice at a company I’d given five years of service to. I started days after college graduation and had managed to work my way up the ladder with several promotions. While I was ready to move on, this was the only “adult” job I’d ever known and I had a deep respect for my co-workers and our leadership team. I spent several sleepless nights debating the best way to tell my manager I was leaving. Lengthy deliberation didn’t provide any sort of creative way to make my impending resignation any less painful. The conversation was indeed difficult and I’m sure my manager noticed my shaky voice. However, his response completely caught me off guard. “I admire you”, he said. “What you are doing takes a lot of courage.” As word got around the office that I was leaving I was nervous that people would question my decision or point out all of the risks associated with such a big change. Surprisingly, not one person had a single negative comment. In fact, I received messages of support and respect for what they felt was a brave and bold decision. It amazes me that so often it takes enormous courage to do something that ultimately will make you happy. I’ve always associated happiness with easy decisions because the desired outcome, increased satisfaction, seems so obvious. In truth, we hold ourselves back from experiencing joy on a regular basis in our daily lives. What is standing between you and a more blissful existence? I challenge you to summon the courage to make yourself happy and go for it!

AUTHOR: Kaitlin Vandura

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