Opening New Doors for the Future

What New Things Does the Future Hold?

I have been a personal trainer for a long time. I was late to the career, but as I made changes toward a healthier lifestyle (over 20 years ago), I knew that since fitness was my passion, I could make my passion my career.  

Therefore it might surprise you that I am contemplating a career change again.   Maybe it is my destiny to change my direction every few years, to open new doors and see what waits for me behind them.  

I have been thinking about this for a long time. I have reached a point in my fitness career where I am in management, meaning I do a lot more paperwork than actual training. While I love the security of my full time position, losing the hands-on aspect of my job makes it seem a little barren.  

At the same time, my husband has reached retirement age, but has no intention of slowing down. He can’t imagine not working. He would like though, a career that allows him to set his own goals, hours, and still has a decent financial reward.  

Why not, we thought, do something together?  

Real Estate 2 

When my husband suggested getting our real estate licenses, I was hesitant. Me, a saleswoman? It is true that sales are a part of almost any service career, maybe especially in fitness where you are selling a healthy lifestyle, sometimes to people who definitely do not want to buy. But real estate sales?  

It is also true that we would make a great team. Alan can sell anything. He is outgoing and personable. I am more reserved, but I’m nice and people like me. He’s more excitable and I’m more calm. Except when I’m more excitable and he’s calm. We would be like the Yin and Yang of real estate!  


The more I think (and write) about it, the more excited I get. We have signed up for an online real estate course, and are working our way through. It isn’t easy because it is all new and boring and complicated. We’ve spoken to a local broker so we have a place to start when we’re ready. I even started watching all of the real estate shows on television!


If we could make it through 26.2 together, real estate will be a piece of cake!

I’m not totally giving up my fitness career either. I hope that this new step will allow me the freedom to get back to working individually with clients. I’d even love to expand my coaching and other online training services. But that’s a post for another day. For now I’ll say that I will still write about fitness, running, and health. I have no plans to make this a real estate blog!  

So for now, I continue to study and work toward this new opportunity that I am making for myself. Wish me luck! Now, back to my books!  

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One woman who enters the “Open a New Door” contest will be awarded $10,000 to help her realize her reinvention goals in the areas of professional development, volunteerism or travel, in addition to a personal coaching session with Pamela Mitchell, founder and CEO of The Reinvention Institute. Women 50 and over can visit to enter. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN IN THE OPEN A NEW DOOR CONTEST. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE THE CHANCE OF WINNING. Starts 8:00:00 am ET on 5/20/14, ends 11:59:59 pm ET on 6/30/14 (“Promotion Period”). Open to women who are legal residents of 50 United States and District of Columbia and 50+ years. Void where prohibited. Subject to the Official Rules, inclusive of the entry judging criteria, available by visiting during the Promotion Period or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope for receipt by 8/4/14 to: Open A New Door Contest RULES, P.O. Box 13106, Bridgeport, CT, 06673-3106. Sponsor: MSD Consumer Care, Inc.  


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  1. says

    You and hubby make a great team in any endeavor. I know you’ll do well though I hope you do get to train more

  2. says

    How exciting! Wow! You guys really are the picture of living life and loving it. I love that you follow your heart, and change your lives based on what you love. You seem to excel at whatever you put your heart into, so I look forward to seeing what the future holds for you :)
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  3. says

    WOW Debbie! This is so great that you are your husband are starting something new together and I think you would be fabulous at real estate. You are easy to talk to, trustworthy, and warm. I’m excited for you!
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  4. says

    I am addicted to all of those real estate shows! It sounds like an exciting adventure, and you are right if you can make it through 26.2…the rest is cake!! good for you, setting new goals is what keeps us all young!!

  5. says

    What an exciting time for you and your husband!! Good luck on your new adventure! I’m not sure if I’m where I will end up in my career but I figure that if I take a big leap and change to something else, I will know it’s the right time and things will fall into place! :)
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  6. says

    Wonderful post! Best of luck on a new career path! My daughter worked as a part time RE agent during the years she attended college, and found it to be a flexible and rewarding job.
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  7. Alaina Bullock says

    How fun! I think this is a great idea! especially since you can do it together!I;ve always wanted to get into real estate too, so maybe one day my husband and I can do this as well!

  8. says

    I think its great what you are doing. I have changed careers a number of times. I went from being active duty military (5yrs), Management and Program Analytst (2 yrs) and now I am working on my 3rd Bachelors in Nursing. I am excited about the change in pace and the adventures ahead.
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  9. says

    How thrilling! My parents are actually a real estate couple and rock it! It’s exactly what their THING in life is so it’s been extremely rewarding. I hope you love it and, of course, best of luck.
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  10. Jammie says

    I would love to be able to open a new door, with being over weight I am having a hard time conceiving, my new door would be busting my butt at the gym to get the body I have longed for. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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