Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A New Chapter

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it - Ferris Buller's Day Off.

I love that quote. It's so true isn't it? In the blink of an eye, 10 years have past and you're sitting in the same chair, at the same office, doing the same things each day.

Change is hard. Change is the only constant though and we either adapt, adjust and change with it, or we stick our heels in and weather one hell of a storm.

I've known for quite some time that some big changes were necessary in my life. Even though parts of my career I have absolutely loved, some parts (and some people actually) not so much. It was necessary to cut out the fat and leave behind the things that were bringing me down and not helping me to reach my full potential as a person and as an athlete. Sometimes you have to take a calculated jump and that's exactly what I've been preparing to do (for two long years!).

Many of you know how hard I've been working, evenings, weekends...coaching, developing materials, presentations, doing nutrition counseling. I've built a business from the ground up. It has been anything but easy, but it's mine and all the frustration and mis-haps and all the wonderful things are mine too. It's been worth every second I've spent on it and the benefits have outweighed every other part.

So, I am proud to say I am leaving my full time position as a Corporate Dietitian and taking the risk of this new venture. It's scary, but mostly, it's wickedly exciting. I'm a small business owner. Yep, not something I thought I would ever say!!

The athletes I work with have made me laugh (sometimes cry!) but mostly, they've made me happy and helped me realize this is what I was meant to do. Speaking, presenting, teaching, coaching and changing the world one little piece of peoples' lives at a time.. yep, that's my gig.

I'd like to say a special thank you to those who consistently attempted to make it harder on me.. you know those people, the haters. I'd like to thank them the most because it fueled me on the long nights when I would be up late working away, all the Saturdays I spent after training making my business what it is today. I appreciate you helping me to make this change a reality and make my dreams come true. If you wouldn't have been so nasty, well, I might not be where I am! So, thanks so much!

I'm so very thankful for those of you who have supported me as well. Without you, this would never be possible and I'm just so excited.

Sometimes I dream of writing a book as well..

I think the first line would be..

"I was 32 years old, and I started my life."

Here's to the next 32! May they "Fuel Your Passion" and help you get out there and make it happen!!!
Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

18 comments:

Michelle Simmons said...

AWESOME! What a great feeling, huh? I also quit my job with Coffees of Hawaii and am full time coaching and every once in a while it occurs to me that I am living my *dream* life... and one that I completely created from the ground up... all by myself with a vision and some guts... so cool! Congrats on making the leap! I am sure you'll be super successful! :))))

Steve said...

Good Luck!!!

Teresa said...

YES! So happy for you! You did it!!! So awesome Kim!

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Alison said...

How exciting - congrats!

Chloe said...

A huge congrats! What an exciting time in your life!!

GoBigGreen said...

So exciting! I made some big moves at your age as well and I've never looked back. I created my job and sold myself and I've been truly blessed that I am where I am today professionally on MY TERMs!!
Congrats Kim!

Kim said...

so exciting kim! i love new adventures!

Christi said...

I am so happy for you Kim! I think you are right on track for grasping a hold of future and kickin' its butt. You have the courage and the passion to conquer your dreams and that is completely amazing to me. I wish I could find my passion and launch forward to it as you have done.

Good luck my dear!

Tri Dave said...

I saw you on the MTV special Great job!

elizabeth said...

Congratulations! I just quit my Corporate job too to begin my life.

Jennifer Harrison said...

Nothing is worse than people who are not happy, complain about it and DO NOTHING TO FIX /change it! You did - good for you! It is not easy, but you'll do great. GOOD LUCK!

Renee said...

Very cool post Kim. And so happy for you!!!

Renee said...

Very cool post Kim. And so happy for you!!!

Damie said...

fantastic!!! I always thought that I would know I was in the right place when I wanted to own the business. Good for you!!!!!!!! xoxoxo

Marni Sumbal, MS, RD said...

It's amazing that if you stop and think about it, we have so much control over our life. NO rules, no guidelines, just a bunch of thoughts and ideas as to the right and best ways to do things. Sometimes, just believing that you are going to succeed is the best way to live life to the fullest. Knowing you have the right education and credentials, well, that is just the icing on the cake :) Keep on changing lives!

Heidi Austin, PT, DPT said...

yay! so incredibly proud of you and glad that i got to watch you throughout this journey and transformation. i believe in you and know that you have this in the bag! go get em kim! you rock... thank you for keeping us all inspired :)

Susan Kelley said...

I was 40, and I started my life. Congratulations to you, Kim. May the new venture bring you success, happiness, and peace!

Scott Schwertly said...

Congrats on the transition! I did it 5 years ago and have never looked back. Wishing you all the best!