This fall is bringing about all sorts of new changes. Fall is hands down my favorite season of the entire year, and I am thrilled to be welcoming our first baby this fall. Some of you may know that over the last two and a half years I have been a personal trainer with Camp Gladiator, but this fall I’ve decided to step down as a trainer with CG. This season changing takes on a whole new meaning for me and I am really excited for all that it holds, but I wanted to share with you why I came to this decision.
I fell in love with Camp Gladiator in April of 2014, and honestly I have never looked back, I was ALL IN with the energy, the workouts and the community. When I joined Camp Gladiator, for the first time since graduating college I felt like I was actually a part of the city that I was living in and I loved being part of such a positive workout environment, so much so that I knew in my heart that one day I would become a trainer. With the support and swift kick in the hiney by Kyle, I became a trainer in February of 2016, and have been training with Camp Gladiator since April of 2016. I have no doubt in my mind that, training with CG in the area that we called home was exactly the plan that the Lord had for my life. In the last two years I have learned more about being confident in who I am, I have formed amazing friendships, I have learned how to responsibly grow a business, and I have gotten the opportunity to love on hundreds of people in my community and encourage them to be the best version of themselves. I absolutely love training and the space that Camp Gladiator has created to encourage and impact lives in a positive way.
Last fall I attended the most impactful week in the mountains of Colorado called Camp Well. Camp Well is a retreat for dreamers and doers and the Lord met me there at Lost Valley Ranch in some very intimate ways and drew me closer to Himself. The first night of Camp Well, Kat Armstrong, who is the executive director of Polished and also a very gifted speaker and teacher of the Word, gave us our first talk on calling versus assignment. Kat teaches with humor and heart and I have been so impacted by the talk she gave on our God-given assignments. For so long I think we’ve been told to think of our career as our “calling” and we have therefore turned that career and calling into our salvation. It can be the thing that builds us up, gives us hope, dreams and value. However, Kat pointed us back to scripture and reminded us that our true “calling” is to our salvation in Jesus Christ. Our calling is in fellowship with the Father and our commissioning to make disciples and to love our neighbor and to be competent in Christ and not to find our competence, value and worth in our career. We are reminded in 2 Corinthians 3 to change our sufficiency to competence and that our confidence and competency is from God and the power of the Holy Spirit. It is not by my own will and grit, but my competence comes from knowing that “God has got this.”
I had never heard of this concept of calling versus assignment, and what I loved so much about this talk was that she reminded us that our calling is from God and it is eternal, but our assignments can be temporary. God gives us assignments in different seasons of our lives. Sometimes our assignments look like different careers, sometimes it might be living in a certain neighborhood or serving within a ministry, and assignments can also be seasons of waiting on the Lord and of being patient while we wait on the next God given assignment. This talk has given me so much freedom to know that while my calling never changes the Lord does call certain assignments to a close and He opens the door to new assignments to live out that same calling. I believe that one of my giftings is to encourage others, to build them up with truth. The last two and a half years I have had the opportunity to live that out through Camp Gladiator and to speak life and truth into my campers and other trainers and also to meet them where they are at and to be a positive source of encouragement. I have been so grateful for my time with CG, but the Lord has given me a peace that this assignment is coming to a close as I enter into a new assignment as a mom this year. When I found out I was pregnant I began praying about what the next season would look like for me as a mom. I felt an overwhelming peace and tugging on my heart to be more present at home with my family in the next season. While Camp Gladiator has been the greatest adventure and challenge for myself personally, I knew that I needed to pray about whether this assignment would be the best one for me and my growing family. The Lord was beginning to show me how he was changing my heart and preparing a way for me to be home with my baby as much as possible. I felt fully confident that He was calling me to end my assignment as a CG trainer and to step into my new role as a mommy. I definitely have nothing at all against women who work and help to support their families by working outside the home, in fact, I was raised by a mother who worked incredibly hard to provide for our family and was the rock of our family in the home and I will still be working as a RN at the hospital a couple times per week. Kyle and I both believe this is the best decision for our family right now.
This was not an easy decision for me internally, but one that I know was directed by God and I feel very confident in. Another thing that I am confident of is that Camp Gladiator will continue to be a large part of my life, I still plan on being a part of the CG family and working out with CG as much as possible. I am forever grateful for the people and friendships that have grown over the last couple of years and for the way that I’ve seen this community of people take care of each other and support each other. I hope that this post will serve as an encouragement to you. I hope that it points you back to your true calling as a child of God and that it may even give you some freedom in your current assignment and to know that God has you there for a purpose and for a season.
By the way if you are interested in trying out the best fitness program in the nation, Camp Gladiator is for you!! Camp Gladiator is celebrating it’s 10th birthday this year with a special offer that you can take advantage of here! Now, is the best time to try especially now that the weather is cooling down!
AND, if after reading a little sneak peek of my time at Camp Well and you are interested in learning more, you can check it out here. I am so thankful for my time at Camp Well and Kyle and I both agree it was worth every single penny spent! There are only a couple spots left for Camp Well this fall (October 22-25th!). Seriously, go check it out, you won’t regret it!