"Do What You Love" - That's the gist of half of the motivational quotes I have pinned on Pinterest. My favorite being, "It's a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.

Sure, we all pin these quotes and repost them on Instagram for all of our friends to see - because everyone thinks this way, right?  Everyone agrees that this is how life, and more specifically, our careers should be. But work is work - and a job is just a job, something to pay the bills. For some, that's just what their jobs are. I was once a part of this club...and then, call it fate, I was forced to reevaluate my so-called "career."

I started my working-girl days at an incredible foundation - One that pulls at your heart-strings and makes you believe you're really doing something good for the world. But when you're 24, live paycheck-to-paycheck and have an hour and a half (each way) reverse commute from Manhattan, any job, no matter how rewarding, starts to drag you down. Tack on that I really didn't know what I wanted to do with my "career," and I found myself in a pretty big slump.

I eventually found a new job at another great institution, started dating my now husband and was happy in what I thought was my nonprofit career. And then said institution went bankrupt and I was laid off. Back to the drawing board, I found myself at another nonprofit organization. Rinse, wash and repeat and I was now onto job #4. When I was laid off again, I had reached my quota of nonprofits and their budget-cuts. It was time I figured out what I really wanted to do.

But what was that? I had just planned my own wedding and having come from the (nonprofit) event-planning world, I thought that I should venture into the world of weddings. I did always enjoy writing and have a creative side, so I decided to start my own wedding blog (Tulle Wedding Skirts) to dip my toes into this new-to-me world and have it act as an extension of my resume. My blog didn't quite lead me to a wedding planning career, but it did lead me to where I am today...

Work it Out. This boutique studio in this mile-square city I now call home has become so much more than the place I go to work (it) out. One thing led to another and I found myself looking into getting certified to teach barre classes. Barre, the popular fitness class, which is a fusion of ballet, pilates and yoga - and reminded me of something I used to be really good at. Something I dedicated my entire childhood and early adulthood too. Something that always held a special place in my heart. Dance.

Talking about teaching barre classes and even going through the process of barre certification didn't sell me that yes! this was what I was supposed to be doing. It wasn't until the nerves had settled and I had gotten a few classes under my belt that I had my Ah-Ha! moment. But like they always say, "Slow and steady wins the race." I started teaching more classes, creating better playlists, connecting with clients - and ultimately, fell head over heels in love with teaching barre. Barre, this fitness craze, that all comes back to the fundamentals of ballet, my true passion.

It's a funny thing when a career and a passion come together...

Catch Caitlin in one of her CandyBarre classes, or around the studios as she manages WiO's events and special projects. When not at WiO, you'll find Caitlin trying new restaurants around Hoboken with her husband and spending time with her family and friends. Visit her blog, Tulle Wedding Skirts, for some wedding inspiration and more.

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