About 2 and a half years ago, I got certified through ACE as a personal trainer.
At the time, I’d been working full time as a project planner at the BIC (big insurance company) and landed a personal training job a couple months later. For about 5 months, I’d work 40 hours a week at the office, and before and after, several hours a day, I’d train clients in the gym and in-home. It was exhausting, to say the least.
Basically, I was overworked, overtired, cranky, and unhappy. After about four months of this, and much deliberation with Shane, I went to my company and gave them an ultimatum of sorts – either they let me cut my hours in half, or I would have to resign. Unable to staff me as part time in the area I was working, I ended up giving my three-week’s notice. However, during that last week, I was notified they had found an area that could use a part-time planner as a temporary assignment for someone who was leaving on maternity leave and asked me to stay part-time. Perfect!
Well, long story short, that temporary assignment turned into a permanent one – working between 20-25 hours at the BIC as well as personal training, and that’s where we are today. Well, at least that’s where we were last week…
The Next Chapter
…Because things have changed. It’s time for the next chapter of this funny thing called life.
Last week, I gave my notice of resignation. again. For good, this time. My last day in that corporate world is next Friday.
But there’s more…
For the past couple of months, clientele has been booming. I’ve been going back and forth about doing it full time for quite a while. However, recently the owner of the gym I train clients at announced he was moving on (into the insurance world, ironically) and asked me to take over management of the gym. And I said yes.
That’s right! You’re looking at the new manager of a gym!!
I’m both ecstatic and terrified. Isn’t that what that face reflects? In the back of my mind, I’ve always dreamt of owning my own gym, and this will give me a taste for what it’s like, both good and bad.
Nothing much will change here on the blog, except my lunchtime posts won’t be about my cubemates or food days or co-worker gossip anymore. However I’m sure there will be some exciting stories to tell in my new job
I’ll finish out my time at the BIC, and then work toward transitioning management of the gym. I’ll still keep all of my clients, and keep working to get more, but I’m excited for where this journey takes me.
I can’t help but think that this was all meant to be – even though I hate that expression (everything is meant to be!) with a fiery passion. At first I wanted to just completely switch from a full time planner to a full time trainer, but what if that would have burnt me out? Or not been financially stable enough at a few points in time? Or not lead me to meet some important people in my life? It’s like my patience was rewarded. Two and a half years (a little more!) after I started the shift toward making a career in fitness, it’s happening. It’s just crazy how life works sometimes…
And that both frightens me and thrills me.