Last week, I posted about my fitness goal for 2012. I have a whole list of things I would love to accomplish this year dealing with my fitness. Outside of these goals, I have one personal goal for the year that I want to share with you. First, I am going to tell you a little bit about myself.
I graduated from high school in 1997, a 17 year old with no idea of what life was. All I knew was that I wanted to get out of my small northern Minnesota town. I got a full scholarship to join the Army ROTC and I took that scholarship and went to school to be a pilot. My first year in the ROTC was torture. I was not meant to be in the military and I learned this very quickly. I was lost when it came to military training and even more lost when it came to the physical fitness tests. They wanted me to run 2 miles in 17 1/2 minutes. Seriously? This girl couldn't run 2 miles in less than 20 minutes. And wake up at 5am to run? Are you kidding me? I quit the ROTC on one cold morning in April in the middle of a 5 mile run. I couldn't believe they were asking me to run 5 miles. I found the Sargent that was in charge of my group at the time and told her that I was giving up my scholarship, I was not cut out for this at all. I walked back to my dorm room, shocked that I made this adult decision without discussing it with anyone.
I stayed at the same school the next year, paying for it on my own. I continued studying commercial aviation and got my Private Pilot's license in December of my sophomore year. I was so proud of myself when I passed that test, I was moving in the right direction for completing my degree.
The summer after my sophomore year, I got a job to work at Space Camp. This was an amazing opportunity as I was going to be working with students from across the country and teaching kids all about my love of airplanes. I had a blast that summer and learned so much from the experience.
My junior year is when life took a dramatic turn. My mom was diagnosed with colon cancer at the end of the first semester. That first semester went amazing and I was really enjoying my classes, but the thought of going back to school with my mom sick was killing me. My family decided that since I was the only adult child in the family that wasn't married and tied down, that it would be me that should move home to help out with my mom. I think back on this decision all the time. If this would have never happened, my life would be incredibly different that it is now, but I am still happy with my life, so I think to myself that things happen for a reason.
My mom did amazing through chemo and the following year, I was able to return to school locally and continue my education. I also took a job as a flight attendant to test out the waters of the airline industry. Taking that job really showed me what I wished I had figured out sooner. Working on a flight crew is not what I wanted to do. This wake up call was very frustrating, but it saved me from investing further money into flight training. I was very far into my schooling so I switched over to an Aviation Management focus instead of flight focus and received my Bachelors degree in 2003.
I graduated in May of 2003 and met my husband in June of 2003. When I met him, I had no intentions of getting married, but somehow things just happened and we were married in 2004 and had my first baby in 2005.
I took a job as a nanny just out of college because finding a job wasn't as easy as I had hoped. My nanny job was the perfect job as a new mother as I was able to bring my kids to work with me. This was fine for the first few years of their lives but the older they got the more I disliked having my kids schedules based on the family I worked for, so I left my job. Since then, I have worked 2 more nanny jobs while my kids were in daycare and school.
I recently left my last nanny job and have been home with my girls for the past four months. I love being home with them, but I know this is only temporary. I want to find a job. The thing is, my only experience out of college is as a nanny. I can find an amazing nanny position if that is what I want, but I don't. That is not who I am, it was what paid the bills.
Since taking up running, I have a new found love for everything fitness. I have considered becoming a personal trainer or coach, but again, that doesn't quite match up with my goals for the future. A few years ago, I suffered an achilles injury and met my current physical therapist. I loved how the exercises he gave me were able to help me heal very quickly. Again, I went to my physical therapist last month for my hip. Three weeks of therapy and my hip was so much stronger.
Physical Therapists intrigue me, and that is why I decided that I want to become a physical therapist. I returned to school last year and began taking my prerequisite courses to get into Grad School. I have 4 more courses that I will be taking in 2012 and then I will be applying to school. The programs locally are very difficult to get into, but I am hoping with my grades and hard work, that I will be able to get into a program in the summer of 2013.
So now you know my goal for 2012. I want to get into Physical Therapy Grad School in 2012. I will be taking night classes which will be difficult to juggle with the kids but my husband and I will figure it out. I also have to take my GRE test this summer. This test scares me, but I know I can do it. I start classes next week, so there is no turning back now!