Quarter Life Changes

Heya friends! Thank you SO much for all the amazing and supportive comments on my half marathon! I was just beaming when I was reading through them. πŸ™‚
I had the best tasting Ezekiel pizza ever tonight…

Mediterranean Ezekiel Pizza!

First I toasted the tortilla in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes, and then spread a layer on a layer of hummus:

topped with veggies – sun dried tomatoes, kalmalata olives, capers, spinach, artichokes and then popped it back in the oven for 5 more minutes:


So it’s day two after the half marathon and I’m still feeling pretty great! My quads are definitely sore, but honestly my biggest pain point in the injury I endured when falling down the stairs getting ready for the race:


That left a mark! haha. If anything it’s a good story?

Quarter Life Changes

OK. So I’ve talked about it enough, now it’s time to finally share with you all the exciting things that have been going on in my life!

1. I signed up for a Group Fitness certification preparation class! It’s 6 classes, each 4-5 hours long between the months of June and July. I plan on getting certified and start teaching in July. I think I’d like to teach some sort of lifting class, step class, or kick boxing class.

2. I’m starting a new training plan! No…not a triathlon πŸ˜‰ My first sand volleyball game is this Wednesday and I know it’s just for fun, but I want to train for the game again! I played up until my second year in college, and have missed it so. So three to four days out of the week, I’ll be working out with the husband doing plyo (we did the Insanity Fit Test this morning…holy sweat, blood, and tears.) I’ll still be running, as I have a 9 miler in June, but the focus will be mainly on being able to jump higher, get off the ground faster, and move easily in all planes of motion πŸ™‚



3. I QUIT MY JOB at the big insurance company! I put my (three week) notice in on Friday. Training and working at the office has proved to be too much, and I’d like to dedicate more time into my training business.

IMG_5511So for the past few months, the husband and I have been making some smart financial decisions by sacrificing our lifestyle just a wee bit, cutting spending (Running Around on a Budget, anyone?) and adding to our savings. We have also worked super hard to become essentially debt free besides the cars and the house. So it’s changed the lifestyle just a wee bit, but hopefully the business will just keep growing and growing. I’ll also be starting to work staff at the gym part time. My first day doing that is this Saturday.
I’m super excited for this new journey and you guys have been nothing but supportive and hugely amazing. You instill confidence in me every day with the comments you leave and I really, really appreciate it. It just makes me absolutely value the sense of community in the blog world.


I guess I kind of consider the changes going on part of my quarter life crisis  evolvement. If I weren’t to take the risk to pursue this, I know myself and know I would regret it completely. I know I’d look back one day, probably sitting in a cubicle saying, I wonder where I’d be if I pursued my personal training business. The conditions are right for taking it: I’m young (25)  with no kids yet, financially stable, and Shane (and my family!) is incredibly supportive. Hopefully it’s the right decision πŸ™‚


What risks have you taken in life that forced you to sacrifice something to take the risk? Besides this, the last risk I’ve taken was a couple years ago. At the end of 2008, I declined my contract at the big insurance company as my previous position (org support specialist) to get a promotion to my current position (project planner.) It wasn’t a sure deal that I’d get the job, but I wanted it so bad and worked for it so hard, that for me it was worth it. I was jobless for one week and then on the last possible day they could call me to extend the position to me, they did. I could not believe it. It’s been great working there, but there has been so many not-for-the-good changes happening this year. I won’t go into detail, because I don’t know who all reads this blog, but it got messy and just very discouraging for me. So glad I’ve found something that drives my passion.


40 Responses

  1. that pizza looks AMAZING!! congratulations on all your new changes. Very exciting things happening for you πŸ™‚
    and being on a budget isn’t so hard, it totally pays off {literally} and being debt free is fantastic. you can do it! and YEA for getting certified! You’ll be great at it.

  2. Sounds like you are really making large changes in your life and I am sure that they will end up working out for you in the end. Good Luck and maybe one day I will come to your gym and you can get me in better training strength!!

