New Beginnings

I've been so busy with the holidays and school I haven't had any time to blog. I went to Vail for a week to see my surgeon and all my friends that I made when I went to have surgery last December (I had a congenital hip impingement that tore my labrum), and then my computer has been acting up, making it difficult to blog. I have to replace the hard drive for a SECOND time....grrrr.

So, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Can you believe it's 2011? Where did the time go? I have many resolutions for this year, and I thought I would share them :)

New Years Resolutions:

*Blog more (heehee)
*Get all of my triple jumps clean and consistent
*Train to get back into competing shape
*Be ready for Cup of Stockholm in March
*Make it to the 2012 National Championships
*Finally get my selling blog up and running
*Complete more photo projects
*Finish school early

So....of course the first resolution...BLOG MORE. It's so beyond difficult for me to do this. Way more than I had originally anticipated. I wear skating clothes 5/7 days a week, and the other two days I essentially wear pajamas. And with school always in my way and training for most of the day, the little free time I have is devoted to mindless TV watching or relaxing with a good book. I actually think I'm going to revamp my blog a bit and feature book reviews and baking. I'm a closet French pastry chef :)

The other resolutions are of course skating related. It's been quite an adventure for me, especially in the last 4 years. I've been injured for the majority of those long 4 years. Mysterious hip pain and multiple stress fractures put me off the ice for months at a time. The 2008 and 2009 competition season I competed twice. I must have been on the ice for maybe 4 out of 12 months. It was heartbreaking. I was unmotivated and depressed, and a personal problem concerning a close friend who did something so out of line and completely betrayed me put even more strain on my mental health.
It was not a good time. Then I finally found out what was causing my hip pain, and I had to go through a very complicated surgery to repair it. The surgery was about 3.5 hours long and my surgeon did about 4 different procedures.
Through weeks of pain and rehab I slowly made my way back. I had to relearn how to walk, and I relearned how to skate. I think I am most proud of myself for those first few months, for not giving up. It was probably THE hardest thing I have ever had to go through.
But it's made me a different person, and I will never again take my gift for granted. I feel as if I've been reborn, given a second chance.

I am a phoenix. I live by this quote:

"Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It's only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything."- Chuck Palahniuk

So my other resolutions are actually goals that I know I can do, to prove to myself that I belong in this sport and I am a success story.

So tell me, what are some of YOUR new year's resolutions?


Princess Rhea said...

Oh wow... Thanks so much for sharing that story! It's so heartening to hear of people doing that sort of thing. I'm an Irish dancer, and my family and I joke that I have the worst body possible for it. :P Asthma, bad feet, stress fractures... blah blah blah. But nothing as bad as needing an hours long surgery! :o
I'm only in my second year of Irish dance, but already I'm competing to get into Preliminary Championships, which is right under World Championships. It's soooo encouraging to hear your story of how you've gone through a lot, and yet are still pressing on to reach your goals! You rock! :)
Hugs, Princess Rhea

ching said...

i love that quote from Chuck.

Agora tô pronta said...

Love the blog.
Very good ♥

what do you think about Following each other?

Van kisses.

ANN said...

I was wondering what happened to you! Your story is so inspiring. Almost makes me wish I took up a sport, haha but I suck at anything related to physical competition.. oh well. I hope you keep all your resolutions! I can't wait to see your selling blog! :)