Those who know me, will know that 2016 was one of the worst years of my life. Many, many things happened, one after another, and I ended up wondering if this really was it. Was I one of those people who would always come off badly in life? Was I destined to just have everything go wrong?
I knew that this existence (as it was then) wasn’t what I wanted for my children. I didn’t want them to grow up unhappy, watching parents at war with one another simply because they were so unhappy with all that their life had become; unable to dig themselves out of the hole they were in. We didn’t create any of the messes we found ourselves in; circumstances were thrust upon us, but neither of us could see a way out.
I knew the Beachbody coaching opportunity was coming to the UK, and I knew there was also a chance to qualify as an INSANITY LIVE instructor. I stepped so far out of my comfort zone that I couldn’t remember having one, and went for it. I signed up as a coach, and qualified as an instructor…. then I spent the next few months wondering how the hell I was meant to juggle these two job roles with my job as a press officer, and my freelancing work. I could feel that both these roles were the answer to my happiness; something that in turn, would help create a happier home life.
In January 2018, I started teaching INSANITY LIVE once a week. I also started a new at-home workout program, called 80 Day Obsession, and Mr Becky decided to join me. Suddenly, it all fell into place. We were working out together, for an hour each morning, before the kids woke up. We laughed, we swore, we encouraged and inspired each other, and we became happier together, almost instantly. The sense of achievement that we both felt, and the added sense of accomplishment I got from teaching, had a knock on positive effect on the whole family.
It hasn’t solved all our problems; we still have a hole in our roof, inadequate heating, an ongoing court case, and absolutely no money to get any repairs done. But you know what? Our happiness and positivity has grown, and now we KNOW it’ll all come good in the end. We’ve stopped focusing on our worries and started focusing on each other and ourselves.
I think, in life, that I’m one of those who always needs to see what will happen if… “What will happen if I drink a whole bottle of gin?” “What will happen if I sign up to run 10K after not running for 20 years?” and now….
“What will happen if I take the safety net away, quit my job and focus on coaching, teaching, and freelancing?”
It’s a scary prospect, and there’s a very real chance I will fail. But I don’t think I will. I think this is EXACTLY what I was meant to do; write about stuff that I love (theatre, film, tv), teach fitness classes which I love, and help others reach their own fitness and health-related goals.
So, March 28th, that safety net goes. This is me; Becky Fuller, INSANITY LIVE instructor, health and wellness coach, freelance entertainment writer.