Recently, I’ve alluded to the fact that I’ve been studying and have started a new journey in my life. There’s a lot more to it than the fact that I’ve simply decided to go down a new path, so I didn’t want to just throw it out there with no passion. Because quite honestly, passion is why I am making this change.
If you’ve read my “about me” section, you know that I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology. I pursued a career in buying and merchandising and am currently at my second job in that field. I love fashion. I always have and always will. However, I’ve lost the feeling I used to have for it. Not because I don’t care about new trends and shopping, but my unhappiness and busy schedule has led me to let certain aspects of my life fall through the cracks.
I let it affect my friendships, my relationship with Joe, my family, my love for fashion, my workouts, my eating habits. I let it affect all of these in some way or another the past few months. Notice I say “I let it affect” and not “it has affected”. I know that I am in control of my happiness and I would never blame it on anything or anyone else. This is why I’m making a change.
I know there are pros and cons to every job, but I am positive that I am capable of making the decision that something is not right for me. I’ve been told to ”suck it up”, ”that’s life”, and that there’s always going to be things about your job that you loathe. There are people who honestly believe that one can never be truly happy with their job. However, I don’t believe that that’s the answer. I think that those people are just too scared to try to make a change. I know that I want to wake up and feel excited about the day ahead. I want to absorb everything I can during each day instead of wishing the weeks away. I truly believe this is possible to those who take action. There is happiness for all of us somewhere.
I used to laugh when people said “money can’t buy you happiness”. Now I know, it really can’t. I’ll take my sanity over a raise any day. Sure, I love my Louis Vuitton bag, but being home early enough to cook dinner, spending quality time with Joe, and having the extra time to visit my family is way more important to me. My awful commute doesn’t help the situation either.
I’ve found what I truly am passionate about. I’ve decided to enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, after researching many options. The holistic approach and bio-individuality concept is what most sparked my interest. I will surely be sharing my journey with you guys.
I know you might be wondering about how I began studying to become a personal trainer. I intend to put it on hold until I am further along in the IIN program. I want to be able to use it along with my health coach certificate upon graduation from IIN. I begin the distance learning classes tomorrow and will become a certified health coach next October. I am so excited but at the same time I feel stuck. I am sure the time will fly by, but I am struggling with continuing in my current situation. Every day seems harder and harder, but knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel makes it a little easier.
“You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
“Success follows doing what you want to do. There is no other way to be successful.” -Malcolm Forbes (via my personal trainer resource guide)