I’ve Got your Back…Regardless

I have been on the road a lot lately, logging miles like it’s my job. I am no stranger to a 5-hour drive, 2-3 hours of work, and a 5-hour drive back home. Even leaving at 10am to return at 3am the next morning isn’t odd anymore. Why? Well, let’s just...

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No Quit in the Dugout

I was standing in my kitchen cutting leftover chicken off the carcass to make chicken salad. It was quiet. My kitchen door was open and all I could hear was the gentle wind blowing my mom’s wind chimes ever so lightly. Small dinging sounds that were angelic. Probably...

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The Birth of a Possibility

For the last 7 years I have been writing a blog on Christmas Eve. Usually by the lights of the tree, with a glass of sherry, and Christmas music playing in the background just loud enough to hear it but not enough to distract my thoughts. It is 3:03 Christmas morning...

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The Anatomy of a Champion

Two legs, one arm. Two arms, one leg. A broken collarbone, a sprained knee, a ruptured Achilles, and sore heel. Blind, deaf, mute… Brain injury, cancer, paralyzed. Champions don’t all look or feel the same. They don’t all walk the same path or wear the same medals or...

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This I Know is True

Four years ago this weekend, I spent a cold morning volunteering at the Philadelphia Marathon. I was stationed at the finish line to hand out Mylar blankets to the finishers. I was in awe at what these people accomplished. “I would NEVER be able to run any of that…...

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The Magic in the Moment

I have often loved reading those articles about the great sportsmanship and the amazing moments that happen when someone lifts someone else up in ways we never knew possible. When athletes triumph, and when those around them stand to the side to allow the moment to be...

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Strong is the New Everything

As a coach, something I know for sure my players always heard me repeat is this simple reminder/mantra: “We may be outplayed, but we will never be outclassed, we will never be out-hustled, and we will never be out-conditioned…physically or mentally.” Being strong in...

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Maybe We Should Just Celebrate

I am writing this on a Monday. For many, today is the most loathed day of the week. But for me, today is a day of celebration. I was tempted to tell you that besides my good friend’s birthday, it’s nothing special. But that made me pause. I realize I almost fell into...

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Part 1: We Stand. We Show Up.

I have often been asked to chime in on the mental game of an athlete, to help those who compete to do so with a strong mind and clear nerves. So this blog would usually be just that…before the big race “how to” when it comes to mental toughness. That is my job, my...

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Part 2: In The End…I’m Complete

Some goals are big. They require preparation and grit, strength and determination. They ask you to stand taller than the doubts that creep in. They poke and prod your gut and make you question whether or not you are meant to do this. You know the ones. They make you...

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We All Come Full Circle

We all come full circle… I was in my first year out of college in 1996, working as a bartender and was just hired as a network tech for a financial company on the telecommunications side. I knew nothing about the job I would end up doing for four years, but I learned...

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How To Not Set Goals

No, really. I mean it. Goal setting is so last year. And yes, I may be partially kidding… But here is what I know for sure: Sometimes what we do when we are trying to set goals is we end up setting ourselves up for failure. And that can be a tricky situation as most...

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The Anatomy of a Team

From head to toe, teams can be tricky to navigate. A mix of personalities and agendas can make team-building a mighty feat. And it can also become a task that is not for the faint of heart. It can also be a completely beautiful yet complex process of discovery. I have...

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She called me by name…

Here’s what I know for sure… we all want two things in life. And by want, I mean we desire and yearn for and search, long and run after the moment we see a glimpse. Well, sometimes perhaps it’s that drastic, other times we are just aware it exists. And by having an...

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When Doubt Writes Your Story

I was in a constant fight with my belief system. “I can’t” became my natural mantra. “I am not … enough” became my lullaby as I struggled falling asleep night after night. As an athlete, as a coach, as a daughter, sister and partner, doubt crept in like a green, scaly...

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On the Will to Win…

Are elite level athletes born, or are they made? Are people who excel at things in life just that special? I have asked and studied and asked again. And it always comes back to this… Greatness can easily be born, but certainly, with the right tools, can also be...

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And so I planted flowers…

Mom loved pretty things. She loved to marvel in the beauty of the sky, the trees, pretty flowers on the side of the road. I can’t tell you how many times (shhh… sometimes illegally I am sure) we stopped on the side of a highway to pick wild flowers so mom could put...

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