When We Fall..

Hello Everyone!

I know its been a while since my last post, its late midterm season on top on comp season so it has been a bit stressful. And that is why I am writing today.

Between extremely physically challenging practices and an increasingly heavy workload I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed. It has begun to be a bit difficult trying to balance this crazy type of lifestyle while maintaining sane. During times like these, I know, speaking from experience, it can feel like the only solution is to quit.

People quit things for many reasons: injuries, family issues,  finances, scheduling, and because things get too hard. For some, being stressed and overwhelmed is a feeling that is not dealt with very well. I have always been the kind of person that thrives during stressful times (which is probably why I decided nursing would be a good career path), but for others, its the beginning of the end of the world. Everyone is different, and no two people will deal with situations the same way.

This morning I had the most challenging practice of my entire life. My coaches pushed our team to the absolute limit and it was physically and mentally demanding. Not only was I exhausted but the only thing I can truly rely on being confident, my jumps, wasn’t even hitting. I have never felt so discouraged and on the brink of crying before. Of course in hindsight, I understand how beneficial these intense practices are, even thought there were moment that I am ready to tell my coaches I hate them and walk out. P.S I love my coaches more than ANYTHING. I am so grateful for everything they do for me and the team (Shoutout to Meag and Mik). But no matter how many times I struggle or fall, I always pick myself back up and carry one.

However, I have begun to notice that there are people that don’t get back. They sit on the floor, stressed and crying wondering ‘why am I doing this to myself?’ Not going to lie I ask myself that question quite often. Why don’t I just quit cheer and focus solely on school? But I always go back to why I don’t. I love the sport and I couldn’t imagine leaving it.

We get pushed. No matter where we are in life, we will be pushed to the limit. We will fall down. We will get back up and get pushed right back down again. It does not matter how many times we crumble to ground, what matters is how many time we build ourselves back up. Work hard while the competition is resting. We are all capable of reaching every dream and goal we have, it just depends on how hard you want it.

I wanted to share with you a video. It is just over six minutes long. My coaches decided to share it with us just before our first competition. This video spoke to me on so many levels, which is why I felt it should be shared with you guys as a reminder to why we do what we do as student athletes.

(Retrieved from YouTube. Credits to Mateusz M for this inspirational video. Check out his channel for some more motivating videos)

We will get pushed. No matter where we are in life, we will be pushed. We will fall down. We will get back up and get pushed right back down again. It does not matter how many times we crumble to ground, what matters is how many time we build ourselves back up. Work hard while the competition is resting. We are all capable of reaching every dream and goal we have, it just depends on how hard you want it.

I know this post is a bit long but I hope that it speaks to everyone and anyone who is down.

Lastly, I wanted to do a big shout out to my coaches. I know on behalf of myself and my team that we are so grateful for everything those two do for us. They expect the best from us and train us like none other so that we can feel confident when we hit the mat.

Much Love,

Haille May

Competition Season !

It has arrived! Well for my team anyways.

We are heading into our second competition this weekend, ready to leave it all on the mat again and I could not be more excited. That being said, March happens to be one of the busiest times for school. This is when that time management skill really helps a student athlete out.

Being in the nursing program I have to juggle my classes and clinical practice with my cheer schedule. Some days I am ready to throw it all away and give up and others I am absolutely on top of the world. It is SO important to manage time and create a system that works best for you so that you can do your best in school and on your team. I know I used to struggle trying to balance my time, and get everything done on time and have it actually be good quality. Here are some good tips and tricks to help keep a crazy life manageable!

  • To Do List:
    • These are my favorites! I have found that it really helps me find time to accomplish everything when I have written down what needs to be done. I have used just a simple notepad and taped it to my wall, but I do know that Michaels sells actually To-Do List notebooks (they are pretty cool, but more on the pricey side)
  • Agendas:
    • Like the To Do List, I find that having an agenda helps me remember when I have class, practice, or due dates and it gives me an opportunity to visually see what I am doing and when; this way I can sketch in when during the day or week I can start working on tasks that need to be done so I am not stressing the night before the deadline.
  • Develop Good Study Habits:
    • Everyone studies differently and in university it can take a while to find what works best. Try different methods like writing out notes, making cue cards, talking it out, and use what was best later! It takes a while so don’t get discouraged, and some classes might need to have different study habits than others but that’s okay! I also love doing some of my studying with a group of friends from class. This was it gives us the chance to ask questions, get a deeper understanding of the topic and you get to hang out with your friends a bit. BONUS!! P.S. don’t forget to take breaks –> food  & rest = brainpower
  • Bring Homework on the Road
    • All of my teammates are in university as well, so we are all in the same boat and can respect the fact that we need to get work done. Bring work to do while travelling and it lessen the stress cause its not being done last minute Sunday night, but it also gives team the chance to be together but not stressing about competition the next day or what happened the day before. I absolutely love studying with my teammates. We are all in our respective programs and it gives us a chance to hangout outside of cheer.

Lastly…

  • PLAN AHEAD
    • This is capitalized because I find this is one of the MOST important things. Since more sports schedules are made in advance use that as an advantage to coordinate how due dates fall into games and events, and start/finish assignments in advance so there is not late-night cram because something is due while you ae gone. It is better to get it done sooner than later.

There are some few tips, any questions or more suggestions, leave them down in the comments!

Good Luck to all the teams hitting the mat in the next couple weeks!

Much Love,

Haille May