Make Learning Fun

Remember back in middle school or even elementary school when movie days were the best days of the week. Those days are still great for high schoolers and college kids. Why? Stress was lower, it was a break of the monotonous schedule, and it was often fun. Even if the movie was duller or even... Continue Reading →

Becoming Who You Are

After listening to the Hidden Brain NPR podcast, a particular piece of the "The Sorting Hat" episode struck me, which you can find here. I'm a big Harry Potter fan and am currently re-reading the series for the umpteenth time. To preface this quote, one must understand a certain concept in the Harry Potter series.... Continue Reading →

Impermanence

Life is a process. It is full of ups and dips. Every day we face new challenges, experiences, and lessons. Some days are better than others. The other day, I played field hockey for the first time in five years. After that night, I attempted to recall my last game before my hiatus, and I... Continue Reading →

Thank you

Gracias. Merci. Grazie. Mahalo. Danke sehr. Arigato. Efharisto. Thank you. Two simple words that can mean so much. How often do you say "thank you"? Do you say it when someone blesses you after you sneeze, do you say it when someone holds the door for you, or do you say it when the waiter takes your order? Saying... Continue Reading →

Know Your People

The picture above shows some of my people. I watched a documentary the other day on YouTube, Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated, about Demi's rise to fame, personal struggles, and her journey to find herself again. In the documentary, she speaks to her drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorder, diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and her pathway... Continue Reading →

Developing the Person, Not Just the Athlete

To the athletes: How are you setting yourself up for success off the field? To the coaches: How are you setting your athletes up for success off the field? Developing individuals is not an easy course to take, but as coaches, we can give our athletes the tools they need to succeed in and out... Continue Reading →

Mentor or Mentor Not. There Is No Try

"Always pass on what you have learned" - Yoda I went to a panel discussion the other day about mentorship and discovered that many people had a hard time figuring out who they could define as mentors in their life. Some mentioned coaches, supervisors, co-workers, but others were stumped and asked the question, "How do... Continue Reading →

To Fix or Not to Fix

While watching the World Series, I heard one of the announcers talk about a pitcher saying that if his mechanics are working and he's throwing strikes, he shouldn't change anything. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is a phrase almost every athlete has heard from either a family member, coach, or teammate. But, is... Continue Reading →

Nostalgia: Memory or Motivation?

This morning, I was listening to a podcast called Hidden Brain, which is produced by NPR and can be found here. The discussion surrounded nostalgia and how it has come to change. In Clay Routledge's book, "Nostalgia: A Psychological Resource", the author discusses the origin of the word. Originally and very simply put, the word was... Continue Reading →

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