  3. Very nice about the business. I am always exited when people go out on there own.

  4. Proud of you!

  5. Wow, awesome changes – can’t wait to see what is in store for you!

  6. Good for you…..follow your dreams and don’t look back. You have the opportunity to change lives now – one pound at a time. Make it happen!!

  7. Awesome about taking the classes! That is so great. πŸ™‚

  8. That’s so great about following your dreams and leaving the insurance industry! I just have to keep telling myself it’s all worth it (with grad school and everything) in the end.

    Also holy yum on that pizza – it looks so good!

  9. Congrats!! I really admire anyone who follows their dreams. I hope some day I’m strong enough to take some risks to better myself! I’m sure your personal training business will do great!

  10. Congrats Paige! Is it weird that I was hoping you were going to say you quit your job to pursue your passion for fitness full time? haha. How exciting! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  11. Congratulations!!!! That is SO exciting!!! Can’t wait to hear about all your new adventures in training/group fitness teaching!!

  12. Wow, amazing news!! I’m struggling with a similar decision right now, too. Quit my journalism job and train? Or don’t train and keep my job? I have no clue what to do. How did you come to your decision? I’d love to hear the whole story, it might help me !!

  13. Congrats!!! That’s so exciting that you found something you’re passionate about and have the means to really go after it πŸ™‚

  14. congrats on working towards certification. ive wanted to be a fitness instructor for awhile.. maybe in the future. i think its awesome that uve signed up!

  15. Wow! What awesome changes coming your way. They are definitely all things to get excited about and that I am sure will bring a positive outcome. I really can’t wait until I can get involved with training and group exercise teaching as well. How neat that I get to see you go through it all and learn from you for my future. Congrats!

  16. I kneeewwww ittt!!! Eee!! This is awesome Paige! You are going to be successful and amazing things are in your future – I can feel it!

    I feel sorry for the plyo though – that sounds awful πŸ˜›

    I’ve taken two huge risks recently – last fall when I quit my job at the radio station, and this month by moving to Toronto! So far, I don’t regret a thing πŸ™‚

  17. Congrats on the big changes. I think it’s wonderful that you are following your passion! Exciting times.

    Oh, and your pizza looks fabulous.

  18. I am really proud of you for running that half marathon! πŸ™‚

  19. Paige! I’m SO SO SO happy for you!

    I hope to do something similar sometime, I just haven’t found the thing that’s work taking the risk for yet. But if I ever to… I’ll be sure to go for it!

    You deserve this, and I KNOW you’ll be successful. If I lived in Chi-town I’d totally go to your classes πŸ™‚

  20. Or, I guess Normal-town is more accurate. πŸ™‚

  21. CONGRATS! Those are big steps that are sure to pay off in the long run. How awesome it must feel to go after your dreams! πŸ™‚

  22. OMG congratulations!!! I’m so so happy for you! It seems like this is something that relly makes you happy and you really do need to follow your heart! Good luck! πŸ™‚

  23. That’s a lot of awesome news! Congrats!!! Sounds like you’re headed down the right path!

  24. That is AWESOME! I’m so proud of you for taking the chance at developing your business, which is your true passion. Go you!

  25. Ah I am so so excited for you that you quit your job. I am so envious and hope to follow in your footsteps in a year from now. I find people who leave their jobs to follow their passion to be so inspirational. Good luck!

  26. Oh my goodness. I’m just now catching up, and I have to say you’re amazing! HUGE congrats to making that decision and moving forward. I think you’re going to be beyond happy with this πŸ™‚

  27. Wow! I’m behind in reading your blog! Congrats on your decision to leave the Insurance biz and pursue your passion. I wish you all the best! I only wish I knew this when I ran into you so I could have wished you well in person! Hope to see you at future races!


    • I don’t think I had “put it out there” by then. Believe me it’s been an internal debate for a long time now! I still have a few weeks though – staying until the end of May πŸ™‚ Thanks, though hun!

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