Last night I held my first Skoofit Conditioning Class and it was a blast! It was a great way to kick-off my new status as ‘self-employed’.
It was also my sister’s first day at her first job in NYC, so new beginnings and milestones all around! I remember when I moved to NYC over 7 years ago how daunting this city seemed…having my own business run successfully wasn’t even a pipe dream!! I just wanted to GET a job!
My first job in NY was at a lawfirm in midtown and it was simply awful. My boss was dreadfully mean to me: in just 3 short months, he called me ‘stupid’ and I walked out after returning a few choice words. I waited tables for awhile and finally landed a permanent position about a year later at another firm. It was a great job for me in that I regained the confidence to dig deep inside myself to figure out what it is that I really wanted to be when I grew up.
One of the perks at this new job was a huge discount at one of New York’s top gyms where I discovered Pilates and lost nearly 10 pounds!! Early one morning while I was sweating away on the elliptical, I noticed a very fit woman yelling at her client with a giant smirk on her face. My recent weight loss, coupled with newfound confidence in my adopted city gave me the power to realize my dream of becoming a personal trainer. I studied during my lunch breaks at work, practiced on my friends and aced the exam. A few months later, I nailed a job at the very gym that inspired me!
Thinking back to my life as an 18 year-old member of Bally’s in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, it would have been a dream of mine to train, to know my way around a gym, to run my own business. I’m glad I waited for a more mature time in my life to commit to something so inspiring, so personal, so rewarding.
I am living my dream.