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The Power of Vulnerability in Life and in Sport


“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they are never weakness.” ~Brené Brown   A few years ago, I watched a TED Talk by Brené Brown called “The Power of Vulnerability,” and it completely changed my life. Up to that point, I equated vulnerability with weakness. I thought that letting people see…

The Importance of Varied Interests as an Athlete


“I do not like the idea of happiness- it is too momentary- I would say that I was always busy and interested in something- interest has more meaning to me than the idea of happiness.” ~Georgia O’Keeffe   I think that no matter who you are, or what you do, the statement of having “too much of a good thing”…

Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Motivation in Sports


“My principles are more important than the money or the title.” ~Muhammad Ali   What motivates you? What drives you to be your best, and gives you that extra push to get there? Why do you do what you do? Is it money? Admiration? Personal satisfaction or enjoyment? All of us are motivated in different ways, and by different things,…

Parents in Youth Sport: Be a Supporter, Not a Critic


“Your kid’s success or lack of success in sports does not indicate what kind of parent you are… But having an athlete that is coachable, respectful, a great teammate, mentally tough, resilient, and who tries their best is a direct reflection of your parenting.” ~Unknown   I have been around youth sports for most of my life. I started playing…

Dealing with Body Image in Girls’ Sports


“Every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a [gym owner], the hips of a 10 year old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll [boobs]. This is why everyone is…

What Does it Mean to Be a “Professional?”


“Professionalism shouldn't be defined by a persons paycheck, role or title. It should be defined by a persons work ethic." ~Janna Cachola   There is a certain level of prestige associated with being labeled a professional. It generally implies a higher level of skill, or money, or experience, but what I want to talk about today is the act of…

The Challenge of Being a Strong Woman


“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” ~Madonna   In honour of International Women’s Day yesterday, I felt that it was an appropriate time to do a post highlighting what I feel to be a very important issue facing women today. Being a strong woman is a challenge we…

The Importance of Goal-Setting


"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." ~ C.S. Lewis   When I look back on my life, one of the consistent themes seems to be “change” (slightly paradoxical, I know). Over the past 13 years, I have played for 8 different teams in 6 countries, learned 2 new languages, and picked…