Lessons Learned.

Now that school has come to a close and we are enjoying our tan soaked skin, lake days and iced coffee on a warm summer day, I reflect on what I have learned over the past year. Some lessons are good and some lessons came with a cost. But as I look back I’ve realized that they all have made me into a better person and daughter of Christ.

Lesson #1: Be Adventurous

Being a student-athlete in Nashville has its ups and downs. Being an athlete takes up almost all of my time and doesn’t allow me to explore as much as other students do. In the fall I wasn’t very adventurous and I stayed confined to my dorm room watching all 12 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. But as spring semester came around and the stress became an all-time high, becoming adventurous was the only thing that was helping me get away from the stress. Adventure has opened my eyes to a new world with unique and beautiful characteristics. I explored numerous coffee shops, bought a hammock (so I’d make myself become adventurous :)) and went out of my comfort zone to experience the world. I promise it is worth every minute of your time.

Lesson #2: Believe in Myself

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” -Philippians 4:13

I know many people use this bible verse, but the words that are written are so true. Throughout this past softball season I did not believe in myself. I struggled hitting the ball off of pitchers I could’ve crushed in high school. I doubted myself and my ability to be there for my team when they truly needed me. All of this struggle came from self doubt. But as this bible verse runs through my head over and over again I think, why did I ever doubt myself?! Christ is going to give me the strength I need to get through this, to get through the negative thoughts Satan is putting into my head. Doubting myself was the worst but best lesson I could’ve learned this year. It grew my relationship with Christ and grew the confidence I have in myself. And today I am UNSTOPPABLE.

Lesson #3: Cherish Every Moment

Recently one of my best friends and roommate found out her dad has cancer. I watched her work through the pain of the devastating news and she was as strong as I could ever see someone in her situation be. She powered through her finals and finished off her freshman year of softball with the best smile she could put on. Her and her family have taught me to cherish every moment in life. You never know what’s going to hit you in life and some things will stay and some things will go. I’ve learned that things like this do not make sense in life and you aren’t sure why God put them there, but there is truly a reason for everything and I agree with that statement whole heartedly. I’ve learned to cherish the good and bad moment. To cherish the moments with my family, boyfriend, friends and strangers who I may create a lasting relationship with. I’ve learned to cherish the struggles in life because they will only make me stronger down the road. I’ve learned to cherish the deep and meaningful talks with someone who is struggling or those minute long hugs full of tears and heartache. We all go through difficult and joy-filled moments in life, but cherish every moment and life will become a lot sweeter. Thank you to the Powell family for teaching me that.♡

P.s. I ask if you could please pray for the Powell family and this journey they are going through.

Lesson #4: HAVE FUNNNNNN

School…where to begin. It is stressful, there are midterms and finals, no sleep is required and the list goes on and on. But what’s school without a little fun involved? Our fun this year was a little interesting. My roommate and I did the condom challenge that took about 30 tries but we finally got it and when we did the halls were roaring with our excitement. Dorm life isn’t complete without the midnight chocolate chip pancakes or hallway olympics. Living in Nashville created fun times for everyone, but for us it was singing karaoke at Lonnie’s, playing on an adult playground and running all around the city on a scavenger hunt. The list could go on and on. Studies are important and so is practicing to become the best player you can be, but I’ve learned that having fun is a necessity and also makes studying a little less boring 😊

The lessons I have learned this past year can now make an impact in my life and make me an all around better person. I hope that this has helped spark a couple thinking bubbles for you to reflect over as well!

I hope all is well and HAPPY SUMMER MY PEOPLE!!

theWhitness ✌

 

Yes, Yes, YES

One day, out of the blue, it hits you. God is with you wherever you go. The feeling is overwhelming. And for me -being quite emotional- it took me a good cry session to realize the reality of God.

I’ve always been a big believer in God and His ability to love and help you through the struggles in life. But recently, I have felt alone. I have felt like I am the only one fighting my battles. I have felt like I am putting all of my energy into fixing life for myself that I didn’t realize God was standing next to me, waiting for me to realize He was all I needed.

As a softball player, the game is around 80 percent mental. Yes, great skill sets are needed in order to be successful in sports, but the mental game is crucial. I know this might not seem like a big problem for most people, but I had been struggling tremendously with hitting – as in batting around .100, for those non-sports people, is not great. This “slump” had been happening for around a year now and I recently realized it was because I did not see God in my corner. I had been feeling like I was fending for myself and hung out to dry. My family continuously told me “it’s all in your head”. I knew that, but I wasn’t comprehending what needed to be in my head.

March 3, 2016, I received a letter in the mail from my mom. The words on the card read, “Yes, Yes, YES you are with me…”.  This day I realized. I realized that God was in my corner. I realized He had been there all along, I just needed that little reminder that yes, yes, YES he will be in my corner forever. I carry this card with me everywhere I go, with a sweet note on the inside from my amazing mom who has taught me what I know and believe today.

Throughout every circumstance in life, God is always with you. It may not feel like it today, but when you feel His hand on your shoulder, guiding you through life, you may just burst out in tears of joy. God is so great. Yes, yes, YES indeed!

God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never forget you.” – Hebrews 13:5

theWhitness ♡

It’s a Process.

Process…”a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end”.

Many things in life include a process. Success does not happen in the blink of an eye. You must work hard and endure pain and happiness to get the goal you set out to achieve. For Tennessee State softball, that is what we strive towards.

A collegiate softball season is usually around 50 to 60 games. This is a marathon. There are teams that can practice outside all year long and there are teams that must practice inside due to climate. College softball programs are at different levels all around America. You’ve got well known softball programs and then you have programs that are up and coming. But one thing they all have in common is a process.

As a player of a school who is up and coming, our process is extremely important. We have players and coaches working their butts off for a straight five months. We have 6 a.m. weights, along with 2 a days in the beginning of the season and three hour long practices.We play 3-5 games per weekend along with games throughout the week. It is not a sprint.

Our team believes in the steps we must take in order to achieve our goals at the end of the year. This may include extra hours of work, extra studying, not playing as much as others…I could go on for hours. But once your team buys into the process, it’s an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment and joy.

My softball team continues to make me want to work harder for them and our program. These woman have such poise and tenacity to overcome this process. We will become a program that is well known around America…all it takes is a process.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”             -Ecclesiastes3:1

theWhitness ✌