Good Mistakes

18 Apr

Check it out: twins! I didn’t realize it until after I put salt and pepper on. Then I couldn’t eat it because twins are cute, and it made me feel evil.

twin egg yolk

Onto other news.

Do you guys remember back in the day when I told you I was going to get certified as a personal trainer? Well, I somehow managed to be very anticlimactic about it, because I did get my certification about two months ago :) . I have a sweet little certificate sitting in a folder in a closet in my bedroom that says “Melanie, you can kick people’s asses legally.” After three years of writing on this blog about health and fitness, sharing my push up enthusiasm with thousands of readers, I can finally say I’m a professional trainer!

personal trainer certification

But you know what? At first I didn’t want to train anybody.

Weird, right? Spend all that time, money and energy on something you love only to come out of it thinking … “Eh, I don’t know.” But after seeing what the life of a personal trainer is from the inside of the industry, it just didn’t seem like a good fit. It wasn’t enough for me, so to speak. And while some people might consider that a waste, I started to consider it an expensive mistake that was worth making. There are so many things I “want to be when I grow up,” that I need to go out there and try them all so that I don’t find myself one day saying, “Dang, I bet I would’ve loved being a fitness professional.” (thought I never say “dang”, so I’m probably safe).

Regardless of my inner instinct to avoid training people, friends of mine who knew I was a certified butt-kicker started asking me to help them get in shape. Not because they didn’t care that I thought it wasn’t for me, they didn’t even know I was feeling that way, they asked because they believed I could truly make a difference for them. So I said yes.

Fast forward to now and I’ve found myself with weekly regulars. Goes to show that you can chart your own course all your want, but it always pays to explore a little bit. It’s worth it, because I’m enjoying myself while also learning a lot–and my friends are getting the best of the best to train them (heh). Everyone wins and I’m glad things worked out the way they did.  Being that I’m also in the midst of launching Trainer Link, it’s good timing for me to be active in the industry. Not only that, but I would have never thought of Trainer Link had I not gone down this road. Personal insights are invaluable for things like that. So here’s to getting really real!

Have you ever chased a dream only to think you made a mistake? What did you do next?

Sancho spotlight bonus! Here he is playing with his new favorite toy Rocky Raccoon, and then stopping to burp.

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3 Responses to “Good Mistakes”

  1. Amanda April 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Congrats!! I had no idea you already got the certificate! I just quietly thought you were still going every week learning all you could learn. And for the record, this Personal Training Course may have been the BEST THING EVER for you! Look how it brought you to come up with the idea for Trainer Link!! You might never have considered it otherwise. Rock on, Mel!

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