"So... what? You're going to be a performing-artist-nutritionist-author-trainer?"
That was the scoffed response I got as a junior in high school when a friend and I pondered what we'd like to be when we "grew up." I shrunk back in defeat, knowing that no one was looking to hire a "performing-artist-nutritionist-author-trainer."
My interests were always everywhere (and still are, for that matter). I love art and writing, dancing and performing, cooking and nutrition, fitness and wellness... anything that stimulates my mind/body/spirit and challenges my creativity. I spent more time than I'd like to admit trying to figure out what career path was right for me.
Finding myself was proving to be a terribly difficult task.
I envied those that knew exactly what they wanted to do and the clear paths that laid in front of them. My path looked to be more like a tangled mess than anything with a sense of cohesiveness.
For years, I slowly loosened the knots in the tangles, finding my way little by little, sometimes creating bigger messes along the way. I had a new job every few months and thanks to boredom and lack of passion, nothing seemed to stick. The promise of a big income or a steady paycheck seemed empty if it meant doing something I didn't truly love.
So, it hit me.
If my perfect career didn't exist, I would create it.
And that's exactly what I did.
From that early age, I knew, at my core, what my calling was, but the noise of societal norms and the "shoulds" of life got in the way. Even though I always had a smile on, I knew I felt anything but comfortable behind a desk in an office or waiting tables and serving drinks. I ignored my instincts to follow my passions and instead pursued the things I thought I should be doing, instilled by my parents and the idea of what "grown-up life" was supposed to look like.
But, as I grew up, the noise diminished, giving way for reason and passion to scream for me to take notice and take action.
So I began with the things that made me happy and checked them off, one by one.
I love art and writing... started a blog
dancing and performing... created my own stage with Zumba
cooking and nutrition... became a nutrition counselor and play with recipes
fitness and wellness... got certified as a personal trainer & health coach
Voila~ I am a performing-artist-nutritionist-author-trainer!
It was only when I allowed myself to trust my heart that I began making sense of the tangled mess of a career path. I am still combing through the knots, gradually morphing my business, YOUfit, in to what it will eventually become.
The progress is slow...
and, at times, discouraging...
but it's progress nonetheless...
and I'm okay with that...
because I know that this path not only keeps a smile on my face, but makes that smile authentic, from the inside, out.