Thursday, July 28, 2011

Help Wanted

I had mentioned back in June that I wanted to do something big, plus Katie and I have been looking to earn a little extra cash for vacations.  So from time to time, I check out the classifieds and job postings on Craigslist for part time work in maybe coaching or training.  My searching is mostly fantasizing, and considering the market size of central Illinois, jobs in these fields are rare.  But just yesterday there was a posting on Craigslist for a part-time personal health trainer.  The ad talked about leading group meetings for weigh-ins and discussion of health and nutrition. I know that I am not even close to being qualified as a professional, but the job sounded like more of a coordinator and discussion leader. So, I responded to the ad.  The reply was not exactly what I was looking for, as it appears as though the job is really to sell some sort of health products, earning comission off the sales.  This is not at all what I am looking for.

But it did get me to start thinking.  Over the past two years, I have gained some useful knowledge about health and fitness.  I have a lot of experience in cooking and healthy menu planning for a family.  Plus, I think my attitude and demeanor could serve me well in order to motivate others to make healthy decisions in their lives.  Could I lead and coordinate weekly meetings for individuals interested in making some healthy choices in their lives?  Would people listen to/share with/pay an untrained, but experienced individual if it helped them to live a healthier lifestyle?  Could I even get enough people together to make it worth my time and effort?  How many people would make it worth my time and effort?

I believe the people are out there.  Even in my small town of 5500 residents, the local hospital has had an overwhelming response to a pretty radical weight loss program, and it has been working for many!  Shows like the Biggest Loser and Food Revolution are still on the air because people are watching.  There is interest!

But is there interest in me?  I think there could be.  I am one of the people.  I weighed a lot, I ate all the wrong foods, I sat on my ass and watched TV, and I made the decision to do something about it.  It hasn't all been sunshine and daisies.  Sometimes it has been downright impossible, but I pick myself up and keep moving!  I think people could appreciate that I have been in their shoes, and I want with all of my heart for them to do something about it!

Maybe I am just daydreaming, maybe I am just waiting for someone to tell me "I Can't", or maybe this is just the start of that something BIG I was looking for.


  1. DO IT. Do not wait for someone to give you permission. Even if you start out small, you'll have extra cash in your pocket. Plus, you'll be making people's lives better. That's priceless.

    Also, you already know it works. Tell your story (which you've already been doing on this blog) and people will come. It only takes one or two good clients (especially in a smaller community) and word of mouth will spread.

    DO IT.