I am 10 days into my challenge for July which is to run a 5k a day. Some days Some it’s more but it’s never less. Talk about a challenge. I’m not sure if I’ll complete it (which is what makes it a challenge!) but I’m certainly going to try. I normally only run 2-3 days a week and strength train the remaining days but I’m taking a little break from the weights and focusing on the running for now. I have to admit though – I’m kind of missing the feel of heavy weights.
Anyway, while I was running this morning, I got to thinking about having choices and options and being able to make decisions and change your mind … and so on. So many thoughts run through my head during a run. It’s a great opportunity to sort things out. In a few months I’ll be celebrating my 55th birthday and I’m recognizing that as I get older the need to accomplish things is greater – at least for me it is. It is very clear to me that I have more years behind me than I have in front of me. I don’t want to waste them.
As you recall, if you’ve been around for a while, back in 2015 I left my “good” corporate job so I could pursue a career in fitness full time as an entrepreneur. Then, in 2017, I returned to corporate and decided to work in fitness part time at a local fitness center. Four years ago, I didn’t believe that I would work hard at making a fitness career work if I was still leaning heavily on my corporate gig. This belief led me to the decision to quit my job. Also, I think I was burned out and needed to get out of the office environment. During that time, I had to face some very harsh realities which I am grateful for. Had I not taken that step I never would have discovered what I could handle and what I couldn’t. In other words, I’m not willing to be broke in order to live a dream. I’m not built that way … I like to travel, eat good food and drink wine too much. So … yeah.
The thing is, my passion for fitness and helping women to live healthier lives never waned. I’m still that person who wants to be a coach. I am an encourager by nature so coaching is a natural fit for me. I would do it without a paycheck. So, I’m coming back to it. I’ve decided to re-open Fab Fit & 50, now simply Michele Matthews, Health Coach, and begin accepting clients again. I’m going to continue my work in corporate, because a girl has to eat, but I will walk away from my gig at the gym. I like the gym environment, but that season needs to end. I struggled with that decision for a long time because I kept telling myself, “Why walk away from that easy check?” Then, finally I had to say to myself what I say to my clients all the time: Easy isn’t always better. You don’t learn anything from easy. Easy won’t help you to grow.
Time to take my own advice.
So, I am gearing up for a grand re-opening of sorts. I’m targeting the fall – around the time of my birthday to put everything back in place and get things going. I’m excited about this decision. It was a long time coming.