Five Things Friday: What am I doing with my life, Seaweeze and GPS art

five things fridayI had planned to post a few informative fitness and health related blogs last week, but I just didn’t have the motivation to write. To be honest, I was at a loss for words over the election in the states, and writing a blog post about my favourite protein bars or the most effective strength training exercises for your glutes just didn’t seem like the best use of anyone’s time (me writing, anyone reading). My concern and sadness for women, minorities, the environment, the future for our children and humanity in general took up more space in my brain than I could deal with last week, and I just needed to disconnect and think.

I got into the health and fitness business to help others — to share my experiences and use my skills to do something meaningful and fulfilling with my time. And while it’s still important to me and something I enjoy to do, I’ve lost that initial passion somewhat. I’ve been thinking about what to focus on next — what I can do to make a bigger impact, either in the health and wellness industry or elsewhere.

After several weeks of researching options and talking to friends and colleagues, I’ve decided to go back to school and do a masters degree next September. Not only to hopefully open more doors career-wise, but also for the opportunity to challenge myself and get exposed to global issues. I’m about 99% set on doing an MBA, but an MPA is also an option since I work in government.

The downside to this, of course, is probably zero time to write blogs and fitness articles come September. But we’ll see, depending on the program I choose to do. Both programs offered at the University of Victoria (where I did my undergrad) have a weekend or online option, which I would do so I can continue to work full time.

So that’s my big life update. And even though I called this post Five Things Friday, I don’t really have five things to hare. But here are two more things that happened this past week.

I got into Seaweeze 2017!

This was my first year registering and it was as stressful as everyone said it would be. I’m sad my running buddy Debbie couldn’t get in, as we had planned to go together πŸ™ But at least Kaella, Ariana and Ange will be there!

I was published in IMPACT Magazine again!

My piece about Victoria cyclist and GPS doodler Stephen Lund is in the November/December issue of IMPACT Magazine. He’s a super smart and nice guy, and it was cool to sit down with him earlier this year to learn about how he makes those impressive GPS doodles on Strava.

Did you/are you planning to go back to school or change careers? What was the catalyst for you?

Do you ever get “meh” about blogging or writing?