I’m back! I tired to wait for a little inspiration to hit rather than flooding this with ramblings or an incoherent mess of photos…I know photos are fun…here’s one for you!
Sometimes we need a little inspiration, a change of pace, something new. For me, having a goal to work at has always been that…plus a little outdoor energy 🙂 A few months ago, following some angst after the Boston Marathon Bombing, I messaged a friend to see if she was interested in training for a half-marathon. I felt the need to prove to myself that I could do something bigger than I ever believed possible; it’s the biggest gift that running has kept on giving. My friend, a highly-motivated Weight Watcher’s success, was more than happy to join!
Fast-forward several weeks of trainings and numerous short and long runs and I hit a bench-mark: 10 miles! I remember around New Years, unofficially saying I would love to be able to hit the 10 mile mark, and here I am! Sadly, I wasn’t as happy as I hoped I’d be. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not lost on me that I made it to a major milestone (hah) in my running career. It’s just that, it seems to lack a purpose. No person, charity or cause has benefited from it. I am not thinner, faster, or much stronger. I hate writing that because it sounds whiney and I know so many people cannot go running as I can (believe me, I use that as a mantra so often when I run). It’s more that no charity, cause or person benefited from this training…at least not yet.
What’s the point of all of this rambling?? I’ve decided to pursue a bigger goal that has scared me for some time now: I want to get my NASM Personal Trainer Certification. I know this is somewhat commonplace in the world of health and fitness blogging but this is passion that has been years in the making for me to realize. I have already spent 3 years getting my master’s in counseling psychology but I have always known that is not the end of my educational road.
I have been giving myself creative license lately to dream big. Successful and, more importantly, happy people thrive off of this ability. I know what my big big dream is…I want to find a job that allows me to counsel people through fitness and nutrition as well as mindfulness and other techniques. I want to work in a capacity where I can go on a run with one client, have a talk therapy session with another, and have a hands-on cooking session with another and then enjoy the heatlhy and nourishing meal we made.
It may seem out there and a little bit lofty but it’s my dream and I’m sticking to it. In the mean time, I am focusing on training. I am abou to begin the process of studying for my counseling licensure exam and I am also hoping to keep that studying train moving into the NASM prep. I am thinking they will carry me through fall and early winter.
Who’s with me in dreaming big??? Please share some of your big goals and dreams…doesn’t matter how out-there they seem!