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July 31, 2012

Because You’re Good At It

Scott and I spent the majority of last weekend surrounded by sports.  Taking a few hours hiatus from watching the Olympic Games, we headed over to Winter Springs to attend my niece and nephews’ swim meet.

We had one heck of a morning before we got there…

What started with a 5 a.m. Saturday airport pick-up call later turned into cleaning up after a sick kitty and an exploding bathroom faucet.  Happy Saturday!

By the time we got to the pool we were happy to sit back and relax – as much as we could – in the Florida heat.

“Because You’re Good At It”

Have you ever been convinced to follow through with something, just because you have been told you are good at it?  Whether it’s an extra curricular activity, a sport, or even a hobby, I would guess more than a handful of you have experienced this at one time or another.

For me, it’s blogging. Kidding! I love it… clearly.

Growing up, I would have to say it was playing the piano for me.  Although I loved playing, I absolutely despised practicing.  My mother would pretty much have to beg me to put in a few hours a week to understand, read, and play new music.

I liked playing the piano, I just didn’t have a desire to get better – which was a huge problem.  I played for a few years in elementary school because “I had the perfect piano hands,” referring to my extra long and lean fingers.  I had no problem playing the songs I knew, but never once enjoyed learning new material.

Eventually, I gave it up.  I then focused all of my time and dedication to dance, which turned out to be a great decision.

Heather S Orlando Magic Dancersource

There were definitely times I wanted to give that up as well, but pushed myself through countless auditions, competitions, long 18-hour days, and tiring rehearsals.  Year after year, I moved through different opportunities in dance, starting with three years of performing in The Nutcracker, then competing on my college dance team, and eventually dancing four years professionally in the NBA.

Sometimes, it is worth all of the hard work.  Who knew? ;)

While at the swim meet this weekend, my sister asked me to encourage my niece, Kayla, to keep swimming.  The following shots were taken by a friend of ours back in 2010, but she looks just as adorable swimming today!

Little Swimmer KaylaPhoto Credit: Lauren Watai Photography

Kayla is one of the best on her team and has done really well in almost every single meet she competes in.  Although it seems like she has a knack for it, her heart isn’t always into it and often mentions other activities to my sister she wants to try.

The latest request is jazz dancing.  Considering my dance background, of course I am all on board for this idea!

Kayla also tried cheerleading last year, and although she has already caught on to basic tumbling skills in a short amount of time, she doesn’t like to yell or cheer.  My opinion is at least the dance classes will help with cheer and dance choreography, which would also give her a chance to keep at it a little longer.

My sister thinks jazz might be a waste of time for her.  Instead, she really wants her to focus on swimming, since she seems to be “good at it.”

Little girl Kayla SwimmingPhoto Credit: Lauren Watai Photography

At the end of the meet, the Tiger Sharks (their team) were announced the winners and my sister asked me to encourage Kayla to sign up for swimming again.  I was happy to, but I’m not sure how happy she was to hear it from yet another person.

The “Because you’re good at it” phrase also got me thinking about Michael Phelps, while watching a documentary about his training from 2008 until now.  After winning an incredible 14 Gold Medals in the Olympics, he first announced he wasn’t going to be competing in the 2012 London Games.  A year later, he changed his mind and began to train for his next go at the Olympic Games.

Did he get burnt out?

Does he really want to win more Gold Medals, or does he feel like he should compete again, because he is obviously a little better than “good at it”?

Michael Phelps 2012 Olympics

It looks as though this will be the end of his Olympic career when mid-August comes around.  Phelps has made it pretty clear that this is his last go around.

Training so hard, every single day, year after year, I totally understand why he would want to move on.  I respect him for trying his best in this year’s Games and would still be a huge fan of his if he didn’t win another medal.  He is SO close to breaking the world record though, it would be a shame for him not to do it.

Hmmm.  I wonder if that thought would convince him to compete in one more Olympic year?  I guess only time will tell.

