Please to welcome Debbie and another installment of my guest post series focusing on the word CHANGE.
Im a longtime fan of her blog and her spirit. And, should this non-runner ever being to run, she’s definitely the coach Id hire.
Well, I just did it. I pulled the plug and signed up for an online real estate course.
Writing it down seems to both make it more real and more, well, crazy. After all, I love what I do. Fitness is my life’s work, and spreading the word of the joys and benefits of an active lifestyle, especially to the senior population that I usually work with, is my avocation.
It wasn’t an easy decision. It’s true that I’ve not been happy with my job lately (meaning my fitness director job, not fitness itself). The pressure of working with a board of directors, a fitness committee, not to mention my real employer, have been building over the last few years. When, no matter what you do you can’t ever seem to win, it is time for a change.
This won’t be the first time I have made a career change.
Almost 15 years ago, I was working in city government, I was burned out, tired of the restrictions of working for the city. As the Activities Supervisor at the senior center, scheduling and teaching exercise classes was part of my job. I felt the pull of fitness, the opportunity to take my hobby into my career.
Now, as then, I am scared. Really scared. What if I’m no good at it? How will I support myself while I make this change? What if I hate it?
So many questions. And no solid answers. Just a couple signs. Literal in some cases:
This popped up on my Facebook feed yesterday. I can’t find the attribution, but it was posted by Tom Ziglar.
My husband is starting a real estate career. After losing sleep again because of my dread of an upcoming committee meeting, it just popped out of my mouth. Why don’t I get my real estate license too?
Now, I am ready for a change, not crazy. I will continue working in fitness, blogging about fitness, loving fitness, while I study and work toward getting my license. Even after that, I will keep a foot in the fitness world. My husband and I even plan to make fitness part of our real estate marketing (he loves the idea of 7:00 am open houses..I’m not so sure).
I have no great revelations about how change affects our lives. I do know that, based on my past experience, while change was scary, it was worth it. I have no regrets and as I approach this new career change, I will focus on the excitement and challenge instead of the fear.
Debbie is a 50-something runner, coach, trainer, wife, and dog-mom, who’s just trying to stay ahead of the clock by staying active and following a plant-based diet. You can read about it all at Live from La Quinta.