One of the reasons I wanted to turn my site into a blog is because I wanted to write more. I find writing very therapeutic. Sometimes I have so much going through my head that it helps to just write it down so I can stop thinking about it. I wish I would have started this years ago.
I’ve been back in Memphis almost 13 years. I spent 2 years in Colorado Springs, CO after graduating from college. I’ve been in the workforce for almost 15 years. That’s a lot of years of ups and downs. A lot of lessons I can share with young ladies involved in basketball. Also, a lot of career and business advice.
I’ve always been a perfectionist. I went through junior high, high school and college as a high academic achiever. But when I got into the real world, I stumbled. School didn’t teach me how to excel in my web development career. School didn’t teach me how to start my basketball training and event operator business either. I’ve been stumbling and fumbling my way through those things over the past 15 years. It can really play with a perfectionist’s head.
At first, I didn’t think it was a good idea to share so much of me on my site. But I’ve been learning from my mistakes and hardships. So I decided that others may be able to learn from them also. Its kind of a weird feeling to reveal yourself to strangers. But it’s kind of exciting at the same time.
My niece played her first season of basketball. She’s in the the 5th grade. She came off the bench. She didn’t get many minutes. She never scored any points. However, she had fun. She enjoys the game of basketball.
She had her moments when she didn’t know what to do. She didn’t understand why sometimes she only played less than 1 minute. I told her not to worry about playing time but to focus and learn about how to play the game, the rules of the game and playing on a team.
Some things I enjoyed during her first season of basketball: Her looking over at me in the stands during warm up after attempting her layups. Her coming over to the bleachers before heading to the bench to get her bottle of Gatorade or water. Then saying “Thank you, Auntie.” Her facial expression when her coach told her to check-in for the very first time. When she started jumping for rebounds, after I worked with her on jumping. Her first free throw attempt during a game. Her reaction while watching video of herself playing basketball. Her running faster during games because she saw how slow she was running while watching the video of herself. And sitting in the stands answering basketball questions from her little sister, who is in the 1st grade and will be starting her first season of basketball in a couple of weeks.
In December, I decided to make some changes. I was feeling stuck and caught up in the routine of life. I decided to shake some things up. I mentioned in the Refocus for 2014 post that I would be focusing more on working out, reading more and doing something different or out of the ordinary at least once a month.
I thought it would be neat to document what I’m doing. It will be interesting to come back next year and see how much I’ve grown. I decided to share my growth with the world. I know it’s crazy. But it’s another example of doing something different.
Here’s my January Report: