I have never been someone who sticks at things that she hates doing. My philosophy is Life is Too Short for that shit.
Don’t get me wrong, I have done jobs that I hated just to pay the bills and stayed in a relationship or too way longer than I should have.
You have to try things to see if you like them. Finding your passion for most of us is about trial and error. There are very few who are born knowing what they want to do with their life.
Some things in life you just need to suck it up and get on with, like school, I hated school. I wasn’t delighted to be there, but I went and did the best I could uninspired and unmotivated, doing what I was told because I don’t like to get in to trouble.
I had no idea what to do with my life when I left school, so I picked the college course that interested me the most – Travel & Tourism. This was mostly down to the fact that there was an ‘educational’ at the end of the year. Yip, that’s right, I made my first big life decision based on going on holiday.
I loved that year at college, so much, that I got Student of the Year (not too shabby for someone who hated school and scraped through with 1 higher). That year took me in to a career in travel that spanned almost 15 years. I got to go and live in Greece and Gran Canaria then took off to live in Australia having travelled through quite a lot of Europe, South East Asia, China, Mongolia & Russia.
Somewhere towards the end of that 15 years, I realised that my passion wasn’t in working in the travel industry. I love travelling but that is about where my love affair with it ends. Booking people on 2 week all inclusive holidays to Benidorm or domestic business flights to London just didn’t get me excited.
The excitement was in fitness, in the gym. Anyone that gets up at 445am to be in the gym for 530am to be in a spin class at 6am seriously needs their head read or is in love with fitness. It took me a couple of years to work out how I was going to get my foot in the door and a couple of attempts at finding my road in.
Membership sales was NOT for me. Standing on the street in the middle of Sydney’s Bondi Junction, trying to get people’s phone numbers to take them on a tour of the gym was hell on earth. I lasted 3 weeks then walked out the day before my 30th Birthday. There was no way I was starting a new decade of my life doing something that stressed me out so much that I had a constant pain in my chest. The life was being sucked out of me, until I pulled my big girl pants on and sassy walked my ass out of there.
I got on a flight to China, got the train from China to Russia to fly back to the UK (I will always love travelling) and in to college to learn about this health and fitness stuff. That not being enough of course I signed up for as many courses as I could afford to build as much knowledge as I could.
I had found it, my passion, the thing that made me work 7 days a week, all day in college then working until 9 or 10pm at night, studying or on courses all weekend. I embraced any opportunity to get experience and learn from others in the industry.
5 years down the line I completed a degree in sport and exercise science and postgrad diploma in teaching adult learners under my belt. Business ventures tried and failed. Relationships came and went. Lots of lessons were learned and a LOT of fun is being had.
I have freedom now that I know what I am passionate about. I can explore the different avenues open to me. I want to reach out to as many people as possible to help them find their freedom. I keep learning, I keep sharing.
If you follow my emails you will know that every day I try to teach you something or point you in the direction of making your life better, happier, getting you away from the bad weeks. Someone recently said to me ‘you know you have bad weeks, then you have really bad weeks…’ These days I don’t have bad weeks, and if I do I focus on the positive stuff that came out of them.
Love me or hate me for it, it’s how I get through life. I’m your happy go lucky ray of fucking sunshine. I have had more than my fair share of shit thrown at me. I have had massive losses in love, life, friendships, and finances. But I have also had massive gains, and those gains will always outweigh the loss.
You have 2 choices in this life, stay down when you get knocked down and be a victim. Or, stand up, straighten your crown and fight on fearlessly.
I want you to find your sassy pants and wear them with pride. I want you to find your inner Warrior (check out my Warrior Woman Project http://freedomintraining.co.uk/warrior-woman-project/ ). I want you to find your passion. I want you to find your freedom.