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Day 565- You'll Never Work a Day in Your Life...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

We've all heard that old saying.

Do something you love and you'll never work a day in your life.

Well that's all fine and dandy, but in today's world, a paycheck and benefits are more important than waiting for the perfect opportunity with the perfect company.

As I've said many times before, my perfect job would be working for SparkPeople. I'm sure there are millions of us that feel that same way. We've had success and love the community and are so passionate about Spark that we'd love to be involved daily.

However, SparkPeople obviously can't employ millions of us, and so it is up to us to find other ways to enjoy what we do and become passionate about other things.

It was this type of thinking that led me to consider becoming a lifestyle and weight loss consultant/coach. I don't know if I could go as far as personal trainer, because I have no background in exercise physiology or fitness in general. But I do have a lot of learned knowledge from SparkPeople and my own experiences that I think I could use to help other people. I just wonder if people would be willing to pay for my services, and if so, how do I find these people?

You see, I did just get a job, but it is a temporary position and my contract is set to run out at the end of September. While it is nice to have a weekly paycheck right now, I have a nagging thought in the back of my mind that come October, I will be back on the job hunt, and that terrifies me.

I know tons of people get out of college and have to work odd jobs until they eventually find the right fit. I know I will most likely be one of those people.

I just wish that I could find a career that would allow me to help people with health and wellness, because that is what I'm truly passionate about. My degrees are in Statistics and Educational Research, so it's not like I've got a great resume to get into this field.

So if you have suggestions or experiences you could share with me about finding a career you are passionate about, I would love to hear them.

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    963 days ago
    Your 565 days are creating a resume for yourself! In this field, a success story is better than a degree.
    1787 days ago
    Keep your eyes and ears open, you never know what opportunitis are awaiting around the corner!

    1789 days ago
    You are doing great! It is hard at times to try to figure out which way to go and especially when we are so passionate! It will come. Keep doing what you are doing and keep branching out and networking. You will find it or it will find you. So difficult to be patient... the right door will open.
    I understand how you feel... i am trying to be patient, but waiting for the next door to open. I have been in childcare for almost 20yrs ( right out of high school and college). Still love it, but ready for other things. I have three children, so it is trying to balance and enjoy it all.
    Besides doing sparkpeople I did a program with the local YMCA. They offered me a job in their fitness center being a healthy lifestyle coach. So I get to help others while I am learning myself from instructors, interns, clients, etc. I just wish I had more time with them, but I know it will all come in time...
    Keep pushing and it will all fall in place. Even if you do something that makes no sense down the road it may all make sense.
    Sending many hugs and prayers...:-)
    1799 days ago
    Your blogs are so motivating! Maybe you could start your own blog on weight loss and fitness.
    1800 days ago
  • TAMMYS128
    That's a noble goal to want to achieve - you can definitely do it, given the right amount of dedication and education! Luckily you must have gained a lot in those two areas thanks to SparkPeople! I say keep the idea in your mind, keep researching the different ways in which you can manifest your new passion, and all that's left is to recognize the opportunities that will no doubt present themselves :-D
    1800 days ago
    I agree with Paper Wings..Talk to people who are in that field. You will learn a lot. Reach out to people you admire in this field. I like Dave McGovern and Ernestine Shepherd. I have talked to them because I wanted to let them know that they had made a difference in my life.

    Now you go get em'
    1802 days ago
    You could do it, just put out some feelers and advertise in your local paper or on facebook.
    1802 days ago
    lots of luck with your great idea hope you can manage to work in that area once your present job is iver
    1803 days ago

    A very good idea! I wish you lots of luck. emoticon
    1803 days ago
    Great idea, good luck with your plans
    1803 days ago
    Good luck with the job hunting and I hope you find something you enjoy. emoticon
    1803 days ago
    Start looking well before your temp assignment ends, at least a month. Be proactive, don't wait to be out of work. Good luck.
    1803 days ago
    Keep on! You can do it.
    1803 days ago
    Where there is a will there is a way. It only takes a couple months to get certified as a personal trainer. You can also go to women shelters, ymca, ywca and ask if they would be interested in you teaching a course there. There are plenty of options you are only limited by your imagination and hard work.

    1803 days ago
  • KIMBERLY0916
    what about nutritionist or dietician? check with the insurance carriers and pharmacies around here. you might be able to forge your own path/niche. i've recently gotten case managers at my insurance company and they're really interested in getting me outside help with diet, nutrition, exercise, etc ... they're thrilled with what I've learned on here .. but as we all know it really does help tremendously to have a support system and accountability and motivators other than our inner voices.

    are you still in Athens? check with the community/fitness center and other local gyms. i think there are some associate programs at hocking college as well. typically it costs too much for locals to join gyms and ones that do join probably already have a leg up on their nutrition efforts. but many without insurance or without guidance but maybe have medicaid/medicare are curious about or would be interested in eating better but they don't know how, don't have the resources or motivation to learn or have internet access... and therefore use their food stamps for pizza rolls and soda.

