Christmas is a time for sharing, so I thought this was a good time to share my Personal Training journey so far. I’ve mentioned in previous posts my reason for wanting to be a personal trainer but I’ve not really spoken much about my crazy / brave (depends on your view point) decision to leave my job and set out as a lone wolf.
Without going into too much detail, my last job left me uninspired, demotivated and unhappy – not feeling rewarded day in day out took its toll on me and I knew I needed to make a change for my own sanity.
Lucky to have a very supportive other half – I saw this as my one opportunity to do what I wanted and on my own terms.
When I told people I was going to set up alone, I’m not sure they thought I was being serious. I know a few thought I was being a bit daft, or not thinking enough about my pension pot or the stability that some people look for in a job, but that wasn’t going to put me off. Yes, it was a risk, but one I knew I had to take, it was now or never.
So, June 2017 was the start of my new life – the shackles were off!
I booked myself on to all the free Business Wales courses I could, met some great people along the way. Advertised myself on the socials (down with the kids), built myself a lil website and things have grown from there. I also started doing a few hours in a great gym called B Fit, where I started 1-2-1 training, small group training, Boxfit, circuit and HIIT sessions supported by a great little team.
This last 6 months has not been without its challenges. It’s hard to be bossy with yourself. Putting myself out there is still quite daunting. Not having a team to bounce business ideas off can be hard at times and a little lonely. And then there is the managing of my own finances – now there is a minefield, but do you know what – I’m doing it, I’m doing it all, I’m learning as I go and I am so much happier for it.
Every day is different. I have some truly lovely clients who are a pleasure to train. Seeing them achieve is amazing, you get a warm and fuzzy feeling, honestly!
To add to the craziness, one month in to self-employment I decided to get pregnant – yes as you can imagine, I got the comments “you’ve just started your own business, what are you going to do?” but that’s the fun of life right. There is never a ‘perfect’ time for anything, I think you just have to go with things, do your best. In many ways, I’m lucky really to have the flexibility of being self-employed. I’m also specializing in post-natal and ante-natal training so it’s all useful research. Let the rollercoaster begin.
I know self-employment isn’t for everyone and who knows what’s next for me, but what I do know is being happy is the most important thing. I don’t want to look back in a few years’ time and think ‘what if…’, I’d prefer to look back and think – ‘I gave that a shot’, ‘that was tough, but I did it’ or ‘you live you learn’. After all, we are only here once.
I look forward to sharing the rest of my journey with you and in return – please share yours with me, it’s good to share … well, unless we are talking food!