I'm Helen. I'm a 23 y/o fitness enthusiast, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Philly native, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, cousin....


When the Best Advice Someone has to Offer Isn't Good for You

We all have times in our lives when we have difficult decisions to make. Even day to day, we have choices that seem simple but can be tough to make on our own. We look to friends, family, experts, doctors, etc. for advice on what exactly we should do to produce a desired outcome.

“Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”

This piece of advice, source I’m not sure of, has always stuck out to me as kind of a fact of life and a goal to strive for. I mean, the idea of it really is nice and makes a lot of sense. Take something you love doing and would probably be doing anyway, and find a way to make a successful career out of it. Two birds, one stone.

This was what I had in mind when I started studying to be a Personal Trainer, and when I passed my test and started obtaining clients at the gym.

What this doesn’t take into account, I soon realized, is that when you throw money into the mix, things can kind of change a little bit. Suddenly the place that existed as a sanctuary for me was the place I had to be every day, and the thing that I loved doing was what I had to do in order to make money.

The idea of always retaining enough clients to pay rent (eventually) and buy food and pay for essentials like manicures and new Nikes turned into full scale anxiety attacks. What was once the perfect outlet for my stress and anxiety was now the source of it.

Luckily, I am in a place in life (aka my parents’ house) where I could take a step back and reevaluate a few things. Maybe I could keep teaching group classes and retain a few clients after business hours for fun and a little side dough. That way I could have a normal crappy 9-5 like everyone else and the gym would remain my safe haven to relieve all the stress after work. And so far, this has been a perfect solution.

So - when someone tells you that you should stop hitting the gym at 9pm and rattles off 100 reasons it’s better to workout at 6am, feel free to let it go in one ear and out the other. If you feel best when you eat a Paleo diet, don’t let a vegan tell you that your way of living is wrong (if filet mignon is wrong, I don’t ever want to be right).

Keep your passions and hobbies what they are, and find something you don’t hate doing to make a living. Or, you know, just do whatever works for you.

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