“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – A.A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh)
I wish I had better news my friends but I’m writing today to tell you I’m leaving you. It’s not you…it’s me! You see, my husband received an amazing job offer in Denver, CO that we simply can’t refuse. I feel excited for the future and I know it’s the best decision for my family, but damn I’m going to miss you.
We moved to Portland a year and a half ago and my husband bought me a month membership at Honest Training for my anniversary gift (he’s a keeper). I had never worked out in a group setting nor had I been instructed by a personal trainer. It sounded horrible to me. The thought of someone watching me closely as I worked out…maybe even touching me?? <shudder> The introvert in me had an immediate panic attack. But I went. I tried something new and intimidating.
That’s how my world changed.
I’ve always loved fitness but Honest Training changed everything for me. I learned how to lift and perform exercises the right way, using the muscles I was supposed to be using. I was still trying to lose the last bit of baby weight I’d gained while being pregnant with my son (ahem, ok he was almost 2) and after a few months at Honest my body began to change dramatically. I hadn’t lost much weight as I was gaining muscle but I was getting stronger every month. By the end of a year I found that I was in the best shape of my life. I looked forward to my workouts rather than trying to avoid them. I took it seriously and changed my lifestyle outside of the studio. I continually challenged myself in new ways and found I was much stronger than I realized. I trained and rode my first century (biking 100 miles) for crying out loud! I never thought I’d do something like that.
Honest changed my life.
Beyond that I became a certified personal trainer and was given the amazing opportunity to become one of the instructors at Honest. I learned so much from my fellow trainers and from all of my clients and though I still have so much to learn I know I’ve found a career that I adore and will continue. Frankly, none of this would have happened had I not walked through the door at Honest and connected with the amazing (mermaid) Paisley Meekin.
Needless to say, it is very, very difficult to leave.
So, yes today I’m saying my final goodbye, but more importantly I want to say thank you. Thank you to Paisley for guiding me and giving me a chance to blossom. You have taught me so much and I will carry it with me the rest of my days. Thank you to all the trainers who have each inspired me so much by their own dedication and enthusiasm. People like you are a rare breed. Thank you to all the clients I’ve trained with, I have loved bonding with you and challenging myself alongside you. You have all pushed me when I wanted to wilt and were one of the reasons I looked forward to classes. Hard workouts require vulnerability and I loved being in that shaky place with all of you. I will miss you all so very much and I hope you know you can count me as a friend for life.
For anyone feeling hesitant to try working out at Honest I encourage you with every fiber of my being to stop thinking and just do it. Let the trainers guide you, let yourself be scared and do it anyway. Let yourself struggle and get uncomfortable and watch how you change. Try things even if you think you’ll fail because failure can actually be one of the best ways to grow and evolve. Try that heavier weight, hold that plank a little longer, give that marathon a shot. Don’t think just do it and live the fullest life you can because dammit you deserve it!
I hope I’ve left my little mark at Honest and on some of you, because the affect you’ve all had on me during my brief stint in Portland has been immeasurable. I am completely reborn. I will miss you all! Sending so much love.
Signing off. Over and out. Squeeze all the things. I’ll be right here *points to your heart*