    too many people think healthier eating is expensive. and it isn't. the cost of crap food and the cost of being overweight and unhealthy and not mobile is WAY more costly than any food bill. i spend less money now on food than when i was eating crap. and i'm way thinner and eating healthier. and no i'm not a salad/freggie junkie.. never was and won't convert. but i was motivated and skilled and bored enough to get on here and find out what OTHER foods i could eat that are just as easy but healthier versions of things i've always eaten. i got sick of ppl saying eat more veggies or eat more fiber. well i ask what are those foods... and i would get told salad or celery or something that has NEVER appealed to me and probably never will. but i eat plenty now and am almost never hungry and nothing is off limits per se but it's all a learning process.
    1803 days ago
    If you would consider going back to school (again), consider a Masters in health promotion. I have an MPH in community health education (sometimes it's called Health Behavior and/or Health Education). I know people who have an MS in it, too. One of the entry level jobs with that degree is corporate wellness. I think it's also good to talk to people who do what you think you want to do and learn their path. It's a great idea to learn from people who have been there/doing that. ;-)

    .edu/hpb/ (I think you're in GA? Or is it OH?)

    Personally, I would not consider "life coach" or "holistic health counselor" -- I believe those titles to be a little more out of the mainstream and perhaps not as marketable in the long-term. For health advice, I usually want it from someone a little more qualified...

    Good luck!!
    1803 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/18/2013 6:08:14 PM
  • NEEDBU66
    I like the gym idea. They might give you referrals, I know we had to pay a personal trainer extra, and perhaps their clients would be willing to pay you for dieting advice....the education and statistics is sounding like what you need, somehow. Teaching and keeping track....after all.
    1803 days ago
    awesome!! You are totally right! I know Lauren (sparkgirl32) is a life coach and has her own business. She is super friendly and would probably give you some pointers to get you in the right direction. :)
    1804 days ago
    I have had many, many jobs that I loved. (more than not) I always ask myself, would I do this, even if I didn't get paid? If my answer is yes, I get busy doing it, and maybe if I'm lucky, I might get paid for it some day! I think the most important thing is PASSION. If you do what you are passionate about, your passion will find a way to release it self. Many times this is financially. Sometimes it's just a timing thing. Don't ever give up! That my dear is the key :D :D :D
    1804 days ago
    I'm in the same boat. I love nutrition and fitness and my other passion is photography. I do photography on the side but it definately doesn't pay the bills and I do nothing with nutrition other than motivate people here to which I receive back and I do the same with my TeamBeachBody Challenge group. My degree is in business.

    It's hard to pursue what you love and pay the bills comfortably. I havne't got it figured out all and I have two associates and a BA.

    I think you are very motivating so maybe use some of the sugggestions given here to start something on the side or at the bottom and build up! Good luck to you!
    1804 days ago
  • KIMPY225
    That sounds great! Good luck!
    1804 days ago
    I am happy that you have a passion and I wish you the best finding a place that you would be happy. I have been working a job that I enjoy, (for the most part, but it is outdoors and the weather is emoticon and not many hours ) for 6 years, But I just got a new 1 better amount of hours and I got to pay the bills, but hoping for you to find what's right for you, or something until it gets here! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1804 days ago
    You can come to Canada and work in the! I keep having to turn better paying jobs down for this one, because I love it here.
    1804 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    1804 days ago
    You can always try getting certified in a group exercise class, such as Spinning. They have lots of 1-2 day weekend certification classes. That would help you get into the exercise field and lead you in the direction to find a job with a gym or something along those lines. I work for corporate fitness (MediFit) and I have a degree in exercise physiology, but you can start working with the company as a sub with only an associates. Just a thought! Good Look and keep the motivation up! You will find what you love, it might just take a little time. And you're right about Spark People, I would love to work for them too!!
    1804 days ago
    It is a great idea. There are a lot of people out there who do similar work, in person and online. I think it's wonderful that you want to and are interested in doing this kind of work.

    Here's my best unsolicited advice, based on the experiences of several friends who are a few years ahead of you: be prepared to start at the bottom. Two good friends just got huge promotions (one is a regional brand manager for a sporting goods store the other product promotion for an outdoor gear company) They got into their field because they love running, hiking and all things outdoors. They had liberal arts majors for undergrad. But they pursued what they loved and are making a career out of it. The caveat: both of them started in retail, selling the products they love using. They leveraged those jobs into more by taking advantage of every opportunity to excel in and expand their role. Just before their promotion, one was running a track class for a running store and writing a weekly shoe review and the other was overseeing all of the outdoor education classes for an outdoor gear store. It took them about 5 years to build up the credentials they would need to do what they are doing now.
    So, remember you are young, be patient with the process and best of luck in pursuing your dream!
    1804 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/18/2013 11:25:59 AM
  • JILLRY03
    What a great idea!! I really don't have any suggestions! Sorry, but I did want you to know what a great idea it was!! Good Luck and live out your dreams! emoticon
    1804 days ago
    Well, I think I'm in the minority. I had a job - and it was OK, but I loved to craft. By a series of 'accidents' I was persuaded to teach ..... and now that's my full time job. I work for myself and get paid for what I do.

    The moral? First do something because you love it. You never know which door will open - by one day it will, push it wide and walk straight through.
    1804 days ago
    I don't know if you follow FIT WHIT on here, but she lost an amazing amount of weight on SP, then started her own weight loss coaching site.. May be worth reaching out to her and getting some tips/ideas??? Follow your dreams, girl !:)
    1804 days ago
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