Sometime either during the majority of my weight loss journey or shortly after, I decided I wanted to become a personal trainer. It was a dream that sat in the back of my head, but didn’t get much further than that. I would talk about the dream with others, never acting upon it.
I would peruse the multiple sites you could earn a certification from, comparing everything, adding up the costs, and even got super close to making the purchase. Then my anxiety would build up and I’d be back at square one.
It went on this way for a couple of years.
Then last May, I went to a paranormal/psychic expo where I heard a talk from a couple of ladies who talked about listening to your intuition and signs from the universe. I left that expo with that in the back of my head and just a few days later when getting SUPER anxious about making the leap, a dime appeared from the Universe.
I made the purchase, received the material, and hit the books pretty hard. Then I got to the Essentials of Exercise Science book, which was HARD! I tried to stick with it, but it just got too overwhelming for me and I stopped. I would come back to it every few weeks, only to discover it wasn’t getting any more easy to understand.
Soon it was the beginning of the year and my exam was a few months away. I did my best to get back to studying and would do good for a few days, only to become occupied with other things. Before I knew it, it was March and it was just a few weeks before my exam.
I knew I wasn’t prepared and rescheduled it for a fee. I wanted to choose a new date that was after Baby B’s birth, but I could only go out a few months. So, I picked the very last day that I could.
I got back to studying off and on until the end of April/beginning of May where I began to really bust my butt with studying. I struggled through the Essentials of Exercise Science book, but I did it. After getting through that, the rest of it was pretty much a breeze.
In what felt like a blink of an eye, I was only a few days out from the test. I really busted by butt learning all that I could with staying up late the night before the test and was up early the morning of going back through what I knew was a week spot for me.
Last Wednesday, I made my way to Iowa City for the exam. After trying to figure out parking, (why is this ALWAYS so difficult?) I made my way to the center, and tried my best not to freak out.
I sat down at the computer and began the exam. Thankfully it wasn’t as hard as I originally made it out to be and took my time with each question. And loved that I had the ability to flag questions to come back to that I was really having trouble with.
Things I didn’t love, the VERY fidgety girl sitting within my eye sight. :p
After working through the all 150 questions, I said a lil prayer, and submitted my exam. I was then told immediately that I PASSED!
I did my best to hold my composure in the exam room, got my print out, and dashed out of the building to my car where I had a little dance party. I called Mr. B to tell him the good news and sat in the parking garage in shock for a bit.
Then I made my way to the hospital where I got to visit my adorable niece!
Talk about the perfect way to celebrate! 🙂
I’m really pumped to finally be an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and my plan is to bring online services to my readers. I don’t know exactly what that will look like yet, but I’m excited to share it with you and further work on my dream of becoming my own version of Jillian Michaels.
What dreams are you chasing after?
Whatever it may be, don’t give up! Hard work does pay off!