I have still been spending time at my "internship" even after my hours are logged and I am certified officially. There are a few reasons for this. 1) I love it there--it's where I lost 30 pounds and fell in love with body pump! 2) I applied there for Personal Training and am in the process of showing up. Meaning, I want them to see me there, smiling face, wiping down machines, volunteering and showing up when I can to shadow and be a part of the team.
It's what I am calling stepping it out and showing up. When I left my job, I didn't have a job. As a matter of fact, my FIRST audition for my group fitness class was on my last day at the office, a mere 3 hours before I walked out the door. I have an apartment, 2 cats and too many student loans and I went from working 40 paid hours a week to working SIX (plus spending a ton of time interning, job hunting and volunteering)!
But you know what, I have been able to get by... my Leap of Faith career change was LITERALLY that. I LEPT. I planned some-- I had to. I prepared by taking my certification class and test, I lined up internships, I saved some cash, I put some bills on hold, I budgeted and called and prayed and then I LEPT.
Yesterday I had a meeting at a smaller training studio I have admired for a while. We talked quite a bit about my background and where I am heading now, the experience I am seeking. Most trainers as I have come to learn, work a few jobs. The internship would be a part-time to 3/4 gig and I will have to follow suit and train in a few places. The woman was very candid with me and gave me some great advice, I shared with her what my next few steps look like and she asked me to give her a call in six months. SWEET!! She said she loved my personality and energy and thinks I would do fantastic there after I start handling my own clients! My internship is extremely important to me and It is my first choice, but as I go through the process I need to step out even farther and with confidence.
p.s. I just want to add that a number of my friends and former co-workers were laid off this week from the office I left in my leap. I want to let them know I am SO sorry for their loss and am sending rays of joy and hope out to them! I am praying for you guys, call or write me!