As you may know, when I’m not chasing this little munchkin around, I’m working hard on finishing up my masters degree (May canNOT come soon enough!).
I’m in a space where I truly don’t know what’s coming next. I’ll have my masters degree but don’t want to work a 8-5 desk job; I want to start utilizing my personal trainer cert but don’t know where to start; and then there’s this passion for writing that I really don’t know what to do with…
While I’m doing my very best to embrace the gap, it’s freaking me out.
To be fair, though, these crossroad moments in life have always freaked me out. And I’ve always made it through just fine. Consciously, I get that. I know that I’ll always be cared for and given just what I need, just when I need it. But subconsciously, something inside just won’t let me stop worrying about the logistics.
When it comes down to it, that rational part of my brain is very purposeful. Rather than allowing my happy-go-lucky side to take uncalculated risks, it gives me boundaries and reminds me that every action I make has consequences – and nowadays those consequences effect more than just myself.
So lately I’ve been digging a little deeper to figure out which steps I’ll be taking once I get that degree and have to fully jump into the realm of the unknown. I know this may not apply to you, but just in case someone else is in the same boat, I thought I’d share what I’ve been doing to prepare myself mentally and emotionally for the next big crossroads.
- JOURNALING. Specifically, I’ve been asking myself questions like, “Where do I see myself in 5 years?” , “What do I need to do now to prepare myself for that life?”, and “What do I appreciate about my life right now?”
- RESEARCHING AND READING. A LOT. I’ve been inundating myself with knowledge and data that might offer me a bit of insight or guidance. I’m reading tons of stuff by people I really admire [like strength and conditioning coaches Neghar Fonooni & Rachel Cosgrove]. I’ve also been reading tons of articles on how to become a better fitness professional, how to be an entrepreneur, and how to trust your intuition.
- CONNECTING WITH MENTORS AND COLLEAGUES. There’s so much that we can learn from each other in all areas of our lives, whether it be personal, professional or academic. By connecting with others, I’m able to learn about opportunities. Plus, I feel like I’m setting myself up to succeed by not repeating unnecessary mistakes.
- PRACTICING. With most things in life, practice makes perfect. The more I practice something, the more confident I am in following through. So I’m taking this to heart and practicing all kinds of things right now, from counseling/social work skills, to giving fitness advice, to freelance writing [this past month I got my first piece published in a small Maui publication!]
- PUTTING MYSELF OUT THERE. As I get clearer about what my intentions are, I’ve been telling more and more of my friends and family what I’m looking for. I’m working on my resume and will be submitting it to a few organizations within the next month. And I’ll be taking a big leap by testing out a program with a handful of individuals.
I feel like the upcoming crossroad in my life is one of the biggest I’ve ever encountered – Isaac’s presence changes everything and I have to think about his wellbeing above all else – but I also feel a little more excited and a little less fearful by doing all of these things in preparation. Ultimately, I’m filled with gratitude to have all of the opportunities that I do, and I plan to make the most of it!
Any big crossroads coming up for you? How are you preparing?
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