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Certifiable

Apparently this happens to me every couple of years. I don’t want to say I get bored. But a big part of me begins to miss the dynamic nature of an unknown day and wish for a challenge.

I’ve been in marketing for six years. I’ve worked for agencies – large, medium and small. I’ve done client-side, contract and freelance. For nearly three years, I’ve managed my own company. Design, media, visuals, online, production, branding, public relations, strategy… They are all pieces of the communications pie, a vital, powerful indulgence in our world today. After running the industry gamut though, I am ready for something new.

I’ve been considering career alternatives for a while, having to be a real adult and make calculated choices that took into account my personal responsibilities, promises to others and, most of all, timing. I wanted to turn my day-to-day into something I truly love doing. A no-brainer, I easily settled on a field where my passion has always flourished and excited – health and fitness. Why shouldn’t I focus on a cornerstone of the human existence? Why shouldn’t I help people utterly improve their quality of life? This is what matters.

A slew of research, conversations and deliberation later, I decided the first step would be to become a Certified Personal Trainer. I could get accredited and start gaining experience with clients right away. I mean, I had bided enough time; I needed to get moving.

The organization I found to be the most reputable certifying body was the American College of Sports Medicine, a.k.a. ACSM or The Gold Standard. They require what’s claimed to be the highest level of knowledge and skill of their trainers, and I aim to be the best. So I studied all summer. I hadn’t read a textbook since college, and not even cover-to-cover then. I used flashcards, for crying out loud, and did three practice tests. It was worth it. I passed the exam on August 28. (Legal, Professional, Business and Marketing was my strongest category. Ha!)

Now I’m a toe in the water. Not sure where it will all lead – perhaps more education and certifications, perhaps creating another business, perhaps an opportunity that I don’t even realize is out there yet. I do know that it means I’m on my path to happiness and self-fulfillment, and that I’m looking forward to making a difference. I’ll change the world if you let me.

Side side note… Brandfarmers, advertising and marketing solutions, will continue. I’ll be a heavy part of the company for the foreseeable future. Once my personal training gig revs up enough to be fulltime, I’ll scale back hours elsewhere. Brandfarmers will live on under the leadership of my business partner, regardless. No one is to worry.  :)

Perspective to Prevail

I originally wrote this article on May 24, 2012. Over two years ago, but this perspective always rears it’s head, now as it did then. My brother is in town, and we’ve been talking a lot of “life is good, especially for us” stuff, so I see it fittingly…

Life has me busy. And, yes, I know I sound like a broken record every time I post. But you can pretty much expect to hear that tune from me for a while, what with my chaotic swirling mind. It’s not a bad problem to have. That’s what they say.

Well, work has ramped up. Play has ramped up. I swear spring has everyone in a furious frenzy. I was struggling after a four-hour meeting today, thinking, “This is crazy!” I needed to clear my head at the gym.

I got there, started to change into my sweats and realized that I had forgotten my socks. Universe, are you trying to hold me down?

I transitioned my plans for running into a more sockless-appropriate routine. I created my own circuit including 10 reps of squats, 10 reps of lunges per leg, 10 push-ups, 10 tricep dips and 30 crunches targeting upper, lower and oblique abs.

I got into a real groove, and three sets turned into five. It didn’t hurt that some chick beside me was pumping away and I took it as a challenge. Talib Kweli came blasting through my ear buds. I turned his “Get By” all the way up and felt a fire in my belly.

“This mornin’, I woke up. Feelin’ brand new, I jumped up. Feelin’ my highs and my lows and my soul and my goals…”

This was one of those moments when you know things are going to be alright. You just get hyped and ready to take on the world. You’re strong and driven and smart. You’ll lick any task that comes your way. You will prevail.

No, being busy is not a problem at all, when you have the right perspective. Maybe all I need is a jam session every morning, let the power of music propel me.

Vitamin D Deficiency

I woke up this morning and opened all the curtains and blinds in my house. I’m working from home today so I feel that this act is worth it, versus me throwing back the sashes on a normal day only to have to close them again when I leave the house an hour later. Cost-benefit analysis at its core… I’m aiming to get as much sunlight as I can these days because I recently found out that I am vitamin D deficient.

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I visited my OB-GYN for an annual physical about two weeks ago, and she asked when I last had a cholesterol test. Probably in elementary school when it was offered through some free program, I said. She raised an eyebrow and then sent me down the hall to meet with a technician to draw blood. It was a relatively painless experience until I got the results – not enough vitamin D, and now you must take a daily supplement for the next year. Goo!

This hurt me. I am very conscious of vitamin D as an important nutrient to the body. I researched, wrote the script and hosted a health and wellness talk show interview segment with a medical specialist on that exact subject once. I exit my office most days at lunch to eat outside and then sit in my car to read with the windows down to get natural light and fresh air. I do constant yard work on my 1.12 acres. I run and play sports outside. I intake proper things like fish, milk, eggs and cheese. How am I vitamin D deficient?

I know it’s possible. The test doesn’t lie. And thankfully, I am only mild on the scale and taking over-the-counter D when I could have wound up with a prescription. I’ll do the healthy thing – eat good food sources, soak up rays, take my medicine.

But this diagnosis bothers me for another reason. If I am failing in the Vitamin D department, then how many others out there are affected? Seriously, I try my best to live a healthy lifestyle. So how are the couch potatoes and office drones doing? They are likely all sitting around weak and brittle boned.

This is apparently a big problem, among many other health-related issues in our society. I’m now a victim and speaking out. Ha! One more soapbox for me to stand on, you loafers.

Get tested, and if found deficient, shovel those fruit gummies.

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