Some days I feel like so many people that I know have found a job they love. I am a firm believer that you should love what you do, not just like it. You spend so much time and energy at work that not liking or loving your job isn't exactly a good thing.
Y'all, I don't love my job. I definitely don't love sitting at a desk, behind a computer screen or in meetings for 8 hours a day. I know we need people in Corporate America in order to keep the world running the way it does today. I'm just not sure that I'm cut out for Corporate America. I'm good at what I do. I like it most of the time, but more often than not I find myself counting down the minutes until 5:00pm and dashing out like the building is on fire. Work is called work for a reason, but my heart should be in it more than it is.
Another thing, I'm not particularly thrilled to be a part of my company's culture. People that have been here a while are set in their ways. Change is bad around here. You know what I was brought in to do? Help make a change. You can go ahead and assume that I'm not a favorite around these parts. You wouldn't be wrong. To top things off, I may as well be considered an infant around here. There are a few people within 10 years of my age. As in they graduated from college 8 years before me. Fantastic. On the plus side, my boss is a rock star. He is understanding, helpful and makes me feel like I'm doing something right. He's a great mentor and is easy to get along with. The problem still boils down to this. I don't feel like I belong.
I'm passionate about running and fitness. I miss teaching group exercise. And I love the idea of branching out into the world as a professional in fitness. But that's just it. I love the idea. I'm scared to death of actually doing it. Would I really love it? Will it be the job my heart is looking for? I don't know. I guess I won't know until I put on my big girl panties and go for it. I just have so many questions...
Am I ready to take this big leap?
Should I take the Personal Trainer Certification before changing careers?
How do I know I'm going to love it?
Am I willing to let go of my comfort zone or having a steady job and pay check?
How will effect my family?
What do I need to know and do to make it a reality?
And so much more. Trust me, I won't bore y'all with the constant rambling questions inside my head. I'm lucky to have so much encouragement from close friends. I have contacts in the fitness world from my past teaching at Texas A&M. I just need to figure out what's going on in my head and decide who, what, when, where, why and how. Once I get the 5 W's and the H figured out, maybe all of the questions in my head will have answers or at least my heart will be fine with the answer "I don't know." I mean, all of this comes down to a fear of the unknown right?
I decided to do a little Googling on career changes and I found this on About.com: Passion Pursuit: Baby Steps or Big Plunge. It basically says one way to start is to take baby steps. I've said this before, but now it's really going to happen. I
I think it's time to take the jump. Or at least inch my way to the edge.
I originally wrote this post last week as a way to get my feelings out there and understand what is going on inside of me. Since then, I have contacted several of my old Group Ex girls to see which CPT exam I should take and I've reached out to 24 Hour Fitness to see if I can start teaching there again. Just a few steps closer to making the jump whatever the jump may be.
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Until next time...
With love and God bless,