Month: August 2017

A Bit of a Belated July Update & My final month in London

A Bit of a Belated July Update & My final month in London

July wasn’t particularly eventful, as such, but it was crazy busy purely because it was my last full month in London– for a little while anyway!

For that reason it passed in a not-so-memorable blur of work-gym-sleep-work-gym-sleep-work-gym… well you get the picture.

My last post details a bit more about my exciting upcoming events– it’ll also help to explain why my July update is coming to you over halfway through August! (Yup you read that right. It’ll be Christmas before we know it!)

Anyway here’s just a few things that happened in the PT/Fitness Blogging world.

Work

I decided back when Tom and I first booked our flights that July would be the month I’d officially tell my clients I was leaving. Just enough time to give reasonable notice- but also not so far in advance that I’d have no work and no money for the weeks before we left!

When it came to it I was actually pretty nervous about telling them! As a PT You become really close with your clients but it’s also still a work-based relationship. So I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect.

Luckily they were all great. Sad that I was leaving but excited for me at the same time… which is exactly what I could have asked for! Every single person made sure that they could fit in sessions with me right up until my final week in the UK. Many of them even upped how many sessions they were having per week so that they could fit more in- which was both flattering and reassuring!

I’ve built up a lovely client-base since qualifying as a PT and losing this was the one thing that really scared me about going off travelling. But the reactions of my clients gave me confidence in the knowledge that I’ll be able to recreate this elsewhere!

Anyway, that explains a bit more why July was even more work focused than ever…although I did manage to have a bit of a social life as well!

Life/Blog

So amongst the clients and the travel planning (and of course my own training) A huge part of last month consisted of sessions with the lovely Staci from Lattes & Lipsticks. The month before her wedding and the last in our Fit Bride Bootcamp series, it really was crunch time! If you haven’t already, make sure to check out our workout and Staci’s commentaries in the last of the FBB saga. We even got the groom involved!

A Few Belated July Updates

I also made time for a trip back up north. A bit of a reunion with some school friends, as well as just a very welcome chance to get out of the city. I come from Harrogate, a small spa town in the north of England. It was the last time I’ll be there before moving abroad so I made the most of the peace and quiet in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside!

I guess that was it for July really- although August has already been a lot more eventful what with the impending LnL wedding next week!

For the Future…

I’m not planning goals as such for this/next month. I have a sneaky feeling that I will be preoccupied with travel planning and my friend’s wedding! I do have a few exciting things planned for my trip to the USA next week so I’ll be keeping you updated with my tourist activities, holiday-fitness-regime and travel to-do lists! If you have any good tips for packing a backpack neatly PLEASE let me know in the comments!

A Few Belated July Updates

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Why I’m having a not-quite-break from Blogging

Why I’m having a not-quite-break from Blogging

So I was scrolling through my blog’s WordPress dashboard earlier, neatening some things up and having a bit of a brainstorm (more on that later) when I realised that we’re 12 days into August and I haven’t yet posted my Update/Summary for last month.

Now, I’m not beating myself up over this. I have a full-time job, lots of life admin and a whole load of travel planning to contend with, which (in case you were wondering), is why FlexFit has been a little bit quiet lately.

I used to put a lot of pressure on myself to churn out post upon post upon post. Twice a week minimum. With consistency. Go onto any blogging advice page and you’ll find that C word. Consistency is key. Choose how many posts per week, choose the days and the times you want to publish them and stick rigidly to that schedule. Readers LOVE consistency. Apparently.

Then I suddenly had this epiphany where I realised that I was getting unnecessarily stressed about my blog. It wasn’t enjoyable any more. I was considering stopping altogether because I couldn’t keep up with my two-posts-a-week schedule. Considering I’m both a newbie AND a part-time blogger the stress I was placing upon myself seemed incredibly disproportionate to the matter in hand.

I first started my blog because I like to write. It’s a way for me to be creative without actually being very good at artistic/creative things. It was a great way to establish my new career in the fitness industry, plus feedback from family and friends reassured me that it’s a useful way for people to ‘keep in touch’ even though they might live far away.

The fact that I was regularly freaking out about traffic, and SEO and endless social media promotions suddenly seemed a little bit…well, stupid.

I’m currently planning one of the most exciting ventures of my life. In September, myself and Tom will be jetting off to Dubai, South-East Asia and Australasia to travel, work, live and have adventures. We have no idea how long for. It’s a one-way ticket. Return date TBC. If I can’t keep up with my own blogging schedule in London, where I have a regular routine (that mostly consists of home-work-gym-sleep) there’s no way it’s gonna happen when I’m travelling.

Sure, there are going to be big chunks of time where I don’t have a job and I can relax on beaches and draft new posts to my heart’s content. But there will also be times that we’re trekking through the jungle, volunteering at an elephant sanctuary or even just training clients on the beach. And the last thing I’m going to be worrying about whilst we attempt to navigate through some tea-plantation somewhere is not having wifi to publish and promote my latest post on Instagram. No way.

So I’ve decided that erratic spontaneity is the new consistency. For me at least. No more rigourous schedules and post planning perfection. Just posts that I want to write, as and when I want to write them. Still (mostly) health and fitness related, but from September onwards there will be lots more sunshine, plenty of animals and a good helping of adventure.

Wish me luck!

I’d love to know – any fellow bloggers out there found yourselves in a similar predicament? Or is the consistency thing easy for you?

Why I'm having a Not-Quite Break from Blogging

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