These last few weeks have been extremely satisfying for me. A reward for all the years of pounding the pavement, putting in the long hours and striving to build a service for the community.
Below, are my thoughts after being awarded one of the highest honours in the Australian Health & Fitness Industry.
I believe that YOU must create your own life, so why not create one you love.
You know when there's that one thing that you really want to do with your life...but it's a huge risk?
...just do it - if it's right for you, and will bring happiness to those who benefit from your skills or your service, then don't wait - just do it!
This weekend (receiving the Australian Health & Fitness Industry Gold Quality Award) will be etched into my memory, as there has been a lead-up of nearly 10 years, to finally reach this amazing recognition from the fitness industry's ...governing body.
The biggest leap of faith (professionally) I ever took, was to step away from a government job, to go out on my own - follow my dream and create my own path. No marketing staff, no receptionist, no team...just me. There were so many doubters, many laughs at my expense and many who told me I couldn't.
But I did it anyway - started my own little biz, having no idea what was ahead or how rewarding it would be, or how much I would love it. I just wanted to do what I enjoyed, and do what worked best for my family and I.
No one will ever know how much passion, time, work, effort went into getting it all off the ground in those first few years...but wow - it was worth it!
Somewhere in the vicinity of 150,000 people have participated in a funkyfit kids or DeeVine Yoga class now, and it's been a roller coaster but the most amazing ride!
I've finally reached the point where I feel I don't have to prove anything to anyone, that I feel completely happy with my business, my ethics, my processes of 'crossing the T's and dotting the i's', and my (almost completely unguided) approach to building a successful business.
Yes of course, there have been many, MANY failures, but there have also been the amazing moments of "wow, that moment really touched that family", which makes all of the failed attempts just a part of the process.
If you have a really strong passion, don't just follow your heart....follow your heart AND your head, and turn it into your life's work. You can do it, and one person CAN make a difference. If you are ever told you can't do "that thing", just use it as your fuel and prove them wrong.
No, I've not conquered the world and I'm no greater than any average Joe, but I've done something that I'm proud of.
There is ALWAYS a choice. It's your life to create, and it IS a choice. It doesn't just happen on it's own. Yes there will be challenges thrown at you...simply find a way around them.
My path took a huge turn a couple of years back, so I had that choice - give up, or change direction. So, I've found a new way to do what I love.
Thank you to those who have supported and stood beside me since day #1, especially to the two who were by my side this weekend - Kalinda and Lisa, and also a special shout out to Lynda and Judy (back at home), you gals you freakin rock my world!
What's next? Who knows? The story is still evolving ...but I can tell you that there are some very exciting new additions to my programs, hitting the studio and the wider community, in 2014....watch this space....