Jared and I have a large family (shock! I know) in a very expensive county on a single income during a downward trending economy. It really isn't any surprise that we are struggling financially.
Our church is extremely generous and provides for our needs. I don't want in anyway to portray anything different.
The fact is: We've chosen a large family and with that, there are bigger bills to pay. I am going to have to work in some capacity in order to continue to work on paying off our debts with gazelle like intensity (Hello Dave Ramsey fans :)).
If you regularly visit AlticQuiver then you are aware of the fact that I'm a self proclaimed health nut. I have worked off and on for Weight Watchers for 7 years. I quit working for WW after Anneliese was born for lots of reasons (feel free to ask when you have some time to spend). I have no desire to go back.
What is a home schooling mom of 5 to do in order to bring in some extra income?
I have been taking inventory of my talents, likes, passions etc. I have decided to become a personal trainer. While hanging out at the Y this week I have really been reminded just how much the kids and I miss it. If I were to work at the Y as a trainer our family would get free membership ($100/mth value).
After calling the Director I found out a lot of information. I have to be certified through ACE. There is a big test to take and I have to have a current CPR and AED certification. I found a man here in KC that just completed the test and even took a class to help him study for the exam. He is selling all his materials for 1/3 of the cost through ACE and including all the study helps he received from the class. The kids and I are picking them up tonight.
The pay and benefits are great. My favorite part is I can use my previous training/education as a paramedic for the anatomy aspect of personal training and use my Weight Watchers history to help my clients achieve and maintain their personal goals. I will be able to help with diet and exercise.
We would greatly appreciate prayers as I study my brains out and take the certification test in Aug (hopefully). There is currently a position open in Bonner but we understand that by the time I'm certified it could be filled. I am praying for an opening at our local Y is available once I'm certified.
Jared and I have talked about it a lot and it just seems like a great fit and a great benefit to our family. The Lord always provides for us. The more we look into this and things just fall into place, it seems this will be a way He provides for us in the near future.
When Life Gives You Lemons...Become a Personal Trainer