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I Have Big News

by Courtney on December 8, 2011

You know what? I was such a spaz earlier that I totally and completely forgot to announce the winner of my $25.00 Hodgson Mill Gift Certificate giveaway. My apologies, friends…I sort of had a million and one things going on in my head this morning.

Don’t worry, I’ll explain.

But first – the winner has now been chosen and announced, so head on over to the main giveaway page to see if it was you!

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So today is a pretty darn amazing day. Like, seriously awesome. I have big news.

Earlier this morning, I had to head into Albany for an important event. Afterward, I made a quick pit stop at Starbucks to finally allow myself to settle down. I went big and ordered a Venti Skinny Caramel Macchiato which, oddly enough, had to be iced because my internal body temperature was through the roof.

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I made sure to tell the barista to give me extra caramel today because this bad boy was a celebratory drink and all…

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So what was that important event and why was I celebrating on this lovely afternoon?

Welllll…

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I passed my NASM-Certified Personal Trainer exam!!!!!!!

Whew! It feels so good to finally let that out and share it with you all. I decided not to say anything beforehand because I get really nervous when it comes to testing (I’ve never been a good test-taker) and didn’t want to jinx myself. But I’m sure you probably noticed the increased studying as of late.

I actually scheduled my exam on the same day that I took my CPR/AED certification course, and have been anxiously awaiting this day ever since. I am SO excited to finally have the anxiety of testing be OVER, but more importantly, to finally start putting this certification to use.

As far as what my future plans are, I honestly don’t really have anything at the moment. I’m going to spend some time weighing my options, doing some research, and try to decide what the next best step is for me.

But no matter what that next step is, I am excited and I am READY!

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So even though I actually have to go head in to work at my current paying job right now, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be celebrating with a little a lot champagne as soon as I get home this evening! Winking smile

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1 jen December 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Congrats girl!!!!! Nice job!
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2 SARAH December 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Congrats Courtney! That is amazing news! You’ll be an awesome personal trainer!

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3 Nicole December 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Congrats! I’m SO happy for you!
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4 Alicia December 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm

congratulations!!!

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5 suki December 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm

congrats, courtney! good job! :)

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6 Amanda @ There Are Two Sides December 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm

YES!!!

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7 Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real December 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Congratulations! That is wonderful news – thank you for sharing. You have a great personality to be a personal trainer, all your clients will love you.
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8 Miz December 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm

CONGRATS!!!

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9 Brittany December 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Congrats – that’s so awesome Courtney!!
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10 Kate December 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Congratulations! That’s so exciting
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11 Victoria December 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm

WAHOOO! I hope you can hear me from Savannah! Congrats girlie!
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12 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean December 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm

congrats girl…so proud of you!!

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13 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss December 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm

CONGRATS! that’s so exciting.

my mom sings a great “proud of you” song. I’m singing it for you now.
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14 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Soooo now you’re going to come to Syracuse and be my personal trainer right?
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15 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat December 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Congrats, Courtney!
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16 Ruthie Hart December 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm

congratulations girl!!! you’ve totally earned it! I am excited to see where this will take you!
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17 Alicia F. December 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm

That is AWESOME! :-D YAYY!!!! Way to go girl!
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18 Gretchen @ Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! December 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Congratulations!!
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19 Annette@EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm

SOOO exciting!! COngrats! Being a trainer is THE best. It is so rewarding. You totally deserve the great news–and good job!
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20 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Yay, congrats!
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21 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl December 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Congratulations!
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22 Tina @ Best Body Fitness December 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I don’t like to say it…but I will…

TOLD YOU SO!!!!!!!!!!!! :P ;) :)
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23 Jenny December 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm

congratulations!! I love big moments in life like this :) Celebrating is keeeey!
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24 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm

yahooooo! congratulations, courtney! man, i sure can relate to the mix of emotions & feelings that you experienced this morning. i’m not a great test taker either, so i know how great it feels to be finished with it, and it feels SO GOOD!
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25 Heather (Where's the Beach) December 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm

That’s awesome – congrats!!!
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26 Pamela December 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Big congrats, Courtney!! I can’t imagine how great of a feeling that is! I am studying for my boards (currently taking a study break;) ), and I know how much work goes into these exams! Have fun celebrating!!
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27 AlexandraFunFit December 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm

That is a hard test. Not that many pass it on the first try. Congrats! That’s so exciting!

