A few months ago, I found myself in a confusing place. I love my job. I LOVE my job. There are so few people who can say that, and I'm thankful to be one of them. To be part of someone's health and wellness transformation is a joy and a privilege. I was seeing clients almost every night, leading Tabata Bootcamp-a high intensity interval training class, and working hard in the weight room on my own training.
But my family was suffering. I wasn't home for family meals, and I felt like I was missing so much. One day, my husband shared something that brought me to tears. We sing the doxology as our prayer before dinner- "Praise God from whom all blessings flow," that one. When I'm gone, my 7-year-daughter never sings. But when I'm there with her, she sings her little heart out. A girl needs her mom.
I had coffee with a couple of dear friends, who encouraged me to seek God's face. When He says "no" to something, He always says "yes" to something better. Things became clear to me as I heard from Him. Yet, I still struggled with the decision to cut back my hours to stay home. Missing Monday nights, the busiest time of the week for trainers? Cutting my hours, despite having just bought a new home in a very expensive area?
But I chose to move forward in faith. I knew in my heart that God would bless it.
Guess what? I have more clients than I've ever had. I've signed 6 newbies in the last couple of weeks. I'm starting a bootcamp in our new neighborhood to get to know some families. And, I'm launching a new online nutrition curriculum through Precision Nutrition. How 'bout them apples?
Additionally, I've been talking with a friend about advocating for suicide prevention, a cause that's so near to my heart. This is something I wouldn't have pursued had I not created the breathing room in my life that allowed me to hear from God. I'm so thankful.
Do you need breathing room in your life? Take a few minutes today to think through what needs to be taken off your plate so that you can pursue something better, even if it's something as small (SOOO not small) as a family dinner. It is so worth it!