For those of you who don't know me all that well yet, I LOVE to travel. I have gone on trips I couldn't exactly afford more than once and jetted across the country because flights were cheap and I couldn't pass up a chance to visit a good friend. Knowing that and my seemingly impulsive nature, it might not shock you to hear that I just spent the night in the Boston airport to spend 24 hours in Florida with my coaching team. This trip was riddled with challenges from the beginning. It is a trip reserved for the top coaches on our team, an all-inclusive getaway to learn from each other and build ourselves as leaders and coaches. That means there were markers that had to be met to qualify to go, and I booked my flights well before I knew if I had qualified. Then I neglected to take off work because I got to a point where I assumed I wouldn't go and when I was presented with the chance to go, I had to scramble. Changing flights, booking a rental car, and battling what might be a relapse of mono were challenging enough. But then I found out there were fees for changing flights and the trains in Boston don't run early enough to get me there for a 5:55am flight. Given the financial strain of the trip already, I decided I just couldn't justify the $40 to park my car and was nervous about taking a cab or Uber. My solution? Get there the night before! So I showed up at midnight, charged up my phone, and worked on my weekly newsletter (and this post, at least this background info part).
So why would I go to such ridiculous lengths for a 24 hour trip? It's simple, really... I LOVE what I do as a coach and there was no way I could turn down a chance to hang out with my teammates, learn from the best in the biz, and grow personally so I can help even more people get healthy and fit.
And it was totally worth it! Even with the rainy weather, I got a chance to get to know coaches I had either never met or never really chatted with and learned so much from them! The transition to commuting and a 9-5 job has been a little tough for me and figuring out how to transition my business into the new schedule and getting to chat with my new friend Cat about how she has been so successful helping so many with a similar schedule to mine. Plus, being by the beach, getting to play around at a professional photo shoot, and dinner at a raw vegan restaurant topped off the weekend! Not to mention breakfast by the ocean ;-)
If you get nothing else from this post, my blog, or knowing me in any capacity whatsoever, I hope that you are inspired to pursue what truly makes you happy. Fitness has been a passion of mine for years and while I'm still learning, growing, and developing my livelihood as a coach, I cannot imagine doing anything else or anything less than what I'm doing now. It's not always easy (let's face it, nothing in life is), but any time I've even entertained the thought of quitting, I immediately think "how could I not do this? I love it so much!"
Do you know what that thing is that lights you up inside? The thing that you accidentally spend hours doing or stay up late to accomplish, even if it doesn't automatically lead to more money, more time, or any other immediate reward? If you haven't found it yet, start paying attention to those moments when time seems to just slip away and try to build that into your life as much as possible.
I look forward to getting to continue to share with you my passion and I am so appreciative of you allowing me to take a few minutes of your time to share with you.
I'd love to hear what lights you up and makes your soul shine! If you've already found it, post it in the comments!
I'm Amanda K; lover of fitness, sweets, veggies, adventure, travel, and happiness.