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Decide What To Be And Go Be It, Round 2

Two years ago today I announced that I was leaving my advertising job to pursue a career in fitness.The past two years have taken me from making training, teaching and blogging my living to accepting a full-time position as the general manager of Metro Fitness Club and Metro CrossFit. Each step of this journey has been meaningful and 100% completely worth it. I have never regretted my career change and there has not been a single day in the last two years that I have dreaded going into work. That is awesome.

But I’m not done yet. There is still this fire in me to keep growing, expanding and connecting. I’m so excited (and completely terrified) to announce that I’m launching a new website to support a dream that I’ve talked about for a long time. I love teaching, training and talking about helping people identify their passions and interests. So much so that I want to share it outside of Charlotte. I want to take this show on the road.

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I would be extremely grateful if you checked out my new website and Facebook page. I am now booking yoga workshops, speaking engagements and fitness presentations through 2014. All the details can be found on my book me page. Also, this is the first site that I have built from scratch without my web guys to help me so I’m pretty proud. It was many hours in the making but totally worth it and something I felt like I just needed to do on my own.

I have participated in several goal setting workshops over the past couple years, the kind where you have to write down your one year, five year and 10 year vision. I don’t know if you’ve ever participated in this type of exercise but it’s pretty scary. I was comforted to discover that one of the only things that I was consistently 100% certain of was that I knew my #1 passion was teaching and that I wanted teach outside of Charlotte. I cannot even explain to you how on fire I am about sharing my experiences, knowledge and passions with others.

I want to come to all of your cities and teach, speak, train, talk, drink wine…anything! I see workshops, retreats, master classes and so much more on the horizon. I also want to train other teachers and am pursuing my EYRT and embarking on my 500-hour yoga teacher training certification so that in the near future I can lead teacher trainings and continuing education seminars.

Charlotte and Metro will always remain my home base but my soul craves deeper connection and new experiences. I so appreciate your continued support and look forward to continuing to share my career journey and evolution with you! And be sure to email me and connect me with your local studio if you want me to come teach in your city! šŸ˜‰

THANK YOU! xoxoxo

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  • 1
    Sarah N September 23, 2013, 11:05 pm

    Wow, awesome! Congrats! =)

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    Ashley @ Guard Your Heart September 23, 2013, 11:09 pm

    Wow Jen! This is incredible!!! I am beyond excited for your journey and know exactly what you mean when you say “But Iā€™m not done yet. There is still this fire in me to keep growing, expanding and connecting.” I feel that every.single.day. I am so happy for you that you are taking another step in following your dreams! I hope our paths eventually cross! My prayers, support and encouragement are with you each and every day!

    • 3
      Jen September 24, 2013, 7:39 am

      ashley – it makes me so excited and happy to read that you feel that way. thank you for the support and i hope our paths cross too!

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    Courtney September 23, 2013, 11:13 pm

    That is awesome!! It’s inspiring to see all you’ve done and how you are continually chasing your dreams. I’m still figuring out my blogging journey and having people like you forging your own destiny proves to everyone that we are capable of so much. Good luck with everything and hopefully someday you get to Connecticut because I would love to be at one of your workshops!

    • 5
      Jen September 24, 2013, 7:40 am

      thank you courtney. keep at the blog and do what feels right and authentic for you! i hope we meet someday!

  • 6
    Kim September 23, 2013, 11:22 pm

    Congrats Jen! So happy that you’re happy doing exactly what you love for a living. So few people can actually say that. I’ve been following your blog for 3-4 years now and I’ve loved watching you find yourself and watch you grow your career. I can’t wait for you to one to DC! I’ll definitely come to any engagements you have!

    • 7
      Jen September 24, 2013, 7:41 am

      hey kim – thanks so much for the support and for reading for so long! i definitely want to make it to DC and hope to meet you in person!

  • 8
    Jill Kirby September 23, 2013, 11:24 pm

    Yes! Please come to Arlington, Va! What can I do to connect you with the local studios?

  • 9
    Michelle September 23, 2013, 11:42 pm

    Congratulations, Jen!! You changed my life with PBR, so I will always support you.

