I have been very fortunate in my life to have had a few wonderful careers. My first was as a cosmetologist, the second a graphic artist and presently a Certified Personal Trainer.
Being a cosmetologist really was a wonderful way to develop my human interaction skills, not only did I learn to refine my communication skills but also how to be comfortable with physical contact with strangers. Physical contact with strangers is not something we naturally are comfortable with and yet as a cosmetologist as well as a Personal Trainer it is something you have to deal with and get comfortable with pretty quickly.
When I left the beauty industry and moved into the design world it was such a drastic move. I went from connecting with people in a very personal way to have little contact with people at all. The office atmosphere can be so impersonal and for someone with 17 years of working directly with people it was a strange environment. On one hand the quiet and solitude of working on the computer was refreshing to my mind. But what I gained in solitude and quiet was quickly disrupted with the stress of constant tight deadlines, office drama, and impending doom of our industry. I continued that career for a little over 7 years. My job as a designer carried me from assistant designer to art director in a short time and I really enjoyed the work for a while. Unfortunately the constant stress was really taking a toll on me and my health and attitude and I didn't like who I was becoming.
I was taught early on that there is supposed to be dedication to your employer and I really believed that. I stayed in my position until the bitter end going through budget cut after budget cut and the eventual restructering of the department and the termination of my position. At first I was shocked, but I believe everything happens for the good.
My fiancé and I moved, renting out my current house and renting a new place where I currently reside with my now husband. I filed unemployment and began the process of trying to find work. It was during my year of unemployment that I finally relaxed and let go of all the stress, tension, and negativity that had creeped into my life. I was able to start oil painting (www.alenasimard.com) again which until this time has been something I loved to do but never had the time. I also made a decision that I was not going back into the office atmosphere.
Which brings me to where I am today!
I have always enjoyed going to the gym and when I couldn't afford that anymore, I put one together in my basement with second hand items as well as handmade pieces. I also revisited a thought I had when I first started working out years ago, becoming a CPT. So I did my research and chose as my educator and got certified.
I LOVE MY JOB!
I am back where I belong, working hands on with people and back in the gym atmosphere. I get paid to help and encourage people to make changes in their own lives. Shortly I will be certified as a TRX instructor (yahoo) and hope to put together some BootCamp classes as well.One of my clients is a 10 year old boy and it is my job to help him develop the strength he needs for his sport of choice, hockey. How great is it that I get to run around a gymnasiam, doing sprints, squat jumps, and tossing a medicine ball around in order to show this young man that exercise can be fun!
Life is full of choices and I am choosing happiness.