When I first started this blog, I did it with the intention of documenting my progress as I fulfilled one of my dreams to become a certified personal trainer. Three weeks ago, after nearly two years of juggling work and study, I finally did it!
If you follow me on social media, you may have seen my post on Instagram and Facebook:
For a long time I thought that I could never know enough, that this was a dream for someone else and it wasn’t worth pursuing. Then one day, with the support of so many wonderful people, I realized “why NOT me?”. After a lot of hard work, I am so proud and beyond excited that I achieved a dream today and can now officially call myself a Certified Personal Trainer! No matter how insignificant your dreams may seem, go after them! #motivation #nasm #lovemyfitlife
Allow me to expand on this a little bit: I didn’t really get serious about fitness until my sophomore year of college. After gaining the freshman 15 and then some during my freshman year at SDSU, I moved home determined to get in better shape. Going to community college while my then-boyfriend was away at school 300+ miles away, my best friend and I spent every evening at the gym. We became friends with the trainers there, took all sorts of classes, and I fell in love with working out. I wanted to know everything the trainers knew, recommend exercises, come up with my own workout plan. Even though I had transformed my own body, I didn’t think I’d ever be qualified to really know what I was talking about when it came to fitness. It was always a hobby, something I could never truly be “good enough” at.
When I was 24 and preparing for my wedding, I started working with a personal trainer for the first time. Let me just say, I owe this woman everything. I was inspired by her: everyday she helped people get a great workout, she motivated them, she filled them with positivity and encouragement, she helped them become healthier and to love and appreciate their bodies. She helped me realize that I wanted to do that for people too, and helped me believe that I could do it.
It’s been a long journey to get here, but receiving that sheet of paper of my exam results with the word “Congratulations!” at the top was one of the best moments of my life so far. It may have been a simple dream, but it was dream achieved nonetheless.
I learned a lot throughout this experience, and there is still much to do ahead to build on this dream and continue to make it part of my life. I want to share with you some things I learned along the way:
- No dream is too small - Too small, too insignificant,too unworthy. If you want it, then go for it. Fight for it. The only thing standing in your way is you.
- Failure is not a thing to fear – Not doing something you want because you’re afraid to fail is a terrible reason not to try. You’ll never know what you’re capable of until you do. Failure is only permanent if we make it so. The only true failure is inaction.
- F*ck the nay-sayers - Not everyone will understand your dreams. They don’t have to; they’re not for them. Do something because you want to. Don’t give up just become someone doesn’t understand.
- You are deserving - It’s not indulgent or selfish to do something for you. It’s invigorating, rejuvenating, necessary. You cannot fulfill anyone else if you are not fulfilled. Make doing something for you a priority.
- Your dreams belong to you – No one can make your dreams come true for you. It’s a lot of work, it’s time consuming, but you’re the only one who can make them a reality. Accept the support of others, but depend on yourself to put in the time, to make the effort, to be accountable. It’s on you.
I owe so much to those who supported me and made me believe that I could do this. I can’t wait to continue to build upon this accomplishment and be the person that motivates others to love and care for their bodies, and inspires people to achieve what they never thought was possible.