NextGen MilSpouse is going beyond traditional career tips and tricks for military spouses! We are sharing the real stories of working military spouses (just like you!) and their professional success stories on Wednesdays.
Name: Iwona Tanen
Years as a military spouse:
Tell us your job title/profession:
Yoga teacher and 575 Yoga Studio owner
Is this full-time, part-time, hourly, contract or freelance work?
How long have you been working in this career field?
Do you work in an office, telecommute from home (or Starbucks), or a little bit of both?
Tell us one thing you love about your job.
I love teaching yoga because I love student-teacher interaction. Meeting new people who inspire me to be better at my job and hopefully I have an impact on their wellness too. I believe that yoga is not for the flexible, it’s for the willing. Anyone can do it, as long you know how to modify poses to your needs.
I love being a studio owner because it taught me so much! I learned how to be more assertive, speak my mind and have difficult conversations with others. I love creating a space where people can relax but also be themselves, just as they are.
How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.
I started working at the studio shortly after it opened. It was previously owned by another military spouse, Geri Hall, who was a yoga teacher, and wanted to make a difference in our community.
A year after opening the studio, Geri had to PCS to Florida, and approached me about buying the studio. I accepted. I have been the studio owner since May 2016.
What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?
Networking and Airmen & Family Readiness Center. I found my first job in Clovis through AFRC and I found my yoga teaching job through networking and meeting people.
How do you feel about failure?
I like to think about failure as a life lesson. It is something you can’t avoid but if you can learn from it, you will grow as a person.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?
Lack of opportunities in small, remote military bases. But if you can’t find it, create it! See the opportunity not the lack of.
There was no yoga studio in Clovis when I moved in here, and now we have a yoga studio, and growing yoga and wellness community!
What is the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?
Find what you love and become good at it.
Who is in your support squad (i.e. spouse, neighbor, bff) and what role do they play in supporting your career?
My husband is my best supporter and biggest fan. He supports my efforts to be independent and have career on my own.
My friends are an incredibly important support system, especially when my husband is deployed. My family, although far away, provides much needed comic relief and great advice.
Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks?
Yes, we split household tasks. If I cook, he would clean after dinner or if I would do laundry he would vacuum etc. Teamwork.
Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week:
For saving sanity: meditation and yoga. My meditation practice makes me calm and centered. My yoga practice and workouts make me feel strong and capable.
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What’s your favorite app for making the most of your day?
Meditation Studio App and Spotify App
Must-have song on your productivity playlist?
Flawless by Beyonce
If you had an extra hour in your day, what would you do with it?
I would like to read more.
If you were a superhero, what would be your super power?
Teleportation. I would love to teleport myself to see my family and friends. My family lives in Poland and I have friends all over the world and it would be the easiest way to keep in touch.