Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Struggling with big decisions

Life is sooooo dang complicated.....and I just do NOT like making big decisions.

I have been approached about looking into becoming a personal trainer as well as teaching a group fitness class.  At first I was debating back and forth for weeks until I finally decided, yes, this makes sense.  We are military and move frequently and have another 10+ years of doing this.  Teaching in various states is not an easy task, because....

  1. I have to check certification in each state
  2. May have to shell out some money to take a certification test
  3. Study for the test
  4. Hopefully pass the test
  5. Research and study new curriculum (it's been many years since I have been in the classroom)
  6. Then, start searching for jobs
  7. We don't always know how long we will be in one state
  8. Line up before and after school care in an area I do NOT know 
No matter where we move, there will always be a gym(s) on the base and off the base.  Always.  Job opportunity is there, hours could be based around kids' schedules, and in a sense still teaching.  Now, though I'm back to arguing, mostly because I hit the chapter on anatomy and it is completely out of my realm.  I am doubting myself and my ability.  I don't feel like I look the part enough.  I don't have ripped muscles and I surely don't have abs.  I feel like at age 30 I should not be starting all over.  I should not be starting a new career at this age.  I will have so much ground to make up because I am just starting down the fitness path, when most have been doing it at this age for 10 years.  What I do know, though, is...
  1. I am loving fitness
  2. I yearn to help others reach their goals, discover their abilities, and find happiness

Teaching online is also something I still want to do no matter which direction I go, but I am not having any luck finding a job (well, I also haven't been looking in a while - being completely honest) and I know it would be ideal, because I could take it with me when we moved and would still give me the freedom of being there for the kiddos before and after school (which is something I want to do).  

I am feeling lost, overwhelmed, and mostly confused.  I want to do what is right for my family, and I don't know what that is.  The twins are starting half day prek this year, so next year is THE year I need to be doing something.  So, this year I need to start researching and studying something so I can be ready for next year.  


  1. I think you should go for the trainer gig!! Your 2 reasons for doing it far outweigh whether you have abs or not!!

  2. Go for it..your a teacher at heart your just going to change your class room take it mobile! I'm struggling so with my family in these areas and id love to find it in me to be the example you could take a whole market on healthy moms...im getting the whole day empty nest this yr yep...all in school all day and Monday I k ow I will be standing at the bus stop waving with one hand scratching my head with the other...your not alone Carrie but you do have unique boundaries..this sounds like a good deal. You should work doing what you love. You've grown so should your intrest

  3. Sent you a message via Facebook :)

  4. Most fitness people I know don't look like you described, they look like the rest of us! AND 30 is young young young!!! You can change your career at any time however don't think of fitness as a replacement for traditional teaching, think of it as an enhancement. One of my closest friends teaches classes at a local gym and has a separate full time job.


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