Holy cats, it's been a spectacular 2 weeks! This post is a little delayed but I've been on the road and also hosting and driving some people around the west but now I'm home for a few days before going back out.
I won the Gentleman's Club Challenge in Las Vegas! My first advanced A-tier win!
Then, last weekend, I took 4th out of 28 women in Phoenix at the Memorial Championships!
I'm still kind of in shock about how that last few weeks have gone but it's really just more proof that hard work, training and dedication leads to great things. Congratulations to my best friend for taking 4th in Vegas, and moving up to 3rd at the Memorial! I love you girly!
I want to say that I am incredibly grateful for all of the people involved in my recent success. The list is long and impossible to fit everyone into, but I've had so much help and also met the most amazing friends. I've had people host myself and my friends, I've had people support me emotionally and physically, I've had people that taught me what I needed to get to where I am today and those that have agreed to help me in the future too. Thank you everyone who has had an impact in my life, you all mean the world to me and I hope I can return the love and support equally.
I've been asked plenty about HOW I got to where I am in my game so quickly but I think the mental part is the most important. There are other technical pieces as well but even those are partially mental. The secret? I feel secure, confident, relaxed and dedicated. I am not as distracted as I used to be when I was working at a bank under a ton of stress, in an extremely difficult relationship, with physical and emotional stress that I couldn't let go of on the course. I made the decision to leave that life behind and it has changed everything. My main focus now is disc golf, learning how to play better, and simply BEING a better golfer. My Eric has said to me on many occasions "Don't be afraid to be good" and it applies in such a big way! I've always functioned with a huge self conscience burden, the "what if I'm not good enough?" thoughts overpowered everything else (in life and in golf). I have since focused on more self love in every aspect of my life and it has changed everything.
The other secret I've figured out? Commit to every single shot. It took a long time to realize how timidly I've been playing and sometimes I still don't pick up on the signs right away but the fact is, if I'm lining up a shot and am worried about OB, I'll probably throw OB, if I'm looking at a tree in the middle of the fairway and hoping I don't hit it, i'll probably hit it - it's science (really). These days, once I pick up on those mental cues that I'm concerned about something out on the field, or behind the basket, I step away, correct my thoughts and then throw with absolute confidence. In fact, here's a video of just that!!! Another key...if the throw DOES go wrong, LET IT GO and keep a good attitude! That's equally as important.
In Whale news, another WOW is in order. I had the pleasure of doing an interview on SmashboxxTV while in Phoenix (HERE) which has already helped my business get some more buzz on the web. I've gotten quite a few players pack orders that I'm currently working on (as soon as I'm done writing this blog post for you) and I'm stating to pack up what I need for the road over the next two weeks.
New development in my living situation, I have decided to sell my house/RV as I had intended to downsize when I get back "home" after tour this summer. I don't really need my house sitting around Tucson the whole time that I'm gone and I hope to have a better idea of what life looks like in September or so. Then again it's been insanely unpredictable the last few months, but I know whatever happens it'll work out.
Next up -
Daniel Boe Memorial - Escondido, CA (San Diego) (Amateur)
St. Patty's Classic - Sacramento, CA (Pro)
Wish me luck on the road the next few weeks! I'll do my best to keep this updated.
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