A lot can happen in 5 years. A lot can happen in 5 minutes – time is a curious thing. It trickles by, but as you get older it seems to gather momentum. All of a sudden months and years have passed in what used to seem like days. I’m big on looking ahead and moving forward, not dwelling on the past. But I also think it’s important to reflect on things, especially the positive. Life is just a big bunch of memories, so it’s always good to focus on the good ones. I’ve been working in the Academy for 5 years, and to be honest I don’t know where those 5 years have gone. Time has just slipped by, but I have a big bunch of golden memories for which I am incredibly grateful. In this time I’ve grown immeasurably as a person. I’ve conquered demons. I’ve done things I wouldn’t have deemed possible only a few years before. I’ve found love and lost it. I’ve formed bonds with people I know will be lifelong. There have been ups, downs, and everything in between.

But I’ve lived with purpose.

I love training, I love my job, I love the fact I have the opportunity to make a positive change to people’s lives. I love the fact I get to work with people who are colleagues, but are also friends. I love the fact my clients can have such an impact on MY life. The people I’ve met in the 5 years, the positive change they have made to my life is something hard to describe with words. We’ve seen some amazing clients come and go in the gym, and we are lucky to have A LOT of them still with us right now. I truly believe you can learn something from everyone. You can take something from every conversation, even if it’s just to see things from a different point of view. We talk about food, we talk about TV shows, we tell jokes, we share stories, we give advice and help with something we might have more experience with, we tell each other ‘there is nothing you can’t do’. We tell each other ‘never give up’. These conversations can be the glue that holds somebody’s day together. What might seem small and meaningless to someone, it might just mean everything to someone else. Keep the people who positively influence your life close. When I look ahead I want the same, I want 5 years and beyond of great memories with amazing people. Every conversation is something that makes you laugh, makes you think, makes you see things from a different perspective, or just makes you believe.

Another big bunch of golden memories that some day I’ll be lucky enough to look back on.

Here’s to 5 years and more.