Hey everyone, it’s been a while. Lots have happened since I have last left and I am pretty thankful for it. It was a great adventure to experience once in a lifetime. I’m now working full time and I couldn’t be happier.
Over the summer I was working at a gym just to make some money while trying to figure out where my path should go. I went to Calgary for the Stampede and hiking which was loads of fun. I was very thankful that Kristen put up with me for a week! Being up in the mountains was definitely an experience and it felt amazing to let go of any worries in my mind and just enjoy the view. The mountains have been known to change people a bit and I believe that too ;)
On July 31st, I got a call from my manager telling me that the building was donated to a university and not to tell anyone until after the announcement has been made. I was very suspicious at this point. A week of watching how the event played out, I knew that I needed to get back to my engineering degree despite not hearing back from Kin if I got enrolled or not. I applied for jobs here and there, but nothing really fit me and I didn’t know what I wanted to do. At the end of August, I found out that I was never enrolled into any of the courses, just the program.
During the month of September, even more fishy things happened: one manager quit on the spot, another is all of a sudden leaving for a cruise because her husband got a job on one, and my manager didn’t want to work as a Personal Trainer anymore. Interesting, much?
In October, all staff apparently had this big staff meeting to attend to all of a sudden. Part of me knew it was bad. We all sat in the boardroom as the the university staff marched in silently. The VP stood in front of us explained that the university needed more space to accommodate all the students and they were going to close the building. 10-15 mins later, every member got the news and a there was a huge frenzy of angry people the following weeks. It was a pretty sad day.
I waited around for a week while everyone was trying to figure out their lives and while many stated that I should work at another gym closeby, I figured it was a dumb idea. I tried for some part time positions that I was definitely suited for, but for some reason I never got them…for some reason I knew my full time job was coming. I kept telling everyone that there was no point in applying for a part time because I was going to get my full time job soon.
For the following months, I attended a lot of networking events, workshops and not only learned about ‘How to Answer Interview Questions’, but I learned quite a bit about myself too. I had my DiSC and MBTI assessments and became more accepting of who I was rather than why I couldn’t be like someone else. I began to stop worrying that I was a failure because I couldn’t find a job as fast as some other people and just sat back and watched how things went. My outlook on life really changed for the better. I guess it was an epiphany of some sorts.
It was two days before the gym was closing where I got a couple of interviews in the new year. I knew I was getting one of them, and I did :) I am very happy where I am, everyone is great.
I don’t regret what happened in the past year, it was a time that I needed to myself. I felt like I’ve reached the end of the journey for this one and got a new path to have another one. Having said all that, I am back to training, but with a new attitude and a new way of thinking. Now that I am much stronger mentally, I think I can really handle the physical part ;)