Change Directions, Often

November 22nd was my last day as Head Coach of a CrossFit affiliate here in Illinois. I haven’t coached since. I don’t know if I ever will again, and I don’t think I want to. Things change.

Six months ago I wrote down some goals, targets I wanted to hit before the end of the year. At the time I was working for my brother-in-law on a tree farm as a mechanic and equipment operator. It was a job and I was getting paid well for the area. I was miserable. I enjoyed being outside. I enjoyed the physical nature of it. I felt like I was going nowhere. It wasn’t want I wanted to do so I told myself that by the end of the year I would be doing what I wanted.

First off I wanted to get my CF-L2, and I did on June 11th. I wanted to be coaching CrossFit full-time by the end of the year. On June 18th I began as Head Coach for an affiliate in Geneva, IL. By mid year of 2017 I wanted to get my CF-L3, by end of year I wanted to be opening my own affiliate.

I’m still interested in the CF-L3. From an educational standpoint it’s something I’m interested in. I still think about fitness a lot. I still want to help people. I don’t think I’ll ever try to coach again though not in the physical sense.

Over the past 16 years I’ve learned how to do a lot of things, drive a semi-truck, work on a semi-truck, weld, do automotive body repair and painting, fabricate metal and machinery from scratch, build and pave roads, build cabins and houses, roof them, plumb them and wire them. I’ve learned about fitness coaching and coached. I’ve educated myself on nutrition and became on authority on the topic. I’ve become a good speaker and lecturer. I’ve learned how to cook, bake, grill, and BBQ at the professional level. 2 years ago I learned how to brew beer from scratch then got a job at a well-known local craft brewery and honed my skill there. The whole time I’ve been writing about it, these things I’ve learned.

Over the last 16 years I’ve published over 1000 articles across 12 blogs all but 2 of which are gone now. I’ve posted on several well-known fitness sites and even did a nicely received series on preparing for the CrossFit Open in 2014. I always go back to writing.

Since leaving the Affiliate in November I’ve been writing, reading, and writing some more. I’m now 40,000 words into writing my first book. I’ve started several over the years but always stalled out around 10,000 words. This time I can’t stop. I’m going to self-publish on Amazon and release it before March. I think this book will change my life. I’m hoping it will change other people’s lives as well.

I’ve done a lot of things over the past 16 years. I’ve had a lot of jobs, I’ve pursued many professions but never the one I really wanted, writing. Chances are if you’re reading this you’re a writer too. Maybe you do it recreationally, maybe you’re a blogger. I never seriously considered writing as a career because all my life people told me it was impossible. Sound familiar? It is a hard living for sure. I think the failure rate is even more severe than gym or restaurant ownership. I don’t care. I have to do this. I have to publish a book or die trying.

Things have changed for me, maybe for the better. It’s hard to say from where I sit right now. All I know is that I’ve been locked into the same cycle for 16 years now. It’s time to go in a different direction. Maybe that’s a New Year’s resolution. My question for you if you read this, is what are you going to do to pursue your goals? How far will you go? I hope you go all the way. Merry Christmas.

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