I’ve always been the type of person to play it safe. I follow the rules and rarely step out of line, especially in a setting where superiors are watching. Maybe that’s why the last 7 months of my life have felt so…wrong.
The reality is that it’s not wrong, it’s just change.
Last night after reading Ashley’s post, I began to think about how I have become better at adapting to change. I used to hate it. I’ve gone through so many stages in my life, as most people do, and you never realize that one chapter is over until your halfway through the next.
Eight years ago I was packing up to move to Bloomsburg, PA to study accounting.
Seven years ago, I moved to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology, after I had left Bloomsburg and worked full time at a deli until the following school year. New York City felt so surreal to me.
Six years ago I was living in an apartment on the Lower East Side with my best friend that I’d met at FIT.
Five years ago, I moved to Hoboken, where I lived in an apartment with my friend Kristina from my hometown.
Four years ago, I was working at a boutique in Hoboken that changed my life and brought me some of the best friendships.
Three years ago, I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology. with a degree in Fashion Merchandising Management.
…and met Joe.
Two years ago, I was working for Toys R Us Corporate as a planner and moved in with Joe.
One point five years ago, I started this blog, which led me to begin studying to be a personal trainer.
Fashion notebook next to the study guide. Ironic?
One year ago, I was sitting at this desk working as an Assistant Buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue.
This picture actually gives me the chills, because it’s the last day I was there, right after I had packed up and was about to leave the building for the last time.
Six months ago, I started working at Joe’s restaurant part time while studying.
One month ago, I got certified to be a personal trainer.
Everyday for the last 7 months, I’ve wondered what I was doing. I felt like I made a huge mistake and that I should have just stayed at that desk and continued my career path.
But then I think about all of the opportunities I’ve had from my blog. I think about all of the things I want to knock off of my fitness bucket list.
One week ago, I was offered a personal training job at one of the best gyms in America, as voted by Fitness Magazine.
All of the changes that have occurred in the last 8 years of my life brought me to this moment. I live with the love of my life and finally found the career that I am passionate about, in and out of work. As confusing as it was to get here, I wouldn’t have made it if I didn’t embrace change. I could be an accountant back in Pennsylvania. I could be living in NYC, never having met Joe. I could still be sitting at that desk at Saks.
I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.