Life Update – Marriage, Back to School and More!

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A lot has happened over the last couple of months and I thought I should take to time to give you, the loyal readers of my blog, a little update on where I’m at and why my blog has been a bit quiet.

Firstly, I got married!

Woohoo! Our wedding was the best day of my little life so far, and everything I’d hoped it would be. My husband (tehe!) and I enjoyed ourselves so much and genuinely took everything in to treasure forever. I want to take the time now to say a HUGE thank you to everyone for their kind messages, cards and gifts – we appreciate the thoughtfulness of our friends and family and are so lucky to be surrounded by such loving people.

Planning a wedding is supposedly (depending which source you use!) one of the top 10 most stressful things that can happen in life, but we were determined not to let it get the best of us and wanted to enjoy every moment. We stuck to that probably about 90% – there will always be those few things that slip through and make you stress out – but overall, my look back at wedding planning is a very happy one.

Our wedding day, Gaynes Park, Epping.

Our wedding day, Gaynes Park, Epping.

I went “back to school”

Some of you may know that I chose to leave my Sports Therapy degree course after the first year back in 2011. It was shortly after this that I started my blog – though I’d chosen to go back to working in a field completely unrelated to health and fitness, I couldn’t be away from the industry fully and that’s when fitcetera was born.

But, me being me, I couldn’t be away from my studies for long. I chose to pick up degree study again with the Open University – this time studying to complete my degree in Sport, Fitness and Coaching. Since the wedding and honeymoon I’ve been playing catch up (technically the study planner kicked off the week before our wedding!) and submitted my first tutor market assessment two weeks ago.

My first module is in Sports Psychology, which I’m absolutely loving, and I can’t wait to share some of what I’m learning with you in blog posts!

I also started PT studies

Just to add to my, frankly ridiculous, schedule, I also started my Level 3 Personal Training course with Health and Fitness Education (HFE). The syllabus for HFE’s Personal Training course involves 8 weeks of home study, followed by 3 x fortnightly attendance (practical) weekends, and then two case studies to submit before I complete the course.

I much prefer this approach to the more intensive attendance courses as it fits in more with my work, blog, fitness commitments. Check in on my weekly training diary (soon to return!) to find out how my course is going. I’ll also be doing a couple of “day in the life of” videos of my training so you can hopefully get a feel for what it’s like to be a PT in the making!

I’ve been writing more

Although my own blog has dropped off a little of late, I’ve actually been writing quite a lot for other publications. I’m lucky as a blogger to have been able to write for some pretty big names (have a look at my “work with me” page to find out more) and recently I’ve taken on more freelance and guest writing, including posts for MyProtein, MuscleFood, HFE, BESTFIT Magazine, as well as taking on some projects on my own website, such as my recent VIP Ski post. I love writing for other publications and sites, and seeing my work somewhere else always makes me proud to do what I do.

Christmas Survival Guide - BestFit Magazine

My A-Z of Surviving Christmas article for BestFit Magazine

So, that’s what I’ve been busy with over the last couple of months, and some of which will continue for years to come! I hope this has gone at least some way to explaining why my posts have been a bit few and far between – hopefully something I’ll be able to rectify over the coming weeks.

Have you had any life changes recently? I know a few people who have gone back to studying, either full time or part time, degree, short course or masters. Comments below if you’re one of them! I’d love to know what everyone’s studying!

Disclaimer – my training with HFE has been provided for in exchange for freelance writing services. As always, all opinions are my own and not affected by items gifted to me. To find out more about this and my policy, please see my Disclosure page.

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