Hello My Wonderful Followers!
I hope that you have all had a wonderful year, and are ready for the 2018 year ahead. First and foremost I would like to apologize for my absence on the blog since October. As you all hopefully know (if you read my last post), I recently started a full time job working in health and life insurance sales. Which meant that I had to take a test to become licensed, and studying for that test took up pretty much all of my October and I really started working at the end of that month. And with the start of my new job came a huge learning curve because I have had to learn a ton of different insurance products, and figure out what selling tactics work for me, etc. etc. So I have been dealing with that the past two months.
On top of that! I had to reschedule my ACSM Certified Personal Training exam (because I had scheduled it for the same week I scheduled my insurance exam), so that had to move from the middle of October to the end of December. So I was really busy after work and on weekends studying for that, and I finally took the dang test this past Friday. But I have no idea if I passed because apparently the ACSM is changing the tests, so they are withholding any scores after a certain date. And let me just tell you how annoying that is. Ugh. So while I have been absent from Marg Fitness, I have really, truly had a lot of other stuff on my plate. Now let’s get into my year in review.
What a year.
I am not sure if I would be exaggerating if I said that 2017 was honestly one of the worst years of my little life. And I am not saying that to have anyone feel bad for me, or pity me because this year was particularly hard. I am simply just stating it as a fact; 2017 was an extremely difficult year for me. The highs were high, and the lows were so low that I could barely fathom them. But I think what was really amazing about this year was my ability to handle all of the sh*t that life threw my way, and still maintain a (relatively) positive attitude.
To sum some stuff up;
January is when my toe pains escalated and I was having a really hard time walking. In March my podiatrist put me in a walking boot. In April my long term relationship ended, and then I got the stomach flu. In May I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and was started on a treatment plan. Then about a week later I graduated from The University of Arizona, and my medications hadn’t kicked in yet so I was really worried that I wouldn’t be able to walk across the stage because of the pain I was in. After my graduation my mom and brother and I did a little Arizona road trip to the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend. In June I turned 22. Who the heck knows what I was doing in July, probably just job hunting. In August I really started studying for the Personal Training exam, and visited family in Massachusetts. September is when I finally found a job…actually let me rephrase. September is when I decided to look into jobs in the insurance field, and took the biggest leap of faith into the unknown and accepted the job that I have now. September is also the month that I went Vegan (woot woot). I became a licensed insurance agent in October, and traveled to Florida to my company’s home office for New Agent School. And in December I was finally able to hike again, AND I finally took my Personal Training exam.
It’s so weird…
Because I feel like I endured a lot of change, and persevered, but I feel like I didn’t really accomplish what I wanted to, and I am definitely not where I thought I would be in my life. Which is kind of upsetting and unsettling, but it also is lighting a fire under my butt for 2018. This year was the year of health setbacks. It was a year that I cried a lot, because finding a job right out of college, and facing a lot of change in a small amount of time is extremely stressful. I feel like I was just stressed out this entire year, and that is not how I want to live my life. I took a lot of pain straight to the face this year; both emotional pain and physical pain.
But you know what, every time I got knocked down, I got right back up and got on with my life.
Through all of the seemingly horrible things that happened to me this year, I think that learning to maintain a positive attitude and figuring out ways to not let things get me down was the most valuable thing that I learned this year. My skin got a lot thicker this year, and I am thankful for that. I became a lot more flexible, because before doing anything I had to think about if I was going to be physically able to do it, and I had to be ok with not being able to do something once I got there (like hiking).
And I am sure people are reading this and thinking nothing horrible really happened to me, and that I am being super over dramatic. But I can promise you, I am not. I literally could not walk comfortably until July, and I spent every day in an immense amount of pain and then on top of that I had about a billion other stressors affecting my life. I was literally diagnosed with a chronic disease where my bones are going to straight up degenerate and I am going to have claw hands and feet, but of course I don’t say it like that because that is freaking dramatic, and rheumatoid arthritis doesn’t rule my life (and it won’t until I literally can’t use my hands).
On the plus side…
Now I feel like I have things under control. I feel very optimistic about 2018, and although I have not set any firm goals in the ground yet, I have a lot of things that I want to accomplish. And now I am so thankful I don’t have to stress about finding a full time job, or be in constant pain, and I can finally just live my life.
So what are my plans for Marg Fitness in 2018? What are my goals? Resolutions?? First of all, I want to rebrand my blog into “It’s Me Marg” because I feel like Marg Fitness just doesn’t fit me anymore, and also because I want to write about other stuff besides fitness (and tbh I barely even write about fitness now). With that being said, I will still write about fitness, as it is a big part of my life, and I am a new personal trainer (granted I passed my test). I also want to start offering online personal training through my website, and potentially other types of coaching….although I am not really sure what I would coach people on….maybe I could coach people on transitioning into a plant based diet. I also want to really get my Young Living essential oils business going (so if anyone reading this knows anything about Network Marketing hmu). I have a lot of things that I want to do with my blog, and I want to try my best and start a little side business so that I can feel fulfilled and not go crazy.
If you have any suggestions for what you want to see on my blog, or suggestions anything else (like YouTube, I guess) please let me know! Hope you all have a wonderful New Year and Happy 2018!!