When asked the question “What do you do for a living?” - what is your response? Or better yet, what is the tone of your response?
Are you unable to hide your excitement as you explain what brings in the bacon, smiling ear to ear while you talk about your daily activities? Or do you brush off the question quickly, eager to change the subject because - if you’re not at work, you don’t want to be talking about it.
Unfortunately for most Americans, it’s the latter. In fact, surveys have shown that nearly 80% of the US population isn’t happy with their jobs. How crazy, to think that over HALF of us are walking around unfulfilled about a huge area of our lives? But not to worry, if any of this is tugging at your heart strings, there is a way out. The freedom to quit something and start fresh is always in our hands. Sometimes, we just need a little nudge. And that first nudge could be a simple article, describing what could be and what’s actually possible.
While there are countless business and job opportunities, there is one industry that stands tall and true. It’s the backbone of the future and is always rewarding: education! Working with children is a job that gives back and leaves you feeling like you’ve made a difference. And if you’re not on board with full-time teaching, there are many other outlets in the education industry to pursue. We may be a little biased, but our favorite is after school programs - teaching Hula Hoops!
Being a hula hoop after school instructor has so many benefits. Maybe you’ve never thought twice about teaching hula hooping. Or maybe you’ve been thinking a lot about it. Whether you never knew this job existed, or you are so close to the edge ready to make the leap - here are 5 reasons why being a hula hoop after school teacher is one of the most rewarding careers you could fall head over heels in love with!
1. You Get To Hula Hoop for a Living!
So remember that question, “What do you do for a living?” You’ll never again brush it off, roll your eyes or not want to talk about it. You will have a smile on your face and a smirk in your heart when you get to proudly announce that you’re a professional hula hooper. The reaction never gets old. There’s always follow up questions, total awe from your audience and lots of laughter as you get to tell the story of how you got here. It feels so warm and fuzzy inside when you have fun for a living. Not to mention, you’ll always be in shape!
2. Getting to Teach Children Expression Through Creative Movement
Creative expression is a vital component to being human. We have been expressing ourselves all the way back to when cavemen carved stick-figure drawings into the sides of boulders. Being a teacher who shows children the beauty of creative expression and teaches them how to move and control their body is priceless. It is something they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
Another incredible thing about hoop dance is that it translates over to so many things! Learning muscle memory and how to flow with objects will not only make them better hoopers, but can open doors leading to other forms of dancing! It is a skill that children will forever be improving, working on and elevating.
3. After School Hula Hoop Teachers Have Schedule Flexibility
Who doesn’t want a flexible schedule? Life is so busy and we all have places to see, things to do and people to spend time with. That’s why your job should work around you, and being an after school instructor is a straight path to that freedom. First, weekends are always off because - you guessed it - there’s no school! And yes, that means holidays too. Any off-days that the school district has, so do you! Think Christmas, Thanksgiving, spring break, summer break…imagine all the adventures you can go on when you’re an adult with a summer break!
With that being said, you can also pile on the work if that’s what you prefer. If you like to have a few side jobs in your back pocket, after school programs are the place to be. Most classes don’t start until late afternoon, meaning you have the entire morning to fill with anything else you need to get done. With weekends and holidays open, you can choose to fill that up with more money making magic, too!
4. No Homework & Testing Stress
Maybe you want to be a teacher, but the thought of being buried in assignments has you scared to make the leap. Teaching an after school program takes that stress and hassle out of the picture. You get all the benefits of teaching children valuable lessons, information and skills without worrying about preparing them for tests or staying up til the wee hours of the morning grading papers on amazonian tree frogs. Plus, there is so much more freedom for the curriculum. (Obviously, hula hooping is an option!)
5. Being Around Children Keeps You Young!
What do they say? If you don’t use it, you lose it! Kids are full of the energy we wish we had. But when you’re around them, they definitely share that energy with you. You can’t help but move and groove when they get excited about the next trick you’re teaching them. They will also keep you in the loop with all the new lingo, trends and anything else us adults seem to lose track of the older we get. Generations are constantly changing and if you’re not around the young ones, you may not know what yeet means. But don’t worry, working with children every week will definitely keep your body and your mind as young as them!
When it comes down to it, life is so insanely short. You blink and years have gone by. If there is a part of you that is dying to live - and you know your current career isn’t helping you do that - the world of owning or teaching a Hula Hoop After School Program might be the perfect fit for you. Amy Neel, co-owner of Mad About Hoops says, "If you want the life of your wildest dreams, you have to be willing to let go of the one you have."
It is possible, it is fun and it is so, SO rewarding. Not just for the children that you’re impacting but also for you. How amazing will it be when you can finally smile at the “what do you do for a living” question and get to say “I teach a Hula Hoop After School Program.”
If you want to learn more about how you can change your life and take control of your freedom, click here. You can learn about the programs we offer and even set up a discovery call totally free! You've got nothing to lose, and everything to gain. We believe in you!