Wednesday 15th March 2017
As I look out to the 25 people that are taking part in my new fitness class PULSE, this is the moment I realise I’ve made the right decision in changing my career at the age of 27.
12 months ago I was in a situation I really didn’t like.
I’d made a change from Events Manager to Project Manager and found it just wasn’t for me.
I no longer wanted someone as my boss, I wanted to be MY OWN BOSS!
Let’s take it back a few years…
This was the month and year that I graduated from Brunel University with a First Class Honours Degree in Sports Science, excited for my future career ahead.
After volunteering on the Netball Committee and within the Students Union on a number of projects, I knew that organising things was my bag. Ideally I wanted to be a part of the Olympic Committee, organising the most prestigious event in the world.
Unfortunately, I had very little experience to my name and knowing Seb Coe would not take me on as part of the team, I took on a Sports Admin and Co-ordination role for a company that ran outdoor Boot Camp franchises.
My time working and living in London didn’t appear what it was all cracked up to be and I moved back to my hometown of Milton Keynes working my way up through a number of roles and companies to finally get me to my dream title of Event Manager.
Most of the jobs I’ve had, have had a sports link but nothing directly which allowed me to be active on a daily or regular basis. Once I moved back home, this is when my relationship with eating well, running and the gym was ignited.
Running is one my main passions and since buying my first pair of runners in 2012 I’ve run countless ParkRuns, 10ks, Half Marathons and even the London Marathon back in 2014.
My interest in fuelling my running and workouts has always grown and I have embraced the boom of social media, following many inspirational accounts for motivation, workout routines and healthy recipe ideas. I’ve always loved weight training in the gym to build up my strength and always used it as an alternative therapy whenever I’ve become injured from running.
Back to my career… after being at a great company for 2 ½ years, I wanted a new challenge and decided to move on.
A few months down the line, I was soon that person who woke up with the dreaded ‘I do not want to go to work today feeling’.
I have always sworn that I would never let myself be that person.
So, as impulsive as I am, I knew something had to change.
After watching so many inspirational role models online turning their passion into a reality, I knew that I had to do the same.
I would make it my mission to help as many people as possible to lead a happy, healthy and confident lifestyle by teaching and inspiring others, just like the journey I had been on with discovering running and educating myself on good nutrition.
After research into various courses I signed onto a Personal Training course with Premier Training which was part-time at weekends and fitted around me.
It was around this time that I was also offered the opportunity to go back to RacingLine, the company which I’d been able to survive at longest (haha)! (My Grandparents find it hilarious I’ve had so many jobs, it must be a generation thing, where they stayed in one job until they retired!!).
So that was it… I became a Freelance Events Manager and was finally my OWN BOSS!
I brainstormed my business and this is when ‘CLEAN COACH KATIE’ was born.
I set up multiple social media accounts and started letting people know what I was doing and my plans for the future.
I began documenting my journey and began to grow a small local following. Being a part of a local running club (The Redway Runners) has been a perfect opportunity to network and start building links within the community.
As I have always posted on Facebook about my running journey, people were quite aware of my interest in Sports, Health & Fitness and naturally were very supportive of what I set out to achieve.
In January of this year I qualified as a Personal Trainer and have been able to take forward all of the knowledge I’ve acquired over the years, alongside my degree to begin Personal Training with clients on a 121 basis.
The weekend after my course I held a launch event which I absolutely loved! It created a great opportunity and this is where I gained my first clients ☺
I’ve built a great relationship with Children with Cancer UK, the charity I’m running the London Marathon for and they have since posted one of my blogs on their website.
Three weeks ago I launched my weekly fitness class, PULSE and have seen an increase in numbers each week!
Each week I am continually building an incredible client base, meeting amazing people who motivate and inspire me with their stories and goals. It gives me such a great feeling to know that I am able to help others achieve their vision.
As opportunities begin to flood in and the messages I receive on a weekly basis from client’s ecstatic to tell me of their progress, it reconfirms that going from PM to PT really was the best decision I have ever made.
But to be honest, because I love what I do, it doesn’t feel like work. Each day I wake up with a huge smile on my face, knowing today that I may motivate at least one person to make a positive change in their lives.
I am in a ‘transitional’ phase of my career, hoping that one-day Clean Coach Katie will be my sole focus and main form of income. However, I know that I have to put the hard work and long hours in now to reap the rewards later.
I’ve not set a time frame on when this transition will be, but know that one day it will come and the day it does, I will know it’s the right time.
All I can say, is that right now, I’m loving what I’m doing and I’m VERY excited for what the future holds!
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