Thursday, January 20, 2011

One Year Later

I can't believe it, but it's mid January already. Not only are today's temps and wind-chills plummeting in Minneapolis, I realized I am exactly one year out from when I started studying for my Personal Training certification.  You can read all about my career change from corporate receptionist to fitness professional in THESE POSTS!

I had been a receptionist for almost 7 years. Sitting behind a desk, doing work I wasn't good at and didn't like. I was afraid to step out into the unknown, the uncomfortable and to a place where I may actually have to step into my true self, my true abilities, my true calling. It was a place that I was AFRAID to go! I was afraid first to fail and second to succeed! 

But I was unhappy in my life, and after being on a journey of faith and self for the last two years, I was not being honest to stay where I was any longer. I was not hiding behind alcohol any more, relationships any more, I wasn't hiding behind food anymore. In order to really truly be myself, I had to stop hiding behind a false position.  


I studies for most of January and February, tested out in March and left my job 2 weeks later with NOTHING lined up.  In a post early march I wrote that I wanted to have a job where I was able to BE these things: 

Someone who helps other
someone who enjoys every day
someone who makes a difference
I want to be who I have ALWAYS been! ME!

Sometimes I felt inadequate. But I know that what I am called to do, I am equipped to do. 

Sometimes I was wondering where the money would come from, but I know that GOD is my source, not my job. My job being really to bring Glory to God and move the kingdom forward. 

Sometimes I struggle(d) with whether I chose right, but I know that the pressure that is in my life now is an ENTIRELY different pressure than being in the wrong job and wrong place. I would never trade them. 

Sometimes I wondered when it was going to be easy since I was on the right path. But I am learning the difference between Easy and EASE. Just because something isn't easy doesn't mean we can't be fully enjoying it and that it isn't exactly where we should be. 


Sometimes I look at everything that I have been through this past year and I am astounded. 

Did I do everything fearlessly? 

Step out without a job- only a vision, take on 3500 dollars fundraising with no idea of my own income, trusting the process that when I obey God it will bring good, being vulnerable in a new career where I don't know all the answers, open myself up to all new ways of thinking...did all of this happen without Fear? 

NO, but I moved through the fear. I felt it and did it anyway.  

We MUST know who we are and who's we are to move confidently through fear and step by step take our rightful place in our own lives. No one else can do your pushups for you, no one else can move through your fear and take your power back, no one else can be YOU, walk your path and make the difference YOU are meant to make. 

So one year later, I am a personal trainer and specialty group fitness instructor running boot camps, teaching kettlebells and working on some BIG projects personal and business for the coming year. Not only am I working for a great company, I am on my own as well! 

I don't have the answers, but I can find them. I take my power back when I feel fear and do it anyway. I work with ease and face challenges with excitement knowing it's all part of life. I step out into the unknown now, with confidence in my path and faith in my source.  

I am SO excited that its been a full year, it's been such a wonderful journey and one that is still so full of promise of the years to come!




12 comments:

Julie said...

You give me great inspiration today. I have been paralyzed with inaction since obtaining my certification and have done N.O.T.H.I.N.G. with it...because of fear.

I'm going to reread your post right now to remind myself how parallel we are (were). Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you! for this message today :-)

Wendi said...

This is wonderful Mary! I am following right behind you -- will be starting the certification process very soon, training for a marathon starting in February, and taking lots of other big, exciting, scary steps! I will probably call on you for support. :) You're incredible!

April said...

Beautiful!
God's ability in us is amazing! I love that you step out in the confidence that you are His child and he will meet all your needs.

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."2 Timothy 1:7
It looks to me like you did do everything fearlessly!

LaShaune said...

Truly inspirational, Mary. I wish you all the best for continued success.

For the rest of us reading this thinking "Gee, I wish I could ______", let's make 2011 the year we accomplish (or work towards accomplishing) that goal!

PS - My last day to work is Feb 4 and I'm moving West. Game plan is to study to become a Registered Dietitian (but I will have to work and go to school at the same time)!

Mary said...

@LaShaune YES!! Good for you! Yes, I hope everyone knows in 2011 that they can step out and find success! It's SO worth the risk to go after the reward!! Good for you on moving west, That means I can visit you some place warm right?

leashieloo said...

It's always nice to see someone take a chance and succeed. It's so hard to quit what you know and go out of your comfort zone like you did. Very inspiring :)

Christine Jensen said...

A fabulous post. Way to go following your hear and your dreams.

Megan said...

This is such a great post, Mary! You are such a good example of living in faith. Have a great weekend!!!

Kristi said...

I love this post. It takes such courage to step out of your comfort zone and take a leap of faith, but you did it and survived.

Ann said...

It is absolutely amazing how far you have come, Mary! I have loved watching your transformation, your growing faith, and success in your new career. Keep up the wonderful work - you are WONDERFUL!

La- @ The Curvy Life said...

Girl! You are MY inspiration! I need to be more BOLD... NOW is my time- now is the chance if I am ever going to do it... and I can hardly even THINK about it! Too much!!

Love ya! Thanks for your posts!

La-

Quarter Life Runner said...

I started following your blog when i started my blog a year ago to help me on my journey to getting in shape and running more. you have inspired me every step of the way and always have good advice. I have enjoyed following you on this journey and want to say thank you for letting me into your life this past year because it has helped me in my fitness more then i can say.
Thanks,
Joanne

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