I have been blogging for almost four years now. I started out writing not about fitness, running and tips to live a healthier life, but about an abrupt change in my life when my husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In an instant, cancer changed our lives: we moved from the United States (Washington) to Canada (Calgary, my husband’s hometown); we transitioned from work as outdoor adventure guides to chemo treatments in the hospital; we moved out of our little trailer in the mountains and into the basement of my in-laws’ home. Life changed fast. I had always kept journals to process life change and pray out my thoughts, so in lieu of answering many emails and phone calls, I started blogging about our cancer journey five months into our marriage.
What started as information about how Mikey was doing soon changed to chronicling our adventures together on the days he felt good, getting a backpacking trip in here and a trip to the Stampede in there.
During that time, I received my permanent residency and was able to begin working. I was looking for money fast with Mikey unable to work but no “Now Hiring” signs that I drove by seemed to fit the bill for me. Waitressing? Not my passion. Receptionist? Too much sitting. Since we were living at home and our expenses were low, Mikey encouraged me to go with my passion and I decided to pursue my personal training certification. Soon thereafter, I was certified and working in a gym!
First day of work photo!
I loved going to work, even with the long hours and endless networking that comes with building your client base. This California girl getting used to Canadian winters was one thing, but waking up at 4:30 am to get to the gym by 5 am and work through the day was entirely another! Despite the long days, I loved the core of my job as well as its flexibility, which allowed me to pop in and out of the gym and make it to almost all of Mikey’s treatments at the hospital. Who would have thought that his cancer would have led to the opening of a new passion and career for me? (It led to many other things as well, including our first kayaking trip with young adult cancer survivors, the foundation of our adventure therapy-based non-profit, a film tour and a sailing trip!)
A year after working in a gym setting and a break from the regular with a post-chemo and –radiation celebration, I set out on my own to train as an in-home personal trainer around the Calgary area. But I’ll let my video tell you the rest of the story!
I invite you to join me for adventures in the wilderness, workouts in the basement, fitness advice as I learn it and new opportunities as a FitFluential Ambassador to tweet, blog, Facebook and shoot videos as they come my way!
Live well & be well, friends!