Since I left the 9-5 world of public relations I’ve found myself wondering if I’d ever feel like I was on “a path” again. I know that’s a terrible way of looking at life, especially because life is what happens when you aren’t trying to forge a path and “figure things out” (amiright?) But since I finally feel like I have a handle on where my life is going, I’d love to share it with you all. After all, you guys have been the BEST lately. For real. Never in a million years did I think that people who I’d never physically met before could be so supportive. This blog has truly been a gift to me for the past year.
So what am I up to?
For the past few years I’ve felt this pull to help people through fitness. I’ve always known that I wouldn’t be happy in life if I wasn’t making a difference somehow. When I was 15 I was convinced I would join the Peace Corps and in college I thought I’d become a journalist to help educate people about the injustices that happen every day in our country and around the globe. But ever since I discovered my passion for fitness and health I’ve realized that the “change” I want to make doesn’t have to be on a huge scale.
Six months ago I was on the elliptical at my then-gym and I watched as a timid, overweight, middle-aged woman met her personal trainer for the first time, a mid-20s fitness buff whose muscles were bursting out of his frat tank with the gym’s name written all over it like a walking ad. I remember watching their interaction and seeing how he barely looked at her, just trotted her over to the scale, asked her to step on, wrote it down, and walked away. The look on her face…..I just remember thinking: this woman is trapped. She wants to be healthy, she wants a support system, a friend, a health confidante, someone with some goddamn empathy, and all she got was a “trainer” who saw her as another number.
I am lucky enough that I discovered the benefits of an active life early: you have more confidence, you feel like there is nothing holding you back from any physical activity (want to hike up that mountain? no problem!), you are inspired to cook healthy and colorful meals, and you don’t turn down social activities because you’re anxious about how you appear to other people and you don’t want a little extra weight to define you. I want to share that with other people. I want to become a personal trainer, develop relationships with clients, and then, eventually, teach group fitness classes. I know that not only will I feel great by helping people, but this will help my confidence as well.
I should have my certification by Thanksgiving, and then I’ll start looking for opportunities in the city. I thrive on relationships so I can’t wait to get started and see where this new path takes me!
On that note, studying doesn’t pay the bills, so what am I doing in the meantime?
I work at lululemon athletica! I began training over a month ago and am officially an Educator!
I can already tell this is going to be an incredible place to work. Everyone has the same passion for health that I do and I’ve already attended a bunch of new fitness classes that I would never have tried on my own! It’s like I just made dozens of new friends who are exactly like me 🙂
Another huge plus is that the company promotes personal development in employees, so over the past month I’ve been forced (yes, forced) to look at my life and create a vision for my future. Not a general “I want to be happy.” I actually had to write out specific goals that I want to accomplish in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, etc. and share the vision I have for my life.
It. Was. Hard. I’m not a future-thinker. The future scares me. But once I had everything written out, I felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. I feel in control of my future, and I know that my vision can come true if I hold myself accountable to all my goals.
So many changes are a-happening but in the midst of all the change is an underlying excitement! I can’t wait to share everything with you over the next few months.
- Any certified personal trainers out there? Any tips for me?
- Are you a future-thinker? Do you have specific goals for the future that you hold yourself accountable for?