I started the blog for Sonia Louise Pilates in January, and it started with a commitment to post an exercise a week. For 17 weeks I did really well. Then I really stumbled across these things called blogs. Which took me off track down a 6 month journey of learning, growing, facing reality and then taking the plunge into the biggest dream I have had, to open a studio. Inspired by a humble guy named http://www.jonathanfields.com, I will get to how, later in the post but bear with me as I share the path.
Coming up 6 years ago, I radically quite my job as the Senior Management Accountant at one of Australia’s major manufacturers. I walked out the door of that place with no job but a strong knowing in my heart that what I was doing was not my passion and I needed to find what that was and then follow in the footsteps of one of my greatest mentors (my beloved father who the previous year passed on from a terrible fight with cancer). At the time I took 8 weeks off and really confronted what I wanted to do with this one life I have. I was not getting any younger and I really only fell into accounting because my wise mum said if you become an accountant you will always have a job.
I had absolutely no idea what I loved to do and I had no idea how to create a business if I didn’t have a product, but I started investigating, researching and really looking at what if?
I spent the first 4 weeks resting and recovering from the corporate climb I have just escaped from, I have heard a couple of times now about climbing the ladder only to realise it is against the wrong wall, this surely was me. I just had no idea what wall I should place my ladder against. But I began the empowering journey of exploring just where I should place that ladder.
My journey kept touching on health and wellness, all the way along. Back then my dream was a yoga/pilates studio in the bush, close enough to Melbourne for clients to get to. I know one day this will be my final destination, but to quote Lao Tzu and journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. So I started taking steps towards that goal.
These steps were, find a job to keep me fed, clothed and sheltered, start a consistent yoga/pilates practice, train as a coach and then fulfil on being a coach on the Introduction Leaders program at Landmark Education, work hard at becoming the best finance manager I can be, train as a pilates instructor, continue to develop myself professionally and personally and then finally sign a lease on my first pilates studio.
I reached this destination Friday evening. Finally signing the lease to my new studio. It is a really scary step but many of the inspiring blogs I read online say to use your fear as a guide to point you in the direction you need to go.
Here is a picture of my new studio before any work, the floorboards go in next week which is very exciting.
Over the next few weeks I intend to share the ups and the downs of this journey, replacing the weekly exercise post with these next steps in my journey.
Jonathan who I spoke of earlier inspired me when I heard his story, he signed the lease on his yoga studio the day before September 11. Check him out the path he travelled since then is amazing and has truly inspired me to finally take that leap of faith I have been putting off in favour of the comforts of what I know and a really stable corporate career.
Stay tuned and follow the journey of the next step in Sonia Louise Pilates.