Unappreciated at Work
My most recent rock bottom started when I was in a job that I invested my heart and soul into to but realised I wasn’t being appreciated for all the hard work, achievements and improvements I had made to the business and employees work life. I loved being a Training and Development Manager, my mission was to help others see their full potential, by developing their job skills, confidence and referring them to continuous professional development.
days with my dad spending 9-12 hours a day. What the hell was I meant to do now? What was my purpose in life now? I was a carer and a daughter to the most inspirational man I had known. Still till this day I miss driving to see him especially on Saturdays, getting his lottery ticket done, watching football on Sky Sports and ending it with match of the day on the BBC.. Best times ever!!
My motivation came from one person and one person only. My dad, during his illness he was such a inspiration for me. Although he was always in pain and gasping for breath he would talk about how proud he was of all his kids and what he wished for us in the future. But there was a particular conversation and words that will always stay with me and these were the words that got me realising life’s too short wasting it on moping .
“Ayo you’re my role model, do all the things I didn’t get to do and do it with happiness in your heart”
As I said at the start, I manage my life like mini projects, so by April 2015 I went into project fitness aka lose this excess weight mode. I also needed to deal with my own illness so decided to focus on health and fitness for that period time . Weight loss wise I managed to lose 34lbs over a five month period. So my next project was get back into the employment game mode before I was deemed unemployable due to the length of time of being on the governments benefit list.
I knew this was the time to do something a bit different, kind of a career change. I chose to focus on the new trends of learning technologies and coding. I invested in learning about e-learning platforms, website and e-commerce coding. Wow what an eye opener, how comes I didn’t know about all this? From Articulate Storyline2 to HTML and CSS coding I had officially embraced my geek side. I love learning so these new skills just got me even more excited with all the possibilities and opportunitites.
In June a good friend of mine, approached me with an idea of starting our own business as we had knowledge and skills that complimented each other. I remembered her putting the proposal to me and saying “get back to me on what you think”. I didn’t have to, as everything she said had been something that had been on my mind 2 years
previously. It was even a project I approached my then Director with of which she loved and wanted me to head up, her loss right!
So in November 2015 I officially become a Sole Trader
So as the end of February is coming and in another month or so British Summertime heads are way, Yeay!! I’ve started my next project.. Fit Ayo. I’m a brand, so I have to make sure I feel comfortable with what I putting out there visually. My fitness journey starts here. To see my journey over the next seven months please feel free to follow me on Snap Chat and Instagram.
To help me set my business and fitness goal I used the SMART system which stands for: Specific – Measure – Achievable – Realistic – Time. For my fitness goals, here are my goals:
- Specific – lose 22lbs weight or lose 2 dress sizes. To be more specific – loss 3lbs per month
- Measurable – Scales = weight loss – Keep an online health eating and exercise diary. Recommend Myfitnesspal.com
- Achievable – under promise and overachieve the above measures fitness session minimum 3 times a week cardio and toning up. Agreed and Actioned
- Realistic – Can your commit? – hell yeah – various days up to four times a week – Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Results orientated person
- Time-bound – Over a 7 months time scale – March – September 2016 deadline).
“Never be afraid to fall apart. It presents an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you’d been all a long”