At the start of the summer, I made my second cross-country move in a year. Relocating my life, again, but this time back to a familiar place – the same town where I went to college. Though the move was largely career-driven, personal feelings played a role.
I spent May 2016 to June 2017 in Colorado. I lived the recent college graduate’s dream – my internship lead directly into my first job, in my dream career field. But something was missing.
By the end of it, I think my friends caught on, as much as I attempted to put up a front. I just wasn’t happy. I tried to be in the moment and enjoy some of the most beautiful places in the United States. I just couldn’t. I don’t know and couldn’t tell you why, but in the middle of Aspen, sitting directly under the Maroon Bells, I had this intense desire to be anywhere else. I knew, in my heart, that I needed a change.
Fast forward to driving in the middle of the cornfields of Nebraska, on my way back to Wisconsin, I started thinking about La Crosse. My four years of college were ones of immense personal growth. I loved the new experiences and learned more than I ever thought I would – both about exercise science and myself. But by the end of my senior year, I was ready for a change. When I left La Crosse, I left behind a lot of painful memories. Even though there was a lot of good that came out of it, some memories I simply did not want to revisit.
It was in that moment, in the middle of Nebraska, that I made a promise to myself. I promised when I was reminded of an unwanted memory, I would acknowledge it but not allow it to negatively influence on my day. When these moments arise, I acknowledge but don’t dwell. Negative people and experiences are no longer a part of your life for a reason.
So here I am. After a couple months of settling back in, changing habits, and a lot of self-reflection, I can safely say that it’s good to be in Wisconsin. It’s good to be La Crosse. It’s good to be home.
I joined a gym I’m not also employed at and love every day I get to train there.
My new job brings new and exciting challenges every day.
I began meditating in the morning and my headspace has improved dramatically.
Now I’m taking my next step – I want to reach more people. With an up-and-coming fitness center with minimal members right now, I feel disconnected from interaction. Disconnected from teaching classes, coaching clients, and sharing my knowledge.
I deemed 2017 as the year of self-education. Now I’m going to begin sharing that knowledge with you. My podcast, The Missing Piece, is going to be focused on science-backed research in the field of health and wellness. This blog is going to provide insights into my life experiences and connect them with lessons I’ve learned along the way. My social media accounts will give you a glimpse into my day to day life – training, nutrition, working with clients, etc.
What do you want to read about or listen to on the podcast? What topics do you want to learn more related to general health, wellness, training, or nutrition?