Thursday, August 28, 2014

Schools back in session....

...and so am I!

I've taken the last 2 weeks off from blogging to get my life in order:  get organized, get a new schedule down, celebrate my 35th birthday and, oh yeah, follow my dreams!

Here's my story -- and proof that you should always ask for the things that you want!

What started as a personal exercise habit morphed into a lifestyle change and eventually (hopefully) a career.    A little over 2 years ago I took my love of fitness and earned my certified to teach group fitness classes.   I started a bootcamp in my neighborhood.  Then I started teaching classes at an employee gym and a corporate gym in Little Rock.

Chugging along, working full time in higher education, I started to feel that pull.  The slight tug towards heath and wellness, towards helping people understand what getting healthy means.  I wanted to help them on a journey, but through education and training, not just exercise prescriptions and fitness classes.

But how do I get there?  I asked myself this question often.  

Additional education was the most obvious.  I researched and found a program at my alma mater -- one year, full-time, online, ranked in the top 5.   But something had to give if I was going to go for this.  I was working 40 hours, teaching 8-10 classes a week, presenting when I could and trying to stay on top of the blog, Facebook, Instagram.......

It didn't seem like much sense to give up the classes or the bootcamp or the newsletter.....

So I did the only thing I could do if I had a chance of making this work.  I called up the director of the Employee Wellness division of a large corporation here in Little Rock and asked for a part time job.

A few meetings later, I had myself a 20-hour a week gig and enough money to pay the bills.

So, on August 1st I stepped away from a 12-year career in higher education to go back to school and work as a Corporate Consultant in Employee Wellness.  

I have a one-year contract, I pay out-of-pocket for insurance and benefits, I am enrolled in Master's in Exercise Science and Health Promotion.  I have no idea what will happen next July 31st when my contract is up and my program is over - but I've never felt happier or less stressed.

I know this is where I am meant to be.  It will all work out in the end.

Thanks for following along!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cranberry Maple Oatmeal

To celebrate the fall-like temps this morning I decided to try something fall-like with my oatmeal this morning.  

The result was a delicious Cranberry Maple Oatmeal.

3/4 cup rolled oats (NOT instant)
1/3 - 1/2 cup of frozen cranberries
Pure Grade Maple Syrup
1 TBSP Crushed pecans - or nut of your choice (optional)

1. Combine oats and 1 cup of water and cook on low-med for 3-4 minutes.
2. Add cranberries and cook to a light simmer, stirring occassionally.  
3. Reduce heat to low.
4. Using a wooden spoon "pop" cranberries and stir.
5.  Scoop into bowl & drizzle with maple syrup to sweeten.
6.  Add pecans and enjoy!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Go Where You Look!

Go Where You Look!

Today is my Monday and what a pleasant surprise when I had this video in my inbox to watch.  So inspiring, I just had to share it with you.  If you aren't familiar with Hillary, she is an amazing athlete who has completed over 60 Ironmans.  But her path wasn't necessarily an easy one.


Click on the picture above to link to the video on - please make 15 minutes to listen to what she had to say.

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