    • 10
      Jen September 24, 2013, 7:41 am

      thank you so much for the support and kind words michelle!

  • 11
    Megan (The Lyons' Share) September 24, 2013, 12:07 am

    Congratulations! The site looks so professional, and all the pics of you are amazing! I really admire you for working to make your dreams a reality – big inspiration!

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      Jen September 24, 2013, 7:38 am

      thanks so much megan! i built the site on my own so i’m kind of proud that i pulled it off! šŸ™‚

  • 14
    Bonnie September 24, 2013, 12:08 am

    How exciting! Thanks for sharing with us…what a neat new adventure!

  • 15
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine September 24, 2013, 1:23 am

    Congratulations Jen! You are one inspiring women, keep up your hard work and drive always!

  • 16
    Tina September 24, 2013, 1:58 am

    This looks awesome! Congrats Jen! Keep up the good work! You really are an inspiration to so many of us!

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    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen September 24, 2013, 5:58 am

    Jen, this is awesome!! I am so happy for you šŸ™‚ The new site looks awesome! I will keep the wheels turning in my head so that I can think of a time/place for you to come to speak in Indy! šŸ™‚ Happy two years!

    • 18
      Jen September 24, 2013, 7:37 am

      thanks tara!

  • 19
    Liza Sitz September 24, 2013, 6:07 am

    Come to DC!!! I would love to take a fitness or yoga class of yours šŸ™‚ WOOO

    • 20
      Jen September 24, 2013, 7:37 am

      on the short list of places to visit!

  • 21
    Lauren E. September 24, 2013, 6:24 am

    I’d love to experience one of your yoga classes. How about posting a full instructional video and we could follow along at home? Remember to pick your best playlist!

    • 22
      Jen September 24, 2013, 7:37 am

      hi lauren – i wish i could do that but the video production and music licensing for a full-length class is a little out of my scope right now but definitely a goal for the future!

  • 23
    Pam September 24, 2013, 6:56 am

    So very happy for you! We are opening a NEW yoga studio in our city and already have talked about workshops and teacher training events! You will be on our list of guests for certain! Love the new site! I will share it with others.

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      Jen September 24, 2013, 7:36 am

      thank you pam. i appreciate you thinking of me and i would love to visit when the new studio opens. congratulations! that is so exciting!

  • 25
    Lauren K September 24, 2013, 7:43 am

    Congrats and soooo proud of you! I have a feeling you are going to have tons of sessions lined up soon. Keep making those dreams a reality!!

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    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun September 24, 2013, 8:14 am

    Awesome! I am so amazed by you and going after what you want!! That is such an awesome thing šŸ™‚ You are making your dreams a reality and I admire you so much for that!

  • 27
    erin September 24, 2013, 8:43 am

    How exciting Jen! Congratulations!

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    Julie @ Coastal Runner Girl September 24, 2013, 8:53 am

    Wow, that’s so awesome!! You’re such an inspiring person! I’d LOVE to attend a workshop/ yoga class/ speaking engagement so hopefully you book one in Boston šŸ™‚

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    Nicole M. September 24, 2013, 8:57 am

    You’re so inspiring, Jen! I’m in a job I don’t love so much right now but I know it’s mostly necessary to get where I ultimately want to be. You’re happiness and fire excite me and remind me of my own passion, so thank you for that!

  • 30
    Ashley N. September 24, 2013, 9:38 am

    Congratulations!!! What a beautiful service you are giving not only to yourself but to others. It’s truly inspiring to see someone follow their dreams and make it happen. I am in the life stage of figuring out WHAT my dreams are, so thank you for sharing your journey with all of us readers! Your fire is contagious. šŸ™‚

  • 31
    Tamara September 24, 2013, 10:09 am

    Congratulations! You are such an inspiration, Jen. So happy for you, you should be so proud. Come to NYC!!! My yoga studio would love you and I may be able to get you in to do a workshop. Email me if you are interested. The yogis in NYC would love love love you!
    I think your website looks really nice, I love all of the pictures of you – its a great way to connect to those that may not know you yet from PBR. Really excited for you and this new journey. Thank you for inspiring me!

