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I’m A Certified Personal Trainer!


For some reason it seems like things never quite slow down for me and even though it’s summer these past few weeks have been no exception to the Turpin-tornado rule of life. Proof of this is that I decided to take my personal training test while coordinating a move between states and at the same time as my husband left behind the military life. Whoops. Sometimes things just seem to all come to a head and you’ve got to adjust and roll with the punches. Thankfully, I’ve got an amazing husband and support system so while I felt like I was drowning in deadlines things still got done and moved forward. Things like my personal training certification which I almost put off because it felt like there was hardly enough time to study this summer.

After thinking it over and talking it over with my husband I decided to give it a go because if I was honest with myself the reason why I was thinking about putting off my test was due to fear. I was scared. Like, really, scared that I was going to fail my test and instead of taking a step towards my dreams I would feel like a loser. When it comes to failure and fear I am easily my worst enemy and the negative self-talk that goes through my mind is insane. In the past I used to let my fear shut me down, but since I’ve gotten more mature I’ve learned how to control my thoughts and get calm.

The key to growing up and moving forward in life towards what you want is knowing that everyone is scared. With each new risk or venture the fear will always be there the trick is learning how to control the fear and channel it into something productive. You can’t let fear stop you in your tracks so here are a few inspirational quotes that I used to give myself a reminder that I did not have to be controlled by my fear of failure.









These little guys helped me keep it together and I hope they give you a pick-me-up for the coming week and whatever challenges that you have lined up. I can’t even begin to tell you the joy that went through me when I saw my final results pop up after taking my test. I am so excited about working on a career as a personal trainer and passing my NESTA certification just reinforced that when I control my fear I can do just about anything I put my mind to. Whatever it is that has you feeling full of fear is not stronger than you, it is not bigger than you, and it is certainly not better than you. Control your fear and step into it because you can do this.

I believe in you.

  • http://www.livinginanotherlanguage.com/ Amanda

    Yay Crystal! CONGRATULATIONS to you! Next steps are always terrifying, but so worth it when you look back on them! I’m so excited for you!

    • http://www.thehappytype.com/ Crystal Turpin

      Thank you, Amanda!! I thought I was going to hyperventilate when I went in to take my test so yes, I can attest to new steps being terrifying. I can’t wait to get started though and see what I can really accomplish as a trainer.

  • http://nomelizabeth.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth Than


    • http://www.thehappytype.com/ Crystal Turpin

      Thank you! :)

  • http://guntersabroad.blogspot.com/ Jamie @ Gunters Abroad

    Awesome girl!!!

    • http://www.thehappytype.com/ Crystal Turpin

      Whoop! I seriously got some serious studying done with Zeal and I’m going to tell EVERYONE. I had to make sure I passed first though, haha. ;)

      • http://guntersabroad.blogspot.com/ Jamie @ Gunters Abroad

        Sweet!! It seriously is amazing for my focus as well!! So glad you passed…that is awesome to reach your goals in such a big way!!

  • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

    Congratulations! Way to go for your goals!

    • http://www.thehappytype.com/ Crystal Turpin

      Thank you so much!! I appreciate your encouragement so much!

  • http://escapeandinspire.blogspot.com Jenny B

    next step blogilates!

    • http://www.thehappytype.com/ Crystal Turpin

      Hahaha, YESSS!!! I pre-registered so here’s hoping that the course is somewhere near me. I can’t even WAIT.

  • http://www.callitadventureblog.com Torie

    Love this! Congrats :) You will rock it as a personal trainer, you’re already such an excellent motivator.

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    Wooooohooooo! Congrats!!

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  • http://www.erikafromamerica.com/ Erika


    I am so happy for you and proud of you!

    And moving? Are you continuing with grad school?

    And I totally understand the doubts, oh so much! Gotta push through them, like you said! I’m learning to! :)

  • thealishanicole

    Wooooooo Congrats girl!!! Thats a huge accomplishment!!!

  • http://www.thestyledunce.com/ Katie @ The Style Dunce

    I TOLD YOU YOU WOULD PASS. Is this not reason enough to always listen to everything I say from now on?

  • http://northernambitions.com/ Ursula

    Congratulations! That is so awesome and I love the way you kicked fear in the butt and went ahead with your dream

  • http://mariellegreen.com/ Marielle

    Congratulations! I totally understand what you mean about being your own worst enemy due to fear. Haha, though I have to say, all those fear quotes also reminded me of the “Fear vs Love” thing from Donnie Darko.

  • http://somethingwinnderful.com/ Katie @ Something Winnderful

    Congratulations! I got my personal training certification last summer and the final test was terrifying. I was so shocked when I passed haha. The highest of fives for facing your fear and going for what you want. You’ll be an awesome personal trainer!

  • Sonja Müller

    But what if you fly?And you fly, Crystal.Thanks for sharing these inspirational quotes with us. Congrats!

  • http://www.91dash.com/ Aukele | 91DASH

    Dude – so so excited!!! You can totally rock this certification helping people online as well as in person. OH and hubby is moving back to the states – that must be so exciting for you!! :)