For those of you who don’t know, I played Division II Volleyball from 2002-2006. I experienced the ups and downs of collegiate sports, physically and mentally. Those four years taught me more about life then I ever imagined at the time. If given the opportunity, I would go back and do it all over again in an instant. The passion for being active and competitive has always been deep inside of me and still motivates me everyday to do what I love! On the volleyball court, I wasn’t the number one player but, I always gave it 110 percent no matter what. People would often tell me that I was a pleasure to watch. It wasn’t due to my skills, because everyone on the court was a college athlete for a reason. It was because of the crazy energy and passion that poured out of me when I played. During my first three seasons, I struggled with the mental part of the game. I was always afraid to mess up, which took away from my focus and caused me to make silly mistakes. After a junior year of being on a mental roller coaster I had enough and wasn’t going to let it beat me. That summer, I trained like an animal and you know what happened?? I increased my vertical by a couple of inches and was in my best shape ever going into a volleyball season. I also made it my mission to be in the best mental shape and this is what worked for me. As soon as I had a feeling of, “don’t mess up,” I would force myself to smile even if I wanted to scream. They don’t say a smile has healing powers for nothing. In that short time of a side out, or a point made, I was able to get over whatever happened and focus on the next play. My senior year was the best year by far! Passion was at the core of my success and there were no negative feelings in the way. Now, this doesn’t mean I never made another mistake, but it certainly cut down the number of errors on the court. When the last point was scored in my last volleyball game, it was a bittersweet moment. I pretty much thought the world was going to end because I had nothing to be passionate about anymore. Little did I know, I would fall into a career as a personal trainer. The passion from the volleyball court has transferred to my work and my own training and diet regimen. I’m very grateful for the person who helped me get here and I look forward to spreading my passion like wild fire to help people reach their goals. So, if you were ever passionate about something remember why and how it made you feel. If you need extra motivation in life, whether it’s at work, at home, or in the gym; let that passion be your guide. If you’ve never felt that passion, I’ll share some of mine, so come and get it! Thank you for reading and please don’t hesitate to send me your questions and comments. Until next time, what are you doing to Move More?