Have you ever thought about quitting your job and starting a new career? I remember waking up feeling like I didn’t want to get out of bed weeks leading up to the day I decided to quit my job. I felt paralyzed with fear and anxiety. At the time I had no idea what I wanted to do next. Personal training had always been in the back of my mind but I had worked so hard to get a promotion and kept telling myself that whatever this feeling was, it would go away eventually. Well, it didn’t. I impulsively walked up to my boss one day and told her I wanted to leave the company. I didn’t even have the intention to quit that day. Her first question was "what do you want to do next." I replied, "I have no idea but I know if I don’t take action now, I may never figure it out."
Most of the time when people want to leave their job it’s because they’re not happy, but that wasn’t the case for me. I loved my company. My bosses were loving mentors and my co-workers were like family to me. So what was it then?
I believe now that it was synchronicity. Have you ever heard of synchronicity? It’s defined as “the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events that seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality” (Merriam-Webster). I like to think of these occurrences as messages from God and the universe telling you that the choices you have been making are keeping you on the right path.
Now this is where synchronicity comes in. I had agreed to stay for 1 month instead of the usual 2 weeks to properly wrap things up at work but had scheduled a trip to Miami to visit my best friend months before. A trip was exactly what I needed to distract me from thinking about the choice I had made. Time was winding down and I was starting to regret my decision. Little did I know that it would be the catalyst for what has led to me where I am today.
“Are you a personal trainer?” It was the third time someone had approached me with that question while I was working out in my best friend’s apartment complex gym. It was then that I knew what my next steps would be. I returned to LA on a mission aka got a job at one of the trendiest gastropubs in Santa Monica for cash flow and study to take the exam to get certified so that I could start training professionally.
Fast forward to today and I have been training for about two years. I am so happy that I made the choice to leave and pursue fitness but I would be lying if I said it was easy. I questioned and doubted myself so much through this process. You know what though? Anything is possible if you put in the work to make it happen. Don’t give up when the going gets hard and reach out to people who remind you of who you are and why you’re doing what you’re doing when you start to lose your way.
Transition is universal and constant throughout life. The beauty about choices is that they're yours to make. Just remember the first step is making the choice to take action.