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!

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