I took my nutrition and training back to the drawing board and overhauled everything. I’m keeping a close log of how every change affects my overall package. I have brought my posing back to basics in hopes of having a much better presentation when I finally do compete again. I have kept my focus on building muscle while keeping my body fat down. Now I am finally beginning to ‘cut’ and start to get into stage shape.
Meanwhile, I have also been working on designing a career path. I have spent ten years in my industry and gathered certifications and qualifications that should be worth quite a bit to the right employer. I have put a lot of thought into what the ‘right’ job would look like for me versus how I can be of the most value to an employer. I have made an effort to make my current position take the shape of my vision but have not been able to work with my current company to see it through. I’m in negotiations with another company and I hope that I’ll be able to make that announcement shortly. I pray it will be the last career change I have to make!
Lastly, I have been working on myself. I have been single for almost eight months now. That’s not exactly a long time but it has been enough to clearly see where I can make progress on a personal level. I’ve always treated happiness and success as destinations to be reached instead of transient events/feelings that occur in the moment. Instead of focusing on these things (which our society places so much value on), I have been working on building my values and morals. I’m not going to espouse that I’m some great theologian now but I’m doing some reading and lots of listening. I’ve visited churches and schools and talked to friends, family, and the ‘professionals’ about every topic I can think of. And, while this journey will never be complete, I’m happy to say that I think my current progress will lead to the ability to have a fundamentally happy life through living true to myself. And one day maybe I can share it with a partner that is taking the same journey of self-exploration and growth.
I have missed emptying the thoughts rattling around my head onto a blank screen. And I miss the feedback that my blog received. Most of all I long for the friendships it kindled with people who related to my ramblings. So I’m going to make an honest effort to begin blogging regularly again. I’m not exactly sure of how often or how much but I want to share my journey to the stage and beyond with everyone who encouraged me to take the first steps back in 2014. I wouldn’t have made it this far without you all.
Happy Leap Day friends! I’ll be back soon!