it’s been a minute, i’ll be the first to admit. the past couple months have been full of exciting changes, but the downside to all of it is that this effervescent life has taken a bit of a backseat…again. the good news is that new content for posts is overflowing in my brain and will soon make it onto the blog. in the mean time, i thought i should let you in on a few of the fun things happening in our family.
at the end of march, i left my part-time job at lululemon to create more space in my schedule for a) relationships, and b) a career change. i have worked as a hair stylist and makeup artist for the past eleven years, and i have been slowly (and am still in the process of) transitioning out of the beauty industry and into the health and fitness industry. i enrolled in the american council on exercise (ACE) personal trainer certification program, and have been studying and working toward gaining my certification. i’m basically re-learning anatomy, physiology, and biology, so my brain feels like it might explode at some point. once certified, my plan is to then complete the ACE health coach certification program, too. i will then be able to combine my love of cooking and baking, nutrition, and fitness into a personalized coaching role, working one-on-one with clients to equip them to establish healthy and sustainable lifestyle changes. on top of this, i have started teaching a weekly indoor cycling class and will also be teaching a weekly POUND class starting at the end of this month. coaching classes has been an absolute blast, and i plan to add more to my schedule as the opportunities arise. i have not fully stopped my work in the beauty industry, but it has become much more manageable as i have lightened my weekly client load.
on top of all the changes in my work life, my husband and i also started planning and are now in the middle of renovations on our 1930’s bungalow. it all started with a room off our front porch that we decided to convert into a sunroom. the room was apparently once a screened-in porch, but at some point, the people we bought our house from decided to enclose the porch, leaving one small side window and a single door that could only be accessed from our front porch. once we decided to tackle this room conversion, we figured we might as well go ahead and check off the other items on our home to-do list. we had hoped to begin the work a month prior to when we actually did, but it seems things never quite go according to plan with renovations. thankfully, the level of chaos in our home is minimal compared to what many experience, and we are still able to live in the house during the process. as i type this, our kitchen and its surrounding areas are blanketed in a layer of white dust, plastic drop cloths cover the exposed sub-flooring where old tile once lay, and the idea of cooking in such a space seems laughable and slightly masochistic to my clean-freak mind. we, along with our dogs, seek solace in our peaceful bedroom, one of the only areas of the house that hasn’t been too disturbed by the chaos (yet–the master bathroom is the last project we’ll tackle). we still probably have another three weeks left of the process, but we are trying to maintain our sanity and take it one step at a time. once everything is done, i plan to finally post a home tour of our space, something i’ve wanted to do for awhile but didn’t do because, quite frankly, our kitchen tile was the worst. i also will finally have space to cook and develop recipes again, so those will start making appearances on this blog again soon!
those two biggies are the things that have kept me distracted these past couple months, but we are looking forward to a escaping the crazy and clearing our heads next weekend with a getaway in st. petersburg, florida. though i was born there and returned somewhat frequently after my family moved to the atlanta area when i was young, i haven’t been to the tampa bay area in nearly fifteen years. from what my husband and i hear, st. pete has transformed into a cool, artsy city on the coast, and we are excited to explore it and breathe the salty air. any recommendations for things to do, places to eat and drink, etc. while we’re there?