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28 Courtney December 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Thanks, Alexandra! :)

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29 Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life December 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Congrats Courtney!!! Welcome to the fab world of personal training!!! You’ll love it!

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30 kaitlin @4loveofcarrots December 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Congrats!!! That is awesome!! U better celebrate with champagne and sweet treats!!
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31 Cristin December 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Yay! Congratulations!! You will be an awsome trainer, I know it!

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32 Kristin December 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Woo!! That’s so exciting :) congrats!!

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33 Kristine @ Running On Hungry December 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Woo hoo!!!! Congrats Courtney!!!!
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34 Kathryn @ Flopoodle December 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Congrats! That is so awesome!
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35 Hope December 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Congrats!!! That is SO exciting! :)
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36 Lou December 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Congrats!!! That’s just awesome work!!!!! A much deserved celebration tonight, so enjoy!!!

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37 Parita @ myinnershakti December 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Congrats! Can’t wait to read about what’s next. :)

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38 Linda December 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm

You rock! Congratulations!

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39 Brigitt December 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Congrats Courtney–the hard work really paid off! That’s so exciting :)
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40 Meghan December 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Congratulations, Courtney!! SO exciting :) Enjoy that champagne, you deserve it!!
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41 Courtney December 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Congrats that is so exciting!!!
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42 Aimee M December 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Wonderful news!! Congratulations!!

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43 Courtney December 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm

ps now you can totally change the disclaimer on the bottom of your page ;)
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44 Courtney December 10, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Oooooo, you’re right!! :-D

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45 Sue December 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Congratulations!!! What a great “early” Christmas present!!! Have fun celebrating tonight. Tell Cody to stay out of the champagne. LOL.

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46 Courtney December 10, 2011 at 12:10 pm

LOL ;)

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47 Emily December 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm

congrats lady! you totally deserved it :)
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48 HeatherB December 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm

WOOHOO!! Congrats!! :)

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49 Care @HealthierGirl December 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Congratulations!!

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50 Heather December 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm

way to go lady! so happy for you!

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51 erica December 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!! such wonderful and exciting news! (that is a great celebratory drink, btw. pour on that caramel!!! i’d do that too! girl after my own heart!)

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52 Amanda December 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm

congratulations! you worked so hard for it, and your hard work paid off!

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53 marci December 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm

CONGRATS!!!!! What wonderful news :) Awesome for you for doing what you really want to do !!!

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54 RunEatRepeat December 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Yah!!!!! Congrats :)
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55 Amy December 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm

YAYYYYY congrats!!!!! So exciting

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56 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health December 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm

CONGRATS!!!!!!! (I think this is now the 3rd time I’ve told you via social media haha). And you totally deserve to celebrate with some champagne. I’ll toast my glass of wine to you tonight! :)
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57 Theodora December 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm

congrats! I suppose I will raise a glass for you, too :)
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58 Alexa @ Simple Eats December 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Congrats! That definitely calls for extra caramel…and champagne!
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59 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance December 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Yey congratulations, Courtney!!! That must feel like such an amazing accomplishment!

I’m in the process of studying for my NASM exam now. In fact, I have a workshop for it this weekend! Gahhhh.

