I moved back to Illinois 3 years ago; I can hardly believe it. I set out with a single goal in mind: obtain my NASM Personal Training certificate and help change others lives. By Thanksgiving, I was a NASM CPT and within weeks I could tell something wasn’t right…this wasn’t what I was supposed to be doing, at least not in the way I thought and at least not right now.
Fast forward 3 years…I found myself working in the music industry once again and then set out for the 50 States In A Year project I created. But now I’m back and to some extent, I feel like I’m stumbling around to figure out what I want to do again, what feels right, what allows me to pay the bills while still feeding my inner passions and goals. I’m feeling that pull back into the fitness world in some way and trying to navigate that feeling.
So why not try personal training again, you ask? That leads me to today’s confession…
I hate to admit it but I did. While I did this for a few different reasons, including finances, time and lack of CEUs due to the prior reasons, but regardless I let it happen and I’m hitting myself for it. I see the potential and the ways in which I can use that information to further my career and my dreams.
This brings me to my next point…
I’m studying to re-take the exam.
Thankfully NASM is on the same test as when I took it before so all of my materials are up-to-date and they offer previous NASM CPT holders a discount on their re-exam, which is very helpful for my current financial situation.
I haven’t purchased the exam yet and I don’t have a time frame as to when I hope to take it by; I don’t have as much of a clear cut study plan as I did last time around; I don’t have the answers on what I want to do with it; I don’t really have anything figured out about it except that I’m studying again and I’m seeing where life takes me. This is a journey (MY journey) and I’m learning to trust and just go with the flow some days.
Edited to add: I DID retake my exam, I DID pass, and I am once again a NASM certified personal trainer. At the time of this update, it’s undetermined what I’ll use this certification for, but I do intend to keep it active until I decide otherwise.
What’s a goal you’re currently working towards?
(SECRET – You don’t have to have it all figured out either!)