How was everyone’s 2017? I have been very quiet as of late, with my blogs, emails, and even on social media. Although, let’s be honest, I’m not as important as I think I am and I’m sure you have been far too busy to notice!
Well today’s email is to bring up to speed on what’s been happening for me, to offer up an excuse of some kind, and also because I’VE MISSED MY TEAM OF SUPPORTERS!!
2017 was a major year for me. Since finishing school at 18, my career path has not followed a clear cut path. This is not uncommon, but for a perfectionist like me who struggles with flexibility, although it has been exciting, it has been downright terrifying.
Personal training has been an amazing platform for meeting people, and I have a wonderful client base, all of whom I look forward to seeing and can give my utmost attention to.
I wanted to make the service I provide even better, so 2017 saw me get a whole lot of studying done.
In June I completed by Psychodynamic Counselling diploma at WPF Therapy. I met some interesting people, and learned a lot about myself (some of which arguably could have stayed unknown!). Whilst the course was fantastic and gave me a real set of useful and viable skills, I just could not see myself being an on the couch therapist.
I’m a dynamic person, and I think there is only so much of saying “How do you feel about that” that I can do.
I knew I wanted to help people, and I knew I wanted to use my counselling skills, but also the power of fitness and nutrition, as I know firsthand how healing they can be. I approached a charity (which I can not name as much as I’d love to name drop..) and have been volunteering with them since August. I work with women aged 18-30 one to one training and giving nutritional advice. These are vulnerable women with histories of alcohol abuse, eating disorders and traumatic childhoods. They are absolutely amazing, and the look on their faces when I arrive is something I will cherish.
Knowing that this was where my strengths lay, I wanted to pad out my nutrition skills, but still had a bit of fear about doing a degree. After all, it’s a big commitment and what if I changed my mind?? Perfectionist, don’t you forget. So I did a course with Precision Nutrition that I started in October and completed in December. It was a course that I’d been keen on doing for years, having seen so many amazing trainers with this same qualification. Boom! Nutrition coach.
Sounds like a lot in a year right? And I’m not even finished!!
I still was not finished with mental health, and eating disorders – their origin, their prognosis and their recovery – have been a subject close to my heart.
So in October 2017, with mammoth support from my family, I started my Eating Disorder Practitioner’s Diploma. Holy moly. It was life changing. The best part was that I just knew this was the right path for me. It was hard going, draining, a lot of information to take on board. We covered everything, and I mean everything. I’m currently handing in my assignments so fingers crossed I will be qualified before Easter rolls around. Amazing right??
We’re now into the second week of the second month of 2018 and things are yet to slow down.
Getting my degree. This is something I’ve always wanted to do, as I didn’t go to university. I was not ready at 18, and had no clue where I was going. For a time I thought that psychotherapy would be the answer, but as much as I love helping people, it just wasn’t for me. I’m SO glad that I did not rush into a degree, because now, at 24 the right course and career came to me. Nutritional therapy is the perfect fit for me. I started in January, and it will be a long 3 years and way out of my comfort zone. But you know what? It feels so right. I’ve been told I don’t need to be do get my degree, that I should have confidence in my ability, and that my personality and way with people will get me far. But in an age of social media, overnight celebrities and pseudo-internet science, I want to be credible. I want to create something that will be here in years to come, something with integretity and longevity.. No ‘Lose 10lbs in 10 days’, no quick fix, no short cuts. We know they don’t work any way right?
This last year has been a whirlwind, and I guess I’m only just realising it now. No wonder I haven’t been on social media!!
This week marked my first ever public talk – a presentation at a school in Surrey on Body Image and Nutrition. It was totally terrifying. Teenagers are the most intimidating race, I swear they can smell weakness a mile away.
It’s now Saturday morning. It’s raining. I’ve got a cup of green tea and I’m writing this in between watching a chemistry webinar. I then plan on watching something far less intellectually sound – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix. Because # balance right??
Now you know what I’ve been up to, and this is not a post to brag about achievements. This is for everyone who feels a little lost, or like they’re ploughing away with no reward, or even has a hangover and just has nothing better to read. Trust me, the right job/man/woman/opportunity will come, but it comes when its ready, not necessarily when you think you’re ready.
Ps. If you’re missing my Bootcamp’s and classes and can’t make it to Battersea, I’m also part of the team at Evolution – a new spin and hiit studio in the heart of Mortlake. It’s a great space, with genuine people taking their fitness seriously but not themselves. Check out their website and join me Saturday mornings here
Talks, nutrition services, personal training, and guest articles are all available. As is a chat on the phone, or an email in your inbox 🙂