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Quick Update (with pics)

Monday, November 18, 2013

I haven't blogged in quite a while! Part of the reason for this is that I have started focusing my efforts on paid writing gigs and developing a freelance writing business. I will be writing primarily for health and wellness and also for veterinary medicine. I finished my first article for publication (and for pay!) for a strength training journal and it will be published in January (details to follow).

I am also working on a book (or possible series of books) on creative life change. Actually, a lot of the material comes from previous blogs. I will keep you updated! In the meantime, I have almost finished a blog entry on bullying (which is also chapter work for the book); it just needs some editing and my goal is to post it tomorrow.

I got hired as a personal trainer at a local community center; I start tomorrow. It's hard for me to believe that after dreaming of being a trainer for so many years that this vision is coming to fruition. I was hired based on the fact that I have a Bachelor's in exercise science, as well as my athletic experience being a runner, triathlete, and martial artist. I will need to take a personal trainer certification exam, which I plan on doing in January.

Massage school keeps me pretty busy, of course, but is going well. I adore my massage teacher, and luckily his style is very compatible with mine. I am learning a ton and really enjoying the process.

I competed in late October and won first place. I was so nervous about competing, but my teacher Marcelo kept telling me that he had full confidence that I was going to win. I guess I need to listen to that guy. emoticon

Here are some recent pictures (from late October):

Beginning of one of my matches in October.

My shiny teammates after competition. I'm in the back row and my teacher Marcelo is next to me.

Marcelo awarding another stripe to me a few weeks ago. I will be testing for my blue belt (second "level" in Jiu Jitsu) in about a month.

Me and UFC fighter Robert Drysdale after he taught a seminar at my gym.

This year had started out so hopeful and positive, and then I (understandably) struggled after my dad died in February. I admittedly took advantage of the "who gives a sh!t" mentality after he died to make some drastic changes, but it seemed the only way to cope with the grief. The sadness and anger part of grieving sucks, but I was also willing to take leaps that I didn't think were possible. I am a smart, creative, and talented person and I am finally working towards a life that fosters all of these things.

Okay, gotta go get ready for Jiu Jitsu class. Hope all is well in your world! Please tell me how you're doing!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HIPPICHICK1 11/22/2013 12:11PM

    Fabulous!! I can't wait to here more.
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JITZUROE 11/21/2013 12:38PM

Most people are talk talk talk about their dreams. Dang it, you went out and are grabbing that dream!
Of course, you're also then giving it some wily Jiu Jitsu moves, but ya know....


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SHERYLP461 11/21/2013 8:27AM

    Wow, great accomplishments! WooHoo

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DOODIE59 11/20/2013 11:16PM

    Way to go, Erin; it is always good to hear how you're doing:) Keep on stretching.

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DDOORN 11/19/2013 12:20PM

    Things look to be Sparkin' mighty fine in your neck of the woods! Love the sound of your writing gigs...fill us in more when you can! :-)


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CANNIE50 11/18/2013 10:36PM

    I could not possibly be happier or more excited for you, Erin. Truly. Could not happen to a more deserving woman. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/18/2013 1:56PM

    You look really great now. Very muscular and fit. It sounds like you are doing a lot of exciting things in your life. I'm glad you are keeping up with the martial arts. Things are definitely looking up for you after the devastating loss of your dad. You took it so hard I was really worried if you would be able to come to terms with things. Your dad would certainly be proud of you.

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THOMS1 11/18/2013 11:24AM

    Good for you Erin! emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 11/18/2013 11:02AM

    OMG, Erin -- You.Look.FABULOUS!!! And I am 200% BLOWN AWAY by all the good things you've brought to fruition!!! Makes me think there's profound truth to the "No pain, no gain" mantra:

Focusing on developing a freelance writing business!
Finished my first article for publication!
Writing a book (or books) on creative life change!
Finishing a blog on bullying!
Hired as a personal trainer!
Taking personal trainer certification exam in January!
Attending Massage school!
Won first place in October competition!

With palms joined,

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