GYM & TONEIC

Saying goodbye…

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Friday 22 April marked the end of an era, my last day at British Cycling – sob! To take a stride, step, stumble into the unknown.

I still can’t believe I’ve done what I’ve done… Leaving my job for no job, who does that?! I’ve always been employed, from being 15 years old waiting on in restaurants, up until Friday last week! I’ve always had something lined up…

In the words of the late great Luther King, ‘I have a dream’, which may sound stupid to some, but my dream is to live beside the sea (wherever that may be), working as a fitness instructor (amongst other things). I don’t want to do one thing anymore and I don’t want to sit behind a desk 9am-5pm. I want variety, I want adventure, and I want to get back to delivery of sport and fitness – supporting people to improve their health & wellbeing and in turn improve my own!

Saying goodbye to such an awesome team of people last week broke me (there were gin tears too, from my very boozy leaving do the night before!). It’s always tough to leave the people over a job. Don’t get me wrong the job was great, and I can hand on heart say I learnt more in that marketing role than any other, but it was the people that made my time there most memorable! Working with such talented and creative individuals, on so many amazing projects and events was a blast! I’ll miss everyone so much…

I’m a big believer in fate and that everything happens for a reason. I started out working in the fitness industry many moons ago and I could’ve carried on with that, missing out Uni and all the other jobs in-between. Done the level 3 PT and all these other fitness qualifications over my degree, but the journey you take, people you meet and experiences you have along the way are what makes you. I have no regrets up until now, and this is how I would like my life to carry on.

So here I am, writing this post, first day of unemployment…

Time to hit the books hard and pass my PT!

Every new day is a chance to change your life. 

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Life: next chapter, new focus!

Quotes of encouragement and support shared by awesome friends and colleagues!

Last week I made some pretty big (scary) decisions about my future/career, with a bold and crazy move made to commit to it. I handed my notice in at work, signed up to do level 3 PT and asked my long suffering mum and dad if it was OK to move back home for a brief spell (I promise it will be brief mum!).  

At 31 taking steps backwards isn’t ideal, but needs must in order to move forwards in the direction I want to go. I don’t think I’m having a midlife crisis; it’s too early for that yet… surely!?

Going full circle…

Towards the back end of 2015 I decided I wanted to get back into leisure and instructing, a setting in which I started working life at the tender age of 16, as a leisure attendant and swimming instructor. I missed working with people and the buzz of a leisure centre environment; sitting behind a desk 9am-5pm wasn’t doing it for me anymore. I decided to do a level 2 Gym Instructing qualification, with intentions of picking up casual hours around my full-time job. This was the start of it… I did a few more qualifications at the beginning of this year, Kettlebell and Studio Cycle Instructor training, and decided I wanted to learn and do more. To get my foot in the door fully I needed to do my level 3 PT, and to become the best instructor I can be I need to focus on fitness full-time! Something had to give…

I’ve worked in sport most of my career, either delivering or promoting it. After studying a marketing management degree at University, I took on a marketing role at the leisure centres where I started out. Before moving on to British Cycling where I am now (well for the next four weeks), and have had the odd job in-between, but I’ve always come back to sport. It’s what I’m passionate about, it’s what I enjoy, it’s what I want to do for a living, with emphasis now being on the doing and delivering!

I start my level 3 PT this week, with Planetwes Training and following successful completion and pass (PMA), well that’s the unknown bit… stick around and see how it pans out.

Hugh Laurie

If not now, when?!

I don’t want to look back on my life and wish I’d done something different or given something a go when I had the opportunity. As it stands I’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain, a window of opportunity to make a change, so I’m doing it!

I’m lucky and thankful to have such supportive and encouraging friends and family, who give great advice and words of wisdom. Best advice my parents have given me growing up ‘try your best, that’s all you can do’ and ‘do what makes you happy’. Simple advice, but these words have stuck with me.

Scary and exciting times ahead… all positive vibes and words of encouragement most welcome.

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