Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Leap of Faith

Do y'all ever wonder what exactly are you doing in life? Do y'all still try to figure out what you want to be when you grow up? Please tell me I'm not alone. {Secretly I still want to be a Disney Princess when I grow up, but we'll keep that between you and me ;) }


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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.


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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?


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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?


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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 want need to get back into teaching Group Exercise. It's my baby step. Getting employed at a gym to start subbing when I can. So wish me luck y'all. I'm going to figure out what I want to do with my life. I just need to get started.

I think it's time to take the jump. Or at least inch my way to the edge.


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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.

Thank Pinterest for having all these awesome images that seemed to fit in perfectly with my thoughts. Pinterest is awesome like that. Follow me!

Linking up with Michelle!

Until next time...
With love and God bless,

14 comments:

  1. Good luck with your certification, I'M SURE you will rock it out.

    Love the inspirational pins, stopping by from the link up.

    xoxo

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  2. I say take the exam while still working at your full time job. Then once you pass figure out where you want to work and start part time. Then once you build up some clients quit your full time job and start picking up more clients. That is my 2 cents. You can do it for sure! But start slow to see if you really love it.

    I think it is so important to work in an environment where you feel useful, appreciated, etc. I could go on and on about my own situation but I won't here. I don't blog about it b/c ya never know who reads but it is a big thing weighing on me right now.

    So go for it! Do what makes you happy and inspire me and others to do something too!! :)

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  3. I definitely think it's worth starting the process of getting these ducks in order, which it seems like you already have! It's scary to think about change, but I think you're being realistic about it! I have days where I looooove my job and others where I just want to be somewhere else. I don't want to teach forever and I hope I find something I'm super passionate about that also lets me mother more easily. You can do it!!! I am so excited for you!

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  4. I couldn't agree more that we really should chase after a job that we will love since we spend the majority of our time at said job. Being unemployed right now I am definitely trying to figure out what I would love doing & how to get that kind of job!

    Props to you for reaching out there & getting things started. =)

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  5. I think you would be an amazing fitness instructor! Just reading your blog motivates me, so I can only imagine how good your one-on-one encouragement would be!

    Advice from an almost-stranger: GO FOR IT! If not now, when? While you are trying to get your bearings in the fitness world, you can always get a second part-time job until you figure it out. Your blogger friends support you!

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  6. I'm very excited for you working on your dream job! This is hard, but you're right: if you love it you'll be more excited to head to work!

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  7. The other day I read an interesting article about choosing the right job. I would give you the link but I can't remember where I read it :/ Basically it said when choosing a job, don't only think about if you love it or or are passionate about it. Of course that is important, but waht is more important is if what you do is helping people in someway. It said people who felt they were helping others were more satisfied than people who just did their job for the money, or because it was something they loved. I think teaching fitness would be the perfect job for you, as you are passionate about it AND you would be helping so many people everyday! :) Also, as a teacher, I can tell you that teaching is such an aweseom and rewarding job! Of course there are bad days, but the good usually outnumber the bad :))

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  8. Good for you for taking the plunge to finding and trying to take steps to do what you love! It's so scary to take that leap, and I always admire those who are brave enough to even TRY!!

    I enjoy my job, but have always wished I was in a different city! My job keeps me here though, so it's tough to have my "cake and eat it, too" haha! (hope that makes sense!?!)

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  9. I couldn't agree more! Taking that leap of faith is hard, but worth it! I'll be thinking of you!

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  10. That is AWESOME that you are taking that leap.. I get that feeling (expect a similar post about taking a leap from me sometime soon.. you are always in my head girl!) but when you think about how much happier you'll be, I think you'll be glad you did it!

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  11. This post really hit home for me. I'm unemployed, again. I loved my last job, but jobs like it are seemingly impossible to come by, and I'm starting to wonder I need to change direction.

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  12. I feel you! I struggled trying to find a job and it being somthing I LOVE. I think you definitely need to go the fitness route. There is so much opportunity there! I'd say get your certification now so you have it ready when you take the leap. You can do it! I'm behind you and reallllly appreciate you and your blog and am so thankful for our blog friendship!

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  13. Do it do it do it do it.

    I'll help advertise you on my blog when you do :)

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  14. I think that doing something in fitness is where you are meant to be. It's perfect for you. whatever you decide, I know you'll be amazing!

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