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Interview with Kyla Richey


May is almost over, but that doesn’t mean we are going to skip our monthly interview! This month, I am featuring Kyla Richey. Kyla is a veteran on Canada’s Indoor Women’s National Volleyball team, and I had the privilege of sharing the court (and a house) with her for 3 years. She has played professionally all over Europe, in countries…

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”…

Mental Blocks in Athletes and How to Overcome Them


"Don't let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks." ~Dr. Roopleen   Have you ever gone through a period (maybe you’re in one right now) where you know that you are perfectly capable of executing a skill, but for whatever reason, you just can’t do it? It’s not that…

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…

Managing Expectations (From Yourself and Others)


"Pressure can burst a pipe, or pressure can make a diamond." ~Robert Horry   One of the major challenges that athletes face is dealing with pressure. It is pretty much par for the course in a performance-based industry, and some people are definitely better at managing it than others. Some people thrive in pressure situations, while others just want to…

The Trap of Feeling “Good Enough”: Complacency in Athletes


"Good is not good when better is expected." ~Vin Scully   Raise your hand if you know someone like this: very successful, has a lot of natural talent, and is at the top of their division. This person has gotten used to being good, and they like the so-called “status” and recognition that comes with it, but they have become…

Being an Athlete is a 24/7 Job: Making Good Choices


"Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." ~Benjamin Franklin   The biggest difference between being an athlete and having any other job/hobby is that, as athletes, every single choice we make affects our performance. We can’t eat a hamburger and fries on our lunch break and expect to perform our best when we…