Do you have any tips for us future test takers?
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60 Courtney December 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Hopefully you saw the tips I pointed out in the next post! Good luck to youuuuu!!! :)

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61 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake December 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Congrats Courtney!
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62 Lindsey December 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Congrats, what a awesome feeling!
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63 Tina December 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Congrats Courtney!
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64 Emily @ Relishments December 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Congrats Courtney! I’m so happy for you!
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65 Brandi December 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Yay! Congrats…..:) So excited for you! :)

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66 Sarah December 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm

SO happy for you! Seriously! CONGRATULATIONS!!! i have never been a good test taker m’self – i have anxiety for 24 hours before the test and my stomach feels SO weird. take yesterday for example- i had a chemistry (ICK) test i postponed ( i’m homeschooled- yea we do that) but finally had to take. I got a 100% but the whole time i was so nervous i may or may not have peed my pants. And to top it of- next year i have the SAT- oh man oh man. Im gonna be peeing my pants a whole year in advance :) Any of you have tips for taking it and keeping calm? ANything would be much appreciated :)

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67 Sarah December 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Also, there has been another shooting at VA Tech as of now. Two people confirmed dead, person at large. I am near the area. Please pray, I am SO scared!!!! Just turned on Fox and found out

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68 Leslie December 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm

YAY YAY YAY! I am beaming ear to ear for you, all that hard studying has paid off. WAY TO GO COURTNEY!!!! :)

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69 Clare @ Fitting It All In December 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm

congratulations!!

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70 Casi DeSarro December 8, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Courtney!!! Wow that is amazing, you deserve that PASS! Big things are coming your way, I can’t wait to follow your journey, no matter what or where exactly you end up – it will be amazing. Congratulations :)

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71 Shannon December 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Yayyyy! :) Congratulations!

SN- I just tweeted you saying the exact same thing.

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72 Jess@atasteofconfidence December 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Congrats!

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73 lindsay December 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm

yeeeehawww!!! good things are gonna happen with this! congrats!

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74 Lena @Fit on the Rocks December 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Congratulations!! I got really excited when I saw the winner of your giveaway because I just saw Lena (which is not a name I see very frequently), but alas, it was not me lol.
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75 Chelsea @ Chelsea's Health December 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Congratulations! That is very exciting news and a great things to have off your plate right before Christmas holidays. You should definitely do a post on tips for taking the exam and more detail about the process behind this big accomplishment. I am very curious to learn more!
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76 Chels R. December 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Yeah!! CONGRATS lady!
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77 STUFT Mama December 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Congrats!!! :) You deserve a celebratory drink (or two or three). :) Load up that extra caramel! :)
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78 Alaina Johnson December 8, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Thats amazing! congrats! I cant wait to hear all about your adventures and to hear all sorts of amazing advice!
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79 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 8, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Congratulations! I’m so proud of you – although I knew yo uwould pass!

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80 Michelle B. December 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Congratulations!! This makes me so happy :-) When I first started reading your blog a couple months ago, I clicked around and read your story about deciding to end a career in teaching and starting down a different path. It was SO inspiring and assuring to read that because I’m in a similar situation – very similar, actually. I’m in my second year of teaching and I knew pretty much from the beginning of the year that it would be my last. I’ve made some big decisions to go back and pursue something I love when this year is over, and I’m so excited for what the future has in store!

It’s so inspiring to see someone making a huge life decision and following through to the end. Thank you and CONGRATS!!!

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81 Courtney December 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Best of luck to you, Michelle! :)

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82 Anna December 8, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Congrats Courtney!!! :D

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83 Julie December 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Whoo hooo! Congrats! I can’t wait to see what awesome things you do with your certification. :)

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84 Christina December 8, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Congrats! That is very exciting news :)
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85 Kristen @ notsodomesticated December 8, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Congratulations!! What a huge load off your shoulders! :)
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86 Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine December 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Congratulations! That is fantastic news!
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87 Connie December 8, 2011 at 9:02 pm

congratulations!! i can’t wait to see where you go from here :)

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88 Brittney @ Brittney Breathing December 8, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Yay!!! Congrats! That’s so awesome.
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89 Maria December 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Congratulations! It’s always the best when studying pays off.

