A frequently asked question of mine is how I balance education, work, healthy living AND a social life.
I am not going to lie. It’s tough!!
My love for fitness and health grew at age 16 when I had GCSE’s and A Levels to get through. I am now at University and I am one more exam away from completing my 1st year out of 3.
During school I was always working at some point – either helping out in the family business, working in retail with the public or in sales for a supplement and health company. Now I’m a Personal Trainer and have been since I was 18 years old – I qualified while doing A Levels which required more studying on top of the work load I had.
I managed to pass all my GCSES, A Levels, get in to University and pass all exams I’ve currently done counting towards my degree; while consistently training 5-6 times a week. Also, I managed to sneak in a cheeky Nandos with friends and always make time for family.
So…how did I do it?
All it requires is some PRIORITISING, EARLY MORNINGS and LOTS OF PASSION.
PRIORITISING – If something is important to you, you will make time for it. You’ll make time for it like you make time to watch season 12 of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. For me training was so important – it was like the thing that kept me sane. I love the challenge and progress you see mentally and physically. I make time for my training because I love it. Education is really important to me too. I was never Einstein in school, but I wanted to do as well as I possibly could and still do. I never want to look back and say “I wish I worked harder”. I put in 100% so I have no regrets and will continue on that work ethic. Prioritise what is most important to you and keep organised!
EARLY MORNINGS – You will be surprised how much you can get done by waking up an hour earlier. I have had lots and lots of 5AM starts and generally am an early bird. It’s the best way of being productive – you achieve what you need to do and still have time at the end of the day to wind down and chill.
One of my favourite quotes.
“One key to success is to have lunch at the time of day most people have breakfast.“
I was always that kid at the back of the class eating my second meal at 2nd period! Classmates just thought I ate all the time, but I just needed to refuel from being so active so early in the day. Big difference!
LOTS OF PASSION – You have to REALLY want it. You can achieve anything you want and have any lifestyle you desire, but you have to really want to work hard for it. Passion is not a hobby, its ambition materialised into action! Find your passion and balance it with life duties.
I promise it can be done!
I wish you all the success and good luck!