Today we’d like to introduce you to Lejla Ibrahimkadic.
Hi Lejla, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I moved to the USA in June of 2015 from Bosnia and Herzegovina. I guess that’s where my story starts…or the most important parts of it. I used to be a dentist in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and when I came to USA, the system requirement to become certified and practice again was too expensive. Financially it didn’t make sense to pay over $300k for something I already have. I just didn’t want to go down that path. I thought of it as a blessing in disguise because I wanted to know what else Lejla can do, what else can she become. Even though dentistry will be forever a part of me, I always wanted to have my options open for other career paths. This decision however, made no sense to anyone around me. And that’s ok.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road at all, but I wouldn’t want a smooth road anyways. What’s inspiring about it? I had to go through an ego death first where I faced myself and everyone else with the life decisions I made. Move to LA and to uncertainty, changing careers and living a different life than most of the people I know. Of course, it is a lonely and scary road. I am still on it; the journey is nowhere near the finish line, and I am not sure where it’s taking me. But I can tell you I am excited to see where it takes me. One thing I am sure though is that I am brave and full of hope for the future. I have great support from my family, boyfriend and close friends. I am lucky and beyond blessed!
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Right now, I work part-time as a fitness trainer, as I am trying to fully transition into this career. My goal is to become a nutrition coach as well and get more fitness specializations. I want to work especially with people who are recovering from injuries, need to lose weight, and help change their lives for the better.
Fitness for me was never about the looks. It’s about having a healthy and functioning body that will serve you for as long as you live. I have seen through my self what difference having a strong body makes and what impact fitness has when you are trying to get through health related issues. Fitness is a lifestyle that will make you take care of yourself, build discipline and help you change for the better in other areas of your life. When you do that consistently, the looks will follow as well.
Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
I always tell people they should be brave above everything. Apply for that job you always wanted, switch the careers, leave the toxic relationships behind. Don’t be afraid of the change and the unknown.
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