Hi everyone, Ash here .
"It's time to trust my instincts, close my eyes, and leap" - Defying Gravity, Wicked - The Musical (trust me to use the lyrics from a musical to make a BIG announcement about my future ) .
Here's the thing guys, last week I made a huge decision...
Something I have been thinking about for some time...
Something that I knew required a huge leap of faith...
I officially gave my resignation as General Manager of Fitness First Angel.
Why would I quit a job that I love and has contributed to me becoming the happy, strong person that I am today? The answer... SMASH! Over the past 18 months Sam and I have given everything we can can to make SMASH the success it has become. However, we both know that there is much more we can achieve and there are so many more people who NEED to have SMASH in their life. To reach them, and to build our business, I needed to make some tough decisions. Mostly, it's time that I need - there just isn't enough time in the day for us to put the effort needed to grow SMASH in to something bigger than it currently is! With this in mind I knew I had to find a way that would allow me create more time to focus.
I have spent the last 10 years building my career as a gym manager and I would be lying if I didn't say that the decision to leave that comfortable place doesn't scare me. I have a mortgage to pay and, after January, no guaranteed income! However, through my last few years of mindfulness training, I have come to realise that the way I feel is perfectly normal. All of those emotions that I have felt, and continue to feel, are exactly what I should be feeling! My head saying one thing, my heart another, my soul something else entirely! All are making valid points but I'm happy to say that each are now in agreement - we are going to take this leap together! My heart is racing, my mind is buzzing and my soul is shining but we are all set on one common goal - to be the strongest and happiest version of me and to help as many people as possible be the strongest and happiest versions of themselves!
From February I will become a full time Personal Trainer and Instructor - still based at Fitness First Angel! This excites me so much as I hope to help more people get stronger through one-to-one sessions with myself - in body AND mind of course! SMASH will grow and will become bigger, better and stronger because more time will be invested in it and you, our amazing SMASH community .
Decisions like this aren't made easily. The nature of life itself often means that there is much to consider before you make a choice that could fail as much as succeed. But, when it comes to it, when you really strip it all back, you have to ask yourself if what you have to gain is worth so much more than what you have to lose? There is never an ideal time, or perfect opportunity, to seize a chance and know for sure that everything will be ok. Nothing can tell you 100% that what you are willing to risk is definitely worth it. When it comes to it, you consider everything and you trust your instinct. And sometimes... you leap.
My instinct is telling me to take a leap of faith... and I trust it with all my heart, no matter what .
Let me finish by thanking you, our SMASH community, for all your support over the past 18 months. None of you realise that it's because of you that I am able to do this - when I take this leap I imagine you all there with me, supporting me and cheering me on to success. Please know that your support has changed my life and I express gratitude for that every day .
2019 is set to be a huge year for Sam and I and all things SMASH! We hope you will continue to join us for the next chapter of our epic journey .
Have a wonderful weekend!
Sam and Ash