Fitness with Lianne
Change is good.... right?
Be the change or accept the change? Work with the change? Change is time to grow? Change is uncomfortable? Change is exciting?
I think all of the above.
Sometimes it hurts though if change hasn’t been as good as you thought. But then that’s further change and adaptation yes? Got to work with that, make it work, embrace it and press on with life 💪
I’ve always moved around. My Dad was a soldier, he had a lot of jobs around the UK and Germany.
The longest stint in a school I did was 2 years... tried boarding school for some stability, it didn’t work out unfortunately. It wasn’t for us. For other “pad brats” it’s a great thing. Not for us.
Even beyond school I kept moving... 4 years in Leeds, 1 year in Catterick, 6 years in Colchester and now 1.5 years into Brunei, Asia- a BIG move... with two young kids- one was 6 months.
So I am used to change. I have become very adaptable. I work with what I have. I PRIDE myself on the fact that I am great at adapting to change!
In Colchester I built up my own business. It was amazing! I knew no one when we moved there and left with friends for life. I moved there with a 4 week old, no expectations, no plans... I made it work, for me and for my family. I also did another year studying/training and became a PE teacher; a job that is great for when you have kids and for when you move around with your forces husband. And one which I absolutely love and miss... but will soon be back to it!
Brunei is the other side of the world. I miss friends and family like crazy some days (most days I get on with it and MASSIVELY appreciate the opportunity we have in Brunei) I know I’m not alone with this. Everyone is the same. Even me, who has moved about and adapted to different environments all my life has found it difficult at times...never mind someone who lived in the same village/town all their life..! It’s not like you can jump in the car and pop to see your parents for the weekend or meet up with friends for a day... it’s a 16 hour flight...and a very expensive one at that.
On with some good stuff... apart from being away from home comforts and loved ones, Brunei is fab! You are just a few hours away from exploring South East Asia and other parts of Asia. Flights, accommodation and food is cheap! Amazing for travelling and a tropical climate- hot all year round! The schools over here are outstanding and I feel my family is safe here..a little bubble.
I gave up a lot to come out here...willingly I must add... a lot of people do! This has by far been the biggest change and biggest challenge for adapting I’ve ever had to endure...firstly because of the distance and secondly...
Brunei is so far away from the style of living in the UK. Here’s a few things:
Change gives time and space for growth.
That is exactly what has happened for me.
I’ve focused on my personal fitness and development for my work, my online fitness group, website and blog... I am missing teaching. In the UK I had an amazing balance of teaching PE and teaching fitness classes. It worked, it was great. I gave it up. I moved. I adapted. But I will get that back eventually... just got to keep adapting, growing and making the most of this opportunity and focus in on the things I can 💪
Embrace changes, it can open up opportunities that you may never come across in “comfortable” circumstances.
Sometimes we have to just say yes, just go for it, see what happens. I bet if you look back a few years most of you wouldn’t expect to be where you are now. You may have embraced change, taken yourself away from your comfort zone and achieved something you never thought possible.
Don’t stay comfortable too long, you never know what you may achieve otherwise.
PT, Teacher and Mum. Currently living in South East Asia. Thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do.