Change is hard.
Change is necessary.
Change is good.
Over the last year of my life, I have gone through a lot of change.
At first, it is always scary but once the change starts to occur, it can be so good and brings about so much growth. I think a lot of times we all get stuck in the mindset of “should” and what “should be”.
Ever hear the quote:
“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrate it for everything that it is”
Well, I can really relate to the first part of this quote because I myself was stuck in the mindset of “should be” for a long time when it came to what my life was supposed to look like or what it should look like verses just being okay with the idea that it was starting to go in a different direction, as far as my career choice was concerned.
I graduated from University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s degree in Equine Science. My whole life I grew up riding, showing and caring for horses so when the time came to pick a major in college it naturally only made sense to go to school for something that involved horses. Although I loved my area of study, I began to realize as I finished up my senior year and started to have more and more experiences in the field, that maybe this wasn’t the lifestyle I wanted.
As I’m sure you can imagine, this was really hard and a very upsetting realization because I SHOULD love it, it SHOULD be my career, I SHOULD be doing this because I spent 4 years studying it. I also cared way too much about what other people thought. Although my life with horses made me who I am today and I wouldn’t trade it, I decided I couldn’t continue to live a life of “shoulds.”
So, instead of staying stuck and spinning my tires questioning what direction I was going to go with my career, I had to make the decision to take a step forward and be the leader of my own life. I decided that I needed to make a change and that I needed to be okay with it even though it was uncomfortable and scary.
And, here I am…..
Sitting in my office at O.B. Training and Sports Performance.
I’m a coach and I love it. I have been an athlete my entire life. Always involved in sports, very active and focused on taking care of my body. Going into the health and fitness field was something I had been thinking about for a while now but it was “different” than what I studied in school and didn’t “fit” with my equine background. It wasn’t until I was sitting in OB after a workout one day suddenly had the realization that if I don’t just reach out to Ryan, then the opportunity may never arise.
So, I took a leap and put myself out there to make a change.
Yes, there are days that are hard because I am still learning but I enjoy it and am excited to continue to learn so much more. I actually like what I am doing and believe in myself when I tell people about what I do now. I have become less consumed with what people think and what my life “should” look like to other people because now I get the joy of helping other people change their lives for the better and that is fulfilling for me. Ironically, my change in careers is to help other people positively change their life. In a way, giving people the help that I needed not too long ago.
Change is scary and accepting that I made a change was even scarier but it ultimately has enriched my life. As 2018 begins and the days of this new year begin to pass, I encourage you to make the decision to be the leader of your own life instead of just settling for what you think it should look like.
It doesn’t matter what age or stage you are in your life.
Keep it real.
Take a leap and find out what great things change can bring about for you!