Life Lately December 2017

CSEP certification

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally a Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology Certified Personal Trainer! To become a CSEP trainer you have to complete at least 2 years of university courses that cover everything from anatomy to exercise physiology. After a first aid re-certification course and taking the CSEP exam, I submitted all of my paperwork and transcripts. I finally heard back a week or two ago that my application was accepted. I was pretty excited to read that email.

I’m super excited that I can now train clients outside of a gym setting and be my own boss now that I have insurance though CSEP. I’m currently in the middle of planning some pretty big things for 2018. It’s almost surreal that I now get to do what I’ve been working towards for years now.


Christmas Tree

While our Christmas wasn’t as picture perfect as it has been in previous years, it was still a pretty great one. I got to spend time with the people I love and care about the most. I think everyone was pretty happy with their gifts. It’s so much fun to find the perfect gift for everyone on my list. I got another photo of a train to for my dad to go with the one I got him last year (check out the photographer’s website here). For my brother I got a Carnivore Club box. He’s a foodie, so I figured that it would be right up his alley. My mom has been on a candle kick the last few months, so I got her a couple candles from Bath and Body Works. Lastly, I baked some Christmas treats for my boyfriend. I love the feeling of seeing them open something that they’ll really like.

2018 goals

Over the last few weeks I’ve been working hard on figuring out what I want to accomplish in 2018. I think it’s going to be a great year, and I have a lot that I want to do. I love this time of year because it’s so exciting to know exactly what I want to accomplish in the coming year, and figuring out the steps that I need to take to get there. I want to write a post just about my goals, so I won’t get into too many specifics here.

Trying to avoid getting sick. 

This month everyone in my family (mom, dad, and brother) has gotten sick but me. Somehow I’ve been able to avoid the germs while still spending time with them over Christmas. Needless to say, there’s been a lot of hand washing and making sure that I’m getting enough sleep, eating well, and dealing with stress so that I can help my body fight off the germs.


For the last six months or so there’s been a lot of stress in my life. My mom has been dealing with some health stuff, and it’s been hard. Really hard. We’re still trying to get all the information about what’s going on, so I’m hoping once we have all of it, we’ll be able to figure out a plan. I’m hoping that once we have that plan in place, it will take away a lot of the stress, not just for me, but the entire family. Being in this place of not knowing is so tough.


Half way through December I started writing on a daily basis. I used to write a lot more, but over the last few years with school, I haven’t done much. I forgot how much I enjoyed it, and I’m so glad that I’m back at it. It’s amazing how many words I can write when I’m in the zone. So far I have nearly 10,000 words for a project that I’m working on.

What was the highlight of your December? 

Life Lately: December 2017