Four weeks ago today I left my career in advertising and announced my decision to pursue fitness full-time. When I walked out of my office for the last time I felt exhilarated but also a little scared. Here is a look at how things are going at the one month mark.
Happy. Work doesn’t feel like work when you spend all day doing something that you love. I truly enjoy every single class and every single training session. Life is good.
Grateful. I feel an extreme amount of gratitude for so many things. For the support of my friends, family, students and the Charlotte fitness community. For the opportunity to make a career out of doing something that I love so much. For amazing supervisors/mentors at my various places of employment. For my husband who has encouraged me every step of the way.
Lucky. Every day I ask myself, “Is this real life?” It took a lot of hard work and long hours to get to this point but I feel unbelievably blessed that it has become a reality.
Supported. I don’t think I’ve gone a single day without someone asking me how things are going with the career change. To realize that people genuinely want to see you succeed and want to do what they can to help make that happen is incredible.
By how busy I am. Honestly, I thought that I would have a lot of down time in the beginning. I envisioned a couple weeks where I could get my house completely clean and organized and get a ton of things done that have been pushed to the back burner (car inspections, car registration drama, 401k transfers, closet clean outs, etc). Um, that has SO not been the case. My days have been busy and the weeks are flying by.
That I kind of miss “getting dressed.” Don’t get me wrong. It is really nice not to have to get dressed up for work every day but I now go days at a time without even putting jeans on. Take this week for example. I haven’t had jeans on since Sunday. I live in Lululemon. It’s not unusual for me to take 2-3 showers every day and to go through 2-3 outfits. I have been trying to at least blow dry my hair and put on makeup every day.
By opportunities that have come my way. The universe is funny. I fought this change for a long time and “swam against the current ” with one foot in two worlds until I was almost at my breaking point. As soon as I let go and took the leap of faith, opportunities came pouring in. Things have a way of working out.
I’m looking forward to…
A more firm schedule. My schedule has been pretty crazy. Especially Tuesdays. I’m running all over town on that day. One of the best pieces of advice I got when I started this new journey was to try to create a schedule for myself and stick to it. Carve out blocks of time that I will spend in different locations. For example, Monday mornings might be devoted to personal training clients at the gym while Wednesday mornings will be spent at Y2 teaching. I want to be able to look at the week and know where I will be and when I can schedule things. I know it will take time to get there but that’s my intention.
More personal training. This month has been really heavy on the yoga. I’ve been teaching a ton of classes and privates. I’m looking forward to building up the personal training side of things so that it feels a bit more balanced.
Blog upgrades. Guess what? PBR is getting a major overhaul. We’re shooting to get the new design up next week. Hang with me if there is any funkiness during the transition. And Bakin’ and Eggs is moving over to its own server too! I’m seriously committing to posting several recipes each week. I’m loving having more time to spend in the kitchen.
So there you have it. All in all, life is so good and I am ridiculously happy. I truly appreciate your support and kind words over the past month!