Two years ago this month I took a leap of faith and opened my own Pilates studio. At the time , my twins were just under 2 years old, and friends and family thought I was out of my mind for taking on such a huge endeavor.
Perhaps ignorance is bliss, but I felt ready. I had many years of teaching experience under my belt and was used to the hours and lifestyle that comes with working in a service industry. At the time, I was renting space from another studio and I filed my own taxes. As far as I was concerned I already was running my own business. I was ready to be my own boss and do things my way. In the past two years, I did learn a thing or two … Here’s what:
Maybe I was crazy. Having your own studio space is a lot more work than freelancing. For one, there’s a lot of housekeeping involved — cleaning, taking out the garbage, wrestling hair out of the equipment headrest, worrying if there is too much dust, dealing with temperature control problems. managing employees, payroll taxes … the list goes on.
I can’t do it all. In my fantasy I am a successful entrepreneur, a fun and patient mom with loads of energy for playing princesses and superheroes, an amazing wife who maintains a spotless home and cooks organic vegan meals every night. There is a quote that says, “You can do anything but can’t do everything.” Turns out that while I keep my family and the business as the top priorities — I am failing terribly in the domestic department. At the moment, I have no clean socks and I will be ordering take out for dinner.
I need lots of help. I have accepted that I cannot do everything and cannot be everyone’s Pilates instructor. I rely so heavily on my amazing teachers, Kathy and Joanna . I pay for babysitters and for an outstanding assistant (Brielle) and I am lucky to have a husband who supports me and enjoys housework.
I really love my job. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would still go to work every day, teach Pilates and run this studio. I am lucky that I have a rewarding job that I love. I am doing exactly what I set out to do and am extremely fortunate.