Life Update: Becoming an NASM CPT
Let's talk about fate for a minute. When I moved to Portland from my comfortable home in LA I knew it would be a challenge. Being unemployed felt synonymous with endless free time, which was something that scared me. Why was I afraid to be jobless? Why was I afraid to have a moment to breath outside of a corporate structure? It's a question I didn't even ask myself until recently, only because I think I was so afraid of the answer.
We fear asking ourselves questions because we are afraid of the honest truth. If I was honest with myself in my last job, it wasn't a career that really excited me, rather it was comfortable and predictable and I knew where I would be going and what challenges lay ahead. It just wasn't my passion. It was just a job. The truly terrifying thing is I think I could have lived my whole life in that career path and been ok. Not amazing. But ok.
With this new move, new city, and new unemployment, I've had the opportunity to take some time to search within myself and find what brings me joy. So I went back in time in my mind and remember what I loved as a kid, what drove me as a teenager, what stimulates me as an adult?
I've always associated myself with the word 'Athlete'. I played competitive soccer growing up and will always be in love with the game. Running became a favorite past time in high school, and I would run with my girlfriend who lived close by. When I was 15 I started going to the gym and tossing light weights around. I went to Zumba classes and had a blast dancing and laughing at myself and my friends. I tried hot yoga and loved it.
Then college happened and I became super focused on my social life and my studies, and exercise took a backseat. In those years I had a blast, got my degree in marketing, and was stoked to jump into the corporate world and embrace that life. I didn't realize it then, but looking back now it's so obvious how blind I was to what I truly wanted. I was doing what I thought I should, not what I truly wanted.
And now that is finally going to change. I thought this much free time would drive me insane but it's been a blessing in disguise. This break has allowed me to get to know myself better and learn what truly brings me joy and makes me excited to get out of bed in the morning. I've been inspired by so many people (both online and in real life) to follow my heart and dive headfirst into my passions.
That's why I'm so excited to take this next step and become an NASM Certified Personal Trainer.🏼 It's something I've always been curious about but never pursued, afraid of judgement from others if I took a different path in life. But I'm done with fear. I'm going to pursue my passion for fitness 100% and if someone doesn't like that, I'll wave and smile at them as I drive towards my goals.
Now let the studying begin!