I love journaling and if you need some convincing as to why you should too then check out my post on how journaling can help you right now! One of my favorite reasons to journal is because it can help you learn about yourself. The past couple of weeks I’ve been all over the place trying to figure out what I want to do with my life career-wise. All of my passions are in areas that typically see very little pay and my chronic pain also makes it difficult to imagine any change to what I’m doing right now. So I thought I would do the sensible thing and go back to school via an online program for my masters in public health. It made logical sense to me because I would get to help others while also being able to make enough money to live off of. I’m extremely passionate about helping others be healthy and working for the government or FDA down the line to help create new health standards or revise old ones interested me.
Well, the universe rarely goes as planned because I didn’t get in. My bachelors degree is in psychology and apparently those classes aren’t close enough to what a public health degree would involve. I beg to differ, but that’s not really my point here. They wanted me to take non-matriculated courses that are quite expensive and without any financial aid since I wouldn’t be a student. I would have to take these classes to prove that I could do the course work involved in their program and even then I may not be accepted. I agonized about it for days. I kept going back and forth in my head on whether or not to just rack my credit cards up paying for this schooling that may or may not get me accepted into this program. So I did what I always do when I’m confused. I journaled.
I just let all the thoughts that were bouncing around in my head onto paper and then looked them over. Something I realized when reading over my writing was that I had a real hesitancy about putting a huge amount of money into my masters in public health, but I would easily have spent the same amount on other things. The epiphany I had was that, although close, public health was not quite where my passion was at. About 6 months ago I did the first journal prompt I’m going to give you below. I went back to look at what my perfect day looked like and it didn’t involve going to board meetings or talking about laws. My perfect day involved helping others directly and really seeing the difference I could make. I didn’t want to be so far removed from the process. I was only doing what was logical instead of what my heart was telling me to do.
So a couple days ago I enrolled in a program to earn my personal trainer certification and then I’ll get my health coach certification once I have that. Does that make sense monetarily? Probably not. Very few people can make a living off of those certifications, but it allows me to have the credentials necessary to back up my information that I provide to all of you, it’s a topic I want to learn more about for myself, it will allow me to actually help others and, most of all, I’m passionate about it. So I’ll keep my day job and make personal training and being a health coach a side hustle and work my butt off to try and make it my career. All of that hard work sounds so much more fun and worthwhile then going back to school and spending 30k+ on a degree I’m not that passionate about. I’m not ruling out anything. Maybe one day getting my masters in public health will be what my soul calls me to, but right now I’m on a different path.
So if you’re confused and need some guidance on life or if you just want to learn more about yourself for the sake of learning try out my journal prompts below! If you need a new journal check out my favorite right here.
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