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Pole Kitten arching on pole

I get a life?

This Summer is definitely looking to be different than my last Summer. Last Summer I worked myself to death. I did one bachelorette pole party after another, back to back, weekend after weekend. Not all of it was voluntary, 4 of my employees somehow managed to all be on vacation at the same time!! So I ended up having to teach parties myself whether I wanted to or not. I missed most of the fun Summer stuff from BBQ's to picnicks to potlucks and house parties. It did pad my bank account nicely and is part of why I can go two months without income now while I'm not allowed to teach for 2 months post surgery. But it wasn't fun having to work non-stop instead of going out.

This year I may not be teaching pole parties at all! I set up a new pay rate for employees and told them they could keep the old pay rate if they committed in advance to keeping dates and times of their choice open to teach pole parties. If they want it the old way, me just calling and saying "hey I scheduled a pole party on Saturday are you free or should I teach it?" then they can still do that but at a reduced pay rate. Everyone chose to be on board for committing to dates and times in advance and keeping the old pay rate. Plus I trained two new party instructors. So with 4 party instructors all committing to cover pole parties every weekend, I don't have to teach them at all. This will cost both my personal bank account and the business a significant drop in income monthly (because I'm paying other people to do what I used to do myself). But it will allow me to go to just about every social event this Summer that I want to. It means I will have a life this Summer. It will be the complete opposite of last Summer. Assuming of course I don't get tempted back into teaching parties. They are fun after all and the money I make doing it myself can go from everything to investing back into the business to saving for nice things for myself like a vacation. But if I can learn to live on less I would like to experiment with this whole concept of having a social life and going out and spending time with my friends.


I'm glad to hear this. It sounds like you are finally taking a step towards a balance in your life between work and play instead of just workworkwork all the time.

One of my favorite quotes is one that I heard a long time ago. I don't remember where I heard it or who said it, but it's something that's stuck with me for years:

"Remember that you work to live, you don't live to work."

Simple, and yet so many people just grind their lives away at their jobs.

Remember why you got into this in the first place. It was fun. You liked doing it. And now that you aren't working yourself crazy, you are starting to remember that. Use the new scheduling to your advantage. Schedule yourself a couple classes a month to teach, that sort of thing.

But remember, you are allowed to take time off, too. At the end of the day, it's the memories you make, not the dollars, you will likely enjoy more.