Around the age of 25, I had realized that I had a great passion for fitness and running. I had started my running blog (originally called Run with Jess) and felt very fulfilled when I interacted with the running/fitness community. I loved inspiring others to run/workout and build relationships with those people. My former boss even mentioned that I helped change his and his family’s lifestyle to be healthier.
I had toyed with the idea of exploring career options in the fitness industry–running coach, personal trainer, fitness instructor, nutritionist, health coach etc. For some, change right away might be the right decision. I didn’t end up making a career change until I was 28 which means there was a lot of uncertainty for a few years. However, I was glad I took my time and I think some others in a similar position to me feel the same way. Did you know that the local Boston fitness professional, Christina Lodde, took 10 years to finally make the big transition to full-time fitness?! [Read more about Christina and her transition on BostonInno.]
This post is to let you know that it is okay not to be sure about your future and that you aren’t the only one to feel this way. After making a career change, so many people (of all ages) reach out and ask for advice.
I think that it is natural to be confused and want something different. It is so difficult to make a decision in college on what you spend the rest of your life doing. Once you start to learn more about yourself and experience life, you may realize you might feel more rewarded in a different career. In fact, it is good you are questioning your career. Change, progress and happiness don’t just happen in your comfort zone. They happen when you challenge and question the norm.