One thing I probably should have mentioned is that although my #1 job is mom, I still treat this #2 job as a career. I act professionally. I earn many more CECs than is required to maintain my certifications. I network. I attend staff meetings at our gym that has them. And most importantly, I treat my clients professionally.
But I started out as a hobbyist. 2 classes a week at the local gym because I’d graduated from college and I missed the choreography / dance / teaching I’d done for high school and collegiate dance teams. Teaching a hi/lo class a couple times a week, although I treated it professionally, was fun and was good for me. There’s nothing wrong with being in that space. I have many fitness friends who are in exactly that space.
If I hadn’t started as a hobbyist, I would probably never have entered fitness. I had a career position in another field and didn’t need the money. For me, it was about the sheer joy of movement and teaching movement, and the shared energy. It was “enough” for me to make that small contribution to the health of others. It was many years before I could drop my full time income to do fitness and raise kids.
You never know where fitness will take you. If you want to work in fitness, it’s a very competitive industry and you have to be really honest with yourself about what you’re good at and how you can package and sell yourself. Not all jobs are glamorous and not all of us are superstars. But many of us love what we do.