Have you ever found yourself so engulfed in the monotonous 9-to-5 work week that it feels almost exhausting to try new things in your free time? We’ve all experienced that feeling at least once. At times, the best option after a hard week’s work seems like binge watching a whole season of Game of Thrones or Master of None.
Our work weeks can take so much out of us, it can feel as if our mind makes us believe we’re forcing ourselves to do things. Like going to that networking event, or working out at that gym, joining that softball league or even kayaking with new friends.
When we close doors that can potentially unlock newfound characteristics we never knew about ourselves, it’s a lot harder for us to figure out what keeps us running. In other words, discovering those personal passions that inspire us to stay motivated, regardless of everything else happening in our lives.
Carrie Bolling is the latest addition to our interview portion of The Millennial-Y. She works full-time as a government contractor and transitions into a badass motocross ambassador come the weekends. Her government contractor job puts her in an environment to continually learn something new each day, while her motocross gig surrounds her with her passions.
How did you get your start in motocross and what’s been the most fulfilling aspect of it?
Being at the track every weekend gave me an opportunity to meet a lot of people in the industry, however, I got the official invite at one of my brother’s movie premieres. An owner approached me asking for help at a few races and it’s only grown from there! Now I get to travel with the team to every race and really contribute to the success of each event.
For me, I think the family aspect has been the most fulfilling part of motocross. Racing was a way for my family to come together every weekend after a busy week of work & school. It’s extremely rewarding to see the families get the same experiences I had growing up. Not to mention, I’ve found a new family in the industry to spend my weekends with.
When did you realize motocross was a passion?
I wouldn’t necessarily say motocross is my sole passion, but at the same time, I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else on the weekends. My passion really includes anything where I get to work directly with people in a positive environment, be outdoors, and create my own path. Motocross has exceeded all of those interests and adds a lot of liveliness to my life!
You currently work full time for the government; what do you hope to do with your career in motocross?
Yes, I work in the Federal Technology Consulting field! Every day presents a new challenge and a new opportunity. I often tell people, if I could go to school for the rest of my life, I would in a heartbeat! Unfortunately, I can’t do that, but the consulting field gives me the chance to learn something new every day. Do I see myself doing it forever? No, but in the meantime it’s giving me the opportunity to learn and grow as a professional.
Being involved with motocross is very adventurous to say the least. It’s opened my eyes to other opportunities and is helping me figure out what I want to do in life. I love people, I love being outdoors, and I love traveling. I plan to be involved in the industry in some way for as long as I can, but probably with a different role. For now, I love being an ambassador for the sport.
How do you stay involved and motivated in the motocross community while balancing a full-time career?
When you enjoy what you do it’s easy to stay motivated. I’ve been lucky enough to find two careers where I want to give 100% every day, not where I have to give 100%. To that point, I am ALWAYS busy. I typically wake up at 4:30 AM during the week to ensure I have enough time to get everything done. It can be exhausting but it is well worth it in the end. I’ve found it’s very important to know your limitations and to take time for yourself. I enjoy staying busy but every now and again, I have to say no. Finding my balance is critical to my success and happiness.
What is your advice to people who have a full time job but are pursuing something outside of their job?
Never be afraid to get off the bandwagon, trust your instincts, and pursue your dreams. Take every challenge as an opportunity to learn and improve. Finally, never miss an opportunity to grow your network and always express your appreciation for the ones that helped you get to where you are.
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