Well, let’s have a “what happened this year” kind of post, shall we.
Started off this year in Sweden, waiting to return to Australia. I had gone home, put everything I owned in storage and gotten myself a visa. I arrived in Australia January 17. I had been a bit troubled about whether or not I should go back, but once back I knew it was the right decision!
I started off trying to get a job. Which turned out to be a bit harder than anticipated. I have a master in political science, but couldn’t hardly get anything. Mainly the visa appeared to be a problem. I did however get involved with Herbalife – and their fit clubs. Just to get out and do some exercise. One thing lead to another – and I signed up to study to become a Personal Trainer at the Australian Institute of Fitness. I started in July and finished beginning of October. And two weeks later I got my first job as a Personal Trainer at Blackwood Fitness. And I’ve spent my life working and working out since then! Trying to build my business. I have no idea what’s going to happen next year – and that’s kind of the way I like it. 🙂
Day 2 at my new job as a Personal Trainer! And… I like it.
It’s weird to be self-employed. Especially coming from a rather regulated/organized/strict working environment as government employed. There are much more rules that you need to follow. There is a time you are to be at work, there are things you are obligated to do, you have to stay at work until a set time. You need to ask for permission if you want to do things outside these routines. You need to think inside the box. Out of the box thinking is scheduled, and can be taken on board, if there is money and time to make it a priority. Someone else sets your worth through your pay.
Now… I don’t answer to anyone. My first day… I just showed up. No one had told me when to come. And then… I just decided to go home. No one has told me when I can go either. I can take a 3 hour lunch break if I want (like many of my colleagues). Later today I’m going to spend time working out, at my job. And it’s weird. Like… I can just decide these things myself? That’s awesome! Now, I do like 12 hour days sometimes, but… I decide. And it’s freeing! It’s amazing! I love it! No one can boss me around, dictate my hours and my working day. There are certain obligations, but I can decide how to go about it all by myself. And these obligations are actually more for me to get clients, so I jump at them. Let me just say it again – changing my career to this is like the best thing I ever done!
Yeah first day today! I think it’s going to be great! Always very interesting to meet your classmates. I always sit back a bit and observe them, what different roles they take on, how they behave.
I took notes like a crazy person. Page after page. I think I might have been the only one. I just thought “how are you otherwise planning to remember all of this?” But, guess it’s not my problem. It was mostly general information, so it’s not like we are going to be tested, but you never know when some information might be of value. But it’s just me. Then I know I will concentrate and remember most of what was said that day.
It’s mostly quite young people. Like 17, 19, 21 year olds. Not that I was very surprised by that. I felt like super old! But then there were the few odd 40-50 year olds. So interesting group dynamics to come I would suppose. I was just thinking though, if you are 17… I’m not saying you won’t just smash your exams and be an absolute star about how to train. Absolutely you can do that! But how equipped are you to manage a – for instance – 38 year old heavily obese mother of two breaking down crying on you because she just can’t take it anymore? Just… a thought, that’s all.
Well you can’t really say it’s boring being me. Can’t complain about that, sometimes it’s so “unboring” (yes that is a word I just made up) that it might be a little bit too much. I complain to my coach sometimes, can’t I just have two calm/no fuss/no drama weeks??
So – the thing I’ve been setting up? I’m to become a certified Personal Trainer at the Australian Institute of Fitness! I’ll start 6th of June and will be fully certified in September. Awesome! I had some doubts, but when you finally decide to jump and go for it – then you are just so happy that you wonder why you ever worried at all!
The winding roads of life, even looking back a month I wouldn’t have anticipated this! So I wonder what else I’m going to come up with in the next 6 months. For sure it will most likely not be boring!