I can’t believe it’s already almost the end of 2017. I will be 21 in a few weeks! Crazy! So much has happened and changed with me in the last year it doesn’t even feel real sometimes. But I think I can safely say I’ve grown and a lot of positive changes have happened so I’d say the year has been a success.
From things I accomplished:
- Gained lots of cool followers of my blog
- Applied for and was hired for a steady day job that has grown me in ways I can’t even list here
- Made new friends and met lots of new people
- Started teaching some new awesome piano students
- Moved out of my parents’ place into my own apartment
- Successfully paid rent on time for going on 6 months
- Made several DIY decor projects that turned out pretty good
- Bought a new used car
To things I’ve learned, especially in my work and business:
- Don’t obsess over tiny errors in my blog posts
- Every client is unique and deserves 100% individual attention
- It’s a lot harder to start your own business than Google tells you
- Short cuts never accomplish anything
- Even the most unromantic jobs can be done with excellence and fun
- Unconditional love is the most beautiful thing in the world
- Sometimes you have to work hard at a menial job until you can have the career you really want
- People with mental challenges (like dementia) have more to offer than we give them credit for
- It’s okay to fail and change your plans
- Online coaching isn’t for me (*gasp* I know, I know, I’ll talk more about this in a bit)
- and more that I’m probably not remembering right now
Now that 2018 is right around the corner, I figure it’s a good time to announce some more changes coming my way (and your way indirectly). I’m really excited to see what happens with some of these.
- I’ve officially decided to pursue an ACE certification (probably medical exercise specialist) so that I can advance my fitness career by the summer/fall of 2018. I considered getting my CNA certificate and just stay with the organization I’m working for now but I just can’t see myself being happy doing that long term. Ideally I picture myself doing post-rehab work with the elderly or anyone with a disease or injury that requires a specialized program. As I said above, I realized recently that doing my health coaching online is just too impersonal. I need to work with people face to face.
- I’m starting Aerial Silk classes as soon as I can afford it.
- I’d really love to write a novel this year.
- I hope to schedule myself well enough that I have the time and energy to spend my free evenings horseback riding.
- Get a job at a gym or medical facility with higher pay.
It’s weird to think how different things could be next year but I’ll take it a week at a time and see what happens 🙂 Do you work in the fitness industry? Have any tips for me? I’d love to hear any of your thoughts below!