A New Routine

Phew. Well, it’s certainly not summer anymore! My new job has proved (over and over again) to be the absolute right decision for me and best career path I could ever ask for …

Teaching young high schoolers how to feel comfortable in a weight room, to not focus on the number on the scale and most importantly that fitness can be fun has been extremely rewarding. Oh, and chaperoning the Junior service trip to NYC left me with more hilarious stories about teenagers  than I ever could have imagined … plus a couple of headaches.

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This fall has also tested my ability to maintain balance with freelance work (clients, teaching classes, etc.) and spending time with friends/family. And meeting a pretty spectacular guy … Yes, you read that correctly.

But quit your prying … I’ll dive into deeper detail at a later date.

Between ALL of these new things, I’ve learned this fall was about putting myself first and discovering a new routine. Doing what I wanted to do, when I wanted to do it and spending my precious free time exploring — hiking, rock climbing, traveling, going to the movies and binge-watching Hulu Rom-Coms like it was my job.

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How else did I make myself a priority? I cancelled ClassPass. Nothing against the discount boutique studio site, but with zero free time during the week and traveling on the weekends getting through my 5 classes/month was much more challenging than it seemed.

Savings: $65/Month. Win.

Bottom line: Life can throw you some crazy curve balls — good or bad. They can make your life insanely busy and flip your routine on it’s hiney. Instead of stressing out (which I do my fair share of … ) it’s about reevaluating the things that make you the MOST happy.

For me …

  • not completing my 5 classes on CP was causing anxiety. Cancel.
  • coming home after weekends away left me feeling out of sync. Rethink and relax.

What works for you? Is your current routine satisfying or making you cray-cray? Share away!

-TTT

What You’ve All Been Wondering …

It’s been about 2 months since I stopped teaching fitness on a consistent, full-time basis.

May 26th to be exact.

That date doesn’t really matter except if you’ve been following me on social media … in that case you’ve probably been thinking, “Mmm … Does she work? Like at all?” for quite some time.

My plethora of beach day pics and wedding selfies validates this question.

Well friends, I’m SUPER excited to share that starting August 15th I will be the Fitness Director for a private school in the Boston-area. While I’ve been coaching lacrosse here for 3 years, the wellness/fitness building is finally finished and I’m proud to announce I’ve signed on as a faculty member!

And now my Snap story makes sense …

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So what will I be doing exactly?

Coaching young minds about staying healthy, promoting positive body image, creating strength and conditioning programs for some of the high school athletes and teams as well as teaching TRX, small group training and cycling classes to the students.

Something I learned from coaching lacrosse over the past few years was that these 14-18 year olds are like sponges. With social pressures to look/act/dress/speak/eat/think a certain way at an all time high, it’s more important than ever to show these young ladies (yes, it’s an all-girls school) the power of health and treating your body with respect.

I graduated from a similar private high school in 2005 … except 11 years ago some major components were missing: Facebook was only for college students (remember that pesky .edu requirement?), selfies did not exist and Snapchat, Instagram, retweets, favorites, likes and emojis were not a thing.

Don’t get me wrong, I love social media. But I do believe it’s imprinted some unhealthy habits on the younger generation.

Bottom line: When a 15-year old freshman tells me she’s on a 3-day juice cleanse and we have 3 games and 2 practices that week — well — I know I have a job to do.

And let me tell you, I can’t wait to get started.

-TTT

One Year Later & One Hundred Times Stronger

You know the feeling.

It’s summer, you’ve been sitting in a hot car, wearing shorts and sweating. You begin to peel yourself off the once seemingly comfortable black leather interior. As you start to scoot on the seat you immediately know the level of pain that is about to follow.

Similar to ripping off a band aid … do you do it all at once to avoid the slow, agonizing pain? Or do you methodically inch yourself away, mentally preparing as every single morsel of skin feels as though it’s being torn off.

Why the heck do I bring this up?

Because last year — exactly 365 days ago — I was faced with a similar feeling.

After being dealt a pretty crappy hand — i.e. getting laid off from my job — I had two options; slowly peel myself off the burning black leather or jump out of the car quickly before my brain could catch up to the discomfort.

Luckily I chose the latter and I believe I’m stronger for it.

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One year later and there have been a multitude of forks along my path. A series of bumps in my road.

I’ve applied for jobs, signed up for LinkedIn Premium, perfected my Care.com account, gone on dates and left dates early. I’ve been ‘ghosted’ … by guys and career leads. And on rare occasions I’ve been the one initiating the rejecting; when I knew I deserved better.

Bottom line: From professional to personal, this year has been one of growth. And while it may seem scary to some, I’ve spent a great deal of the past 12 months … alone. It’s been in these moments of solitude that I’ve made the most impactful decisions. One’s that have rerouted my journey. This solo-time has assured me that the difficult decisions were the right ones and the path I’m paving for myself is built with consideration, concentration and most importantly, patience.

So whether you’re dealing with a breakup, bad job or one of life’s many hiccups, it’s important to remember that you’re the one in control. Rip off the bandaid, peel those sweaty legs off the leather seat and start making some moves. A lot — I repeat — a lot can happen in a year.

Trust the process and find strength in each step.

-TTT