My life has changed so much in just a years time.
I relocated gyms/jobs. I got engaged. We got married. We bought a house. I totaled my car. Got a new car (Honda HR-V). I’ve grown my online training business from completely on the D.L. to thriving with an awesome team of men and women. Became a certified powerlifting coach under USAPL. I went from full time trainer at one gym and contract at another, to contract at both, which made me practically my own boss (def don’t hate it). I competed in powerlifting (and loved it). I’ve hit a handful of PR’s. I’m sure there’s much more but these are the things that immediately came to mind.
It’s really been a fun and stressful year wrapped into one pretty box. The stressful times definitely sucked but the aftermath and good moments completely over shadow the dark ones. But at the same time, the hard moments made me stronger and more grateful at the same time.
Remembering that rough times are temporary are what have kept and keep me going. I was once at a time where I would legit sneak toilet paper home from work because I couldn’t afford to buy any at certain times of the month (aka after I paid rent and bills and had to wait till my next pay check). Those were the really hard times. When you want so badly to be successful and your one and only wish is to be financially stable but have no idea how to get to that point. Feeling like you completely bombed choosing a career and like you will never know what its like to not have to constantly pull up your bank account to see if you can go buy groceries. Or swiping your debit card without staring at the screen praying it doesn’t get declined. I know I’m not the only one who has been there and if you are or have been there too, you shouldn’t feel alone either.
Yeah. After all that I really didn’t ever see myself here. I’m blessed my husband is so smart with money because honestly I never thought I wouldn’t be living pay check to pay check to where I would even be able to budget other things or make savings a priority. It wasn’t even an option for me when there was nothing left after rent and food. But here we are, because prayer and not giving up does work out at some point. There is no concrete timeline but persistence and patience are the keys to anything you want in life.
I never know where my posts are going to end up but this story does seem to be a trend for me. Mainly, I think, because I don’t want anyone feeling alone or like they should quit on the things they desire in this world.
One thing I have learned is, if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it. That’s something I struggled with. But, thanks be to God, He always would send someone (and still does) to bless me in some way I was needing -even when they had no idea. Not only did it make me trust God more, but those who blessed my life when I was in desperate need, became the people I look up to. The people I want to become for someone else. Struggles suck, no question. But struggles build character and teach you lessons you otherwise may never learn. So for that I am standing here grateful for them. Thankful I don’t have the same ones any more but thankful I went through them, got through them, and learned from them.
So that’s my word vomit of the day. I hope this resonates with someone or maybe you too have a similar story. Either way I would love to hear about it.
Thank you for reading.
Author: Alyssa Parten