The TWN Story
It’s a miracle you are here, really.
Considering this: Out of 7+billion human beings on earth, you found me here, I am both humbled and honored! And guess what? It isn't by accident, either.
So instead of some ABOUT me page which you might read on other websites, shall we just get real, like two friends sitting in a coffee shop chatting? Great! (Just to ease your mind, we’ll also cover those “personal” things.)
I KNOW THE FEELING...
I struggled-without guidance through my transition out of gymnastics into being a "regular person." I floundered. I did needless things. I decided to write a book, interview athletes, spend countless hours (countless!) to help others in this transition. others from the unnecessary feeling of being lost, broken and unfulfilled. I will show you the way! ...the way of the Retired Athlete warrior!
Life Outside of Sport
A career ending injury wasn't the only major life transition...it was the first of many.
First came life after sport (which included a quintessential corporate career that I had the courage to leave when I wasn't fulfilled) but then came marriage! I learned what worked and didn't work in my relationship tool box, we are creative, adventurous and purposeful in our marriage. Then came, you know what came next, babies! Yes, babies. We loved having a baby so much- we had another and another and another and another. Each one a transition, growth and a family story. We have a beautiful family life. Faith, fun and family is my heart. We began homeschooling our kids. I do not sell myself short- thinking I am not capable. I am good at utilizing God's power in me. I know the challenges, I know the joys, I know the fruit of pouring my love and learning into our kids. My husband is a great leader.
As a family, we have totally uprooted and restarted life in another state, twice. We are currently smack dab in the middle of a huge life transition, we traveled the country and are living in an RV, still in limbo of where we will settle. We are in the chaos of transition. I understand transition. I trust transition. I know that a leap of faith will lead to a jump for joy! I have jumped for joy so many times because I had the courage to take that leap!
EXPERIENCE TRUE FREEDOM...
You have seen others succeed and felt frustrated when you have more experience, drive and determination. You felt let down and came close to throwing in the towel. Sometimes you struggle with not being special in the real world. You try hard to blend in, be special or water down your brilliance, knowledge, and insights; trying to be part of the “new” team outside of sport…something doesn't feel right. You want more.
Before and After
Before I stopped competing I was on top of the world. My dreams were ahead of me. I had teammates, coaches, athletic trainers, doctors, advisors, nutritionists, sports psychologists, committees, training tables, managers...helping me every step of the way. Sure there were challenges, but I was on purpose and had support. Sadly, I was short sighted. I had no desire to think about life beyond sport. For what?
Alumni would come back and tell us to enjoy it now because soon we will be working for the weekend. Or that we better appreciate working out 20+ hours a week they can hardly find 20 minutes. I did.not.want.that.
After I transitioned well I...I fumbled to find a way that was as fulfilling as being an athlete. I worked for the weekend. I did not like my career. I sought attention or a way to perform again. I wasn't sure I'd ever find anything as great as being an athlete. BUT I DID! It is different. It is not the same. But it is beyond fulfilling, and even more meaningful than being an athlete!
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