A New Journal Page – 11.4.2018

Hey guys. It’s me 🙂 I’m writing from my quiet and comfortable living room, its raining and very windy outside, and I’m watching AFRICA by the BBC on Netflix. My puppy is asleep in my lap and I’m sipping cooled-off coffee from breakfast. It’s peaceful. I’m at peace. I have my journal and an assortment of colored pens sitting next to me, ready for me to pick up and begin writing. img_20181104_133528_517It’s been so long since I’ve written in a notebook and not on a computer. It feels like years, but it’s only been months. I chose to write this blog first because I am overflowing with thoughts and emotions, and frankly, I wanted to write a blog last week but never made the time for it. So here I am now. I’m back 🙂

In the past several weeks, I have had the most changes in my life than I’ve experienced all at once in years. MANY years. Probably since college. October absolutely flew by, I don’t even know where it went! In the last 6 weeks, I ran my 5th marathon, put in my notice at my full-time corporate job, began training my replacement in the same position, started a new job at Shred415 teaching classes (and did a 4 day intensive weekend training to prepare to become an instructor), and started teaching group fitness at my local gym, and have begun opening my yoga studio on the weekends for instructors. And in January 2019, I begin my 200-hr yoga teacher training at that same studio. I sit here now finally able to catch my breath and feeling stronger and more resilient than I did before this journey began.img_20181103_112831_866It’s scary, quitting a comfortable full-time position that provides insurance and a consistent paycheck. Many people talk about doing it. Many people dream about doing it. But deep down, actually taking that leap is a huge decision and is daunting to say the least. I made that decision 6 weeks ago and have worked hard in that time to make the transition as smooth as possible, benefiting not only myself but of course my employers as well. I want everyone to come out in a comfortable position at the end of this – although really, these career changes are 100% about me. What I need. What I want. What my goals are. I remind myself of that fact multiple times per day.

Welcome to the beginning of my new journey in life.  One that I am able to fill with whatever I want. One that empowers me. One that allows me to be autonomous and grow in any direction I want to grow in. I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s still scary, don’t get me wrong. It will be a struggle. It will be difficult and a HUGE change in mentality. But it’s for me. It’s for me and my family and my future. ❤img_20181027_224631_798I couldn’t be happier. I am incredibly grateful for these opportunities. And I vow to stay true to my goals and myself and settle. for. nothing. I made this decision for me, so now it is a brand new blank page I can begin writing on in my journal. My life’s journal. Thank you for everything. Thank you for listening and reading. Thank you for supporting me. I am BEYOND excited to be. Right here. Right now.

Love always, xoxo.

Shannon

Instagram: @fitnessbyshannon

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