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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Update Time!

First of all, thank you so much for your supportive and downright amazing comments on my last post. I debated for a long time whether or not this was the forum to vent in such a crazy-detailed way, but in the interest of "keeping it real", I figured I'd go for it. As it turns out, it was a GREAT way of kind of getting everything out of my system, and I'm already feeling much better about things. That's not to say I won't still be pissed off about it from time to time, but I think there's really something to writing down what you are feeling. It's just totally super-duper therapeutic. So yay.

NOW. On to my next step! On September 26, I will be heading down to Orlando, FL for 4 months to attend the National Personal Training Institute's residential program. During those months, I will live in an "extended stay" style hotel room/condo (which will probably seem like a palace compared to my current shoebox of a NYC apartment!), and I will attend the program full time (from 9-3 everyday). I will get to take classes in everything from anatomy to natural health nutrition to sports medicine to business and marketing; I basically get to learn everything one would need to know to work as a personal trainer. Fun, right? And the best part of the program (and what differentiates it from most other certification programs) is that I will get 500 hours of actual training experience in by training my classmates. How cool is that? Oh, and I also love that I'll leave the program certified as both a personal trainer AND a nutrition consultant!

Which leads me to the NEXT step. Wilson and I have been talking a lot lately about moving to the San Francisco Bay Area (ha, we may or may not have gone so far as to "research" Bay Area soccer clubs for our future kids! I'm a soccer mom and I don't even have any kids yet! Help!). You see, Wilson's in school for animation right now, and will be finishing up in less than a year. Well, guess where there are lots and lots of great animation employment opportunities? San Francisco! Yay. Soooo . . . we're keeping our fingers crossed that he'll get a sweet gig out there, and we can move cross-country within the next year! If and when this happens, I'm most likely going to start a grad school program in nutrition, and will continue to train part-time to make some income while I get my master's. Hooray! :)

Now, I'm not sure at this point what my ultimate career goal is. I've toyed with the idea of starting my own personal training/nutrition/running coaching business; but I'm also really interested in getting into the fight against childhood obesity . . . so I might look for something more along those lines. Regardless of what I end up doing, I'm just SO excited to have finally found an area that I am so enthusiastic about, and to have such a great plan in place (or at least I think it's great). My friends and family have all been really supportive, which I think is just awesome . . . although, like I said, I think they mostly just wanted me out of my old job!

So there you have it . . . my "plan" for the next few years. I seriously just can't believe how perfectly this has all worked out. I feel so ridiculously blessed! Alright, more soon . . . but for now, I'm going to head to my gym to get some weight-lifting in. Ah, the perks of being unemployed! :)

13 comments:

Rachel said...

Ooooh! I'm so excited for you! I would love to get my certification in personal training but I have too much on my plate now. It seems like a cool program. Good luck with San Fran stuff...hope he finds a job out there! I know my brother will be graduating with a degree in game design soon and he wanted move that way.

Paige said...

SWEET!! I actually looked into attending NPTI here in Chicago last year, but opted out when I fell in love with going to school for physical therapy :) I think that is GREAT, plus you get a little change of scenery and kickass weather to boot! Good luck, I am SO FREAKIN' EXCITED for you!

Marlene said...

What a fantastic way to turn your life around. Sounds exciting!!

Count of Monte Christo said...

That is great news and the plans sound very exciting! Your description of the program sounds excellent!

I look forward to your updates.

Have a great weekend!

Lisa said...

I am so jealous!! That is EXACTLY the kind of training I want. I'm going to have to get that info more gradually and probably online. I will definitely be talking to you about it in the van at Ragnar (I hope we're in the same van). Hey... maybe you and Wilson can move to LA and we can go into business together!

Good luck and congratulations on starting the new chapter in your life.

Deka said...

i'm excited for you!!
if you end up in san francisco, call me :)

trialsoftraining said...

GOOD PLAN!!!!!!
I'm so pumped for you! If you decide to "battle childhood obesity" give me a call - we'll colaborate!! ;)

Laura said...

That is SO cool, and I'm totally jealous and happy for you! This sounds like just the ticket and I think you'll be a thousand times happier doing what you love :)

Fair Weather Runner said...

yay, that really does sound like a great plan. i wish i could come up with a smooth running plan for my life. so far that hasn't happened ;) good luck in school btw! that will be SOO fun and a great experience.

lindsay said...

that is quite the plan! sounds fun and adventurous although hotel-life isn't that great ;) i am happy that you have a plan and goals that you are looking forward to and enjoy!

just don't forget to keep a spare bedroom open when you move across the country! :)

aron said...

omgosh how awesome would it be if you moved to SF!!!!!! :) :) :) we could go run together!!! yayyyy

Terri said...

I'm very happy for you, and am glad that you have a good game plan worked out, and that the job you could get after this is certainly something that is mobile. My brother is working as an assistant coach on the weekends, in NY - the two of you should meet before Ragnar. If you want, drop me a note, and I can send on to you his contact details. He lives in Brooklyn.

by the way, thank you so much for all of the positive comments you leave on my blog, I really appreciate all of them.

Thomas Bussiere said...

Nice blog.
Enjoy FL - Just got back from there and the weather was awesome.