I’m a pretty down to earth person. I don’t normally go in for the whole; new year, new beginning, time for reflection etc. etc. etc. But I’m meeting a lot of new people at the moment. They ask where I’m from and how I got to where I am now, and actually, it does make me stop and think about all the changes that have taken place over the past year.
Thinking about it, 2017 has been a huge year for me. Probably one of the biggest years of my life. So much amazing stuff has happened that I thought actually, just this once, maybe I should stop for a second, to take it all in.
I became a PT
This was the first big life-changer. Technically, I became qualified at the end of 2016. But it was January of 2017 (a whole year ago?!) that I set out building my new career. I quit the 9-5 life, registered as a sole trader, and started creating a whole new CV and some marketing materials. By the end of January I had my first 10 clients, a number that doubled in the following month. I spent my days travelling across London, teaching classes and training clients. Those first few months taught me more about being a PT than the whole of the actual Personal Training Qualification. I met some awesome people and developed amazing friendships with clients who stayed with me right up until I left London. It was hard work and long hours, but I never once regretted my decision to become a part of this fascinating industry.
I reached some pretty awesome PB’s
Without being big-headed, it was a pretty good year for me, fitness-wise. I got into a good routine at the gym that fit in nicely with my new, freelance lifestyle. I could spend longer on my sessions and I was surrounded by very experienced and clever colleagues, from whom I learned a lot about Personal Training, the Fitness Industry and designing effective workouts. In this year alone I beat all my numbers for Squats, Bench and Deadlifts. I actually deadlifted double my bodyweight, which has been a goal of mine for ages! For next year, I’m going to focus a little bit more on bodyweight training, and perhaps a little less on the weights. If you want to find out more about my approach to training you can read this post.
I was a bridesmaid
The only thing more special than seeing one of your best friends get married, is seeing two of your best friends get married – to each other. For 6 months, Staci put up with whatever gruelling workout I could throw at her in our specially designed Fit Bride Bootcamp series. All her hard work paid off though. Staci and Rich tied the knot in August, in Staci’s hometown of Westchester, Pennsylvania. It was such a gorgeous wedding and I’m so happy that I could be a part of it. For stories and wedding gossip (and photos of all the dresses!) head on over to Staci & Co.
I was introduced to Yoga
I’m hardly going to call myself a die-hard yogi. But after months of deliberation and thoughts of “I think I’d enjoy it and I really should try” – I finally stopped procrastinating and booked my very first yoga class. It was a really interesting experience, particularly as the class in question took place in the Sky Garden at the top of London’s Walkie Talkie. I did enjoy the class and I could definitely feel the benefits of it for my mind and body alike. I went to a few more classes in my remaining months in London and I’d be interested to find a good class near to where I live in Sydney. The way you hold yourself in yoga feels very familiar from years and years of dance lessons…I just have to get used to all the Sanskrit and imagery!
I went backpacking
My parents and siblings still question the amount of, what they call, “actual backpacking” that occurred. We may not have trekked country to country with the 20kg bags actually on our backs, and we may have stayed in a couple of hotels that were slightly out of the typical backpacker’s price range. Still, we had some brilliant adventures. A few highlights for me were the tea plantations and the beaches in Sri Lanka, walking with Elephants in Chiangmai, discovering Vietnam by motorbike and, of course, releasing baby turtles into the sea in Borneo. I’ve documented our travels around Asia in the form of e-postcards, which you can read right here.
I moved to the other side of the world
Yeah, that’s the big one really, isn’t it? It was basically what I was looking forward to throughout the whole of 2017. What I worked for, planned for and stopped buying to-go coffee to save money for. Tom and I have now been in Sydney for just over a month. We’ve got jobs in the industry that we’re passionate about, me as a class instructor and him as a gymnastics coach. On Boxing Day, we moved into a shiny new one-bedroom apartment and on New Year’s Eve we spent the evening with friends, watching the Sydney fireworks from our rooftop.
I can’t wait to get to know Sydney better over 2018, from spending the weekends exploring the beaches to finding a local coffee shop to be a regular at. It’s the small things in life. We want to do a bit of travelling whilst we’re here of course, but right now we’re just enjoying settling in to this new life down under.
How was 2017 for you? Did you make any life-changing decisions? I’d love to hear in the comments!
Happy New Year!