Do What You Love


Wise words from Wes Anderson's film, Rushmore...

Herman Blume: What's the secret, Max?

Max Fischer: The secret?

Herman Blume: Yeah, you seem to have it pretty figured out.

Max Fischer: The secret, I don't know... I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life. For me, it's going to Rushmore.

I spent all day Saturday at Naukabout Festival on Cape Cod watching my friends do what they love: make music and share it with the world.  The photograph above is of Danielle Miraglia and her mighty chorus. 


This past fall, I decided that I was going to leave my job as a school teacher and dive head first into the world of yoga.   Time for a leap of faith.  Time to do what I love.  


My parents have always been incredibly supportive of me and my slightly less-traditional path in life.  So when I first brought up this new plan with them, I was surprised when their reactions were more of concern than excitement.  During discussions about my plans, they often brought up how big a deal this was, asking if I really knew what I was doing - what about rent?  What about health insurance?  What about saving for the future?  Can you really make a living off of yoga!?  After holding back the adolescent impulse to roll my eyes or fight back, I answered with fearless (and perhaps slightly naive) enthusiasm... "Now is the time in my life to take risks!  I don't have children, I don't own a home - its just me!  If I don't try now, I'll always regret it!" 

(Now I don't want anyone to get the wrong idea here - my parents love that I'm pursuing yoga - they've hired me to teach at their school, and they've both participated in a few of my classes!  I'm pretty sure I have the greatest parents in the world... so if you're reading this Mom and Dad - thanks for asking the annoying questions, and thanks for letting me leap anyways!)

Although I still feel the same way - now is the time for me to take this risk - it is way scarier than I could have ever imagined.  I knew it would be hard, I knew it would be a lot of work, I knew it would be a slow process.... but I didn't really know.

But now that I'm mid-leap, there's no turning back!  And thank goodness... because even though leaving a job with a regular paycheck and health insurance to scrape by teaching yoga for a living is a lot of work and pretty scary, its also the most awesome job I've ever had. =]


I was at a bit of a loss this week as to how to turn this week's blessing into art.  I sort of felt like, well I'm already living this blessing - I'm in a new position that excites my heart and fits with the rhythms of my soul.  And I'm working my ass off for that position every day!  I think I had a bit of a fuck you attitude towards my blog - I felt like, I don't need to make a piece of art this week, my work is my art. 

So Sunday morning comes around and I got nothing, zero inspiration.  Zip.  Zilch. Nada.

While walking through the Davis Flea with some friends, I looked around and saw so many incredible people, all at different places in their own leaps of faith.  People watching can be a really inspiring thing!   

So I decided to take my people watching to the next level and actually talk to some of the folks I saw.  I asked each person the following three questions: 


1. What's your name? 

2. What do you do? 

3. Why do you do what you do?  


I interviewed a whole bunch of people and unfortunately because I used my iPhone, some of the audio is really bad... I'm so sorry if your clip didn't make it into the mini video!!   But here's a quick compilation of the usable clips:


If you're interested in learning more about some of the folks from the video (and the folks whose clips didn't make it into the video!) who are doing what they love down at the Davis Flea and beyond, check out their websites!

Erica Smiley ~ Esoterica Jewelry     Jonah Smiley ~ Citizen Chain

Dewey Cyr ~ Real Pops     La Roux Vintage   

Carmen Prince ~ Prince Gallery    Erik White    Laurence Scudder