Monday, February 8, 2016

Why Do You Do What You Do?

People ask why do I prefer working for myself all the time, especially family members.  I believe if you have a skill/talent that you're passionate about, why not turn it into a money making tool?  I used to have a corporate job until I was laid off in 2011, but thankfully I had massage therapy to fall back on. I have hubby too, but I prefer to make my own, you know what I mean?

Massage therapy and working in the e-publishing field wasn't like work to me. It was something I enjoyed doing and is lucrative.  I'm also a Silpada representative. Yes, that's similar to Mary Kay and is fun, having friends host me in their homes while selling jewelry.  I'm also a freelance writer. Hey, Jill of all Trades, that's me.

I'm a Sagittarius and we are pretty much free spirits. I didn't mind working for other folks, but if I wasn't fairly compensated or acknowledged for my achievements, that simply brings my morale down. I'm the type of person that puts 110% of themselves into whatever it is I do. If I feel I'm doing it in vain, then I don't want to do it. I had worked as an Office Manager/Admin assistant for a long time. In 2006 I started web design/virtual assistant/cover art/ & publishing on the side. It's always important to have a good side gig in addition to your regular job. There's nothing like having your own business. I wasn't very appreciated and I began to loathe that job because when I first started as a temp I was promised the moon. Once I became full time, things swiftly went downhill. I hated getting those Sunday night jitters and having my stomach twisting in knots and I dreamed of the day I could give my notice and venture out on my own and not have to answer to anyone.

Seriously, my grandfather passed in 2008, yet my boss asked if I would be coming in later in the day. Really?!  I did feel obligated but no, I didn't go to work. I needed time to mourn, and sometimes with some companies, they really don't care what happens to you. (At least with my experience)

It's been four years and I've made a nice income on and offline.  I went to Baltimore School of Massage therapy for my certifications and I've just recently passed my personal trainer's certification and when I achieve that  I became a Beachbody coach. It's a challenge for me. I plan on taking other courses to further my education in my field. I don't mind working 7 days per week because my schedule is mine and I get to manage my time the way I want.

So, this is why I do what I do. I've suggested to many family members they should start a business for themselves because I see so much talent. I also seem them complaining so much about their jobs. If a person is so miserable, why do they not change what they do and start something on the side?

Are you happy with what you do?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Fitness Journey, Beachbody Coach & Personal Trainer Certification

Good morning all you beautiful people out there! It's been a while since I've posted, but I've been very busy. For those of you in my circles, you've seen me in my Fitness & hair groups.

I passed my personal training certification program! Yay!!! I'm now a certified personal trainer and
I'm so happy. Also, in Spring I'll be taking on new massage therapy clients and I'm now a Beachbody coach. You don't have to have a personal training certification to become a coach, but for me I wanted that extra recognition.

Interested carving out that summer body now?   Check out my page here.  On my Beachbody page, you can choose a challenge pack and we can get started immediately.  For my personal training services in your area, email me here.

Now, a little about my fitness journey. Middle age spread hasn't got me down yet, no sir. And for that, I'm thankful. I turned 45 in December, October I joined a gym and started lifting weights again. I've also been doing my Insanity workouts a few times per week.  I'm no stranger to the gym and weight training. My goal is to pack on as much muscle as I possible can by incorporating squats, deadlifts, and bench pressing and other weight training workouts into my schedule. I've been trading fat for muscle and I'm loving it!

I'm putting together a challenge group and if you're struggling with motivation to lose weight, or build muscle, contact me.  I know the struggle is real, especially after losing the weight. I've been on a fitness/diet roller coaster all my life until last year. There is a balance to everything and once you find it, you won't believe how easy it is.