California, Here I come!!

woo!! It’s 1AM and I am still awake. What the hell?! So unlike me, but I just got done packing and everything so late, and I’m just SO excited for cali that I can’t sleep!!!!

Yes, I’m going there for work, but I only have 10.5 hours of work, and I will be there for 4 days 😀 THIS is why i love the fitness industry. I’m getting paid to go on vacation!!!! And the work I am doing is demoing fitness equipment. Getting paid to talk about my passion, I couldn’t ask for anything better 🙂

Not sure where I’m going with this, but I just have to talk about it. I am young, but I feel like I’ve learned a lot in the “professional world” in my few short years through it. I worked at  a real estate office, as a licensed commercial real estate agent for 3 years. I got my license about a week after I turned 18, and had already been interning with some of the agents. By the time I had my license, I was able to begin actually working on projects and knowing what I was doing.(Over achieve much?) I was so driven in the business sense, and I believed in my heart that i could prove to everyone that being young didn’t make a difference.(Of course this was pre-workout freak days, so I had to put all that passion into something, right?!) Well after jumping around from commercial leasing, to land sales, to commercial building sales, the company I worked for finally fell to some serious legal issues, and I knew it was time to get out. I thought about moving to other companies, but at this point, I had spent my first two years of college working 30 ish hours a week AND going to school. I was a little burnt out and had other opportunities to explore.

Enter project management. My dad was starting a business on the side of his main company, and needed someone to head up the launch. I thought this would be a great thing for me. My dad had faith in me, and we gave it a shot. I had so much fun with this. I got to organize the shoot for the infomercial, gather the data for the website, hire people for various jobs, and make sure that everything was running smoothly. I had just begun working out more seriously and it was great to be able to work on my own hours. I also got to work from home on my laptop, aside from a few meetings each week, and absolutely loved what I was doing. Due to some random issues, the company didn’t get to where it needed to be, and it eventually fell through. I also realized that working for my dad, directly, wasn’t exactly the right fit.(Working with family is not an easy thing to do.) As I started to get more and more into working out, I became more and more aware of what I wanted to do with my life. And after competing, I really knew that the corporate world was not for me. As much fun as I had, it was never my TRUE passion. After getting so involved in the fitness world, there is no doubt in my mind that this is where I’m supposed to be. The other thing I learned about myself is I like change. I like new things, and I don’t like doing the same thing over and over and over. I would prefer to have 5 part time jobs, than to have 1 full time job. It keeps me guessing and no day is ever the same.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that, although if I decided to get back into commercial real estate, I could make a crap-load of money, it isn’t my true passion. I may only make enough to get by doing the various fitness related jobs that I take on, or maybe I will end up making a comfortable living out of it, I’m not quite sure yet. I do think that if you follow your heart and do what you LOVE, you can make ANYthing a successful business and your income will reflect the work you put in. If you know what you want out of something, you can make it happen. My dad always instilled in me that I could be successful and find a way to make money doing anything that I love, and maybe it has made me a little too optimistic, but I truly believe that. I’ve had people tell me I am way too optimistic about things, and that you just “can’t make that much money in this business.” Well, those people will always be sitting on the sidelines eeking out a living. If you believe you aren’t going to amount to much, well, you’re right. If you believe you can be successful in something that you are truly motivated to be successful in, I dare someone to try and stand in your way.

I plan on living my life doing the things I love, regardless of how much money I make. Of course having a comfortable income can relieve a lot of stress in many areas, but like I said, if you want to succeed in an industry, then you will.  People spend 40+ hours per week working. If you hate your job, you are losing out on a lot of happiness each week. If you aren’t happy at work, that is 40 or more hours a week of happiness that you are wasting. No amount of income can replace that.

Find what you love, and find out where you fit in. There are always options, and it’s never too late to change things. Save some of your money,  but spend it too. You won’t be able to go cliff jumping or surfing when you finally decide to spend your money on a nice vacation in the Bahamas at the age of 75(well, some 75 year olds can, but you catch my drift…). Live NOW. Don’t put off living!! If an opportunity presents itself, TAKE A RISK!! Those who take risks are the ones who get the biggest rewards. Step out of your comfort zone and take a chance on something great. You will regret the things that you DON’T do more often than the things that you DID do.

Live life now, and worry about the rest later. It is good to plan things out to an extent, but you have to remember that each minute that passes by is a minute you will never get back. Do what you want in life, and do it now. There will never be a “perfect time.” There will ALWAYS be a reason NOT to do something. That’s all 🙂

Oh yeah, my workout today!

Only did 20 minutes of cardio today because i was just not into hanging out on a machine.

My shoulder/ab workout was great though!!

Barbell press, hanging leg raises, db lateral raises, db front raises, russian twists, lying leg raise+hip up, lying rear delt pulls, plate presses, and inch-worms.

I swear, everytime I get in the gym and have a great lift, it inspires me again and again. I get so excited for my workouts. Every workout is a chance to do something I’ve never done before, and I get to experiment with my muscles. I probably sound like a crazy person(which i am) but I seriously just LOVE exercise and pushing myself beyond the limits. It’s a feeling that nobody else can achieve for you and that nobody can take away from you. Fitness is YOURS and can always be improved on. It is a never ending game and it rocks!!!

Okay I’m done now I promise. I’m going to bed 🙂

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2 thoughts on “California, Here I come!!

  1. You have such a great and mature outlook for someone young in years. I think you are awesome!! Just wanted to tell you. :>

    And I agree about the feeling of getting in the gym…I feel like I can rule the world when I’m busting out reps. Thank god I found this feeling!

    Courtney
    adventures in tri-ing

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