"When I'm older, I want to be [insert occupation]". It's something every kid says growing up.
I was always told to do well at school, go to a good uni, get a high-paying job, buy a house, settle down... Most of us are probably familiar with this talk... And that's exactly what I did - for the most part.
As soon as I graduated from uni, I went straight into a full-time career, and the 9-5 grind (or 9-9 some days) became routine. I had my heart set on climbing the corporate ladder and becoming chief marketing officer, or even CEO one day.
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For nine years, I worked in brand and marketing across different industries. I’d worked my way up to brand manager, running national initiatives and events, creating and executing marketing and brand campaigns, managing multiple stakeholders and travelling A LOT. It was hard work and long hours (think cancelling dinner plans last minute on a Friday night because you need to get a campaign live), but it was the nature of the job and I truly loved it. You spent months working on a project, and then to see it go live for everyone to experience, there’s no feeling like it.
Then, last year at 30, I quit my 6-figure job to become a personal trainer (PT).
In some ways, I've also surprised myself. If you told me 10 years ago that I would quit my corporate job to become a PT, I would have laughed. I was never the athletic or sporty type growing up; I didn't even step foot into a gym until my early 20s.
Just the thought of all the equipment... the steel... the sweat... and the grunting... It was intimidating, to say the least.
I had been exercising on and off for years - usually in the women's only section. It was always cardio, group classes, and an endless cycle of 'working off' desserts and 'cheat meals'.