  • 32
    kelly September 24, 2013, 10:12 am

    Congratulations! I admire your passion, and it’s so inspiring to see you follow your dreams. Best of luck!

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    She Rocks Fitness September 24, 2013, 10:30 am

    This is awesome and so proud of you for just going for it; dreaming big; and putting yourself out there for the whole country to see! Best of luck and cannot wait to follow you along this next chapter. So so happy for you! XOXO

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    practicinggrace September 24, 2013, 10:33 am

    SO so so so so happy for you!!!! I’ll definitely talk to my yoga studio in DC šŸ™‚

  • 35
    Liz September 24, 2013, 10:38 am

    Amazing and inspiring. Congrats and can’t wait to see where the road takes you!!

  • 36
    Mary September 24, 2013, 10:58 am

    I’m so excited for you! This will be an amazing journey! If you come to Jacksonville, FL or anywhere near I will definitely be there!

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    kristy September 24, 2013, 11:26 am

    congrats jen and i wish you the best of luck! thanks for always being an inspiration to follow your dreams šŸ™‚

  • 38
    Brittany @ proteinandpumps September 24, 2013, 11:46 am

    You are so inspiring! I can’t wait to see where this new journey takes you. Best of luck!

  • 39
    Sarah Schott (Holistic Shape Up) September 24, 2013, 11:54 am

    Congratulations!! I have been following your blog over the past few years while I was in medical school, and I always find your posts so real, down to earth, and inspirational. I applaud you for following your passion and dreams for your career, and your path and confidence in that path has helped me to do the same in my own life – I am currently transitioning from medical school grad and physician to now opening up my own holistic health coaching and fitness practice because those things (rather than traditional medicine) are my true passions in life. It’s a rough and a long road (and scary at some times to break the mold and actually make your own path), but I know it’s what makes me happy. Anyway, thank you for this post and for just being an inspiration and role model for my own journey to reach my dreams. Best of luck to you!! šŸ™‚

  • 40
    Dana September 24, 2013, 11:57 am

    An inspiration! Love the new site- nice job! And more than that, I love what you are doing…the journey continues-

  • 41
    tara September 24, 2013, 1:25 pm

    Wow good for you ! I admire your courage and your willingness to put yourself out there. As someone who is sitting at her desk right now wishing she loved her job, don’t ever take for granted loving your job ! (i sound my like mother preaching at you!). When you put good out in the world, you will get good back ! Congratulations !!!!

  • 42
    Parita @ myinnershakti September 24, 2013, 1:30 pm

    Congrats, Jen! It is so amazing to see someone live out their dreams in real life! I wish you nothing but lots of luck and can’t wait to follow along!

  • 43
    Ally September 24, 2013, 2:01 pm

    Jen, fan-effing-tastic. So much hard work and it shows. Congratulations.

  • 44
    Lisa September 24, 2013, 2:06 pm

    Congratulation Jen, I am so happy for you. It is wonderful you are following your dreams and passions. I only wish you lived in California so I can hire you to train me. I would love to attend one of your seminars. I wish you all the best for all your future adventures.

  • 45
    Holly September 24, 2013, 2:28 pm

    This is awesome! Congrats! Now I just need to find a way to get you to Ohio! šŸ™‚ I would love to take one of your classes! You are so talented so I know this will be a huge success!

  • 46
    Emily September 24, 2013, 4:30 pm

    I wish the best and am so happy that you are pursuing your dream!!!!

  • 47
    pamela September 24, 2013, 10:37 pm

    SO happy for you! I am staring my 500 hour yoga teacher training too. It’s going to be awesome. I can’t wait to take one of your workshops!! You are a force!!

  • 48
    Amber September 25, 2013, 12:17 am

    Come to Canada!! More specifically – British Columbia! I live in Kamloops but would totally drive to meet you and take one of your classes šŸ™‚

  • 49
    Chelsea Bishop September 26, 2013, 3:30 pm

    so excited for you! keep growing!! you inspire me every day. I will connect with my studio manager and hopefully she will invite you to lead a workshop in Jacksonville, FL!! xo

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