I’ve avoided talking about what happened a few weekends ago because I've been struggling with it more than I expected. If you don’t know, my rv was broken into in Eugene while I was in it. Along with some other items, my disc golf bag was stolen. I know this happens to a lot of people and I know it’s devastating to everyone, but I really didn’t expect it would hit me as hard as it has. I have been battling poor play for months now. I started off my year with some wins and playing 880-931 golf, now here I am with more experience and time and my play has plummeted down to 817-860 rated golf. I KNOW that it will improve but it’s been hard just accepting that that is where I’m at right now.
My bank job was over. I had 2 days of freedom and I finally had all the time in the world again to train and practice every day. I was just telling my friend Jeff and Reiley that I know my bag so well and I just couldn’t consider switching frisbees right now, I trusted what was in my bag so much, and I was so excited to get back on tour and start crushing it again. That same evening is when I got robbed.
Hopefully as yall know, I’ve been on this huge positivity kick. Everything is sunshine and rainbows and even when things are bad or hard, I still strive to see the good in every single thing. And I was killing it with that attitude. My golf was bad and I was still skipping to my next shot and smiling and letting the bad shots go. I’m proud of that. And it is what made me love golf again. And then I got robbed and frankly, I’m pissed about it. It’s the worst I’ve felt in months and there’s nothing I could do about it now and I’ve been having a really hard time seeing the positive when I’m on the course. Every bad shot hurts because if I didn’t have to learn new discs, I would have executed it better, etc. etc. My form is all messed up because I’m thinking WAY TOO MUCH. There’s just a lot going on on the course that I am having a hard time controlling. I’m sick of battling, I want to feel in control again and I want to just play well again and be in the moment out there but I can’t because poor tina got her bag stolen…
So...that’s where I’ve been the last 2+ weeks and I’m done. I’m taking my game back and I’m practicing and learning and I’m kicking this angry attitude that I’ve developed since the robbery and I’m going to be a good player again dammit.
Everything in my life right now is SO good and that will be the fuel for my game, the rest must be pushed into the past.
As an update on my everyday life, I’m living the dream harder than I ever have. Realistically I have everything I want in this very moment. I am at a cute RV campsite in my new RV/house in Eugene, heading to Bend, OR, and then Boise, ID, then Twin Falls, ID, then Salt Lake City, UT, then everywhere else, all with the man of my dreams and love of my life, Eric Oakley. We are traveling for the rest of this year's tour together for #whalepantstour2016. Him and I are going to run free clinics across the country for the rest of the year because we love this sport and we want to give back. I have a business that I love, I get to throw frisbees everyday while traveling the states with my friends. Life is beautiful. Things happen. I’m thankful that I have the mental strength to endure hard times and see the good. It may take time sometimes, but I got there after a few weeks and I think that’s pretty good.
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The last two weeks have been about the busiest I can handle, and in turn quite the struggle. Which I guess is why I haven’t been writing. I’ve barely been keeping up on any of my jobs and I haven’t had a single evening to practice golf in about that long. My game has suffered immensely and I just have to be okay with that for now. My last two tournaments, both in open, have both been a pretty embarrassing showing, though the ratings have shaken out right around where mine is, so that’s a plus…my bad golf is still better than it used to be. You know what though, I kept skipping and I kept smiling. Ask anyone. I did it. I played terribly and I’ve still kept my head high and happy and beaming.
The bank has absorbed virtually all of my free time and I’m overworking myself at Whale Sacs but I really see a good future with that company and I’m excited to do it, I’ve just stretched myself pretty thin as of late.
I’m learning a lot of self-patience through all of this. I am aware I don’t have time to practice and although I know I have good golf in me, I’m distracted 95% of the time with all of my other responsibilities and it certainly shows through in my game. But that’s ok. I’m almost done. I’m almost back on the road. I’m almost back to my own schedule with my own rules in my own time; it’s just been a lot to handle the last 3.5 months.
Taking the job in Portland was a great decision. It has set me up well like I wanted to, it’s given me GREAT perspective on life and what I need to change when I go back on tour, and best of all it’s built stronger friendships with some of my closest friends here. Mainly my girl Kira. This girl has me more figured out than anyone because we’re so similar and we are soul sisters to the core. I don’t want to consider what these last 3 months would have been like without her.
Here’s a great time to make an announcement! In honor of my busy schedule and chaotic life the last few months, I’ve taken on some help in the whaling department. Kira has joined my work team and has been a tremendous help while I’ve been here. I expect that will continue even when my schedule frees up. Thanks so much Kira for keeping me sane while I’ve been 3-jobbing it. I appreciate everything you’ve done so far!
If you’re looking for DDx’s since I never stop talking about them, I just got a handful, they’re on my Whale Sacs page! This Frisbee changed my life and my game…I’m not even kidding. Get Them HERE!
I participated in the Chick Flick this weekend and was able to host a handful of clinics. I absolutely love teaching. Every time I teach I love it even more than the last time. I am hoping to get more time to make instructional beginner/advanced videos in the coming months. If you’re looking for something specific, shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do.
I have another clinic at Tiger Discs on Saturday (since I’m not at Worlds...boo) but I’m really looking forward to it.
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