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90 Tracy @ Tracy's Treats December 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Woot woot!! Congrats Courtney!
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91 Kaelin December 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm

CONGRATS!!!! What a big day, one you will remember forever! Can’t wait to see where this new path takes you!

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92 Jodi December 8, 2011 at 9:46 pm

CONGRATS, Courtney! You must be so proud!

Have a drink for me! :-)
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93 Sara December 8, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I don’t comment very often, but I wanted to say Congrats!!!!! I took a Group Fitness Instructor certification exam this summer, and I completely remember how stressful it was to submit that test, and how relieved I was to see the passing score! I’m so happy for you, and I hope you are able to put it to good use very soon!

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94 Courtney December 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Thanks, Sara! :)

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95 Khushboo December 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm

WOO so happy for you , Tina! I know you will make fabulous use of that qualification!!
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96 Scott @ Your Inner Skinny December 8, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Congrats! That’s awesome. I’ve been putting off writing my two exams that I’ve taken courses for but it’s time to man up and just do it!

Now go kick some fitness ass!

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97 Danica @ It's Progression Not Perfection December 8, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Congratulations, Courtney!!!
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98 Laura @ Backstage Balance December 9, 2011 at 12:03 am

Congratulations!
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99 Clare @ SweetnSimple December 9, 2011 at 6:52 am

Congrats!! Great news :)

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100 Britt December 9, 2011 at 9:06 am

Congrats!!!!! So exciting :)

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101 Amanda December 9, 2011 at 9:09 am

Congrats, great job!!!

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102 Torry December 9, 2011 at 9:11 am

Congrats!!! That is amazing!!

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103 Brittany @ Life of a Bama Girl December 9, 2011 at 9:21 am

Congrats! That’s awesome!
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104 Sabine December 9, 2011 at 9:22 am

Although it’s been said 95 times before:
Congratulations!
And all the best wishes for whatever your professional future holds in store for you!!
(You will keep us updated, won’t you?)
:)

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105 Sabine December 9, 2011 at 9:23 am

(Okay, 97 times. I was not fast enough to send.)

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106 Courtney December 10, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Hahaha, thanks Sabine!

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107 Mac December 9, 2011 at 9:55 am

Congrats! I know exactly what a relief that is to see that Pass on your paper! Enjoy the high :)

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108 Katie December 9, 2011 at 10:39 am

Hurray, hurray, hurray!!! Congrats!
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109 Nicole December 9, 2011 at 11:42 am

Congrats, what an awesome accomplishment!

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110 Crystal @cuppycakefreak December 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

Yay!!! Congrats on passing the test!!!! I knew you would be able to do it!! Woohoo!! Great news and super exciting!!

P.S. From what I can tell in the pictures your took at Starbucks you and I have the same Vera Bradley purse! Good taste! :))

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111 Courtney December 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Haha, it’s a favorite of mine :)

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112 Katie @ Plates and Paste December 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Congratulations! I’m a horrible test taker as well so understand the whole “not wanting to jinx it” thing :)

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113 Claire December 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Congrats! You’re really inspiring me to go down this road too…best of luck with training, I know you’ll be an awesome trainer!

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114 Laura December 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm

May-jah congrats, Courtney! What a huge accomplishment. You best be celebrating with lots of champagne! And a gigantic skinny caramel machiatto :)
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115 Juju December 9, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Congrats on passing your exam!! I know how you feel about tests, because I have the same prb with being a horrible test taker. You must be very excited!! Good luck with your plans =]
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116 Holly December 10, 2011 at 9:33 am

I’m late..hope you got my FB comment :) But HUGE Congrats!!! You did awesome- you should be so proud! & just saw you & Jay celebrated last night- MUCH deserved :D
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117 Courtney December 10, 2011 at 11:53 am

Yes! I did get your FB message – thanks, Holly! :)

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