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Rio 4-Star 2017 Recap


"And suddenly you just know... It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings." ~Meister Eckhart   Last week, Melissa and I competed in our first tournament together. In what has probably been the latest start to the season either of us has ever experienced, we traveled down to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the FIVB World…

My Favourite Beach Volleyball World Tour Stops


"Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport."   With the start of my team’s beach season coming up this week in Rio (yayyyy!!! can’t wait!!), I thought it would be fun to do a little post on my favourite FIVB World Tour stops! Compared to most people in the…

What’s in My Gym Bag? Beach Edition


I have always felt that the things a person keeps in their purse (or gym bag) says a lot about them. There are some people that keep only the essentials, and some who seem to never take anything out, until it gets too full or too stinky.   I would like to think of myself as an “essentials” kind of…

A Day in My Life: Beach Preseason


"If you are looking to be a professional athlete on the top tier of any sport, my best advice is to put everything you have into it. If you're not, somebody else is. It's got to be all or nothing." ~Dominick Cruz   Since I started this blog, I have talked a lot about being a professional athlete, and things…

Places I Have Played During my Professional Volleyball Career


“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and soul of its people.” ~Mahatma Gandhi   I consider myself so lucky to be able to play a sport that I love for a career. It has taken me all over the world, and has allowed me to explore and become immersed in cultures that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. I have…

Qualities I Admire in My Favourite Coaches


"Players respond to coaches who really have their best interests at heart." ~Mike Singletary   Being involved in sport for so long, I have played for A LOT of different coaches. They all had different levels of experience, both as players and coaches, different approaches to the game, and different coaching styles. I have played for some of the most…

My Path to the Olympics: Part 2


"Hold the vision. Trust the process." ~Unknown   Before reading this post, check out Part 1 here!   After a lot of deliberation and discussion with my husband, I finally decided that I had to leave the indoor National Team behind, and try to qualify for the Olympics on the beach. I would be 30 years old going into the…

My Path to the Olympics: Part 1


"Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in." ~Bill Bradley   Over the past 6 months, I have gotten several questions from young athletes regarding how I became an Olympian. There is obviously a lot that goes into qualifying for the Olympics, but I thought that I would go over my story, and outline the…

Is Being Tall a Prerequisite for Being a Good Volleyball Player?


“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses- behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” ~Muhammad Ali   The simple answer is no.   From the day I started experiencing success in volleyball, there were murmurs that it was because of my height. It’s fair to…