Questions of the Day

• Have you ever stuck with something because you were told you are good at it?  What sport or activity was it?

• Looking back at where the time and dedication took you, would still have made the decision to stick with it?

July 30, 2012

Let the Games Begin

This weekend flew by and was packed with cleaning, baking, family time, swim meets and sports.  Okay, not just sports, the Olympics.

With the 2012 London Games officially underway, Scott and I will be found checking in and watching any kind of sport, as often possible.

We are still plenty productive, but had the games on in the background of whatever we were doing almost the entire weekend.

The following picture depicts I was doing while writing this post to the tee, as well as how I spend most of my Sundays working.  For this particular Sunday afternoon, the Olympics served as the main backdrop for working, folding laundry, putting together today’s barre class, you name it.

Watching 2012 Olympic Games

My favorites to watch include gymnastics, swimming, and basketball, but I become quickly intrigued with any kind of sport at that level.

The only one I skip over is boxing.  I still have respect for how hard those competitors work to get where they are, but I just can’t bring myself to enjoy any kind of fighting event.

Would it then surprise you to know I still have not seen any of the Rocky movies?  Yes, I am serious.  I have caught a few minutes here and there of the series when one of the movies is playing on television, but that’s it.  Boxing and fighting is just too much for me to handle.  And what is with the cauliflower ears?!  No offense to anyone suffering from this, but if there is any reason why people think that is okay and “just part of the job” it is beyond me.

Let the Games Begin

Who is excited to finally bust out her London 2012 Games t-shirt Scott brought home from his recent trip overseas? This girl!

2012 London Olympics t-shirt

I have always grown up watching the Olympics, but would mostly turn into the sports I was only interested in back then, which were gymnastics and figure skating.  I remember the alleged 1994 Tonya Harding attack on Nancy Kerrigan, followed by the Nancy Kerrigan/Oksana Baiul Olympics drama later that year.

Back then, I also wanted to BE Dominique Moceanu – the 1996 Women’s Gymnastics Olympic Champion.

Dominique Moceanu 1996 Olympics

C’mon, if you are anywhere around my age you know you tried bangs because of her… ;) She certainly was a role model for me!

It wasn’t until 2008 until I really tuned into more of the games.  Scott was actually a part of that year’s entertainment and performed as a mascot in the 2008 Beijing Games!

Ying-Ying 2008 Olympics Mascot

There he is, showing off some dunking skills in yellow as Ying-Ying. Crazy right?  You just never know what to expect with that guy.

Since he was a part of the games, I dove right into anything I could catch on the television broadcast, then started to really enjoy and appreciate each different sport.

Did anybody watch the badminton games? I had no idea that game could get so intense.  And, although I missed it, I quickly saw via Twitter how hardcore the handball competition got.

2012 Olympics Handball Mensource

These athletes are no joke!

Olympics 2012 Handball photosource

Last night I stayed up wayyy past my bedtime to watch the end of Women’s Gymnastics.  They ALL amaze me.  Whether they lean, wobble, step out of bounds, or straight up fall, I am utterly impressed by each and every one of those girls.  I do feel for Jordyn Weiber though.  She is incredibly talented, trained so hard to earn a an almost expected Gold Medal, and her disappointment was clear after she didn’t get one of the two spots in the All-Around final.

Jordyn Weiber Olympics 2012source

Of course, the main story that has peeked my interest is in swimming: Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte.  After watching the race Saturday morning, this photo pretty much sums up how the event went.

Phelps vs. Lochte 2012 Olympicssource

It’s okay, Michael – we still love you, (and your abs!)

;)

It was great to see the two work together in last night’s relay race.  Although USA got 2nd, I still say nothing about competing in the Olympics is losing.

If you follow me for the next thirteen days, you will most likely see me comment and possibly post a bit more about these exciting 2012 Olympic Games.  I just can’t get enough of them!

Questions of the Day

• What are your favorite Olympic Sports to watch?

• Do you have must-see events, or just tune into whatever is on at the moment?

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