This week I had lunch with an old friend who is considering Personal Training as a new job/career path. It made me revisit my journey through the fitness world: first Pilates training and then TRX, Barre, Spinning, Kickboxing, Yoga, and even surfset, and reasses the reason for my own professional existence! She inquired about my daily routine and asked, "What's the best part of your job?" After all, ANY job can get a little old, right? The inhales, the exhales, the repetition of cues.... And, while last minutes cancellations can leave even the perkiest of trainers feeling a bit low, at the end of the day, being a Pilates Instructor is ultimately rewarding. "It's the people." I replied. Alas, my clients are truly some of my best friends. People say to do what you love, and I love to move & motivate! I analyze movement & muscle patterning. I see how people come in stressed and leave relaxed and stretched out. I have an innate sense of reading people, but to lead clients down a path so they can grow physically, emotionally, & mentally takes patience and some serious listening. Tactfully teaching body awareness & deep breathing, improving their postures, assisting the lengthening & strengthening takes courage. "You really gotta put yourself out there." I told my friend. Without sounding too preachy or arrogant, maybe telling a few jokes along the way...I keep the client happy but also working hard to achieve results~so they "feel it" the next day!! That's a tall order, but it's one that I believe I've been born to do: to give, to care, and then feel fulfilled. She asked me, "Since exercise is your passion, are you sick of it because now it's your job?" To me, it's not just a job coaching others, it's what I do. It's connecting with people. It's a part of me. It's a blast. My cup is full and I am truly grateful.