Do you think you can bring the light like its never been brought in your corporate job? I used to think not. I thought I would be rich after I cashed in on the number of eye rolls I would get when I would bring up things like angels or kundalini or even say that I know fully the universe has my back while working a shift at one of the biggest most recognized companies in the world. The truth is, I never even tried to bring the light. I just assumed my woo woo ways would not be received well.
Most of you know after graduating from Level One and Level Two Spirit Junkie Masterclass that I went part-time at my corporate job of 6.5 years. It was a big decision. I really wanted to "charge for my great work," like I had been taught in these trainings. I also was suffering from chronic feet pain and could no longer muscle through an 8-hour shift on my feet. It seemed like the right thing to do as long as I had a financial plan before I stepped down.
I have found that most people who do spiritual work as their side hustle hate their full-time job. That wasn't me. It was easy for me to be grateful for the job I had that was allowing me to transition into spiritual work. I love my corporate job and the company I work for. But, I felt a pressure, a pressure that I wasn't good enough in the Spirit Junkie community unless I quit my job and became a full-time coach. I hoped I would be recognized by my teacher that "I did it! I put the principals that were taught to me, and I quit that fucking full-time job." I wanted everyone to look at me and say, "Wow, it is possible! Tara did it!" I mean as soon as I went part time I posted in the Spirit Junkie Masterclass Facebook group my big announcement. I was fixated on the likes and comments it received. Trust me. I totally get this is all my own ego. All of it.
Let me tell you what I left behind when I went part-time: (Thank God I didn't quit and chose to go part-time instead.)
1. A steady paycheck that I came to rely on my entire working life. I am a corporate girl after all. ( I did have six months savings in the bank of all my monthly expenses before stepping down from my full-time position. I also paid off all my debt and did not allow myself to go more in debt by hiring a $40,00 a year business coach who promised I would make six figures in my first year. ;))
2. Full-time health benefits where I wouldn't have had to meet a substantial out of pocket max to get the five surgeries I had this year covered.
3. Four weeks of vacation time. Let me repeat this..... FOUR WEEKS OF VACATION TIME. And with just one more year with my company, I will get FIVE!
4. Stock Options and 401k for my retirement. You may think, like I did.. "I am young, I do not need this. I have my Social Security." The two years that I had my own Social Media Coaching business, I put nothing away for my retirement. And from what I am hearing there won't be any Social Security left. Don't make my mistake.
What I gained going part-time:
1. Freedom of time.
I did accomplish a lot though. I published my spiritual memoir, Came to Believe, A Journey of Trust, Faith and Perseverance. I also graduated from Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level One and completed two Level Two Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Courses. Let's be real — all of these things I could have accomplished while working a full-time job if I managed my time well.
My most significant accomplishment... maybe something I would not have found while working full time? A tribe of like-minded, loving people I built while growing my social media following for my book and my social media coaching business. ( love you guys, and I mean it. )
I am not saying you can't be a full-time spiritual coach making millions of dollars jet-setting all across the world. We have seen a few Spirit Junkie graduates do it. But, what I am thinking about is how I can share my woo-woo, spread the gospel of a loving universe and the practice of a daily sadhana to my co-workers. Who knows, maybe I can even take it further than the four walls I work within. I have unlimited potential after all. Sky is the limit.
I go back to my corporate job this week after having five surgeries and out on leave since February this year, and I am so freaking pumped! I have always been able to be my authentic self and celebrate what I believe in at my job. Of course, my beliefs have evolved since I started there when I was 33 years old. I have become more spiritual. I have learned to lean into love and light (and not just say it in an Instagram post) as I learn from my spiritual teachers like Wayne Dyer, Gabby Bernstein, Bréne Brown, Yogi Bhajan, Marianne Williamson, and Doreen Virtue when she was at one with the angels.
Most of you know I closed my Social Media business in September this year after 2.5 years now only working for a few clients very part-time. less Scrolling, more Strolling. I plan to get the full-time position I loved back as I ease into a full day of work. I wouldn't say I was a Spirit Junkie Masterclass failure or drop out. I just have realized as I became more true to my authentic self that there is something to be said about bringing the light to a corporate environment, one of the biggest corporations in the world. I also realized that on my own, I might have been too eager to please the teacher and my new spiritual family when I stepped down from my job to pursue a social media coaching business for spiritual entrepreneurs. I needed to check my motives. In the last few months I have checked myself..and I couldn't be more excited about my future.
And before you go thinking, "Tara doesn't like Gabby anymore, or Tara isn't a Spirit Junkie anymore," think again. I have learned more about myself, I have healed so much of my childhood trauma and wrote a freaking book with the forklift that is Gabby and her community. For that I am grateful.