In two day’s time I will be taking a big leap of faith, I’m leaving my job to pursue a career I am truly passionate about.
For the last three years I have been a teacher. I haven’t hated my job, I love the people I work with, I’ve felt comfortable being on a stable income that pays the bills, I know I’ve always been good at what I do.
So why have I chosen to give it up?
As I have said in a previous blog, teaching is something I ‘fell’ into. Up until recently I lacked confidence in my own ability. Whilst being a teacher is absolutely not easy, it has always been a ‘safe’ and stable job. Last summer though after competing in a few shows and building up my profile in the fitness industry, I started thinking realistically about possibly forming a career out of my hobby.
At that time, my passion for health and fitness was just that; a hobby. I made little money from it but I felt demotivated with my stable career and knew I had a business idea that I just needed time to be able to follow through.
Of course many will start the whole ‘teacher bashing’ thing but there is literally NO flexibility in holidays or for taking the odd day off. I missed out on opportunities to go to important meetings, ‘show my face’ at events I was invited to and have passed up the offer of photoshoots. I felt the dreaded ‘Sunday evening blues’ when Monday loomed and I knew this had a negative effect on how I lived my daily life. I’ve always been an all or nothing kinda gal, I put my heart and soul into everything, not giving 100% to something is just not in my nature.
I handed in my resignation notice at the start of September last year but was persuaded to stay on a part time basis. Looking back, this was a blessing in disguise as it meant I had more time to properly spend launching my business idea ‘The Way to Glow’, whilst still having some regular financial backing.
Looking at my Instagram page, you might be wondering, ‘what do you actually do’… For over a year now I have thought of my Instagram as a business. I am lucky enough to have the support of my amazing sponsors Gymshark and I am excited to announce I will be launching my online plans as well as a regular meet ups, training sessions and Q&A’s aimed at females in the coming weeks!
Many people don’t realise how little money there is in fitness, I have worked so hard building up my profile, giving out lots of free content, making contacts, networking like crazy and doing a lot of promotion behind the scenes for little financial reward. Like many careers, you almost have to start as an intern and build your way up. That’s exactly what I’ve done. I am not rich by any means, I’m a single person and own a house.
We all know however that work takes up a whole lot of your life. I know I’d rather work really hard loving every second of what I do, earning less than I would in a job that I didn’t feel challenged in.
If we waited around for circumstances in all areas of our lives to be perfect, no one would ever make any change. I would say, consider the risk but then always go with your heart.
In my last week in a ‘proper’ job, do I feel anxious, yes a little however, am I excited to see what the future holds, absolutely….
To be continued….