How to “Build a Life That Empowers/Fulfills You” is a very sexy topic these days, and lots of people want to talk about how easy it is to find your own. There’s a saying that goes something like, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life!” and while that would be awesome if it were true, it’s actually a giant, steaming load of crap.

No matter how fulfilling your work is, you will always have peaks and valleys along the journey. I have one of the most fulfilling “jobs” on the planet, and I can tell you that not every day is full of activities that leave me basking in the white glow of divine inspiration. A lot of days are just hustling and grinding and doing stuff we’re not excited about. It’s answering emails, customer service, strategizing for the future, filming, editing, writing, and working through whatever problems arise. It’s fighting the little voice in my head that says I’m insane for even trying and no one cares what I have to say. It’s figuring out a way to ease the stress of not having answers to everything. Even travel, while awesome, is still pretty un-glamorous: long lines, unpleasant seat buddies, delays, lost luggage, airport food, and jet lag (blah!) are still there despite the beautified Instagram airport selfies suggesting otherwise.

None of this is bad though. Even on the days where you’re exhausted and feel guilty for feeling exhausted, just remember that it’s OK. You’re not a bad person for being burnt out from teaching or typing or planning or worrying. When your alarm goes off and you STILL want to get up and do it again the next morning means you’re on the right track.

Keep it up, my fellow yogis. We got this.