I saw quote on Instagram last night that really spoke to me.
I am the type of person who likes a lot of different things and has had a very hard time over the past 5 years trying to find my exact purpose. In college, I went back and forth between the Design School and something more science focused like Nutrition or Exercise Science. I was the same way in high school- I played varsity sports and was also in AP Art. My younger self didn’t think it was okay to want to be good a so many things that are so opposite from each other and I tried to force myself to pick just one.
I think we get it in our heads that we NEED to be experts in a certain area. I remember back when I started my blog 3 years ago, I was dead set on going to culinary school because I thought that if I ever wanted to succeed in the food industry, that I needed some sort of higher education or qualification in order for people to respect me.
Today, I’ve realized there is something to be said about an amateur bake/cook/photographer who is self-taught and damn good at what he/she does. A lot of bloggers that I follow are exactly that. They are people who thought they knew their purpose, and then discovered their passion in recipe creation and food photography and are living their dream, with their blog as their business (Oh She Glows, Edible Perspective, Peas and Thank You…just to name a few).
About a 2 years into my blogging career, I realized that this little thing called Fit Foodie Finds does not have to be JUST a blog- it CAN be my career. If you are truly passionate about what you do, it will shine through your work and people will notice. Your best work is your most passionate work.
I have begun to make a steady income off of Fit Foodie Finds through my ad revenue, sponsored posts, and freelance content creation. Never EVER did I think that doing something so fun and energizing could be my full time career. And today I am excited to say…that it is.
I put my 2 weeks notice in at Anytime Fitness HQ on Friday so that I can spend more time building my business and allow myself extra hours teaching Group Fitness/Yoga Sculpt. The best part is- AF is extremely supportive of everything that I am doing and is allowing me to stay on part time. Anytime is a brand I don’t want to let go and I am so fortunate to have such an amazing support system through my workplace. A large part of Anytime’s core values is Passion and Purpose, two things that everyone should have when it comes to their career. Anytime has helped me explore many different sectors of the health/fitness industry and discover mine: recipe creation and group fitness/training.
I know what you are thinking….”you just posted about your incredible story of how you got your full time job at Anytime Fitness Headquarters. And how much you enjoy working for AF.” Well- now I am able to pursue my dream with the support of an amazing organization that has heart and wants to see their employees succeed.
I am still in a little bit of shock that I took this leap of faith at 23, but very excited for what my future holds. My family (especially Blake) has been extremely supportive over the past 6 months as I put my plan together and actually followed through with it. So thank you to each and every one of you.
That is all for now. I will have more to share when some other things play through, but for now I leave you with this…
I went back to read your post from so many years ago for some inspiration and also to see how far you’ve come! It really is so amazing how much you’ve been able to do with your business. It has been so cool to “follow” you all these years! It gives me so much hope as I leave my career as an attorney to become a self-employed entrepreneur. I may not be blogging full-time, but I am still so inspired by you and everything you’ve done : )
Awwwwwww I need to go back and read that post. It will shed some light on how far I have come and how I need to slow the eff down! I am excited for this new part of your life. I have no doubt that you’re going to KILL it!
Lee… I’d love to blog as a full-time career too..! This post and your blog are so inspiring! Although I have quite a long way to go though… But 1% improvement every single time (as Bjork and Lindsay at Pinch of Yum say), and there will be vast improvements in the long term!!
Woohoo! B and L are such a great resource 😀 Are you part of FBP?
I love this story!! It sounds very similar to some of my own thoughts, reactions, experience as a photographer 🙂 Love that this has come full-circle for you. Many of the quotes that you posted are ones I keep close to me too.
As they say in life, “It’s now or never.” Do what makes you happy!
Looking forward to keeping up-to-date with your work, Lee!
I LOVE hearing stories like this! Congrats to you for taking a huge leap of faith to do what you love. I’m right there with you 🙂
Love the passion & drive for following your dreams! During my internship this past year, a speaker told us to “Feel the fear and do it anyways” (by Jack Canfield). I took that quote to heart and am in the process of following my dreams and starting to build up my own business (RD nutrition private practice). Even though it’s just thoughts and plans now, it’s steps towards action. I’m so glad that people our age aren’t waiting 10+ years of “getting experience” to follow their dreams.
CONGRATS! I am so excited that you have found something (else) that you love and can trun into a career. Can’t wait to see where this big step takes you!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE SUPPORT KIMBERLY!
Good for you !! Ever since finding your blog I look forward to your posts and recipes every day I share them with everyone n am getting quite the reputation in a good way lol I’m “ball crazy” lol and you have been such a huge part in my fittness journey ! So yay you !!!
AWwww!! Yes- I get a lot of ball jokes too..thing is, people LOVE THEM! I’m so glad you enjoy my recipes!
Woohoo!! So excited for you girl! I took the leap a little over a year ago now to quit my full-time job and start up my own photography/design business and I haven’t looked back since! It’s been so rewarding and awesome, REALLY hard work, but worth every second. Can’t wait to following along on this new adventure of yours : )
Congrats Lee! I love your blog and excited to read it through your new adventures! 🙂
Oh my goodness, CONGRATS girl!! I’m so excited to watch you and your brand grow. xoxo!
Congrats! Good luck on the venture ahead!
Thank you Katie 🙂
I think 23 is the perfect time to give this a try! You’re young, healthy, and don’t have other people you are responsible for. Do the best you can and see what happens!! I’m super jealous you’re able to work part time for Anytime, which will keep your foot in the door if you decide you want to make another change. Good for you!!
Thank you for the support Katie!
Good for you!! I find it so inspiring for people to pursue their dreams and do what they love, despite any stigma of what you’re ‘supposed’ to do. I hear a lot of adults who are unsatisfied with their lives/jobs/etc. and I think life’s too short to spend it doing something you don’t love. Thanks for deciding to break through that and thanks for sharing it! You go, girl! 🙂
Absolutely. It’s all about taking risks and doing what you are passionate for.
Beautiful post! So excited for you Lee 🙂
Thank you Davida ( and thank you for always commenting…it always makes my day 🙂 )
Congrats! And thanks for posting your story. I recently quit my two jobs in the Chicago area to move back to Oregon (where I grew up) and presue my new career with my graduate degree. The last few weeks have been full of interviews but no job offer yet. I was feeling pretty discouraged this weekend but you blog was a nice reminder that sometimes you just need to take a leap of faith.
Good luck with everything. I love your blog!
Good for you Rebekah! Things take time…keep your head up high and keep on truckin’! Thank you for your support!
Congrats! That’s so exciting! Best of luck to you on this new journey in your life!
Thank you Linz!
LOVE this! I just commented elsewhere the other day that the time to make leaps like this or find your passion is when you are young. It is not that you can’t when you are older BUT life becomes much more complicated & it makes it a lot harder! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!
How exciting. And how lovely for you that you can make a living from your blog. Your passion must be amazing to take you away from such a great place as Anytime Fitness. Congrats
Ah so exciting!! I saw that quote last night too from Nutty4Nutrition and saved it to my phone!! I know it’s challenging to go against what the masses think is the proper way to build a career/business…but keep on keeping on!! <3 <3 Also I'm definitely coming to one of your classes soon!!
ps I tried clicking those links to those blogs you follow and they didn’t work just so ya know! 🙂
Congrats and Good Luck LeeLee!!!!!!