I met the beautiful, soon-to-be mama, Meg, via twitter! I have always been inspired by her willingness to leave corporate life to pursue her true passion of teaching. I am thrilled to be able to share this interview with you all!
Classically trained in ballet, Meg translates her love of movement to teaching yoga, Pilates & wellness. Based outside of Philadelphia, Meg teaches in-home, in-studio and online group & privates sessions. A student of Yoga & Pilates for 15 years, Meg’s teaching style has grown from her sense of body awareness, love of movement and union of body & mind. Meg is also a practitioner of Ayurvedic & plant-based living, a freelance writer & yoga-living enthusiast. Fusing her classical training, knowledge & experience, Meg strives to empower her clients through the freedom & strength of mind-body movement.
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1. What was your previous corporate job and how did you know that it wasn’t right for you?
After years of teaching ballet & practicing yoga (not ever thinking that could be a career) I went into working in human resources. The foundations of this career were the same in my interest in yoga – self-development & human service. In human resources I was able to help people find satisfaction in their jobs, create a positive workplace culture & give back to the community through outreach programs. During this time I continued to practice yoga & teach dance part-time. I felt that I was proving to myself that I could work & succeed on a more traditional career path. The interaction between myself & the employees was the highlight, the paperwork & office politics were the downside. I feel that I could have stayed in the corporate environment & taught part-time. I had a good salary, 401K savings plan, benefits, etc… I always had a strong pull inside of me to go back to movement, yoga & the arts full-time. I found myself dreaming of the life I had pre-corporate job, filled with creativity & freedom. Eventually I decided to jump back into that world!
2. What was the final push that made you take the big leap towards becoming a yoga and pilates teacher? How did you know you were doing the right thing?
The final push occurred when I took a job in human resources that turned out to be a very unhealthy work environment. Everyday became a struggle to deal with the multitude of inappropriate workplace behavior & culture. I still enjoyed aspects of my position, but the negative outweighed the good. I searched for another position & was unable to find one. I discussed it with my husband & we both agreed that this was the time for me to follow what I truly love to do whole-heartedly. I knew I was doing the right thing for my authentic self. I was leaving a toxic work environment & following my bliss. Financially, it was not necessarily the “right” thing because I lost my benefits & salary. I was able to teach ballet & find a part-time job for benefits while in YTT.
3. Did you experience any peer pressure to stick with the typical 9-5 corporate route?
My family & friends were all supportive about me leaving my 9-5. People that know me best recognized that this decision was right for me, that I was following my path. My parents were concerned about me not having benefits. I left a good paying, stable job for the unknown. I didn’t go into teaching yoga or Pilates to make money; I did it because the voice inside of my heart was urging me to!
4. Any regrets or things you might have done differently?
In retrospect it would have been smart for me to stay with my corporate job while in yoga teacher training. I was impulsive & ready to get out of that toxic environment. I could have continued my income (saved money) & had benefits & then transitioned into teaching.
5. What are some things you LOVE about your life now?
I love that I know I am exactly where I supposed to be & doing what my heart desires.
6. Any tips for people wanting to move from the corporate life to their dream job?
Plan your exodus from corporate life. Think about all aspects of what your new life with this dream job will entail – the known & potential unknown. Look at both the potential risks & rewards.
Thank YOU Meg!