Faith

Finding Your Purpose

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I can’t believe we’ve lived in Colorado for 4 months already! Time has gone by so fast. As most of you know, I’ve kind of been doing my own thing… playing housewife, writing the blog and working with a few online training clients here and there. I knew in the back of my mind that God had another purpose for me. My heart is so happy in Colorado, but I couldn’t shake this empty feeling.

Plans Change

When we first moved, my plan was to continue training in a gym. The more I thought about that though, the more it made me cringe. I am without a doubt a morning person, but the idea of getting up at 3:30 in the morning to go train clients again literally made me gag. Not being a night time person, I was positive I didn’t want to train clients at night (knowing full well newbie trainers usually get the crap hours.) Mike was gracious enough to let me take the time to think about and explore what I really wanted to do.

Honk, Honkkkkkk!

It took a few weeks to settle in after moving. Getting our life in order out here seemed like a job in and of itself. I fell into a routine, started to get a bit stir crazy and decided to look into what jobs were available. At the time, the personal training jobs appeared to be limited. I couldn’t bring myself to apply anywhere. Ever since I started writing this blog, I knew I’d love to write for a living. I make a little bit from Chin-ups & Cupcakes, but nothing substantial. As I began to look into the different writing careers, it hit me like a Mack truck. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE of them wanted a bachelor’s degree.

Over My Dead Body

I spent 5 years in college and came out with an Associate’s degree in General Studies. This is not the first time that I’ve kicked myself in the butt for this. I swore up and down to Mike that our children WILL go to college and EARN a 4 year degree. They will drop out of college over my dead body. While he (who has his Bachelor’s degree) kept telling me that it was just a piece of paper and that it didn’t matter. UGH, I hated hearing that. I was discouraged (to say the least) and pretty down in the dumps. After November, I just stopped looking for jobs all together. Totally frustrated.

Keep the Faith

Fast forward to 2 weeks ago (mid-January), Mike’s mom and family friends came out to Copper mountain. One night we had a conversation about God’s plan, how He has a purpose for all of us and that just because something doesn’t workout like YOU planned it, does not mean that it’s not going to work out in the end. We may not always understand the path that God’s plan takes, we just have to accept that He has one for each of us. It was a wonderful weekend and I came home with a new found hope.

New Found Courage

We got home from Copper Monday night, and Tuesday I began looking for jobs again. This time, I was set on finding a writing job. I saw a few that I was interested in, but one that really stuck out to me. It was a company looking for a Fitness Trainer that could write workouts and fitness related articles for their website. Like HELLO that has my name written ALL over it! I said a prayer, took a deep breath and applied.

Purpose = Found

Long story short, I was hired within 2 days of applying. I didn’t need that Bachelor’s degree, but I did need to be a nationally Certified Personal Trainer and have writing experience. Luckily for me, I AM and I DO!

I just officially completed my first week as a fitness writer! It’s everything that I hoped it would be and more. I get to write from home and make money doing what I love. I mean, after all, I knew that I’d like it. I have been writing Chin-ups and Cupcakes for several years now and have loved every minute of it.

God’s Plan

If my original college plans had worked out, I’m confident I wouldn’t be as happy as I am now.  Without Mike, I would have never moved to  this incredible state we call Colorado. If my mother-in-law and family friends had not come out here 2 weeks ago, we would have never had that discussion. Had we not had that discussion, I wouldn’t have found the courage to look again. Do you see what I’m saying? I didn’t know at the time that God’s plan was playing out right then and there. I could have missed out on this wonderful opportunity!

So here’s what I want you to take away from this: Don’t give up on your dreams. Whatever they may be, however impossible they may seem to achieve, just go for it! It’s not going to happen if you don’t try. Wouldn’t you rather look back and say, “Man, I really gave it my all” instead of “Boy, I sure do wish I had at least tried”. Whether you believe in God or not, He does have a plan for you. YOU have a purpose. It may not seem like it right now, but I promise it’s true. His plan will lead you exactly where it should. If something doesn’t work out it means that it wasn’t supposed to because He has something even better in store. 🙂

Chin-ups & Cupcakes Lives On!

As far as Chin-ups & Cupcakes goes, I still plan to write as often as I can. I’ll never give up on this blog. I am REALLY excited about this new opportunity though!

P.S. even though I ended up not needing that Bachelor’s degree you can bet your bottom dollar that my children will still get theirs 😉

EDIT: DUH. I guess I should mention that the website that I’m writing for is SkinnyMs! Be sure to check it out! You’ll find tons of great recipes and fun workouts!

Until next time…

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I'm a 26 year old NASM certified personal trainer with a corrective exercise specialization! My love for fitness and nutrition blossomed several years ago. It has changed my life. Now it's my mission to help and encourage all of you through my blog as well! Feel free to contact me!

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