Remember how I left my career in advertising last September to “live the dream” and pursue my passion for fitness? I pulled it off. The mix of teaching yoga, training clients and my blog provided me the financial stability I needed to do the things I loved. Despite the fact that I was teaching upwards of 20 yoga classes per week, constantly driving from place to place and my work hours were very random, I was really happy.
And then in January I found myself contemplating several full-time career opportunities that came to me out of the blue. I wasn’t looking to go back to a full-time job and I thought I was perfectly content with the lifestyle I had created. This proves that when you go in the direction of the things that inspire and fulfill you, doors open and opportunities present themselves. Ultimately, I decided to pursue one of those opportunities and went back to working full-time as the general manager of Metro Fitness Club.
Although the overall feedback was positive, some people questioned my decision to return to “the working world” when I had created this whole new thing that was working fine and seemingly exactly what I wanted. Honestly, I questioned my decision a little bit too in the beginning but quickly realized that I absolutely made the best decision that I could have by accepting the job.
It is so nice to have my energy more focused in one place and I feel so much a part of an amazing community at the gym. The position provides a great mix of business and fitness activities. I have really enjoyed things like developing marketing materials, social media, building websites and learning more about what it takes to not only run a successful gym but to get a look at everything that goes into opening a gym. And I still get to train clients, teach classes and participate in classes as part of my job responsibilities.
One of the major benefits of my job is not having a traditional 9 to 5 schedule. My hours are flexible, sometimes I work on the weekends and I work from home a lot. I know that is not ideal for everyone but it works really well for me. I don’t need an on/off switch with work and I don’t mind being available various days/times.
This opportunity was a blessing and from a career standpoint, I feel like I am exactly where I need to be right now. The past few weeks have been totally crazy in preparation for the opening of the new location but I could not be more excited about it all becoming real next week!
This outdoor board posted yesterday across the street from the new gym and I’m so pleased with how it turned out!
So there is an update on where I am on the career front. I didn’t intend to write this post when I sat down to blog but then all the words came out. I have really enjoyed documenting my journey on my blog.