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Gymnastics Under Construction

Gymnastics Under Construction

Change doesn’t happen overnight… and anything important in life takes time. For change to take hold, consistency is vital; consistency to a new vision and the discipline and perseverance to stay the course toward that vision. There is no one-hit solution that will make the sports, including gymnastics, or any systemic injustice, better. Culture in […]

The Pause

The Pause

“The pauses between the notes – ah, that is where the art resides.” ~ Artur Schnabel When I recently read this quote, it immediately reminded me of all the gymnastic floor routines I’ve choreographed. One of my signature moves was the non-move. The stillness. The pause. I’ve had people make fun of my choreography for putting in the “Miss Val pause […]

Uncertain Times

Uncertain Times

It’s one thing to experience new things in life that I’ve never experienced. It’s quite another to experience new things that NO ONE in our lifetime has experienced. The last time I remember having this “unsettled” feeling was on 9/11 and it’s aftermath. With the entire world basically going into imposed or self-imposed quarantine because […]

The Creative Constraint of Success

The Creative Constraint of Success

Whenever you try to be someone else you will always be a second rate them and worse, you will never become a first rate you. This is what I finally realized after reading Coach Wooden’s definition of success. “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the […]

We’ve Got a Plastic Problem

We’ve Got a Plastic Problem

Calling all humans… We have a plastic problem! It’s not an urban legend, myth, or political discussion. It is a massive problem that can no longer be  ignored.  At the end of March a pregnant sperm whale was found dead on a beach in Sardinia, Italy. The soon-to-be mother had 50 pounds of plastic in […]

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