Dear Dance Studio Owner and Teacher,
Welcome to spring! It is the countdown to dance recitals, summer camps, nationals, and fall scheduling. The "to-do" list is never ending and at times the work can feel overwhelming.
Here are 3 things that you can do get through the season with a little bit more peace and balance, (and yes, it is possible!)
Schedule your work time.
I can not stress this enough! I believe in this so much, I may just go to my grave kicking and screaming about this message until every dance studio owner/teacher gets it.
YOU MUST MAKE YOURSELF A PRIORITY!
(...my apologies for screaming at you, but I am really passionate about this.)
There is nothing worse for me than to listen to a Dance Studio Owner/Teacher talk about their struggles with balancing their studio passion with their personal life. Even worse is hearing them say that they want to throw in the towel. The time that it requires to own a dance studio is a lot and the hours are a tough balancing act.
Want to date? He better like dance.
Want a husband? He better be ok with not seeing you at night and must love sitting with you at dance competitions.
Want kids? Better hope they dance, because there is no life outside of these walls.
Now I know this is not the reality for everyone ( and the gender roles can be swapped)
- but I can guarantee it is for many.
And I get it!! I get that if you woke up every morning and tackled everything that is on your studio "to-do" list, you would be working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
(I feel your head nod....and I hear that you are saying you already are doing that.)
I understand. I do.
I really, really do.
It does not have to be this way. I am giving you permission now to fill your own cup....to do what makes you happy...to do what makes you feel the most alive!!
And it starts with this.
1. Schedule your work time. Set your hours!
(again, sorry for the yelling, but feel the passion.)
If you do not set your hours and stick with them, you will always be working....and while you are working, your family, friends, and personal needs are missing you. You need to schedule your personal time in, and this becomes your "No Matter What."
Your No Matter What can sound like this:
No matter what is happening in the studio, I am having weekly family dinner.
No matter what, I am getting my work out in.
No matter what, I am sticking with our monthly girls night out.
No matter what, I am having our weekly date night.
You get the point.
Remember that you are leading others, helping them to create a path towards deeper meaning, self expression, self love...etc.
All of this comes with balance, boundaries, and self awareness, which must be demonstrated by you, their fearless leader and mentor for life.
2. Develop your Gratitude Practice.
The simplest way to bring more joy into your life is through the simple act of feeling grateful. Before you even start your day, create some space to feel thankful for all of the blessings in your life. You can write in your gratitude journal while you drink our morning coffee, or go through your gratitude list in your mind while on your morning commute.
" I am grateful for beautiful mornings."
" I am grateful for my morning coffee."
" I am grateful for an abundance of energy."
"I am grateful for all of the people I get to dance with today."
" I am grateful that my passion is my career."
This may all seem "hokey" or super "hippy dippy", but I promise you when you begin to direct your awareness towards what makes you happy and the blessings in your life, your studio "to-do" list will not seem so heavy and you will get through the end of the season with an increase of love and energy.
You can also bring your gratitude practice into the dance studio space by creating a gratitude wall or having a gratitude jar at the front desk.
Try it for a week, and let me know how it works for you.
3. Create your Golden Moments.
Schedule time in your day to pause, take a breath and come back into the magic of this golden moment. I suggest setting a timer at least 3 times a day which will remind you to pause and be present. This quick check-in with yourself will allow you to ask:
"How am I feeling?"
"How is my day going?"
"What do you need right now?"
Taking the time to check in with yourself allows you to remain in control of your day, offering chances to shift as you need. This daily reminder will also help to alleviate any stress that you may have accumulated by bringing you back to the present moment.
You are guiding others to create full and rich lives, so you must demonstrate what it means to live a full and rich life.
You are amazing and I am sending you so much LOVE!
Life and Worthiness Coach for Dance Studio Owners and Teachers