I recently learned about “quiet quitting”: a concept which got a lot of traction thanks to a 17-second video published last July on TikTok. During this brief video @zkchillin (now @zaidleppelin) defined quiet quitting as the idea that one is no longer “going above and beyond” one’s job description. Quiet quitting also means you no longer “subscribe to the hustle culture”: a culture which endorses the erroneous belief that “work is your life” and your worth as a person is based on how productive you are.

The video went viral and the hashtag “quietquitting” is trending with over 8 million uses on the TikTok platform alone. (Source) Clearly, this concept is tapping into an important change in the zeitgeist: a change which I hope empowers laborers to organize and to seek more humane and equitable conditions at work.

I am fascinated that the term used to describe healthy work boundaries includes the word “quiet.”

There is something righteous about opting out of the hustle culture with little to no fanfare.

The word “quiet” feels dignified. It speaks to the truth of the situation: a truth which prioritizes people over profit. Quiet also makes it clear that the worker does not owe the employer an explanation or a justification. The word “quiet” implies the “quitting” is honorable and good.

Quiet quitting is compelling to me because I struggle with work boundaries.

In fact, I think I struggle more with work boundaries now, as a self-employed person, than I ever did as an employee for another entity.

Since I use evasive terms to describe my work/life imbalance, I do not address the struggle often. Saying things like, “I love everything I do,” or “That’s what happens when you are a small operation,” minimizes the imbalance and makes it more difficult to change. While it is true that I enjoy my work (except taxes), I cannot avoid the impact of my choices, which sometimes leave me exhausted and uninspired.

I, therefore, am limiting my focus to the following endeavors: my counseling practice, the School of the Lost Arts, and the Shakti Leadership program.

This decision means that Shakti is no longer hosting classes, workshops, or events which do not fall under one of these domains. If someone wants to use the space without expecting additional support from me (like registration or marketing), then private arrangements will be made. I am publishing my decision in the newsletter to make me more accountable. Thank you for being my witness.

Over the next several weeks, I am working with my team to finalize the Shakti Fall Schedule. I am excited to share more about the School of the Lost Arts’ events as well as to introduce the 3-month Leadership program launching this October. Please save the date, September 22: the day of the Shakti Fall Equinox Celebration where more details will be revealed. In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you think about #quietquitting.

With much love,

Kim Bushore-Maki

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Kim Bushore-Maki is a soul-driven entrepreneur who understands the undeniable urge to create a business and a life filled with meaning and purpose. Her vision of opening a center where women could heal and grow led her to open Shakti in the Mountains in Johnson City, Tennessee: a place where the creative, feminine energy is nurtured and valued.

Since 2010, Kim continues to build and to support a healthy, vibrant community and now guides retreats, teaches yoga, and provides one-on-one services for women who want an immersion experience into the life-affirming, Shakti energy.

Kim’s training as a therapist and yoga teacher allows her to safely and compassionately guide women on a heart-centered journey to Self, where women re-connect with their beautiful, authentic spirit.

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