Change Your Career… Change Your Life

Most of you know by now that I’m pretty darn happy about the major career change I made about a year and a half ago. I often mention how thankful I am for my current work situation, but I haven’t posted much about how I planned for a career change in my 30s or how scared I was when I actually took the leap and left corporate America to join my husband full-time at our business.

Leaving Corporate America to Open a Gym

You’ve heard me go on and on about how you shouldn’t take the easy way out when it comes to your training regimen or your diet. It’s become easy enough for me to take my own advice when it comes to fitness and nutrition, but recently I realized that I failed miserably for a long time at following this same advice {choosing the best path, not the easiest} when it came to my work life.

Heading Back to Corporate America For nearly 10 years I worked as a marketing manager at various technology companies. Looking back, I only remember a few days when I felt happy and excited about what I was working on during those years. I’m not exaggerating; job satisfaction was pretty rare for me when I worked in Corporate America.

You may ask yourself why I stayed in an unhappy job situation for so long. At the time it felt like sticking-it-out as a marketing manager in IT was the easier route. I had a consistent paycheck, health insurance and paid sick and vacation time. When I look back now, I can finally see that I was afraid to be uncomfortable. I was scared to jump ship and start all over again.

I chose to “muscle-through” my workdays and I focused on living for the weekend. Boy was I was missing out! Let’s just say I can’t remember the last time I wished a day away. In my short time as a gym owner I’ve already experienced countless days where I am literally dancing and/or smiling ear-to-ear with excitement about my job and/or our clients’ successes. A client emails me saying she feels better than ever? Dance for joy! A new program fills up? Yippee! I’m all caught up on paperwork? Score! (Yes, I even get excited about paperwork being done now that it’s my own business.)

Working Mom Catching Up on Work at Starbucks

Despite the fact that I feel like I work every second of every single day, I feel incredibly lucky because I love what I’m doing and I feel fulfilled career-wise for the first time in my life. The line between my work life and personal life has become very faint, but fortunately I work with my husband so it works for us.

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  1. I love this and I love that you are happy with your life. I feel like you are truly living!

    What scares me is when you say “you no longer wish a day away”. In my current career, I will admit to wishing days away. I admit to hoping that the weekend comes sooner and counting down the days to my next vacation. Luckily, I’ve chosen to do something about it and I cannot wait to see what is next.

    • Don’t be scared!! I seriously used to wish every day away and I think part of the reason I can appreciate the day-to-day more now is a) that I love what I am doing, but also b) every day is a little different and I look forward to each one for different reasons. It used to feel like the same old same old every weekday and just waiting around for the weekend.

      You are going to be so super successful at whatever you do next because it sounds like it’s going to be something you are more passionate about!
      Amanda Perry recently posted..Change Your Career… Change Your Life

  2. I feel the same way, my job now in corporate America makes me unhappy. I want to make fitness/nutrition full time. :) Loving Monday mornings is my goal. :)

  3. I love this post, and almost entirely because you love your job, you love your life, and you are living 10000%. You inspire me to do the very same, even if right now, that is in Corporate America. XO
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